Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical A-mount lens review by shinka

reviewer#5681 date: Jul-10-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 EX DG Macro
Minolta 50mm f/1.4
Minolta 28mm f/2.0
Minolta 20mm f/2.8
price paid:450 USD (new)
positive:Great range
Excellent sharpness
Wonderful close-focus
negative:None yet
comment:It's an excellent range and I'm sort of kicking myself for not getting it sooner. I sold my Sigma 24-70 to pay for this and I have no regrets. The lost of 20mm on the long end is more than made up for by the 17mm wide angle (this is now my widest lens) as well as the much lighter weight and smaller size.
I don't know if it focuses quite as fast as the Sigma did, but it's close.
It's also very sharp wide-open.

Long story short, I'm happy.

[Update] Used it for a wedding and put several hundred shots through it. It was consistent and reliable. Great lens.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 214
  • sharpness: 4.59
  • color: 4.45
  • build: 4.14
  • distortion: 4.16
  • flare control: 4.45
  • overall: 4.36
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