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

Review Date: Mar 29, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Constant f/2.8, image quality, sharpness, value for money, size/weight.
Noisier and slightly slower AF compared to Canon, make sure you test it properly and get a sharp one...

What a cracking lens! I was a bit reluctant to try a third party lens on my 350D, but read such good reports on this lens that I had to give it a try - especially at the price.

Unfortunately my first one was unacceptably soft throughout its focal range at f/2.8, so I sent it back. According to some photography forums, others have had the same problem.

Rather than risk another mail order return, I went to my local camera shop who had one that was brand new but had been sitting on the shelf for a little while. The advantage of this (in my mind) was that it was assembled in Japan before Tamron moved production of this lens to China.

My hopes for a better copy were realised. It's a top quality example - great sharpness at all focal lengths at f/2.8. The images produced by the lens are superb. I've never owned Canon "L" glass, so can't compare quality, but I'm really impressed with this Tamron.