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Lens review

2010-10-05
 

Tamron SP AF 17-35 mm f/2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical (IF)

11. Summary

Pros:
  • sensational image resolution in the frame centre,
  • low distortion at focal lengths higher than 17 mm,
  • very low coma,
  • astigmatism quite well-corrected,
  • there’s no problem with vignetting on APS-C/DX,
  • good build quality,
  • smaller dimensions than those of competitors,
  • quite affordable price.

Cons:

  • weak image quality at the edge of the field, especially in the 17-24 mm range,
  • chromatic aberration from medium to high level,
  • too big geometrical deformations at the widest angle,
  • a lot of mis-autofocused results.

The Tamron 17-35 mm seems to be a quite good option. An affordable price, a splendid image quality in the frame centre along with medium or good results in other categories and only one slip-up, connected with the weak image quality at the edge at 17-24 mm – all these results allow us to recommend the purchase of this lens. Convinced APS-C/DX format users who don’t plan on doing any full frame swap could decide, however, to buy another Tamron instrument, the 17-50 f/2.8, which fared very well in the tests and would give you even better photographic performance.

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Tamron SP AF 17-35 mm f/2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary Tamron SP AF 17-35 mm f/2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary Tamron SP AF 17-35 mm f/2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Camera: Canon 20D
Parameters: 17 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/250 sek., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3504x2336 pix, 4.8 MB
Camera: Canon 20D
Parameters: 35 mm, f/10, exp. 1/200 sek., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3504x2336 pix, 5.1 MB
Camera: Canon 20D
Parameters: 17 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/320 sek., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3504x2336 pix, 5.9 MB
Tamron SP AF 17-35 mm f/2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary Tamron SP AF 17-35 mm f/2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary Tamron SP AF 17-35 mm f/2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical (IF) - Summary
Camera: Canon 20D
Parameters: 35 mm, f/10.0, exp. 1/200 sek., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3504x2336 pix, 5.1 MB
Camera: Canon 20D
Parameters: 35 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/60 sek., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3504x2336 pix, 2.4 MB
Camera: Canon 20D
Parameters: 28 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/60 sek., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3504x2336 pix, 2.6 MB

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