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

reviewer#8334 date: Dec-2-2010
sharpness: 3
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4
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:Olympus 12-60
CZ 16-80
Sigma 17-70 2.8-4 HSM
price paid:380USD used
positive:Comfortable size
Sharp at 25mm and above @4 and up
Decent build
It has 2.8
negative:Unacceptable quality at 17mm @2.8-4 (good only from 5.6)
Crazy CA at 17mm
Bokeh is quite ugly
comment:Used to own this lens, I bought it after transferring from Olympus to Sony. Was not pleased, the strongest side of this lens is it's price, especially if you buy it used. It makes it's price/quality ratio very good. But if you put the price away... I sold it and bought Sigma 17-70 HSM - larger price tag but alot more satisfactory quality.

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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