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

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reviewer#3135 date: Jan-5-2008
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:Minolta 50mm f1.4
Sony 18-70 kit lens
price paid:400usd
positive:Good sharpness, good zoom adjustment friction, fast accurate auto-focus on A700
negative:Big Lens
comment:This is really a great lens. I bought it with my A700 body as a kit lens and it is a great combo. I tested sharpness at 50mm against my 50mm f1.4 Minolta (which is very sharp) and from f5.6 to f16 I could detect no difference! The zoom range is good for most day to day pictures.
reviewer#3059 date: Dec-9-2007
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:Minolta 50mm f1.7
Minolta 28mm f2.8
Minolta 28-105mm
Beercan
price paid:Ł177 delivered (new)
positive:Sharpness
Accuracy
Colour
Speed
Constant f2.8 aperture
Price
negative:Pointless zoom lock
Rather flimsy hood
Odd 67mm filter size and weak bezel
comment:I have tried hard to find fault with this lens, but have come to the conclusion that it is faultless. At 50mm f4, there is virtually no difference in IQ between the Tammy and the Minolta 50mm f1.7 Fully zoomed in with Photoshop, maybe the Minolta edges it, but even then it is debatable. None of my other lenses come close!

AF is both lightning fast and highly accurate, so there will be little cause to go hunting for that handy AF/MF button on the A700! Colour and bokeh are in the same class as my other Minolta glass.

For me, the build quality is a perfect compromise between weight and substance - plastic body, but metal bayonet with high quality rubber grips. My only gripes are the zoom lock (totally superfluous), the hood (too flimsy) and the oddball 67mm front aperture which could easily have been reduced to 62mm without affecting the front glass diameter.

With a sub Ł200 price tag (new), I would have thought that this lens would be a no brainer for any Minolta / Sony owner operating on a budget.

I can now fully appreciate why this lens was voted best consumer lens of 2006/2007 by EISA!

