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

2875mm
Review Date: Jun 3, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: sharp, particularly in the center; small
Cons:
plastic, but this does make it light

In 2006 I compared two lenses from my arsenal: (1) a $319 Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di autofocus (for Canon); and (2) a $1,299 Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM autofocus lens. Though I didn't compare images at their edges, I didn't have to carefully compare them at their center: the Tamron was decidedly sharper. In light of this test, I sent my EF 24-70 to Canon for a tune-up. On receiving it back, I compared the lenses again -- and again, the Tamron won. See http://lubowphotography.com/tamron-canon-test.htm
I shelved the EF24-70, now park a Canon EF 24-105 F.4 on my camera, and turn to the Tamron 28-75 when I need the speed.
My guess is, the EF24-70 was simply a lemon. In any event, for the price, the Tamron 25-75 may be the best value of any lens out there.