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

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reviewer#5619 date: Jul-1-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:- Sony 24-105mm
- Sigma 17-70mm
price paid:375E (new)
positive:- F2.8
- 17-50 range
- Fast AF (but not good enough AF-C)
- Light weight
negative:- Build ( a bit plastic, it is ok, but don't drop it)
- Hood ( a bit flimsy)
- 17mm (would have loved 16mm)
- Extends when zoom
comment:Well I would get this lens when I bougth my first DSL, but I bought the sigma 17-70. After that I needed more focal length and bought the 24-105. In the end those were not so well made choices, the freedom of the F2.8 is a bliss.
I recommend anyone who is looking for a good lens in this range, get the tamron or if you want the CZ 16-80. But this lens is just great, F2.8 it is already sharp and at this price it is a steal.
In the end I would eventually would like a Sony G lens in the 16-55 range but ... he ... will it ever come?

After an afternoon shooting (not ideal weather) european mountainbike event in Zoetermeer, Holland, I found out that the continuous focus of the A700 together with the tamron didn't keep up with the cyclists. Same... really wanted to have worked. So now the wait until that 16-55F2.8 G SSM from sony!! (sitting, waiting, wishing.....)
reviewer#5597 date: Jun-25-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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:- sal18-250
- sal 18-70
- cz1680
- sigma 18-50 f2.8
- minolta 28-75 f2.8
- minolta 28-85
price paid:550 SGD (used)
positive:- Best lens ever for APS-C
- Very sharp even wide open
- Useful constant F2.8
- Fast AF even at lowlight
- Great colours
- Good contrast
- Well build
- Fantastic rubber grip (as opposed to Sony's goner)
negative:- Limited zoom range (best if it's 17-105)
comment:What can I say, I think this is the best APS-C lens ever with it's versatile constant f2.8, useful zoom range and good IQ with sharpness that can compete with the top range lenses.

I don't think I will ever sell it away as long as I am still with APS-C. Even if I were to switch camps in future, this lens will still be in my arsenal.

For the price, build quality, sharpness, colours and IQ, no other lens I know of can beat it.

The sharpness of this lens is equivalent to cz1680 at almost all focal length while it's constant F2.8 is more versatile for indoor purpose.

I even considered to get a 2nd one to keep as spare, which shows how good this lens really is.

Definitely a lens for everyone in every camps...
reviewer#5535 date: Jun-15-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:16-80
28-70G
price paid:430 CDN
positive:- very sharp
- light
- very good range (27-75mm eq)
negative:- little distortion
- focus ring rotates past infinity
- not flat focus plane
- colors little dull

comment:Very good lens. Usable wide open and from f4 to f6.3 sharper than 16-80, although 16-80 have better flare control and less distortion on tele range (and little better color).
Build is also better than 16-80 (I've tested two 16-80 and both had little wobbly barrel).
Tamron also vignette less than 16-80.
4 for build, because manual focus is more difficult - lens focuses past infinity so you cannot just rotate to focus ring to maximum to get infinity (like all Minolta lenses).
Last problem is not flat focus plane, so when you shot for example flat surface close up, corners can be out of focus.

Anyway I think this is best standard zoom for this price for A-mount (but don't expect 28-70G magic and color).

