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

reviewer#8041 date: Oct-5-2010
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
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 17-35 F3.5, Sigma 17-35 F2.8, Sigma 18-50 F2.8
price paid:au$145.00
positive:This is a reasonable lens if you get a good one. I have unfortunately managed to give mine a slight knock and it now has the notorious back focus problem, little that can be done to fix it at a cost that makes it worthwhile.
negative:Prone to damage (focus) from quite slight knocks, only suitable for APS-C sensors, not full frame, sometimes slow to focus.
comment:It was a cheap lens and for a while it put in some reasonable results - it does need to be stopped down though for anything approaching good sharpness. Soft in the corners at any aperture. Usual flare problems and a bit bland on colour.

I am selling mine at the moment and when it sells I will go back to a Sigma 18-50.

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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