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

reviewer#8547 date: Jan-19-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 3
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:Cz 24-70
50 1.4
Sig 12 24
price paid:300 gbp
Sharp at centre even at 2.8
Light and balanced on a55
negative:Chromatic abb poor
Focus ok, but not near ssm
comment:Got this to travel with along with my a55.

I normally use my 900 with cz24.70 so I wanted something cheaper in the same range(apsc equiv) to travel with on non 'mission critical' work.

In all honesty it's not A bad bit of kit, it's no cz but if you want a fast lens to attach to a 55 you could do worse.

As some reviews have said you do get distortion at the wide end, but any decent tog can fix that in the blink of an eye. The chroma distortion is a little more annoying, again, 5 mins and it's fixed in post but times that by 200 shots and it's time to think about pro glass.


Its by no means a perfect lens but if youre uploading to flickr, doing small prints or are happy to spend more time in post you could do far worse than this excellent value for money lens.

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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