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Tamron AF Aspherical XR (Di) IF 28-200mm 1:3.8-5.6 Macro [Model A03, A03s, A031]

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Tamron AF Aspherical XR (Di) IF 28-200mm 1:3.8-5.6 Macro [Model A03, A03s, A031]

Almost 10 years after presenting the first 28-200 super-zoom lens Tamron revealed a completely revised, much more compact design in 2001. The lens was mainly made of glass with high refractive index and was available in black (A03) and silver (A03s). The design of the rubber was modernized in both versions sometime during the production run, presumably in 2004.
In 2006 the lens was marginally revised and relabelled to Tamron AF Aspherical XR Di IF 28-200mm 1:3.8-5.6 Macro [Model A031}.

The Promaster Spectrum 7 XR AF Aspherical [IF] 28-200mm 1:3.8-5.6 Macro seems to be a technically identical rebadged version.

Aperture: f/3.8-5.6
Minimum Aperture: 22
Construction: 15 elements in 14 groups
Minimum Focus: 0.49 m
Macro Ratio: 1:4
Filter Size: 62 mm
Hood: AD03
Dimensions: 71 mm (diam.) X 75.2 mm (length)
Weight: 354 g
Released: 2001 (A03, A03s), 2006 (A031)
Discontinued: 2006 (A03), before 2011 (A031)
Price History:

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Registered: October, 2006
Location: North Face of Mount Shasta
Posts: 120
Lens Review Date: March 26, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $65.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Affordable, reasonably sharp, good contrast, fast autofocus, lightweight, durable
Cons: For the cost, nothing
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 7    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: K20d, K3   

I had originally purchased this lens for my son's first dslr and over time has proved to be one heck of a gem.
This lens isn't capable of competing with my main line glass on any level, but for what I use it for, it's a definite winner.
This is my lens of choice whenever I'm with the family in crowds or other dangerous surroundings. The beauty of this lens is its ability to consistently produce very acceptable results while holding up to some solid bumps and bruises in the process.
My copy has paid for itself several times over and has earned its way into my primary bag. Mine belongs to the 3rd generation of this lens, the 571d, with the 62mm filter size, light weight and reasonably quick internal focus, especially on my K3. If you ever run across one in decent shape, I would strongly suggest picking it up ... it could earn its way into your bag just like mine did.

Its close focus ability;
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Registered: July, 2010
Location: New York
Posts: 1,008

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: March 9, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $130.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: compact, lightweight, relative sharp for a superzoom, good range, macro
Cons: PF, a bit soft at wide and long end

My is the plain XR version, no Di. Model is A03P. This is the 62mm filter size one which significantly reduce body size and weight from previous model. Just want clarify it. People might confuse it with old model since the old model does not appear in the database here.

Feel impressed for its sharpness. It is a superzoom. I did not expect even the sharpness from kit lens. But it is relatively sharp cross entire range. however, at 28-35mm, it is soft wide open, but get sharp stop down to f4.5. In its mid range, it is very good wide open, stop down to f8 seems does not boost sharpness though. At 200mm, it is still acceptable wide open, stop down to f8, improve a bit. Overall, good sharpness for a 7x zoom.

The macro is nice. You can focus as close as 49mm even at 200mm. This is great for very close-up shot.

The biggest issue is the pronounced PF appear cross entire range. I was hope PF could be reduced stop down, but no, still present.

Build is decent for its plastic. Very compact for its class. and it weigh only 354 grams for a 7x zoom lens, pretty impressive. Zoom ring is not very smooth, feel too tight.

Auto focus is soso. In low light+tele condition, it decline a lot.

For its price, this one can not be beat. It is a much better lens than my previous pentax f 35-135. If you do not miss 18-27mm. I think you should consider this over the 18-200. besides, 18-200 is more expensive.
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Registered: April, 2010
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Posts: 805

5 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: February 20, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $20.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Light, good range, close MFD / macro capabilities
Cons: not a fast lens, needs good light
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 9   

I picked this up for next to nothing. Mine is the plain XR version (model A03)
I find IQ at 200mm is better than the Pentax 50-200 kit zoom lens.
IQ at 28-35mm leaves a little to be desired (it is kit lens quality in these FL's).
AF is fast and quite accurate.
Exposure often needs +0.5EV
Contrast and colour is quite good throughout the range.
It makes a good lens for day shooting if you need to travel light.

Here is a sample image taken in medium light, at 200mm FL.

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