Choice: 24-85 kit or Tamron 28-75 NBIM?

Started Jan 22, 2013 | Discussions thread
Catalana Senior Member • Posts: 1,259
Re: Choice: 24-85 kit or Tamron 28-75 NBIM?

I just spent the morning doing some research on both lenses and trying to make a decision. I am leaning towards the Tamron for now, mainly because of the constant F2.8, but then the Nikon sports some favorable MTF values plus VR. I also saw some shots on Flickr by an D800 owner, that shoots with the Tamron 28-75, and the pictures just blew me away:

There are quite a few shots to evaluate, at many different speed and aperture settings. His series more or less put some of the concerns I had about the Tamron to rest. Mind you, there is sample variation to consider. Tamron also offers an excellent warranty period for their lenses, that would factor into my choice.

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Pentax K-5 Nikon D600 Pentax smc DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO Sigma 70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro +10 more
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