Tamron AF 17-50mm f/2.8 SP XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] (Canon) - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Canon EOS (APS-C)

Sample Shots

Here're a couple of sample shots taken with the EOS 350D and RAW-converted via RSP 2006. Unfortunately the local weather was rather mixed at the time so I apologize for the mediocre quality.

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Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.8 @ 1/1600s
Size 3471x2311
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.8 @ 1/1600s
Size 2311x3471
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.8 @ 1/1600s
Size 2311x3471
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 17.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.8 @ 1/4000s
Size 3471x2311
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 17.0mm
Exposure Data: f/11.0 @ 1/80s
Size 2311x3471
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 50.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/250s
Size 2311x3471
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 17.0mm
Exposure Data: f/11.0 @ 1/1250s
Size 2311x3471

Verdict

The Tamron AF 17-50mm f/2.8 SP XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] may have one of the funniest names around but the performance of the lens is serious at least regarding resolution where it was capable to deliver some of the best MTF50 figures to date. On the downside the very high field curvature at wide angle settings can be a problem in some situations (flat or very deep scenes at large aperture settings). Vignetting and distortions are about average for a lens in this class. CAs could be a little better at 17mm but otherwise the issue is quite well controlled. Mechanically the lens isn't top notch but it compares very well here to other third party lenses. Thanks to the very moderate price tag the lens is highly attractive and definitely worth a deeper look when shopping for a quality standard zoom lens for your APS-C DSLR.

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