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

reviewer#5885 date: Aug-21-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
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:kit, 28-70G, Sig 10-20
price paid:198 Euro
positive:Sharpness, color, constant 2.8 which can be used with confidence
negative:Some distortion (easily corrected with PT Lens)
comment:Had an extremely lucky find for this lens on sale and for that price couldn't resist it (NIB with full warranty).

Picture quality is very good from wide open (right there with other G-glass), pleasing colors and fast response. Some distortion (as with any wide zoom) is evident but correcting it in PP is easy.
Sharpness better at 2.8 than the Sig 10-20 at 5.6 in the range they overlap.

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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