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

reviews found: 214    << 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
reviewer#1526 date: Dec-10-2006
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sony Kit Lens, KM 28-75D, KM 17-35D
price paid:299 UKP
positive:Fast autofocus
Nice construction.
negative:Poor corner and edge sharpness even stopped down to f/4.5. Vignetting very evident. Worse than the Sony 18-70 kit lens in most respects.

Expensive in the UK
comment:I am not impressed with this lens at all - I must have a poor copy. It will be going back for replacement and hopefully the next copy will be OK.

Further tests indicated a back focus problem as well.

I have returned the lens and replaced it with the CZ 16-80
reviewer#1511 date: Dec-5-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5
KM 17-35mm f/2.8-4
price paid:325 USD (new)
positive:Focus is right on
Colors are rich
Sharp with nice contrast
Very useful range
negative:Some distortion at wide end
17-70 would have been great...
comment:This one lives on my camera. Truly a walk around. To the point that I'm feeling bad about not using my primes more. They got this one right!
reviewer#1494 date: Nov-29-2006
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Sigma 10-20
KM 24-105
KM 18-70
KM 50 1.7
price paid:449 USD
positive:Constant F2.8
Great focal range (25-75 film)
Good build quality
Sharp! Very Sharp!
negative:A bit heavy
comment:This is a great lens! Fast f2.8, nice bokeh, smooth zoom, wide manual focus ring, internal focus, good color saturation. It comes with a large hood, center pinch cap, and zoom lock. The feel is good and it is very Sharp. The focus is fast and spot on. This is the lens that is meant for the 5D. The focal length is my most used. This has quicky become my favorate and most used lens out of 8.

Highly Recommend!
reviewer#1402 date: Nov-9-2006
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 1.4/50
Tokina 2.6-2.8/28-70
Tamron 11-18
sony 2.8/70-200
zeiss 2.8/24-70
price paid:380 Euro (new)
positive:good sharpness
very small
fast focussing
low price
negative:some distortion and vignetting, but nothing major. slightly soft corners at 17mm when wide open. a little loft wide open.
built not up to professional standards
comment:This is an excellent lens. It's sharper than the 11-18 and the Tokina 28-70 ATX-Pro II. It even nearly reaches the Sony 1.4/50 and 70-200 SSM. However, it does not reach the sharpness of the Zeiss 24-70. Especially wide open.
Slight vignetting issues at 17mm when wide open, but they can be corrected in RAW post processing. Picture corners at 17mm a bit soft, but still usable.
I found that there can be purple fringing in wide angle shots. But I guess, it is not worse than with other lenses of this kind.

Great lens for the price.
My only gripe: The lens is a consumer lens. It's plastic built quality is giving up after about 40,000 shots. The rubber zoom ring came off. Also the zoom barrier at 17 mm broke...
reviews found: 214    << 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 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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