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

28-75mm
Review Date: Jun 17, 2005 Recommend? no | Price paid: $339.00 | Rating: 4 

 
Pros: Light weight, price
Cons:
Very soft wide open.

I bought this lens based on the good reviews I read. I was aware of the widely reported QC issue of this lens before I purchased it. But I was ready to take a gamble. Unfortunately, I lost. The image quality was ok above f5.6 but there is a sharp drop in sharpness at f2.8. At 28mm, it was not too bad but it was very soft at 75mm f2.8 and worst at 50mm f2.8. It was like shooting through a cheese cloth as another reviewer put it. The convenience that this lens brings is not worth it for what I want to do. I would rather stick with my 17-40L and change to my 50 f1.4 or 70-200 f4 when necessary. I returned the lens.