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

reviewer#9944 date: Feb-18-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
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:Minolta AF 28-105 3.5-4.5
Sony SAL 18-70 3.5-5.6
price paid:280 EUR (new)
positive:sharp wide open
affordable f2.8 lens
negative:AF hunts in low light, backlight
prone to flare
comment:My favorite landscape walk-around-lens. The 17-50 is a nice standard zoom lens. I would recommend the 17-50 to everyone who is looking for a landscape walk-around-lens from medium wide to short tele. Unfortunately the focal lenght sometimes is not long enough. In low light and backlight situations the AF sometimes hunts. Prone to flare when sun is in the frame. Overall it's a keeper.

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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