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

28-75mm
Review Date: May 31, 2005 Recommend? no | Price paid: $275.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: On paper this would be the perfect hobbiest walk-around lens: light weight, great zoom range, relatively fast (f/2.8), "macro" close focus, included lens hood, metal lens mount
Cons:
sharpness, especially at f/2.8

Much to the recommendation of the folks over at dpreview.com forums, and the reviews here on Fred Miranda, i purchased this lens about 4 to 5 months ago to go along with my brand new 20D since i had been told the kit lens was a piece of crap.

On paper this seemed like the ideal lens for the reasons I listed above. And to it's credit it is a good lens to start on, with a good zoom range and a fixed aperature of f/2.8 which is a major improvement from the kit lens.

Having said that though, i was really disapointed with the sharpness, color, and contrast that this lens produced. I used it for aproximatly 9000-10,000 shots. Looking back on them i felt that something was missing as far as image quality was concerned. I did a side by side lens comparasion test with this lens and my kit lens, and the kit lens consistently was ahead by a noticable margin (except in sharpness).

I would say for the price it's ok, however, for just a little bit more you could purchase 2 canon prime lenses, which are faster and have better color/contrast to fill this range instead.

I realize that i could just have a lemon copy of this lens. Interestingly though, a friend who also has this lens thought the same thing about his copy as well. I've read online a lot (and as seen here on FM) some people compare this lens to canon "L" quality. I suppose they're lucky. :-P