Tamron 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 Di III RXD E-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 5   
reviewer#46859 date: May-25-2022
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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:I only have one E mount zoom lens in this range, the FE-24-70mm f4 ZA which has OSS and nice Zeiss color and contrast, but is now showing its age. It is smaller and lighter and has 24mm focal length, but doesn't have the overall focal range of the Tamron and probably doesn't have the across-the-frame sharpness of the Tamron. But I don't do any technical testing of sharpness of these lenses. I'll leave that to others more qualified.
price paid:$650
positive:Sharp, relatively small and light, 67mm filter, broad focal length range. Price. Eye Af seems to work very well. Focus is quick and positive. So far, I really like the rendering of this lens and would give it a 5 star rating for "Likability"! Its a winner. Pair it with a couple small fast primes and you have all the kit you need!
negative:No OSS, a little CA at 28mm, some distortion, but none of this is of major concern to me. Zoom ring is a bit tight compared with the Sony Zeiss. Don't expect nice bokeh from this lens though it can blur background nicely in the right conditions.
comment:Those that are aquatinted with me, know that I prefer to use prime lenses. The the reality is that as I age, I can't carry a suitcase full of lenses with me everywhere and I can't always be changing lenses. This lens fits the bill perfectly, especially for travel. And normally I'm looking for maximum depth of field so I'm shooting at small apertures anyway. Its plenty sharp at all focal lengths. I'm always amused by people looking for the "Holy Grail" of zoom lenses looking for Prime Lens-like performance"! That doesn't exist! But this list is surprisingly good. If you are looking for a good travel all-in-one lens, this is the one! IMO. If I were to rate it by how much I like it, I would give it a 5 star rating! It's a zoom, so of course it won't compare with great prime lenses but I don't expect it to. But I would take this one any day over a much heavier, and way more expensive 24-70 f2.8 zoom that costs as much as 2 or 3 faster prime lenses! And for most photographs, one would never see the difference. BTW, I do notice that the photos I've taken so far are mostly in the 35 to 55mm focal range. I suppose that is why most of the time I'm satisfied with my Zeiss Bast 40mm f2
reviewer#45682 date: Mar-30-2021
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4
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
Moisture-Resistant
Lens Compensation
"Camera-based lens unit firmware updates"
negative:Size and weight
Alignment/variation
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 is 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 well aligned. "MADE IN VIETNAM"

Like the other Tamron mirrorless zooms it mainly shows pincushion distortion over the zoom range. The wide end has the least distortion.

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 70-180 VXD. The second copy is closer to the older Tamron zooms.
reviewer#45611 date: Nov-10-2020
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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:Sony 24-240mm
Sony 24-105mm f4
price paid:£899 (new)
positive:Sharp lens especially on a 24mp body.
Fast aperture through a good range of the zoom focal lengths
Good AF, with flare and distortion reasonably well controlled (in fact for this kind of a lens its very good!)
Its compromise is very obvious, nothing hidden and horrendous like other superzooms (look in negatives below)
negative:Only 28mm start but I suppose that keeps the lens compact and optical formula simpler to make this lens sharp at the range I does provide.
Rendering especially sunstars and bokeh not the best.
No OSS
comment:This is a very viable alternative to the 24-105mm f4 G which is actually you a rather sharp lens through the zoom range. What you lose in reach on the wide end you make up for in reach at the long end and also a stop more light at 28mm. The results from this lens does give more resolution than just cropping results out of 24-105mm, so that is a pretty good result overall.

Sony 24-105mm does render more nicely and sunstars are very nice in comparison.

the Sony 24-240mm isn't really a serious contender when it comes to IQ.
reviewer#45600 date: Oct-10-2020
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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:FE CZ 24-70/4
price paid:799 Euro
positive:Small, light, 67 mm filter thread, sharp for a superzoom-especially the corners (sharper corners than the FE 24-70/4 CZ, but center sharpness is a tad lower), keeps bright aperture while zooming in (f4.0 @ 70 mm, f4.5 @ 105 mm)
negative:Some (barrel) distortion at middle focal length that does not get corrected fully with the built in profile
comment:Great "one size fits all" zoomlens of modest size and good quality. Keeping bright apertures far into the zoom range (see positives above) Starting at 28 mm is probably the compromise made in the lens design that allows the small size and excellent optical quality.
reviewer#45580 date: Sep-9-2020
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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:Tamron 28-75mm
price paid:700 USD new
positive:Great zoom range
Surprisingly sharp
Small and light
Fast at 28mm
67mm filter size
negative:No image stabilization
comment:Bought this lens as an all around travel lens when I want to minimize changing lenses. It is almost as sharp as the similarly sized Tamron 28-75. Quite a feat. Perfect compliment for the Tamron 17-28mm f2.8. May end up selling the 28-75.....The more I use the 28-200mm lens, the more I like it!
reviews found: 5   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 5
  • sharpness: 4.50
  • color: 4.80
  • build: 4.60
  • distortion: 4.40
  • flare control: 4.60
  • overall: 4.58

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