*** EDIT ***
OK, I've found the flaw with this lens. The front bezel is made out of plastic that is slightly too elastic. This means that you cannot hand tighten a filter without it "slipping" on the thread. I reckon that a filter would simply pop off if knocked slightly.
reviewer#3016 date: Dec-1-2007
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:KM 18-70\3.5-5.6
M 50\1.7
beercan
price paid:450
positive:sharpness in all focal range frum 2.8
lens hood
2.8 from 17 up to 50!!!
less noise in Hi ISO comaring to 18-70\3.5-5.6
negative:sometimes ADI works wrong and 3600HS overexposes much
AF hunts in darkness))
comment:It's a good pair to my "beercan". f2.8+3200ISO allowes take pictures without flash in darkness. No loner need my 50\1.7. At f3.5+ sharpness is comparable. No actual need in zoom lock. AF hunts in same light conditions as AF with 50\1.7 hunts.
reviewer#2970 date: Nov-23-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Simga 28-70/2,8 DG EX ASPH.
price paid:300 EUR (new)
positive:fast - 2,8, enough wide, fast focusing, compact, well built
negative:softer on 2,8 (not extremely)
comment:good prime lens
reviewer#2900 date: Nov-1-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
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:Sony 18-70
price paid:retail
positive:- sharp
- 2.8 through the range
- fast AF
negative:- long end not enough
- not FF capable
- lock button is useless
comment:This lens is so sharp that I have to wear gloves when using it (just kidding). But seriously, sharpness is a huge positive aspect from this glass. I could say it is sharper than M20/2.8 and M24/2.8. Definitively sharper than M28/2.8 and kit lens.
I've bought this lens to replace my kit lens and make a couple with my T90/2.8 when traveling. I can say they do the job, very well done.
Lock button is only for transportation (it locks at 17mm only). It would be nice if it was a zoom lock button.
As you can expect, there is some distortion at wide end. You need correct it in PP. Recommended.
reviewer#2885 date: Oct-31-2007
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 18-70mm,minolta 50mm f2.8 macro RS,Rikenon 50mm f1.4,pentacon 50mm f1.8
price paid:
missing
positive:sharp for a zoom lens
nice color
the bokeh is not bad
circular aperture
light weight
f2.8
quick and accurate AF
negative: purple fringing at the borders in extreme contrast situations.The level of purple fringing decreases towards the long end.
field curvature at 17mm
At 50mm due to the relatively long length of the lens, the camera flash casts a shadow
relatively less sharp and lower contrast at f2.8
The long end is not quite 50mm (about 45mm)
comment:Good value for money
reviewer#2814 date: Oct-3-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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:Sigma 28-105 ASP f/2.8-4
Minolta 28-80 Old Kit Lens
price paid:400 Euro
positive:great focus. great colors. every photo is a winner
negative:stiff zoom ring
comment:the seller in the store told me: "i hope some day i will own this lens too"... this says it all... i have it for over a month. lots of frames became my personal favorits since. as it seems - the best you can get for this price. i know that Canon and Nikon users love it too for a fact...
reviewer#2725 date: Sep-13-2007
sharpness: 1
color: 2
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 5
overall: 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:Tamron 24-135
Sigma 70-300
Sony 18-70
price paid:449.00
positive:Nice build quality
negative:More chromatic aberration than the Sony kit lens, even at 3.5
Unbelievably soft at 2.8. Starts to sharpen up at 3.5 (not a lot)
comment:I got this lens after reading many many reviews about how sharp it is. I have to say, I must have gotten a bad copy because when wide open, everything is horribly fuzzy. Stopping down to 3.5 or more sharpens the picture. What's the point of a 2.8 lens if it soft? This lens is going back!
reviewer#2720 date: Sep-13-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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:Minolta 17-35 2.8-4
price paid:
missing
positive:-Razor Sharp
-Fast AF
-2.8 at all focal
-Beautifull colour
-Price
negative:-Nothing
comment:Very sharp lens, even at 2.8. From f4 to f11 is razor sharp even in the corners (compared with my Mionolta 17-35 2.8-4 is in another league, specially in the corners)
Has an very good colours and contrast.
The distorsion is very good controled too.
Th building could be better, but is enough good for me, no problem.
reviewer#2606 date: Aug-5-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Tamron 18-200 (ok, that's easy)
KM 50/1.7
kit lens (easy too)
price paid:€ 449 (new)
positive:2.8 aperture, high resolution, sharp. Build is generally good
negative:Front ring to which filters and hood are to be attached, is flimsy. (Fixed by Tamron)
comment:Most of the time this lens was on my camera, it's my walk around lens. I'm thinking of trying a 16-80 CZ, not for sharpness but for versatility, one might miss the 50-80mm
Apart from the flimsy front ring, I can't think of any complaint. It's sharp,even on extreme small aperture (for longer shutter times) it's fine.
Distortions at short end are easily corrected, so is CA
Zoom is fine and easy to use, a general Tamron remark AFAIK

Note: I sent the lens back to Tamron. They fixed the front ring, cleaned it and adjusted it. Didn't have any trouble ever since.

reviewer#2594 date: Aug-1-2007
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:SAL 18-70/3.5-5.6
Tamron 90/2.8
price paid:got it as a present!
positive:bright in viewfinder
pleasing manual focusing
sturdy built
nice rubber focusing and zoom ring
lens hood
negative:zoom ring a bit stiff
misfocus is quite often
comment:Of course, it can't beat the fixed lens in sharpness and distortion. But it elevates you to a highest level when compared to kit lens. It's a perfect upgrade from kit lens when you want to keep the useful focal distances range.
I also like the wide angle (17) in this lens - nice controlled distortion and no disturbing vignetting. I don't really like the tele (50) - distorts the subject a bit, so I wouldn't recommend using this lens for portaits. What this lens is perfect in - landscapes and architecture.
I don't know, maybe it's my lens only, but in AF it's hit-and-miss. I always have to AF and get the confirming beep twice to get the focus right. Overall, the focus speed is very high, but in a hurry it almost always misses the right point, especially when shooting sports.
reviewer#2572 date: Jul-22-2007
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 50/1.4 at 2.8
Minolta Zoom Xi 28-105 at 50/4
price paid:
missing
positive:2.8 over 17-50.
AF fine for the purpose.
AF not noisy and sufficiently fast.
negative:Not as sharp as Minolta 50/1.4 at 2.8 when looking at picture in greater detail.
comment:Good lens for my purpose taking indoor sports photo without flash.
reviewer#2515 date: Jul-5-2007
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:KM AF 17-35 (D)
KM AF 18-70 DT
Sony 50 f 1.4
price paid:370 EUR (new)
positive:Good aperture
Solid build
Good range (for my kind of shots)
Good colors


