Tamron SP AF 28-105mm F2.8 LD Aspherical IF A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 17   
reviewer#26538 date: Mar-29-2016
sharpness: 2.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.5
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-55/3.5-5.6
Minolta 28-135/4-4.5
Tamron 28-75/2.8
price paid:400 usd
positive:build, big, nice looking, bright
negative:sharpness!!!
comment:The softest lens I've ever used. It looks cool, is big, impressive, the build is very reliable. And AF is of course slow, but that I could expect. The thing that totally disapointed me is of course it's sharpness. Even when you close down aperture to 8, it's still worse than Tamron 28-75 on 2.8. That lens never gets really sharp like for example my kit lens on 6.3. It sucks extremely hard, it's ten times worse than 28-75. I've bought it for a lot of money in a great condition than I've sold it with loss but it was just unusable even though it's bright it still disapoints when it comes to a quality of picture.
reviewer#10819 date: Jan-6-2013
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 16-105mm
Minolta 100mm F2
Minolta 28-135mm
price paid:400 USD
positive:Sharp from F5.6
negative:Soft at wide open
comment:Very soft at wide open, especially at the long end 105mm
Stop down to F4-f4.5: It may be comparable to Minolta 28-135mm
Stop down to f5.6 -f8: It's sharper than Sony 16-105mm
So you can use it as a walk-aroung lens in day light.
It can also be used a close-up lens when stopped down with its short MFD
Don't expect the quality of CZ 24-70. You get what you pay for!
reviewer#10092 date: Apr-8-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 50mm 1.8
Sony 55-200
Sony 18-55
Minolta 70-210
price paid:500 sgd (used)
positive:Sharp at higher F
Nice range for FF
Bokeh
2.8
negative:Soft at 2.8
Size and weight
82mm filter
comment:
missing
reviewer#9499 date: Oct-14-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:300 USD (used)
positive:macro mode 44cm
all around range
f2.8
sharp
negative:heavy
82mm
comment:mine got backfocus..
but sometimes back to normal..dont know whats wrong..
Tamron service center reject to try to fix, said this lens too old.
so now i often use it for video on my SLT or for macro..
this is nice all around lens ^^
reviewer#9230 date: Jul-11-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 17-50/2.8
Tamron 10-24
Tamron 18-250
Tamron 60/2 macro
Minolta 70-210/4
Minolta 50/1.4
Minolta 100-400
Minolta 24/2.8
Minolta 85/1.4
Sony 70-400G
price paid:€ 150
positive:Fast (on the a700)
sharp (from F4)
2.8
great zoom range
bokeh
negative:Heavy (but that was not a surprise)
20 or 24-105 should be nice
comment:I was looking for the Tamron/Sony 28-75/2,8 but found the bigger 28-105 for sale used for a very good price (including a B+W filter). First I consulted this site for background so the weight was not a surprise.
In fact I found the handling with the A700 (+ grip) good, without it the handling is not that great.
Last week it was the only lens I fitted on my cam to try it out (also on my 7D). I was surprised of the results even on the 7D but love it on the A700.

Wide a little lower in contrast and a little soft but from F4 very sharp.

In two weeks I have to shoot a wedding ans i'm sure this is my main lens.
reviewer#8627 date: Feb-7-2011
sharpness: 2.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.7
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:243 Euro(used mint)
positive:F2.8 thru the whole range
negative:Really huge
Heavy
Not sharp at all
Not wide enough on APS-C
comment:On paper this looked like the perfect lens but it wasn't.
It was heavy and huge and it wasn't sharp at all.
Had to close it down to F6.3 to get sharp images so the advantage of having a F2.8 was lost.

Sold it without loss.
reviewer#7100 date: Mar-15-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:24-85mm
16-80mm
price paid:325 CAD
positive:Fast, sharp and great zoom range
negative:large and heavy
82mm filter size
comment:I have often thought about selling this lens because I have this range covered in other lenses but every time a family event (e.g., wedding, holiday gathering, etc.) comes around I turn to this lens for its speed and zoom range. I can often shoot hand held without flash with this beast when other lenses that I own would see me hauling out the flash. The zoom range seems to be just right for group shots through to head and shoulder portraits. It's a great lens and I was lucky enough to get a set of B&W filters (UV and Circ. Polarizer) with it - these are worth the price I paid alone. I think this lens would be even better with the A850 and A900 because it is full-frame coverage, the zoom range is less useful but still excellent for those of us with cameras with the smaller sensor. Highly recommended!
reviewer#6904 date: Feb-11-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolea 28-105 f3-f-4.5
Minolta 24-85 f3.5-4.5
price paid:L300 GBP new
positive:Sharp enough
Colours
Range considering its a f2.8
Build
negative:Not sharp at f2.8,but better at wide end
Weight
82 mm filters
comment:Hefty price penalty for the larger aperture.