I have "made in Japan" version, I've heard "made in China" version can be worse.
reviewer#5501 date: Jun-4-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.8
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:24-105, 15-30, 28/2, 50/1.7, 50/1.4, 24-85
price paid:
missing
positive:-Good detail/sharpness
-Decent size
-Fast aperture for a zoom
-Relatively quick focus
-Good flare control
-Punchy colours
-Great value for money
-Good sharpness/detail even when using very small apertures
-Nice relatively high contrast
-close focus is nice, especially at 17mm
negative:-Colours can be too saturated a lot of the time
-Sharpness wide open is very usable, but could be better
-Too short for head/shoulder portraits, I get distortion from getting too close (seems shorter than a regular 50mm prime)
-build quality isn't great. had a few problems and it doesn't feel like it will last you forever like a quality minolta lens.
-distortion is there, a little at the wide end. that may be a problem for some, not for me though.
-vignettes at wide angle/wide apertures. again, not a problem for me.
-softness in corners at wide angle even when stopped down to peak aperture. Not a problem for me.
comment:Great value for money, but mine is starting to show it's real 'value' after only gentle use. Highly recommended for any aps-c shooter looking for a good quality standard zoom. What impresses me most about this lens (atleast compared to older minoltas ive used) is the flare/glare control, along with the good amount of detail you can stil get (with good technique) even at very small apertures (f/22-f/32). I use this lens often for landscapes, so the above are very important to me and hence why i got on so well with this lens at first... only after time i felt a bit let down as the lens starts to crack and rattle.
reviewer#5489 date: Jun-2-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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 Alpha Kit Lenses (SAL 18-70; SAL 55-200).
price paid:482 USD (new)
positive:-Image quality
-Construction quality
-Large aperture
-Good zoom range
negative:-A _little_ soft at 17mm @ f2.8
-Not the best for macro, but it works
comment:I've been using this lens for the last couple weeks and it has been working flawlessly so far. This is the only sample of the lens I've used and it looks like I got a good one (unlike the Sigma 17-70 I tried out and returned). Compared to the kit (18-70) lens, this one is brighter, much sharper, heavier, better built, and has less distortion and softness in the corners. The bokeh is great and focusing is quick. The macro is okay but is a little limited since it only goes to 50mm. This lens is really great for indoor or night shooting.

Would definitely buy again and would recommend to a friend looking for a decent piece of glass.
reviewer#5387 date: May-14-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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:Min 80-200mm HS G
Min 35-105mm O
price paid:330 USD
positive:-Sharp images
-f2.8
-relatively light weight
-value for its cost
negative:For APS-C Only
comment:One of the best lens I've ever used on APS-C. It sits on my main body the majority of the time. The sharpness of my images from this lens are phenomenal.

Colors
The images taken from the Tamron are very nice and rather accurate, but it doesn't pop as much as the Minolta's above. Vivid colors are not as obvious. Specifically, in darker or shaded areas, the colors just don't come out as vivid and can sometimes seem flat. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it is something to consider.

Distortion
I embrace the distortion at 17mm. Its not enough to ruin anything but there is a healthy amount. I say it is healthy because I've had some fun shooting buildings/scrapers and landscape with the distortion in mind/composition.


Build
I have a "japan" version. The build is spectacular. This lens has flown out of my camera bag (forgot to zip all the way) as i tossed it over my shoulder. It dropped a good 4 feet onto solid concrete, rolled another 5 feet, NOT ONE SCRATCH, NICK, or DING. It still makes no sense to me as it seemed like a miracle. Operation/focusing still perfectly dead on.

I DO WISH this lens was sealed better. I've taken this through rain, snow, cellars, etc. places that lenses SHOULDN'T go. Dust gets in rather easily (for me at least). It's no surprise I need to take my lens in for cleaning, as it is my "fault".

Final Thought: Dont hesitate to purchase this lens. I shoot paid events with this and it has never failed me.
reviewer#5386 date: May-14-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:Sigma 70-200 f/2.8hsm
Sigma 24-70 f/2.8
Minolta 50 f 1.7
Lots of other Minolta/Sony glass
price paid:465USD
positive:Sharp at all focal lengths
very light and easy to use
negative:build quality
some softness at the edges
comment:Lets face it, this lens has a very cheap, plastic feel. The lens hood is a joke, but it is functional. However, where Tamron skimpted in build, they put the money in the right place, optics. For the price, you can not beat the quality of the photos that you get from this glass. My copy produces razor sharp shots at all focal lengths, even wide open. The fast, constant f/2.8 aprature is a bonus. A wide 17mm is great for landscapes. Focus on the hyperfocal point in the shot for the given focal length and aprature, and you will get a razor sharp shot front to back. At 50mm and f/2.8, you will love the portraits you get if that is your thing.

