philipharveynz's reviews

  • Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical IF SP AF

    6 out of 10 points and not recommended
    Cheap, light
    Soft wide open, focus hunts in low light, focus frequently inaccurate, noisy, construction quality

    After reading the great reviews here on this lens I ordered a copy. Unfortunately I seem to have one of the soft copies that many people mention in their reviews. My advise is only buy this lens if you can buy it from a shop that will let you try 2 or 3 lenses till you find a sharp copy.
    I suspect that the softness in the lens is also the cause of the poor focus performance.
    Overall I am left wishing I had purchased something else as I simply can't trust this lens to capture the moment.
    I ended up purchasing a 50mm 1.8 Nikkor as a replacement for this lens as I couldn't justify the cost of the Nikkor 24-70 f2.8 or 28-70 f2.8

    reviewed June 9th, 2008 (purchased for $300)