Tamron 17-28mm user experience

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voronspb Senior Member • Posts: 1,502
Re: Tamron 17-28mm user experience

Critical Thinker wrote:

Yeah, the Tamron 17-28 is very plasticky and cheap feeling. But thats intentional because its supposed to be a more affordable wide angle zoom so of course it wont have the much better build quality of the 16-35/4 for example.

The outer shell material and lens weight aren't connected to the lens reliability in any way. Even in seemingly all-metal lens there's more than enough potential failure points - a drop of glue holding some element, or tiny electronic sensor/actuator, or under-designed mechanical part (like in FE70-200GM).

Anyway most modern lenses are all-plastic inside, regardless of outer body material. As an example, E16-50PZ ($300 in retail box) has metal shell which wobbles in relation to the lens mount, and inner barrel wobbles in relation to everything else.

Tamron 17-28 feels cheap by touch, but it's built tightly, with proper tolerances.

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