Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical A-mount lens review by Rebecca
|Rebecca#9850 date: Jan-25-2012|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Sony 18-55 kit lens|
Sony 35mm f1.8
Sony 50mm f1.4
|price paid:||$325 USD (new)|
|positive:||Fast -- handles light well|
Decent af speed
|comment:||I bought this with the Tamron 28-75, and, except for a macro, they complete my kit. I couldn't find any other way to get this kind of speed in a combined focal length of 17-75mm for this price. The price for the two of them together was outstanding. |
This lens makes sharp photos (although not nearly so sharp as either one of my primes) with good color. The Sony 18-55 also takes sharp photos, or at least, sharp enough for me. What separates the two is the way they handle light.
The Tamron 17-50 with its f2.8 radically increases my options for where and what kind of photo I can take. The kit lens is ok, but the minute you get it indoors, it starts to fight you.
As far as I'm concerned, hauling around a big honking flash and putting it on and off the camera is no less a hassle than changing lenses. Also, a flash causes people to turn stiff in front of a camera and I lose things I want to catch while I'm messing with it. One shot with a flash, and whatever I'm trying to photograph (unless, of course, it's a rock) stops what it's doing and starts either running away or posing. Add to that the simple fact that I like the color and the ... I dunno ... the texture of natural light. I just think it's prettier.
All this makes this lens a no-brainer for me.