This lens is a great idea but poorly made. Does not produce quality images.
12 June 2012
Summary: I have all Canon 'L' top of the line lenses which do a great job for me. But they are large - thought it would be nice to have a 'handy walk-about lens'. I used to have this lens in the non-VR days. I thought VR was going to make it a useful lens for walks & travel. But when it arrived it would not zoom past 125. (It was supposed to be 'refurbished'.) In spite of the zooming problem it should have produced sharper images in the non-affected range.
Summary: [[ASIN:B000V6ON8I Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD VC (Vibration Compensation) Aspherical (IF) Macro Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras] I purchased this lens and was impressed with the feature list that it had for the price. I thought that this was a perfect, cost efficient alternative to the Nikon f3.5 18-200mm lens that was nearly double the price of this Tamron. This lens works fine if you set it to full manual operation.
Summary: I know the D80 hasn't been around for a while, but this lens is just as old and my D80 and quite honestly I don't think is a good choice for any Nikon Camera. At the high end the pictures aren't much use, you'll notice flair and noise at 250mm and at 300mm the quality is reallyu bad, so you don't really get a full 300mm it's more like a 250mm max.
Summary: DONT BUY!!!!!I was looking for an all around lens. So I thought this 28 to 300mm would do the trick. The problem is (BAD GLASS) Even if you have this lens on a tripod the 250-300 looks blurry. So take it from me. Save up more money and buy GOOD GLASS which this is NOT!!!! My canon kit lens is better than this.
Summary: I started out really loving this lens. It covers all my needed zoom capabilities so I really only need one lens for almost all use. However, I started noticing problems pretty quickly. To be honest, I thought it was just me having something set incorrectly: the lens would have trouble auto focusing. It would even lock up sometimes. When that would happen I would turn the lens to disconnect it from my Nikon D90 body and reconnect it - usually that would do it.
Summary: I recently borrowed this lens, and have been very disappointed with the image quality compared to Tamron's 18-270 lens, which I also borrowed for use on my Canon T2i. Pictures are much softer, and stopping down to f/8 doesn't help as it does with some other lenses. While the lens is compact, easy to use (it does hunt for autofocus at times), and comes with a lock to avoid lens creep, these advantages are also available with the 18-270 without the sacrifice in image...
Summary: Sure I'm an "L" snob I suppose, but I wanted to try the Tamron to see if I could just carry one lens on an upcoming trip. The lack of sharpness and ability to focus in a rather large depth of field were among the short list of things I didn't like right away. I shot pictures at a wedding for a friend...and was VERY disapointed. This morning, I tried one more experiment, catching a blue jay out in our oak tree. Could hardly tell the blue jay from the tree at 70 mm.