Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD E-mount lens review by Meister_Bing

reviewer#44258 date: Apr-8-2019
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Sony FE 24-105G
Minolta 24-105/3.5-4.5
price paid:Borrowed from friend
positive:+Sharpness across focal range
+Excellent AF speed
+Excellent weight and size balance
+Very good close up capability (great to have wide angle close-up)
+Fast lens for a reasonable price
negative:-Bokeh is a bit busy
-Color rendition feels lackluster
-A bit plasticky
comment:I bought the Sony 24-105 several months prior to the announcement of Tamron 28-75 f2.8. If given a second chance I might have chosen Tamron over Sony.

This lens is well made, all parts feels well tightened together and leaves no play. However it does feel a bit plasticky. Weight balance is fantastic, it feels way better than my Sony 24-105 handheld.

Focusing is blazing fast and sharpness is better than my Sony. Close-up is also better than my 24-105 largely due to the capability of wide angle close up(You do get better magnification on Sony 24-105 but at 105mm the DoF is too shallow, same issue is more pronounced on Sony 100-400gm which claims to have 0.35x), while on wider end, DoF is no big issue at all, not to mention the wide angle macro perspective is very nice.

Bokeh is the major deal breaker you can pick on, if there is any. Out of focus area is very nervous if background gets too close to your object. If you got spoiled with GM lens, you may not like the bokeh from this Tamron.

Overall it's a very solid choice for most people to buy, leaving very few professional photographers to Sony 24-70 GM

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 4
  • sharpness: 5.00
  • color: 4.75
  • build: 4.25
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 4.75
  • overall: 4.75
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