Tamron 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 Di III RXD E-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#45682 date: Mar-30-2021
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 24-70 F2.8 DG DN Art
Canon EF 24-85 F3.5-4.5 USM
Minolta AF 24-85 F3.5-4.5 & RS
Minolta AF 24-105 F3.5-4.5 D
Tamron SP 24-135 F3.5-5.6
Minolta AF 24-50 F4
Sony FE 24-70 F4 ZA OSS
Sony FE 24-105 F4 G OSS
Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD
Sony 28-75 F2.8 SAM
Tamron SP 28-75mm F2.8 XR Di
Tokina 28-80 F2.8 AT-X Pro
Sigma AF 28-105 F2.8-4
Sony FE 28-70 F3.5-5.6 OSS
Minolta AF 28-80 F3.5-5.6 D
Minolta AF 28-85 F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF 28-100 F3.5-5.6 D
Canon EF 28-105 F3.5-4.5 USM II
Minolta AF 28-105 F3.5-4.5 & RS & Xi
Tamron 28-300 F3.5-6.3 XR & Di
Tamron 28-200 F3.8-5.6 LD
Minolta AF 28-135 F4-4.5
Minolta AF 35-105 F3.5-4.5/New
Sigma AF 35-135 F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF 35-70 F4
Minolta AF 35-80 F4-5.6 II
Tokina AF 35-200 F4-5.6 SD
Minolta AF 35-200 F4.5-5.6 Xi
price paid:599 USD (new)
positive:Fairly parfocal
Minimum breathing
Wide rubber zoom grip
67 mm filter size
Lens Compensation
"Camera-based lens unit firmware updates"
negative:Size and weight
Unreliable AF
Lateral CA
Pincushion distortion
No optical stabilization
comment:First copy was purchased from Amazon.com. Centering is pretty good, but the right side of the frame was not as sharp as the left even when stopped down. The second copy purchased through Greentoe was uncentered and less sharp--also the left side is softer than the right. The replacement third copy is pretty well-aligned. "MADE IN VIETNAM"

Like the other Tamron mirrorless varifocal lenses it mainly shows pincushion distortion over the zoom range. The wide end has the least distortion. It has less distortion than the Sony FE 70-200 F4 G OSS.

Overall the first copy was optically worse than the FE 28-60 or 24-105 G OSS but better aligned than the old Tamron SLR zooms or the first 70-180 VXD I tried. The second copy is closer to the older Tamron zooms. The third copy is the best aligned 28-200 I've tried and competitive with dedicated telephoto zooms.

Despite this I have a fairly high percentage of failed shots with this lens. It tests quite well in a controlled environment, but dynamically images are often lacking. I don't have this problem with the 70-300 RXD which I use much more often. I did update the firmware which uses the standard Sony process.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 5
  • sharpness: 4.60
  • color: 4.80
  • build: 4.60
  • distortion: 4.40
  • flare control: 4.60
  • overall: 4.60
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