negative:Noisy AF
the lock switch seems useless to me
comment:I bought this lens to replace the 17-35 (D). Warm color and a really solid build. Very useful hood. I made some test at 50mm - 2.8, 3.5, 4, 5.6, 6.7 with this lens and Sony's 50 f 1.4. Tamron's a little sharper. anyway it was not a pro test.

Shooting facing the direct sun I had flares in the image, but it was a real stress test. In other cases flares are reduced
reviewer#2502 date: Jul-1-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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:- 70-210 beercan (sharpness, colour)
price paid:620AUD new
positive:- decent build
- decent zoom ring motion and feel
- alright focus ring feel
- constant f2.8
negative:- lock switch
- 'assembled in china' label ;)
- hood/filter plastic assembly on top of lens loose/rattles
comment:The lens is made nicely, zoom is firm but not stiff.
Its got focal and focus markings, hood is good. At 2.8 it looks a bit soft from 17 - 35 or so... The quick tests Ive done didnt really show it to be such a big deal for me. There was a bit of CA in some shots but I think most lenses will display some in those conditions. At 17mm the camera tends to underexpose certain scenes.

The lock switch only works when at 17mm. Not that its needed as the zoom ring feels solid (even over a year of use). Very happy with this lens. Rating of flare control is with hood, since I always use the hood on this lens.

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Update: It seems that having the lens in the bag with the hood reversed has made the filter/hood plastic mount on top of lens barrel a bit wobbly and loose. I tightened the screws holding it it helped (still some play but I dont want to overtighten the plastic). Dont find it much of a problem and it doesnt bother me at all. Just as a side note, this problem never caused any part of the lens to come off or any malfunction...
reviewer#2427 date: Jun-9-2007
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:CZ 16-80
Minolta 17-35
price paid:
missing
positive:Build
Usable 2.8 and handy during low light situation.
Color and contrast
negative:Range, limited to 50mm. Wishing for more.
comment:Much better then the Minolta 17-35 in terms of sharpness (center to edge), and range. The only reason to keep the Minolta is for full-frame.

Compare to the CZ, this is a good value lens. Half the price but not half the performance. At similar widest aperture of the CZ, this lens gives the CZ a tough fight. If you don't pixel peep or print large photos, casual viewing of photos taken from both lens will not show much difference. If you know what to look for, the CZ does show better sharpness, color and bokeh.

Using the CZ in low light can be a real challenge at times. The Tamron at 2.8 does have an advantage here. Build wise, I prefer the Tamron over the CZ.
reviewer#2424 date: Jun-7-2007
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:KM 18-70 f3.5-5.6 DT (kit)
price paid:Euro 400 equivalent
positive:Quite sharp
Good colour
Useful range and max. aperture
Good build and feel
Good hood
negative:Slightly soft at the wide end at f/2.8
noticeable CA at the wide end
comment:This is excellent kit replacement, noticeably sharper and giving much nicer colour and contrast handling. Could be longer, but 50mmm on APS-C is really sufficient in most cases. Great feel, nice zoom control - smooth but stiff enough. The bad: becomes soft at 17mm f/2.8 (still acceptable though, better than the kit), CA can be a problem at the wide end in some situations. Difficult to operate a polarizer or a graduated filter with the hood on. Be careful with the front element - it's close to the rim and could easily be accidentaly scratched.
reviewer#2342 date: May-22-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 2.8-4/17-35
Sigma 2.8/18-50 EX DC
Minolta 2.8/24 RS
Minolta 2/35 RS
Minolta 2.8/50 macro D
price paid:
missing
positive:- very usable range
- constant 2.8 aperture
- sharp images with good (neutral) color rendition
- build
negative:- nothing serious
comment:I bought this lens because i was very unsatisfied with the range and image quality of the 17-35 Minolta lens. This one is really sharp even on the corners, focuses quickly (but not like a prime lens, of course!) and more reliably. The color rendition is similar to the above mentioned Minolta lenses, so very ok. I am very happy with it, i have made some comparisons with the 3 primes, and in terms of center and corner contrast and sharpness between f4.5 and 8 it can produce almost the same quality as the 3 primes (things might change at 10MP, i don't know). Distortion is ok (compared to the competition), and i gave 4.5 for sharpness just because it is not a prime lens. Yes, there is some CA at 17-20mm, but not so serious in real life...
reviewer#2293 date: May-10-2007
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 own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Designed for APS-C
Build is nice
F2.8 throughout the range
Focusing is quite fast
negative:Could be sharper wide open, but still very good