In summary, if you can get past the chaep feel of the plastic build, you'll love the quality of the photos!
reviewer#5078 date: Mar-22-2009
sharpness: 3
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 5
overall: 3.8
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:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Cheap
Not heavy
negative:Soft
Distortion
Chromatic aberrations
Short focal range
Unreliable exposure with alpha 700
comment:Maybe cheap for 2.8 lens, but I.Q. level fair. Some exposure problems with my sample. Recommended as a kit lens, but do not expect razor sharp pics.
reviewer#4998 date: Mar-11-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
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:
missing
price paid:400USD
positive:
missing
negative:
missing
comment:Just great. Very versatil and great IQ.
reviewer#4990 date: Mar-10-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
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:Sony 18-50mm Kit lens
price paid:500 USD (new)
positive:Very good in low light conditions. Nice zoom area for indoor shooting
negative:Has som distortion around 17-20mm.
comment:
missing
reviewer#4988 date: Mar-9-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 18-250
price paid:410 € (new)
positive:- small
- sharp, already wide open
- resistant to flare
negative:- range
comment:It´s a great lens for shooting indoors. IQ is very good, already at f2.8. Vignetting and CA are much less visible, as when shooting with the Sony 18-250. Build quality is OK, but nothing to rave about. Distortion is no issue for me, because I use this lens mostly for portraits and landscapes.
reviewer#4975 date: Mar-7-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4
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 28mm F2.8
MINOLTA AF 50mm F1.7
SONY DT 18-70mm
price paid:380 CAD (used)
positive:- Sharp
- Fast
- Nice bokeh
- Cheap
negative:
missing
comment:My walk around lens now, AF is really fast on my A700. it is as sharp as the 50 1.7 & 28 2.8 prime lenses, however, I like the color of the prime lenses better.
reviewer#4891 date: Feb-22-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.3
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
Sony 55-200
price paid:440 USD
positive:Solid build but still compact and relatively lightweight. Excellent optical performance across the board. Good lens hood included. Six year guarantee. Constant 2.8
negative:Nothing
comment:My first lens after the kit lens. This lens has performed as the reviews on Dyxum and elsewhere led me to expect. I do occasionally miss the extra 50-70 available on the kit lens. The optical performance at 2.8 is very acceptable making it an excellent lens for interiors - churches and museums where flash and tripods are not acceptable. This is my everyday lens.
reviewer#4857 date: Feb-13-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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:DT 17-80
MAF 50/1.7
Sony 50/1.4
MAF 35-70/3.5-4.5
price paid:1400PLN ( 400USD)
positive:-sharpness (even at 2.8)
-contrast is v nice
-build is ok thou could be better
-speed is ok
negative:-CA is strong on my sample
-flare in strong sun
comment:In my arsenal this is a real keeper. Best buy - that's for sure. I was wondering if not to buy Zeiss 16-80 instead but it was darker and cost a lot more so I went Tamron. What I love the most in this lens is it's superior sharpness. Maybe that's only my copy but I have excelent sharpness even wide open. What annoys me the most its CA. They are often too strong so you have to be careful and dont shoot high contrast pictures.
reviewer#4715 date: Jan-20-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:Sony 50mm 1.4 and others
price paid:± €300 new
positive:Right size for me
Good handling
Image quality
negative:Hardly any and I don't think the zoomrange is to small.
comment:A very affordable lens with IQ simular to primes. My favorite. It's the lens a always take with me and than decide what other lens I'll take with me.
reviewer#4651 date: Jan-8-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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:SAL-1870

(Not directly compared to but have experience with...)

Sigma 105mm EX DG Macro
Big Beercan
Tamron 70-200

price paid:
missing
positive:Sharpness!
Weight!
Speed!
Sharpness at 2.8!
AF Speed and accuracy!

negative:So far the only negative is that I don't have a second body to keep this lens on constantly.
comment:This is my favorite lens no doubt about it! I have used it to take portraits(I'm not a good portrait person yet), landscapes, pseudo macros, high key, etc etc. It churns out amazing quality every time I am up to the job of giving it something worth putting on a sensor.

No, it doesn't have classic minolta-esque build but it is a heck of a lot lighter. I originally gave the build of the lens a 4 but I really want to give it a 4.5. If I had the option it would be a 4.5(not a 5) just because of materials used. It feels very solid and I think it will last for quite a while.

