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

reviewer#7106 date: Mar-16-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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:18-70 Sony
75-300 Sony
price paid:399USD (New)
positive:Sharp even wide open
Zoom lock
7 year warranty
Great value
negative:Plastic (but it works great and its cheap)
comment:This lens is SOOOO MUCH BETTER than the 18-70. You will be giving up some reach and magnification. But if you can scrape together the money you will gain so much in sharpness, speed and DOF control. The only real down side I have seen is internal flare from street lights when shooting at night. I could not give it a 5 on sharpness only because it is not at its best at 50mm f2.8, still very good, but better stopped down to f4.0.

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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