comment:Nice lens, doesn't feel cheap like the A100 kit lens. The range is clearly good for an APS-C sensor. Incredibly good performance at 17mm, good enough for landscape. Color rendition is very good. Wide open it could be sharper, so it's not a G lens, but it does do a good job. For the price you get something really usable and versatile.

Sony Alpha 100
Minolta - AF 80-200 F2.8 HS APO G
Tamron - SP AF 17-50 F2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical
Sigma - 18-200 F3.5-6.3 DC
Sony - AF 50 F1.4
Sony - AF DT 18-70 F3.5-5.6
Sigma - EF 500 DG SUPER
reviewer#2273 date: May-7-2007
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:Sigma 17-70/2.8-4.5
KM 20/2.8
price paid:399 Euro (new)
positive:Very useful zoom range for me
Reasonable build
negative:Very severe backfocus!
comment:The backfocus is quite bad and I did not continue to test or use it. The ratings of "4" are more to fill the squares than a meaningful rating.
I am resonably sure this was just a bad example and I may try another some day.
reviewer#2240 date: May-1-2007
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:Kit lens
price paid:2700 HKD (350US)
positive:Gives great results and a bright viewfinder even in lowish light. Doesn't need low profile filters.
negative:67mm filter size - only because I have 62mm filters !
comment:I just got this lens and had two outdoors events to shoot - one was mostly early-evening-light portraits and the other was mid-morning beach scenes. I am very happy with the results and cannot fault this lens at all for the price.

Most of my shots were around f5.6 to f9, with a few at f2.8 which I will crop. With this in mind, I am very happy to say this lens was perfect for both events.

Of course there are better lenses and I have read the Zeiss 16-80 is better but it seems that it is not twice as good.

If you already have the kits lens and are only 'happy' with the results then you might want to consider this as a modest upgrade.
reviewer#2135 date: Apr-11-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
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:Sony A100 Kit lens (18-70 mm)
Minolta AF 50mm 1.7
price paid:390 EUR (new)
positive:F2.8 throughout the range is great. Zoom range is great for portraits and "across the table" snapshots. Pictures look a lot sharper than the A100 kit lens.
negative:Not much. It makes the kit a bit heavy and the somewhat hard zooming requires some time to get used to.
comment:
missing
reviewer#2102 date: Apr-3-2007
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:SAL 1870
CZ 1680
price paid:375 + shipping(New)
positive:Very Sharp
Fast
Feels good on my a100
AF is quick, decisive and right on
Color
negative:Wish it could zoom a little further
comment:One of my top lenses, stays on my camera a lot. Great idoors, for parties. Nice color outdoors. I think all who own an a100 would love this lens. Unlike some others, I like the build, no it's not metal, but it does feel solid. The zoom ring has just the right ammount of play and it has some weight to it that seems to balance the a100 out perfectly.
reviewer#2067 date: Mar-27-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 3
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 24-70/2.8 EX DG
price paid:
missing
positive:Decent sun shade. Compact size and weight thanks to the small image circle.
negative:
missing
comment:A very versatile lens with a quite decent low-light performance. This plus the constant 2.8 and usable zoom range make it a good general purpose carry-around lens.
reviewer#2064 date: Mar-27-2007
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 own this lens
compared to:Minolta - AF 24-105 F3.5-4.5 (D)
Sigma - 70-200 F2.8 EX APO IF
Sigma - 24-135 F2.8-4.5 Aspherical IF
price paid:
missing
positive:sharpness
constant 2.8
fast focussing
negative:some flares
some distortion and vignetting at wide end
comment:Great indoor and portraits lens, there is some distortion and vignetting at wide end but acceptable for wideangle zooms. Highly recommended.
reviewer#1941 date: Mar-11-2007
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:17-70 Sigma
17-35 KM
price paid:$390
positive:Very Sharp
Excellent close focus
negative:Build is somewhat cheap.
comment:I really like this lens. I've not had this lens long so this will be brief...this lens is a true winner. Sharp, good range and zooms the same direction as my other Minolta zooms. "Plastic-feel" construction but the quality is very nice.

