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03-18-2009, 01:22 PM   #1
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Tamron 28-75 a 10?

This lens has been around a while, and praised, but I just received mine and I have to say it's as good as the reviews and comments suggest. At 43mm and f/2.8 it approaches my FA-43mm in sharpness. The rendering is a bit different, but not unpleasant and easily handled in PP if needed. I don't know what a "10" is for a zoom but this has to be close,
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If not a 10, pretty darn close imo. I could probably leave my 28-75 on my camera 90% of the time and be perfectly happy and covered. But of course I must change frequently to enjoy my other lenses. It's a great range for my primary usage of shooting my wife and kids in the house and out and about. It's in my top 4 used lenses along with the FA 35/2, DA 40/2.8 and DA 70/2.4.
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Be sure to check for BF/FF issues at all focal lengths. I went through 3 copies w/ various problems (massive BF at 28mm, lots of softness at 75mm, etc.). It's also supposed to be a bit soft at the edges wide open but I never got to looking at that :-P
Glad to hear you got a good copy...
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QuoteOriginally posted by kenyee Quote
Be sure to check for BF/FF issues at all focal lengths. I went through 3 copies w/ various problems (massive BF at 28mm, lots of softness at 75mm, etc.). It's also supposed to be a bit soft at the edges wide open but I never got to looking at that :-P
Glad to hear you got a good copy...
Ditto. If yours focuses right, hold on to it. The IQ is extremely good, at least mine was at all focal lengths and apertures as long as I manually focused.

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It's probably one of those few consumer zooms that is worth giving it a 10.
Value for money, IQ and speed - all in one.
Sure, not the sharpest nor most contrasty, but a solid performer and a very good focal range zoom.
It's always on one of my cams also for photo jobs, but relegated it for the DA* 16-50 when I don't need the 50-75 range...
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This is a damn good lens and I'd rate it somewhere between 9-10. It's regularly in my kit if I can't carry Limited primes or don't need the extra stop. Great companion to the DA 12-24/4.
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I would give it a 10 with no reservation.
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Give me one and I'll give it a 10.

Everybody here seems to love it.

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id love to have one so that i can give it a 10 too, lol

i do plan on getting 1 eventually, as my only fast zoom i think the FL range would be perfect. add a 16-45 for budget wide, and a 55-300 for sharp tele and that would be my zoom kit complete
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I can attest that it is worth the cost and more. Every couple of weeks or so one pops up in the marketplace used...that's where I got mine ($250ish)
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QuoteOriginally posted by FHPhotographer Quote
This lens has been around a while, and praised, but I just received mine and I have to say it's as good as the reviews and comments suggest. At 43mm and f/2.8 it approaches my FA-43mm in sharpness. The rendering is a bit different, but not unpleasant and easily handled in PP if needed. I don't know what a "10" is for a zoom but this has to be close,
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Good to hear Brian, welcome to the club! There can be QC issues (FF/BF, etc,) but I think that was mostly occurring in the past. It is a true gem of a zoom.

Here's a recent shot from the Tammy:

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My tammy arrived yesterday and after few shots......yes it's 10.

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