I originally thought at looking at the 16-80 CZ. But, after comparing results from what I and others have taken with the 17-50 I can say that I think it is a better lens. It doesn't have the range but it is .5 to 1.5 stops faster and I think just as sharp at all related stops. Some say they see CA at 2.8 and 50mm but I haven't seen it yet?

I love this lens and I hope Tamron keeps up the good work as they have with this lens and the 70-200!
reviewer#4640 date: Jan-7-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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 16-70 kit
Minolta 35-105
Minolta 50 f3.5
price paid:449 USD
positive:Prime sharp
Compact size
Fast
Constant f2.8
negative:Zoom range
soft corners at 17mm wide open
comment:A very fine lens that is excellent for general purpose and wide angle photos on digital bodies. After a series of tests shooting a page of newsprint with the above lenses, center sharpness is identical to 50/f3.5 even at f2.8. Wide open the corners are soft at 2.8 but get very close to the prime at f4 and match up at 5.6-11. Putting the test aside, I seem to find the Minolta 50 to produce slightly better IQ compared to the Tamron in actual shooting situations. Some of this may be due to better contrast with the Minolta 50. I have a very good copy of the kit lens based on these tests, but the Tamron produces sharper images. Color is very good, but I find the Minolta 50 to have a more pleasant rendering. Build is OK but not bomb proof. When in MF mode the focus ring is a bit sloppy. AF is excellent. Overall a very good value.
reviewer#4636 date: Jan-6-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
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:SAL1870 DT
MinO50/1.7
price paid:420 CDN (new)
positive:- Build Quality
- IQ
- Constant f/2.8
- Fast AF
- Focus ring is very useable
negative:- (lack of) Reach
- Soft at wide end (see below)
- Distortion at wide end (see below)
comment:Bought as a replacement for the kit lens.
Very good performer all around, f/2.8 is sharp enough for low-light stuff, and gets prime-sharp when stopped down.
Not the greatest reach, but a very good lens IMO, can't beat it for the price. CZ1680 has better IQ, but is nearly twice the price.
Would recommend this to anyone looking for a good low-light zoom.

EDIT: after a few months of use, I notice that it's rather soft at 17mm, from f/2.8 to about f/5.6-8 (still acceptable, but I changed my rating from 5 to 4,5). Some barrel distortion is also quite visible at 17mm.
reviewer#4624 date: Jan-4-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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:
missing
price paid:€328
positive:bright, compact, low price
negative:did not work on my A100
comment:Even after upgradig the firmware to 1.04 european, the combination refused to work thrustworthy.
Every other time an error message:"lens not attached".
Another copy of teh same lens had the same problem. With my A100, I do not encounter problems alike with my other 8 lenses, ranging in brand from Sony, Sigma and Minolta.
Anybody a clue?
reviewer#4546 date: Dec-14-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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:Tamron 28-75mm
price paid:+/- 300 € as new
positive:Like most of Tamron's
light, semi-fast & scharp
Good sunhood
negative:none
comment:Like the Tamron 28-75 mm category.
Price - quality ideal!
reviewer#4500 date: Dec-9-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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:18-70 kit lens
price paid:450 USD
positive:Sharp, fast focus on A700.
negative:none
comment:This is my "indoors" lens. I have a Minolta 28-105 as my "outdoors" walk around lens. Note that I have not done any "controlled tests". Rating simply based on my 2 year experience on 7D and A700 bodies.
reviewer#4424 date: Nov-22-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.3
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:Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8D EX DC
Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Macro
price paid:350 USD (new)
positive:Good Sharpness & contrast
Good AF speed
Bright at f/2.8
Tight build tolerance
No zoom creep w/o
No flare
Wide
Good focusing accuracy
Clock-wise zoom and focus turn
Bargen price
negative:Serious vignetting when wide-open at wide-end
Bit soft around edges when wide-open at wide-end
Not usable with film
comment:Sharpness & contrast is on par with Sigma and better than Sony. Bit soft around the edge when wide-open at wide-end, but stepping down just a bit improves a lot. Between this lens and Sigma, 1mm extra at wide-end make noticeable difference...though at expense of a bit of distortion and softness.