Amendment: After I had this lens for a year and a half the zoom action started binding up. Since I purchased a "gray market" version, Tamron USA won't honor the warranty. I took the lens apart and its junk. The flat electrical ribbon was totally destroyed...not of my doing. If you purchase this lens make sure you get an official USA version if you live in the states. Optics are excellent.

reviewer#1896 date: Feb-25-2007
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:Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5
Sony 50mm F1.4
price paid:Ł269 (new)
positive:Sharp
Very fast
negative:Slightly plasticky
Not quite 50mm at tele end
comment:I have found this lens to be very fast and quite sharp. It is definately going to be my workhorse, and although the Sigma has a closer focus distance I am leaving that one behind.

To be sure of my opinions, I took test shots with the three lenses...

I took 50mm F4.0 shots with all three, and found that the Tamron was not quite as long as the Sony. However in terms of sharpness, there was very little difference between them.

I took 17mm F4.0 shots with the Sigma and Tamron. The Sigma caught a flare from a nearby light, whereas the Tamron did not. I have reduced my score for the Sigma's flare control because of this.

I took 50mm F2.8 shots with the Tamron and Sony. The Sony was a tad sharper, whilst the bokeh was not noticably different.

Finally; I took 17mm F2.8 shots with the Sigma and Tamron. The Tamron was a tad sharper than the Sigma.
reviewer#1720 date: Jan-30-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 5
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Sigma EX 10-20, Sigma 28-70/2.8(old)
price paid:€430(new)
positive:relatively compact bright, sharp walk-around solution.

Decent build quality
negative:I prefer the designs of other brands. The look is not as professional as Tokina or Sigma EX.

I would have loved a bit more tele.
comment:I decided to take a 2.8 lens rather than the mediocre kitlens, to have better sharpness and AF speed. The lens + a100 makes a nice bright compact set which will suit me for most jobs.

Why doesn't Sony have this lens?
reviewer#1648 date: Jan-13-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
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:Sony 18-70/3.5-5.6
Minolta 24-105/3.5-4.5
Minolta 50/1.4
Sony 11-18/4.5-5.6
Sigma 12-24/4.5-5.6
price paid:460 USD (new)
positive:sharp
low distorsions
negative:chromatic aberrations
vignetting at wide end
comment:Excellent lens for everyday use. Since I got it, I use it for 90% of shooting situations: city landscapes, street life, architecture, indoor and outdoor portraits.
Even at F/4 it is much sharper then 18-70 kit lens at F/5.6.
F/2.8 allows to shoot indoor portraits under natural light.
At wideangle range (17-20mm) it beats all known to me dedicated wideangle zooms (11-18, 12-24, 17-35, etc), so for those who don't need go wider then 17mm this is a great choice for city architecture photography.
The only one drawback of this lens are notable chromatic aberrations on the wide end and vignetting. But this is typical for all wideangle zooms, and can be corrected in image processing software
reviewer#1564 date: Dec-22-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:28/2,35/2, 28-75/2.8, Sony 50/1.4, 24-85RS,Sony kit
price paid:366 EUR
positive:Sharp, good AF even in fairly low light, weight, size, Nice colours sometimes almost old style minolta like
negative:bit soft at 2.8, very usable for small prints but f4 is so much better.
comment:This is a very nice zoom lens, stopped down the quality is like a prime. Nice range, compact compared to the 28-75. OK the build is not like the old Minolta lenses but for me that's no issue, I prefer less weight. Ideal walkaround lens for nature & city, even indoors on ISO 800/1600 it can perform if the lighting is OK. Think it's a very good lens for the price. CZ will have to do a very good job ( e.g. very sharp full open) with the 16-80 to convince me to trade this lens.
reviewer#1534 date: Dec-12-2006
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 18-70 Kit Lens
* Minolta 28-85 Original
* Sigma 28-105 f/2.8
price paid:$450 USD New
positive:* Great build quality. Zoom turns proper way on Minolta.
* Stellar image quality.
* Smooth AF.
negative:* APS-C Only.
* Some barrel distortion.
* Short focus ring throw.
* Could always be longer, I suppose...
comment:The Kit Lens killer we've been waiting for has finally arrived. Tamron's 17-50 has been available for other mounts for a while, and finally comes to Sony/Maxxum with a bang.

