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Tamron 28-300MM F/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD VC AF

Review Date: May 11, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $399.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: low cost, lightweight, good zoom range
sharpness after 200mm

I picked this up to be my lightweight carry-around lens when I don't want to pack my other lens with me. For example, the other day I took the Seattle water taxi to work and having this lens allowed me to get a ton of shots at different zoom levels without lugging a ton of stuff. Normally I wouldn't take my camera or take it with the 50mm f1.8 lens. With the 28-300 - I have a lot more flexibility in my shooting.

Overall I was happy with the shots. They were definitely a little soft in the high zoom ranges. I used the sharpness setting in software to help this out a bit. Otherwise, I was happy with the quality.

The autofocus worked well - relatively quick and quiet. I find my sigma 24-70mm f2.8 EX to have a louder/slower autofocus.

The build quality seems solid and the feel of the zoom and focus rings are good.