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

reviewer#9063 date: May-29-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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 (Kit Lens)
Sony 18-55 (Kit Lens
Minolta 70-210 (beercan)
price paid:500USD
positive:Weight, Size, IQ, Price
negative:not a silent focusing motor.
comment:If you are upgrading from the lens that came with your camera this is hands down a winner. You will notice an immediate difference in the sharpness and overall image quality of your photos compared to the kit lenses. You will also notice the weight difference. This lens is heavier and you notice it. But the image quality is so great you will get used to it very quickly.

The biggest difference you will notice between this lens and the kit lenses will be when you are indoors. being able to keep the lens wide open is a huge advantage over the kits.

Great lens for family photos and traveling.

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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