Reviews and Problems with Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD
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Great on a Canon, a no-go for Sony.
6 March 2013
Summary: I have owned two versions of this lens Canon and Sony. The copy of the lens I used with the Canon gear was pretty good. A little veiling haze and so-so contrast at F2.8 but livable and correctable in post. All other apertures it was pretty good! If you are a Canon user this is an excellent lens for the price. However I sold up my Canon kit to move to Sony.
Excerpt: This is my first Tamron and also my first business with Adorama. The lens was delivered a day earlier than promised. I used it on my D7000, try to take the advantage of a $75 coupon offer. It's the version with built-in motor. Its focusing is quick enough, just like the speed of my beloved Nikon 18-200 and the noise is bearable. But it has too strong back focus from 17mm to about 35mm, rendering this lens almost unusable at wider apertures within this range.
Excerpt: I have to give this lens a low rating only because of quality control. My copy of this lens has a severe front focus problem. In manual focus the image is very very sharp, but auto focus misses every time. B&H was not helpful in letting me swap the lens. I was told it was my problem, and to contact Tamron for service. I have used a very sharp working copy of this lens, and if you get one that works it is a great lens. Unfortunately I didn't.
Excerpt: My wife bought one of these lenses for her EOS 60D. After testing we found it a wonderful lens: lightweight, fast focusing, excellent sharpness and very little chromatic aberration.<br /><br />After I traded my EOS 1Ds for a 60D last weekend I ordered another Tamron 17-50/2.8 for myself. After receiving and testing it this afternoon I decided to return it immediately. Nothing in the frame is sharp, even at 35mm and f/8 using a tripod.
Summary: I desperately wanted to like this lens, since I currently can't afford a Nikon equivalent. Plus, the reviews were great, especially on SLRGEAR.COM. I just finished tests on a resolution chart. On a tripod, with a D300s and using Live View magnified to focus manually. Wide open at 50mm, this lens is useless. Worse than the few kit lenses I've tested. The center is not great, but the fall off in acuity away from the center is fast and horrendous.
Excerpt: Make no mistake, this lens gets great reviews. But it all depends on you getting a working lens. Don't be fooled by the 200 some reviews. When you do buy the lens, you have to test it well. My lens has severe front focus issues and my auto-focus thus becomes useless. I have to manual focus everything. That kinda defeats the point. You can read about these issues by just googling it. Many folks have experienced this problem.
Excerpt: Tried this with a 60d and it didn't work out for me due to inability to lock a good focus. When it would lock, seemed to consistently front focus. In room light would never lock on at all with either quick focus or live view. Very sharp with manual focus. Tested both tripod and handheld. Tried a couple of Canon L's on the 60d and they both focused very fast and on the money every time in any light, so not a problem with the body.
Excerpt: I was very excited to receive this lens after reading all the reviews. I was hoping the quality would be outstanding, but you do get what you pay for! Maybe it was just me, but I didn't take any pictures that I just loved. I think I'm just so use to a wider aperture. This reminded me more of a kit-type lens, and I don't mean that in a really bad way, just my impression. Great deal for the money, but I think I may have just become a prime-only girl.
Excerpt: I shoot family, special events,animals,landscape pics. The 17-50 showed great detail at f/5 and upwith my xsi very nice there, but was blurry and veryvery soft in the center below f/4 even with a tri pod in room lighting. With a speedlite flash its good insidebut too soft for my taste. The kit lens is betterand stabilized. [...] ended up with a canon 35mm f/2 and I,m happy!