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

reviewer#7204 date: Mar-31-2010
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:Sony - AF DT 18-70 F3.5-5.6
Sony - AF 50 F1.4
Sony - AF DT 55-200 F4-5.6
Minolta - AF 28-105 xi F3.5-4.5
price paid:330 GBP (New)
positive:Much sharper than the kit lens
Quick autofocus
negative:Needs 67mm filters
Not full frame
50mm not long enough
A bit pricey
comment:A great upgrade from the 18-70 kit lens and miles sharper than the 28-105 xi which has been my main walkabout lens for the A700.

Main negative point is the relative short top end range of 50mm otherwise no real complaints and this is certainly recommended as an upgrade from the kit lens.

Unfortunately it has got me wanting the sony 28-75 2.8 for that little bit of extra reach

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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