Reviews and Problems with Tamron SP AF28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD
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Wanted to love it, but didn't.
10 November 2013
Summary: I *really* wanted to love this lens, but I was NEVER able to get a clear image from it (not an issue I have had with the four Canon lenses I own). The way it fit on my Canon 7D also felt slightly off - like it wasn't creating a perfect connection. I sent it back. It did (apart from unsatisfactory sharpness) perform decently in low light. I think it would be fine for, say, real estate photography, but it was disappointing as a family photography lens.
Summary: On my D600, it was unusable at apertures larger than f/5.6. In any high contrast area there were large chromatic aberrations and coronas from f/2.8 to f/4. It's not sharp enough for the 24mpix sensor. It focused fast, but had a hard time actually finding focus because the lens is just not sharp enough for this camera. I'll give it the benefit of a doubt...
Summary: tamron has long been known for spotty quality control. a sample might be total trash or as good as the best canikon can offer. i took a chance purchasing before i could see/test it. it seems there are very few places around the us where one can see/test tamron lenses before buying. well, it appears i got a lower quality sample. it required good daylight/flash to be sharp, and even in bright daylight images were sometimes distorted. more on the distortion later.
Summary: I bought this lens based on the wonderful pictures I have seen with it. I am a pro photographer, 100% of my income comes from photography. This lens would fill a great spot in my gear except that the build was horrible! The zoom ring was so stiff it would not rotate but instead "jump" from say 35 to 50, returned the next day. Amazon(who is always awesome) overnight end me another to try, when I received it had the same issue!
Excerpt: Got a very bad copy that was unusable at all focal lengths at wider apertures. It could not take a sharp photo. This tells me their quality control needs to step up a little bit. I wanted to like this lens but could not force an acceptable picture out of it. I had to return it.
Excerpt: You simply cannot use a single image at f/2.8 at f/3.2 it's the same story. At f/3.5 you can only fool someone who knows nothing about photography. At f/4 and up it's very sharp. So if you're buying this lens because of low light. DON'T. Because you cannot use f/2.8-3.5 at all. It defeats the purpose. If money is an issue like it was for me then buy a prime lens instead. I honestly could not pay $1,600 for the Nikon version so I went for this.
Excerpt: My background is 16mm cinematography and video production. I was fairly new to DSLR photography when I bought this lens. Got mine here as an open box. Images generated with this lens will pass if you don't compare them to decent Canon or Nikon Lenses. The images are less than sharp, bokeh is somewhat unappealing, focus ring has too short of a throw, and the AF is miserable.
Excerpt: When I first purchased this lens, I absolutely loved it, using it on my Fuji S2 and S3 Pro cameras. Focus was relatively fast and accurate and sharpness was acceptable. Then I purchased a full-frame camera (D700). Edge to Edge sharpness is absolutely TERRIBLE on this camera. Center charpness is excellent.
Excerpt: i'm a part-time pro doing weddings on weekends, and now i'm using both FX and DX (D700 and D90). before i was always thinking how nice would be to use on a DX the range 28-75 instead of a fixed 50mm 1.8. But i sold my lens after a month with it. if you are looking for true sharpness, this tamron is great only at f4, at 2.8 it's notthing special. Could be usable if you dont mind at all for a great sharpness. A 50mm 1.8 at f/2.8 is noticeable better.
Excerpt: I'm sure this is a defect, but it was my first experience with non-Nikon glass. The lens is quiet and fast to focus, but the sharpness of the images is seriously lacking. I'm used to my 18-200 Nikon VR or 50 mm 1.8 on my D90 and they produce great pictures that you can easily zoom in to ridiculous scales with great clarity and I just can get that from this lens. I didn't try the manual focus, but I assume that works fine.