Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical A-mount lens review by chuck1856

reviewer#5729 date: Jul-19-2009
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.9
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:Min 28-85
price paid:
fast focus
negative:sharpness away from center
comment:I was looking for something approaching prime quality to use for indoor, available-light photos around the house.

I like the wide end of this lens and the f/2.8, which is quiet bright but not so much so that the DOF is too shallow for snapshots. Perhaps b/c of the limited zoom range (vs 24-70) this focuses fast indoor, even on my slightly out-dated Sony A100. The feel, build quality, and weight seem appropriate for a mid-range lens such as this.

I've been slightly disappointed with the sharpness away from center, especially at widest zoom and aperture. When set this way to capture the scene of people in a room, the people on the outside edges were so soft I thought the lens might have been dirty. But that's probably a worst case scenario for such a lens, and I'll even take that performance as opposed to giving up the wide angle range or f/2.8 in some settings. Better to have the ability to make a choice. Lastly I wish it had a little more reach on the long end for outdoors but obviously knew what I was was getting before I purchased it. I think this limits its ability as a total "walk-around" 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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