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

reviewer#7296 date: Apr-16-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
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:Minolta 28-85mm f3.5-4.5
Sony DT 18-70mm f3.5-5.6
Sony DT 16-105mm f3.5-5.6
price paid:RM1564
positive:Fixed Aperture!
Colors are yummy
negative:Build quality could be better
comment:Just bought this lens two weeks ago, and I'm loving every second I spend with it! Last year, I chose the Sony DT 16-105mm over this lens. Sold that. And now FINALLY bought this. It's one of my dream lens!

Though this lens is no Carl Zeiss, But the images I get from it just pops every time I take a picture with it! And also for the fact that it's dead cheap! It's worth every cent I paid for it and it's the best lens for me to pair with my Sony DT 55-200mm.

Though the images from this lens is amazing for it's price, the build is a worry for me. Out of the box the lens's front end felt shaky. But it's not that much of a big deal for me. I still love it!

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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