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Tamron SP 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di AF zoom lens

Paul Fisher (Paul_Fisher) on October 24, 2003


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Tamron released a compact lightweight high speed medium range zoom and macro lens. It is the ....

 

Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical [IF] Macro Zoom Lens

This brief review will attempt to describe the lens, give an indication of its quality, and meaningfully compare it with a well-known Nikkor zoom in the same price range.
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Note that there are a number of Nikkors which could be compared with the new Tamron. These include:

  • 24-85mm f/2.8-4D AF

  • 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G AF-S

  • 28-70mm f/2.8 AF-S

  • 35-70mm f/2.8d AF

  • 28-105mm f3.5-4.5

Of these lenses, the Tamron is closest to the 35-70mm f/2.8D AF Nikkor in terms of size, weight, range and speed. However this lens costs AU$1,000 more.

Nikkor 35-70mm f/2.8D AF: US$685 (USA) and US$580 (Imported)
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Asph IF: US$330
*Prices rom B&H as of October 22, 2003

As I only have ready access to the Nikkor 28-105mm, this is the lens I will use to base comparisons on.

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Paul Fisher Paul Fisher (Paul_Fisher)

Perth, Australia
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2 comments

Larry Menzel (Larry4235) on January 4, 2014

I recently purchased the latest version of this lens and I'm truly impressed by the results on my D600! It is razor sharp at all focal lengths, AF is crisp and fast. For the price ($499) I think it's the functional match to the far more costly Nikon equivalent FX lens.

Ed Simons (eddie8888) on April 30, 2013

I bought this lens from Amazon along with the Nikon D7100. While very clear at all zoom ranges, it has a terrible time getting autofocus lock. Any suggestions or do I have a defect. i have tried all autofocus settings except spot.

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