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

reviewer#7235 date: Apr-1-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.3
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-70 Kit lens
Tamron 28-75 F2.8 (on full frame)
Minolta 50 F1.7
Sony 100 F2.8 Macro
price paid:GBP 270 ish
positive:+ Sharp (so much better than kit lens)
+ Great contrast
+ Great MFD
negative:- Colours lack the special something that Minolta/Sony/CZ have
- 67mm unusual filter size
comment:This was a great kit lens replacement on A200. Especially as high ISO was poor on the A200, I used the wide apertures a lot.

Colours have a good 'pop' though seem to lack a special something that the Minolta 50/1.7 and Sony 100 Macro have. Skin tones, grass etc just doesn't look quite as natural.

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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