AF speed is on par with Sony and better than Sigma.

Lens is bright but vignetting present at f/2.8 through out the focal range and very objectable at 17mm.

Build tolerance & quality is on par with Sigma. Cannot complain after seeing CZ 16-80mm.

I didn't experience any zoom creeping with all my lenses.

Contrast is good and almost no flare even when the sun is in the frame!

Focusing accuracy is good even on A100. It won't focus on my 7000AF, unlike other lenses.

Zoom and focus rings turn in the same direction as Sony and Minolta.

Colour is good but didn't get a chance to compare with others.

Distortion control is good considering it is capable of 17mm.

Flare control is excellent. Better than Sigma or Sony.

Price comparable to Sigma, which is nice.


Overall, I'm very satisfied. My only wish would be that it were a 1mm wider, then I won't need super-wide angle lens.

Update: Had it for more than a year now. 1mm makes difference at wide angle when compared to 18mm. Still sharp and feels well built. I had to tighten filter ring myself; it was getting loose.
reviewer#4408 date: Nov-19-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 50mm f1.7
Sony 18-250mm
price paid:299 USD (new)
positive:Good zoom range for indoors
Fast Focusing
Good Build Quality
negative:None so far
comment:I recently sold my Minolta 50mm f1.7 mainly because of the limitations of use without a zoom. Having read many reviews on the Tamron 17-50mm I sold off my Minolta and put the money towards the Tamron. The sample photos I have reviewed so far are excellent. The sharpness is top notch and the bokeh is very nice as well. Could be I did not have a great copy of the Minolta 50mm f1.7, but this is a better lens for me and in my experience. Focusing is fast and accurate and the quality of the build is very good. All in all, it is hard to beat this lens for this price with the speed this offers in aperture range. In comparison to the Sony 18-250mm I own, I would say this focuses faster and produces sharper results. The Sony is a great all around lens, but for indoors, I will most likely always use the Tamron from here on out.

Highly recommended!
reviewer#4406 date: Nov-19-2008
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 18-70mm
Minolta 50mm f1.4
Minolta 28mm f2
Minolta 17-35mm f3.5
price paid:Ł197 (new)
positive:Flexibility of zoom
Small size
Performs well wide open
negative:None for the price
comment:I was asked by my friends to take photos of their wedding this summer and this was the lens that I purchased for the purpose.
My requirements were to have more flexibility than primes would offer but still retain good resolution. And I wanted it to perform well in low light conditions.
My principal alternative at the time was the Sony 16-80 and I read lots of reviews weighing up the two sets of features. I did miss the 80mm range of the Sony, but it's 16mm was reported to be brilliant anyway. What swayed it for me was that the Tamron virtually matched the Sony for resolution, and maintained that quality at the f2.8 end.
In practice, I shot nearly all the photos from the wedding with the Tamron and was really pleased with the results and would thoroughly recommend it.
For the price I don't think you can do better, although with the release of the Zeiss 24-70, there is now an alternative if you're willing to pay 5 times as much
reviewer#4405 date: Nov-19-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
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 50mm 1.7
Beercan
Kit 18-70
Tamron 28-300
price paid:400 USD
positive:Can't comment until I get a new one.
Edit: Got a new one. Great copy. Sharp, light, value
negative:I believe I got a bad copy.
Edit: Only negative is that 50mm on this lens is shorter than 50mm on M50 1.7
comment:Edit 12/26/08: Got a new one and it's great - everything everyone says about this lens is true. Sharp, acurrate and fast focusing, good color and contrast. Just make sure you get a good copy!!