* BUILD QUALITY AND FEEL

Tamron completely nailed it. This is a third party lens that doesn't FEEL third party. A hearty helping of rubber on the zoom and focus rings really help mitigate any plasticky feelings. The nice, big zoom ring that turns in the proper direction gives the feeling of a Beercan with its sturdy and smooth motion. The focusing ring is large enough for the times you want to MF, though the action is very coarse due to the short throw. The gearing noise sounds very similar to my Minolta 28-85 than the kit lens - quiet and smooth.

The zoom moves smoothly with no hitches in any direction the lens is aimed at. There is a lock switch to prevent the zoom from moving while in the bag, but this seems less necessary on this lens than on Tamron's megazooms. The included flower lens hood has an easy and smooth bayonet action that doesn't interfere with Tamron's high quality center pinch lens caps. The lens is substantial in its desnity. Compactness combined with the just under a pound weight gives the lens a great balance with the 5D. The lens also works and feels great on the a700.

67mm filter width is kind of an oddball, but is becoming more common these days. Internal focusing means you can use a circular polarizer with little trouble, and the flowered lens hood makes it easy to turn a filter. I also think it's kind of silly that Tamron puts all of their "feature monikers" on the gold ring.

* ON-CAMERA HANDLING

The lens feels right at home on the 5D. It looks sharp and means business. It has about the same balance as the Minolta 28-85. Won't tire you out when you have it on your neck all day.

The autofocus action is quick and precise. Not as quiet as a USM lens, but it's not noisy like most of the entry-level Sigma options and the kit lens. The f/2.8 helps to avoid hunting in lower-light conditions. The a700 helps out in particular; the quieter and faster motor make this sound much better. The f/2.8 sensor makes the AF lightning quick with this lens.

* IMAGE QUALITY

Excellent. It won't beat your G lens, but it will nip at the heels. I would say the IQ is probably equal to the Minolta 28-75 (another Tamron design) but with the focal lengths targeted towards APS-C. On the 5D, the focal lengths are 26mm-75mm equivalent to 35mm, and is a perfect "walkaround" or indoors lens. At 17mm, it completely destroys the kit lens on the distortion, CA, and vignetting fronts. On the long end, it beats the kit lens on the fact you gain two whole stops.

Flaring occurs when you point the lens straight at the sun (as it tends to do with any lens) but I had a difficult time in producing the amorphous contrast destroying flare I tended to get in non-optimal situations with the 28-85. The nice lens hood protects the lens a lot, and I'm sure the digital coatings help too.

* THE DOWNSIDE

The lens is APS-C only. Truthfully, this focal length range isn't very useful on film, so you probably wouldn't want to use it on a full-frame camera anyway. If Minolta mount eventually goes full frame and you upgrade, you'll probably want to sell this lens, but due to its quality, it'll probably retain a healthy used price. The Minolta 28-75 f/2.8 would be a suitable replacement for a film camera. The APS-C only factor does help in the fact that without targeting that format, the lens would be much larger, heavier, and might not cover the same focal length ranges or apertures.

* UPDATE - I have had a chance to use this lens on my a700 and like every lens attached to that camera the performance has only improved. The autofocus action is quicker, quieter, and the lens keeps up with the 12 megapixel sensor with no problems. Now if only Sony made a rebadge of this lens...
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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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