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Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom AF

Review Date: Sep 2, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $280.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Image quality: Images come out of camera sharp, smooth and clean. Bokeh is pleasing. Price: If you can find a second hand one on eBay like I did (and have it be in perfect condition) you're even further ahead of the more than fair market price. For $280, I was beyond pleased. Versatility: Having never used a decent mid range zoom I was not totally sure what to expect. This lens is pretty darn good for portraits, serves as a nice macro lens at 75mm, and also has performed well in different 'sports' type shots. I haven't really tried a landscape yet, but I'm anxious to. Build: No, its not metal...but it does feel solid. Your neck will thank you. The lens cap, now that I think about it, is very cool. The inner and outer grips are useful. Zoom lock is useful because it does creep without it.
AF: It does seem to hunt a little, but its not that bad MF: I wish the ring rotated freely when in AF. I have accidentally turned it while in AF when going for the zoom and, well, thats just not a good thing to do. This is probably my biggest beef. Yeah, it does feel a little awkward when zoomed all the way out but again, its not that bad.

Buying and using this lens has definitely convinced me to investigate the other lenses in the Di series for my future needs as alternatives to L glass which I can't afford.