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

reviewer#9165 date: Jun-21-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.1
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:Sony 18-70mm
70-400 G
400mm Tokina
price paid:450 USD (new)
positive:Sharp
Large Aperture
Good build
negative:Limited range on the long end
Sometimes AF is iffy
Susceptible to flare
Vignetting at f2.8
comment:The lens is sharp, and well built. It's AF can be rather touchy at times. I've had the lens just rack from infinity and back at 50mm, until I reinserted the battery. This has never happened with any other lens, but could conceivably be a camera issue. I also see much more flare than with the kit lens, and the lens vignettes noticeably at 17mm f2.8.

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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