Tamron AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF)

Zoom lens | Canon EF, Nikon F (FX), Pentax KAF, Sony/Minolta Alpha
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I own this lens 3 years now used with my Canon 5D. The good points of this lens are its low price, low weight and compact size. AF speed is not USM like but not terrible either. It is a f/2.8 lens but wide open the lens is soft. At f/4 it sharpens up but stop down to f/5.0 - f/5.6 for maximum sharpness. Bokeh and flare resistance is ok for a zoom. This Tamron lens has a yellow cast over the pics you take. For rought half the photos I made with it I wanted to correct colors in post. Since my ...

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revdave
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I have a emotional relationship with my lenses. They are like my children. They each have their special gifts and unique qualities. But I can't say I've ever had a deep love relationship with this lens. It's rather simple, rather plain, and just darn practical. It's like the time I bought my first mini-van. Terribly unsexy, but frustratingly essential. That's the kind of relationship I have with the Tamron. Would I rather have Canon's 2.8L?  Heck yes! Anyone who's ever felt the love of an L ...

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After looking at many lenses and the cost I decided on this one for an entry into a more modern lens of what I had. Image quality compares with much more expensive lens. Focus speed is pretty good and I have not had problems with speed issues with this lens. I looked at the Canon L and other lens and for the cost this can not be beat. Also you get a F2.8 lens that works. Use a good UV filter to protect it and to help insure good image quality. Cheap filters always hurt when they are put on ...

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tex
 
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check the testing around abouts.  quite sharp, so amazing value.  Very good size for a walabout lens, and fast for a zoom.

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pjman792
 
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I use this lens often, and am satisfied with the optical quality. It does have some noticable barrel distortion at 28mm, but otherwise it provides fine image quality. Problems: The one gripe I have is that - with filter attached - you have to be very careful not to point the lens even close a direct light source, especially the sun. If you do, you'll wind up with severe lens flare. Removing the filter eliminates the problem, but that can be a real hassle in the middle of a shoot.

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Its an amazing lens for the price it comes for. Like the sharpness. Problems: Noise of the focusing ring is little irritating, only at times. You might get little lens flare when focusing directly at the sun/source.

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Summi Luchs
 
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I have this lens in Nikon mount since a couple of years (the older version w/o focus motor, focussed faster on bodies with screw-drive mechanism than the built-in motor). On APS-C its optical quality was very good but due to its not so attractive zoom range I didn't use it very much in the last years. Now I have changed to full frame and gave it a try on the D600. I didn't expect too much - so I was toally surprised. It is fully usable on FF even wide open. The corners are a bit softer at f ...

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Andrei Todea
 
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A very nice kit lens. Cheap, too!

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I bought this lens on keh.com for about $250 as my walk about for the D700. It surpassed my expectations for acuity and contrast -- even wide open -- and I could not have been happier with it on that score. AF was certainly slower than a much more expensive lens might have been, though, so it is impossible to give it 5 stars. It also has a bit more vignetting and a bit more CA, so again it is a compromise. But always remember the price. Even after selling the D700, I find myself unable to ...

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brownmichael
 
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I have had a lot of frustration trying to find lenses that focus accurately with my Canon 5D at large apertures. I'm too cheap to buy L series lenses. I saw one of these on Craigslist and decided to take a chance on it. The copy I bought was not in great shape, the rubber cover was dirty and worn, but the optics looked clean. For $260 I figured I did not have much to lose. To my suprise, the lens focused flawlessly and gave me excellent sharpness! It is now my favorite lens for the 5D. I ...

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