Formally the Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) Macro A09 is a reportage standard zoom lens with constant speed of 2.8 at the entire focal range. To date however this lens does not meet the requirements for modern professional reportage standard zooms due to lack of optical image stabilizer (for Canon and Nikon versions), ultrasonic motor which could provide virtually silent and lightning fast autofocus with Full Time Manual focusing support and the housing is not dust and moisture sealed.
On the other hand the lens exhibits high image quality across the frame at any combination of focal length and aperture, has a good correction of basic optical aberrations and typical vignetting for a lens of such class. Very good optical results of the lens is probably one of the reason why this dated lens introduced in 2003 is still in production.
A slightly unusual focal range shifted by 4 mm to the telephoto range in comparison with 24-70/2.8 zoom lenses does not offer any additional benefits to the photographer, in my opinion. The lens is not very convenient for architecture and especially interior shooting at the widest end even with full frame camera due to insufficient field of view provided by the lens.
All in all it’s a good and affordable fast general purpose zoom lens which should be used mostly in favorable weather conditions. In 2003 Tamron targeted this lens as a professional reportage zoom, however today it should be considered as an affordable lens dedicated for the amateur photographers. Demading phorographers should consider investing their money to modern Canon’s reportage zooms of 24-70/2.8 class with efficient optical image stabilizer, robust dust and moisture sealed magnesium housing and lighting fast autofocus provided by built-in ultrasonic motor. Moreover the natural competitor of this lens in Tamron lineup also exists — I am talking about SP AF 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD A007 introduced in 2012.
Author of the review and photos: Evgeny Artemov, email@example.com.
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