Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical A-mount lens review by dca1213

reviewer#8033 date: Sep-30-2010
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:Sony 18-70
Tokina 20-35
Vivitar 19-35
price paid:$400 USD (new)
Nice Build
Constant f2.8
Lovely Color and Contrast
Great MFD
negative:None come to mind
comment:A great replacement for the kit lens, sharp when stopped down to f4, superb between f5.6 and f11.

Not cheap but not a bank breaker either. Highly recommended for a general walk around lens.

Price paid is after rebate. Get a good multi coated UV filter, the front element is really out there and exposed.

This lens performance exceeds all of those listed as compared to, the Tokina is the closest but still no competion.

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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