Tamron 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 XR Di Aspherical IF Macro AF

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28-200mm $130
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(From Tamron lens literature) Tamron has made this lightweight, compact high power zoom lens available with the Di optical system with improved multi-coating for digital SLR cameras as well as film cameras, further enhancing its ease of use and popularity.

Tamron 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 XR Di Aspherical IF Macro AF User Reviews

7.5/10 average of 2 review(s) Build Quality 8.0/10 Image Quality 6.0/10
  • 10 out of 10 points and recommended by joe88 (44 reviews)
    big zoom range and very sharp between 50 and 135mm, stopped down - suitable for macro shootings with macro ring, too
    some CA's, sometimes visible, not so sharp at the long end

    it is comprehensible that it is very difficult for a manufacturer of lenses to correct image mistakes of such a big zoom range. One fuorite ED lens included.

    Nevertheless the middle range is phantastic; the extremes of tele and wide angle are still good, with some CA's. ok. But everybody has a good photo program, nowadays, for correct theese small mistakes,

    With Phsh 4 you can eliminate the CA's quickly by a hidden switch in "filters". And if you sharpen the extremes additionally, this lens would allow to you to produce big posters up to 15x20" with a good cam.

    Really recommended by me for trip sessions. best result at the short and long end with f 13.

    TAMRON has an adjustment problem, so that some exemplaries are not so good. Mines is good !

    Image quality: 50-135 mm 10 points. 28 and 200 mm 6 points, averidge 8 points

    reviewed January 3rd, 2015 (purchased for $80)
  • 5 out of 10 points and not recommended by cjbowlsby (17 reviews)
    size, range, weight, price
    wide open performance is soft, 28mm on the wide end is restricting on a 1.6x crop

    It's not bad for a 7x zoom that's REALLY cheap. But then... it's REALLY cheap. It's soft especially at the long end while wide open. If you stop it down to f8 to f11, it's acceptable.

    If you really need the telephoto capability, the either of the most recent 70-300 tamrons are significantly better performers for a similar price. If you NEED the zoom range, I'd strongly suggest shelling out for the more expensive 18-200 or 28-300, both of which are far better performers, although they are nearly twice as expensive.

    reviewed December 14th, 2006 (purchased for $180)