Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR ZL Di

Last updated (23 February’12):
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Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR ZL Di is a standard zoom lens features 28-75mm at focal lenght with maximum aperture of f/2.8. The lens construction has 16 elements in 14 groups with diagonal angle of view at 75 to 32 degrees. Focus adjustment: rotating zoom system, Closest focusing distance: 13 inches and has a filter size of 67mm. The Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR ZL Di lens weighs 18 ounces and it measures 2.9 inches in diameter and 3.6 inches long.

Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR ZL Di
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR ZL Di Reviews

Tamronlensreview.com reviews the Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR ZL Di and writes;
“On a cropped sensor DSLR, this lens really shines. Distortion, vignetting and chromatic aberration are not an issue. It’s sharp on any focal length at any aperture. It’s not wide enough for cropped sensor, but If you can live with the zoom range, you’ll get one of the SHARPEST zoom lens.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Ephotozine.com reviews the Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR ZL Di and writes;
“Even without taking the price into consideration, this lens is an impressive performer producing images with very good to excellent resolution throughout the range. The small size and light weight of this optic will also appeal to many, who would like the flexibility of an f/2.8 zoom, without the size, weight and price tag usually associated with such a lens.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Kurtmunger.com reviews the Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR ZL Di and writes;
“I’m very impressed with the Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 lens. In fact, I’d prefer this lens to the Sony version. Why you might ask? Because not only is the Tamron slightly sharper wide open at the long end, it’s almost half the money of the Sony! “
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Photo.net reviews the Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR ZL Di and writes;
“The Tamron SP AF28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) Macro is a good lens. It’s well built, small, fast, light, sharp, flare resistant and affordable ($340 after rebate). It’s about 1lb lighter and $800 cheaper than the Canon 24-70/2.8L..”
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SLRGear.com reviews the Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR ZL Di and writes;
“for the money, the lens has excellent optical qualities that rival at least one major (and much more expensive) lens in its category (the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8).”
Rating: ★★★★½

Photozone.de reviews the Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR ZL Di and writes;
“The Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR may shine with glory on APS-C DSLRs but it has found its master within the full format scope. The border resolution is generally soft at f/2.8 and you need stop down a bit in order to get a decent image quality across the frame. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

The-digital-picture.com reviews the Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR ZL Di and writes;
“One of the most notable feature of this lens is the good center sharpness it delivers, with decent center sharpness at f/2.8 and good center sharpness at f/4. I make the center designation clear as corner sharpness is a completely different story. The Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di Lens is very soft in the corners. “
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User Opinions

Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR ZL Di User Reviews

Excellent general purpose lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I’ve been using this lens for two and a half years now on my Rebel XT. I love it. About 90% of my photos are taken with it. The image quality is excellent, the focus is reliable, and it weighs half of what the Canon 24-70L does (and is a third the price!). I recommend this lens enthusiastically to everyone with a DSLR asking for a good general purpose lens. It’s a great deal. “ – by Nelson Minar

Wow! | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is a spectacular lens. When I compare it to my 24-70 “L” Canon lens the Tamron is every bit the equivalent at the same aperture; only, it is 1/3 the price and lighter. Yes, the focal range is a bit different than the Canon and the lens body is plastic(actually polycarbonate–which can be stronger than metal), but for 1/3 the price I can drop it, replace it and still come out $400 ahead compared to the Canon(I sold the Canon after I bought this lens because I no longer used it.) “ – by Jeffrey E. Fisher “Jeff Q.”

Good Value for a Fine Lens | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Not having the change to spring for the Canon “L” equivalent, I did my research and decided this would more than suffice. Having used it for some recent photos, I can say it was a good decision. Build quality seems quite good and the zoom mechanism has just the right feel. Sharpness at normal aperatures is very good and even at f2.8 is not too soft on my Canon 20D.” – by F. Ehorn

High quality optics | Rating: ★★★★★
“I have both the Canon 24-70 and this lens. The quality and sharpness of the image taken with this lens is outstanding. I really can not tell them apart from the Canon (BOTH PIN SHARP). I use this on my back-up camera but it’s easier to carry around for a long period of time – much lighter. The build quality of the Canon is better and it is a much sturdier lens. The Canon has full time manual which I need when shooting weddings – I was concerned with damaging the Tamron which does not have full time manual. Overall this lens is an outstanding value – I would not hesitate to buy it. “ – by Joseph N. Pullano

Great fast portrait lens on a budget | Rating: ★★★★★
“This Tamron was a great choice for an all-around lens. Usually wide enough, and can zoom in for nice bokeh in the background of portraits. The sharpness(especially on a crop sensor) is outstanding from f/4 on up. At f2.8, it’s a touch soft for me, but still very usable up to 8X10” prints. Much sharper wide open than the “venerated” Canon 50mm 1.8 II, even at f/2.8. I sold my “nifty fifty” after getting this lens, becasue it is more flexible, and I never liked the shots I got between 1.8 and 2.8 anyway. Too soft.” – by Amazonian “I forget”

I am in love with this lens l series | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens is so much more than I ever expected for the price. Very sharp especially at 3.2 and above, the color and saturation is amazing. The focus is a little slow but more important to me it is accurate 99% of the time even at 2.8. It bugs me a bit that the zoom turns the opposite direction of canon but I’ll get used to it since this lens has been on my camera since I bought it a week ago. Oh and IS would be great. If you’re thinking about it just buy it.” – by Lynn

Love this lens over canon’s l series | Rating: ★★★★★
“A great lens for the more serious photographer, achieving the highly sought after f stop of 2.8 and with image stabilization. A great choice for those that don’t enjoy spending twice as much to have a white canon L series lens! “ – by Jason Phillips “Jason Phillips”

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Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR ZL Di User Manual

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Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR ZL Di Specifications

Tamron applies the Di (Digitally Integrated) logo to lenses with optical systems designed to meet the performance characteristics of digital SLR cameras, and this 28-75mm Di autofocus zoom lens is no exception. Boasting revolutionary downsizing XR technology, the lens is among the smallest and lightest models in the history of fast zoom lenses. In fact, it looks just like an ordinary standard zoom lens, but offers a fast constant maximum aperture that will reshape your photographic horizons. Specific details include a constant maximum aperture of f/2.8, a minimum focusing distance of 13 inches, and a rotation-type zoom. As with all Tamron lenses, the 28-75mm lens carries a six-year warranty.

* Lens construction: 16 elements in 14 groups
* Angle of view: 75 to 32 degrees
* Zooming type: Rotation
* Diaphragm blade number: 7
* Minimum aperture: f/32
* Minimum focusing distance: 13 inches
* Macro magnification ratio: 1:3.9 (at 75mm)
* Filter diameter: 67mm
* Accessories: Lens hood
* Mount: Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony
* Dimensions: 2.9 inches in diameter and 3.6 inches long
* Weight: 18 ounces

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