I'm submitting this not to bash the lens, just to remind people to be sure they don't get a lemon. I think I got a bad copy. It was a mess at f2.8, and was only fair at other apertures. Even the first shots I took surprised me at their very ordinary quality - they just weren't sharp. I started shooting at f8 just to see if they improved; they were better but not great. I finally had time to do some tests against my Minolta 50 1.7. There was no comparison, and it made it clear to me that I had a bad copy. One thing I noticed was that 50mm on the Tamron wasn't even close to 50mm on the Minolta - it was much shorter. I also felt the contrast was harsher on the Tam compared to the Minolta - but once again, maybe it was the copy. I returned to B&H two days past the 15 day window. I talked them out of the 15% restocking fee with some effort. Some of their comments made it clear to me that they were going to put it back on the shelf for sale. When I replace it, I'll shop somewhere else - just to make sure I don't get that copy again! All my other transactions with them have been excellent, BTW.
reviewer#4313 date: Nov-2-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
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:10-20mm Sigma
16-80mm Sony
18-70mm Sony
28-85mm Beercan
70-210mm Beercan
70-300mmG Sony
100-300mm Minolta Apo
50mm 1.7 Minolta
24mm Sigma
500mm Reflex Minolta
price paid:Ł269
positive:Sharp (when stopped down)
Compact
Good Build (for the price)
negative:Noisy
Soft wide open
Soft edges (unless you stop down to f5.6
Purple fringing unless you stop down
Distortion at wide end
comment:Do like this lens, got it as a stand in for my 16-80mm which was in for repair! First lens I got was very soft and suffered badly from purple fringing. Had no problem getting it replaced and the new one is a vast improvement. It's about as sharp as my 16-80mm, at half the price. Do prefer the range of my Sony and even though I've got it back from repair, I'm reluctant to sell the Tamron. Focuses better than the Sony although it is noisy. It's a good buy if your on a budget. Not a fan of the gold band, bit bling to me!
reviewer#4217 date: Oct-12-2008
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:Sigma 28-70mm EX
CZ85mmF1.4
price paid:400 USD (new)
positive:Sharp
good colour
fast focus
light
negative:Not FF
comment:Beats the pants off the kit lenses, and although not as sharp as the CZ85mm, it is sharp compared to other lenses in this category. Not the best bokeh, but is pleasant and acceptable.

Just remember this is not a fullframe lens. But it is a keeper for APS sensor use.

Would give build, flare control and distortion 4.5 if possible.
reviewer#4159 date: Sep-30-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 3
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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:18-70 DT
Sony 18-250
Sigma 2.8 zooms
Fast primes
price paid:Ebay new -going rate
positive:Faster in low light than 18-70
Well engineered and built
Pretty sharp and good contrast
17mm plenty wide
negative:Colours a bit disappointing
Handling a bit awkward
50mm a bit short sometimes
comment:Never as sharp as primes, but still sharper than the kit zoom. Not sharp wide open at edges.

Quite a conspicuous lens, and I didn't get comfortable with the handling for some reason.

I took some very nice dramatic landscape silhouettes backlit by the setting sun with this lens and the contrast was spot on, lots of detail, and no flare at all.

The colours varied from being a little weak to a bit 'sandy' and also pictures at ISO 400 on the A100 were noisier/grainier in artificial light that those taken with the kit lens wide open. The Tamron is sharp for the price but I didn't like the pictures enough to keep it. Still a good buy though - just not a replacement for primes or a big enough step up from the Sony zooms in terms of character

Compared (without testing back to back) to the Sigma equivalent this has less distortion at the wide end. Easy to sell on.
reviewer#4131 date: Sep-24-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
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
price paid:
missing
positive:excellent IQ
compact
constant f/2.8
great value
negative:none
comment:An excellent replacement for the standard Sony kit lens. Image quality is obviously and hugely improved over the 18-70 with far more detail, sharpness, and contrast. Focus via the screw drive is relatively quick yet accurate. Technical reviews suggest that stopped down a little, this 17-50 can approach the slower CZ16-80 in terms of sharpness. Construction is of plastic but it's a solid, quality plastic with good, decently tight tolerances. The zoom lock switch is a nice little bonus.
reviewer#4119 date: Sep-21-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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 DT 18 70 f/3.5-5.6
price paid:260 Eur
positive:f/2.8 at low price; good sharpness and quality; shorter focal length.
negative:hard zoom ring.
comment:Excellent lens to replace Sony's proposition; a little heavier, but good balance with an A100, fine to use.
f/2.8 + stab makes you able to shoot with low light, inside or outside...
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rating summary

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  • 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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