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: 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: 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.
Summary: I chose this product because so many people in the wedding business recommended it for low light situations. The 2.8 aperture was nice but this lens was not sharp. Every single one of my shots was the same. Very soft in the center. Even my mother who knows NOTHING about photography and lenses noticed it. I sent it back. I've heard some people say that they bought this lens and it was sharp....I guess it's hit or miss....good luck!
Excerpt: This was an improvement over my kit lens, but over time I have noticed that the lens tends to focus behind the subject. It is better when used close up, but for group shots I have not been able to get a sharp image.
Summary: If you want your image good only for short period time (like half year), it should be OK for this lens. I think I am unlucky guy for this lens. After read Popular Photography Magazine test result for this lens, I took the plunge. But it was out of the stock in New York. I call all Tamron retailers on my planed trip location. Found one in Boulder, Colorado. Flew to Boulder, bought in MSRP price at Mike’s Camera.
Summary: I can only give this item two stars and that's for the 2.8 constant aperture. The construction did not seem very strong and there is no image stabilization, a fact that is no made fully clear in the description on the front of the web page.