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08/28/2006 04:47:39 PM · #1
I was wondering if anyone has any experience with the Tamron AF 28-200mm F3.8-5.6 XR (IF) Super Zoom lense? I'm thinking of getting it, but I wanted some feeback first.

Here is a link

//mcbaincamera.com/SLR/tamron.htm

Thanks,

Dan
08/28/2006 05:11:07 PM · #2
ive used it a couple of times, and while the very large zoom is really conveniant, but the quality leaves something to be desired. IMO youd be better off with a kit lens (18-55) and a 70-300, youll get better photos.

-Dan
08/29/2006 04:46:19 AM · #3
I have one. It's pretty soft - even more so at the long end - so I don't use it any more. Might be convenient if you have to travel as light as possible, but the image quality is not terribly satisfying; I'd rather travel with two better lenses covering the range.

08/29/2006 05:56:00 AM · #4
All these "super zooms" have to sacrifice something, and most often this is "quality". I had a Tamron 28-300 DI, very light lense to travel with, but quality was droping down the same way light is droping down during the day. Sold it first chance i got, bought my self two good lenses and live happy ever after.
So if money is not an object, i think you should go for something better.

Message edited by author 2006-08-29 06:21:12.
08/29/2006 06:10:08 AM · #5
I'd seen this lens advertised in a local magazine and it seemed pretty cheap. But by the sounds of it the quality is naff!
08/29/2006 06:56:49 AM · #6
Tamrons in general are of fairly poor quality.
08/29/2006 07:30:37 AM · #7
Originally posted by photoheathen:

Tamrons in general are of fairly poor quality.

IMO not true for the price. The tamron 28-75 f/2.8 is one of the best lens for it's money. Compared to high quality lens (L) and others that cost a lot more you are correct, it will not compare. But on a budget its a good lens.

Getting to your question. I would look at this lens over the 28-200. Wider and good optically for the price.

Here you can find some examples.

I liked the 18 of the 28 because of landscape. Here is an example of the 18 on the wide side.
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But as others have stated keep in mind you are going to be giving up something for the convenience of having a full range lens. It will not be consistent throughout the full range. That is why I sold mine.

Message edited by author 2006-08-29 07:35:47.
08/29/2006 07:34:57 AM · #8
I have this lens and am happy with it, I bought it in Switzerland as the price was marked up wrong and I could not resist the bargain.

I used it quite a bit on my D70 as a walk around lens until my wife got a D50 where it became a permanent attachment.

I never experienced any issues with the lens being soft, I did try using it at a wedding but hated it - the bokeh and dof control don't not suit me.

I remember seeing this lens in a group test in one of the magazines and it came out top.

At the end of the day it depends what you are going to shoot with it - if it's a case of wanting a do-everything walk around lens then I'd recommend it but I'd also suggest that you keep a 50mm f1.8 alongside to cover the shortcomings.
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