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

28-75mm
Review Date: Mar 10, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $398.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp 2.8 f-stop. Very good optics. Sweet bokeh. Amazingly close focus range. Light weight. Well built.
Cons:
Sometimes, quick focus is inconsistent.

This is a wonderful lens with bright and sharp optics for my two Canons with their 3:2 aspect ratio. Lightweight with a very close focusing range, I've used it extensively. Here are some examples: http://www.pbase.com/steeleumc/north_carolina - http://www.pbase.com/steeleumc/image/54108537 - and there are more examples scattered about in other galleries. Even though I purchased a 24-70L for focusing reasons, I kept this lens as a backup due to its optical quality and still consider it one of the best bargains as well I've found.

My one negative is inconsistent, quick focusing. Most of the time, it responded quickly and accurately. Sometimes I had to press the focus button two or three times to insure a good focus. [I've programmed my focus button to be separate from the shutter release.] This is not a problem with landscapes and some portraits but not what I wanted for sports and candid photography; perhaps the newer models have improved in this area. I was able to purchase a used Canon 24-70L at a good price and it consistently focuses more quickly.