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Tamron 28-75MM F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF)

Review Date: Jun 18, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Colours, surprisingly sharp at 2.8, excellent sharpness when stopped down, contrast, price
If any- extending zoom, but this is actually not a problem for me; also, sometimes (very rarely though) the focus hunts in low light

I bought this lens second hand for only 179 EUR for my EOS 30D, but even without considering this fact, the Tamron 28-75 2.8 is one of the best things I've purchased recently. I don't know whether there are quality issues with this lens, but my copy is tack sharp when stopped down and even at 2.8 the sharpness is next to excellent. And all this even when I use an UV filter. I have used several zoom lenses in the 24-90 region (non-L) and although I am not a specialist I can see that Tamron is better than them (these include also the EF 28-135 IS), because I know what sharp means from the EF 50mm 1.8 and some russian lenses like Helios 58mm 2. The pictures are very contrast, with saturated yet natural colours. The bokeh at 75 mm 2.8 is wonderful and this on par with the close focusing abilities of this lens is what I like most. The build quality is quite decent and I don't really mind the extending zoom. Maybe the Canon EF L lenses in this zoom region are better, maybe not - I don't know, but now when I have the Tamron I don't feel like I want to buy any of them - this little monster serves me quite well. Highly recommended !!!