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

Review Date: Jun 16, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $354.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Price, Better than average build quality, lightweight, SHARP AS A TACK (even at 2.8), smooth focus/zoom rings, excellent contrast

Let me just begin by saying that I know there have been posts regarding Tamron quality control issues with the optics, but I for one just received a perfect copy of the lens so this review will be based on a good copy of the lens.

After doing alot of research for a nice lens to take on my honeymoon in Hawaii and compliment my Canon XT, I decided to take a chance with the Tamron 28-75mm XR DI. I was hoping and praying that I got a good copy and I have to say, I was very fortunate. Supposedly 1 in 8 are bad, so I guess it's time to go out and play the lottery while my luck is still hot.

I ran 4 print, outdoor scenery, action shot (dog), and some flower portrait shots. Been doing photography for 15 years and I'd be able to tell right away if something was wrong.

1. Build Quality/First Impression-

Obviously not L series battle-worthy, but the build quality is Top Notch for a lens under $1,000. Although lightweight, it has a nice weighty feel to it.

2. Focus and Zoom rings-

Smooth as butter.....Again, nice feel to them. Rubberized rings for good grip. No complaints of "stickyness" as in other posts. Very accurate feel to focus

3. Autofocus issues-

NONE. Read posts about autofocus being slow and noisy. No problems here. AF was JUST AS FAST as the stock lens with no searching. It locked on the target right away. AF did have more noise than the stock 18-55mm canon lens, but not enough for it to be remotely an issue.


Most important aspect...TACK SHARP! Did I say tack sharp? I took a picture of my dog and when cropped @ 100%, I could count single strands of fur on his face, as well as all the little scent nodules on his nose. It's sharp from 2.8 on up. I have no complaints. Corner to corner was as sharp too.

Color was dead on accurate...Best I've seen since my bother in laws older canon 28-75mm L series. Everything seems to jump out at you.

No flare.

No Barrel Distortion.

Excellent bokeh!

To sum it all up, if you get a good copy, you will have NONE of the issues that are posted on here! NONE! If it had a different paint job and had Canon 28-75 L printed on it, you would never know the difference in picture quality.

You will have the best lens, in my opinion, for under $1299.