Nevertheless above f4 sharper than the Minoltas.
reviewer#5547 date: Jun-17-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.4
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-70 F3.5-5.6 (kit)
Minolta 50mm F1.7
Konica Minolta 28-75 F2.8 D
Sigma 18-50 EX DG F2.8 (non-macro)
price paid:300 USD (used)
positive:Affordable f2.8
Sharp stopped down
Nice long zoom range
Full frame
negative:Huge
Soft wide open
HUGE, I REALLY MEAN IT
comment:*** UPDATE 7/24/09 re: back focusing ***

I picked up this lens in good condition from ebay. I had high hopes for it, but after a bit of shooting at F2.8 I noticed it was softer than it reasonably should be. I eventually realized that my A200 back focuses, and I had mistaken that for softness.

Disregarding my camera's BF issue, this lens is usable at f/2.8, but it's softer than I had hoped for. It's no competition with the prime at that aperture, and the KM and Sigma zooms are also sharper.

Dropping to f/4 makes things substantially better and this lens starts performing very well. At the same apertures, it's a bit sharper than the kit lens, but it's not as sharp as the KM 28-75 F2.8. By F/8 it seems to be about as sharp as my A200 can resolve.

The colors on this lens are warmer than the other lenses in my list. I don't necessarily think it's "bad," but if you're interested in matching other lenses you'll want to shoot in raw and tweak in PP.

This lens doesn't suffer much from CA. I've never noticed any exceptional flare either, which is a bit surprising considering its huge front element.

Speaking of size, this thing really is huge, and you'll look impressive (or crazy) shooting with it. With the hood on, it made my A200 look like a child's toy, and it weighs about what you'd expect something so big to weigh.

This is a pretty nice lens for the money, but I have now sold it and use the lighter KM 28-75 f2.8 instead. I sometimes miss the extra 75-105 range of the Tamron, but I never miss its weight!
reviewer#3555 date: May-5-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.4
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Tamron 17-50/2.8
price paid:
missing
positive:f2.8
affordable
decent color and sharpness
great range
negative:heavy
soft at f2.8
comment:I had this lens for a few months but did not use it a lot. Since I used it so infrequently, when asked I agreed to sell it to another Dyxum member. I sold it for US$300 and thought that was a fair price for it.

Compared to the Tamron 17-50/2.8, the contrast is lower, color is a small amount poorer (IMHO), sharpness is also a little lower at similar apertures. I found that most pictures needed PP'ing to look their best.

I didn't see any flare or any serious CA problem and didn't notice any unreasonable distortion.

The biggest problem with it is that it is fairly soft at f2.8. F2.8 is usable, but you would want to avoid using it unless you need to use it. Going to at least f4 is where you want it.

The other small issue is the size/weight which I find a little awkward on the A700. Not terrible, but not ideal. (maybe better with a vert. grip?)

So I think this lens fails vs the Tamron 17-50/2.8 in some ways. The lack of contrast/overall image quality can look nice in some pictures vs the 17-50 but not that often.

On the other hand, this is a full frame lens which can go where the 17-50 APS cannot. And it gives up the wide angle for a much better telephoto range.

If you want this range, I'd compare this lens to the Minolta 24-105. The Tamron offers you f2.8 if you *need* it, but it you don't I am not sure this lens would compare favorably. And if you don't need FF or the range, the 17-50/2.8 seems like a better bet on APS for sure.

The build / zoom system is impressive. It expands in a two part manner with a ring in the center. It works sort of like the cheap 2 part extension zooms but with a large dose of metal and thoughtful engineering. When you zoom with this lens you say in your mind "Commence zoom deployment!"

Overall I do not think it is a bad lens at all. In fact I think it is quite interesting, but you should think about your options.

As a side benefit this older Tamron SP 14/2.8 28-105/2.8 and 70-210/2.8 series seem to have a similar IQ look. So like Minolta you can get a reasonably consistent look using these lenses.
reviewer#2980 date: Nov-26-2007
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 3.9
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
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Sigma 18-200 3,5-6,3
Sony Kit lens 18-70 3,5-5,6
price paid:
missing
positive:Zoomrange is good for a f2,8 lens
Reasonable fast autofocus
negative:Big and bulky. Too soft wide open.
comment:I was aiming for the Tamron 28-75 / f2,8 but found the bigger 28-105 for sale used for a reasonable price and figured I'd try it out. But it didn't click and never will. The main reason for me to buy a 2,8 zoom lens is to have usable full aperture. The Tamron 28-105 is way to soft wide open and even stopped down to 6,3 it's still soft. Really sharp at f9 though and really nice detail control.
Experienced som chromatic aberration at 105mm.

No. This lens is to big and to soft for my use. I am after a usable portrait lens and figure this one is not for me.
Needs to be noted is that I probably tried the first version , with Tamron written at the zoom-ring instead of ribs showing on the pictures here.
reviewer#2868 date: Oct-25-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 28-70 Ex DG Asph
price paid:250 €
positive:f2.8
sharp
colors
bokeh
low ca
negative:low contrast
weight
comment:Wide open lower contrast, but very sharp at all focal lenghts. Needs some pp to enhance the contrast a little.
Very sharp stopped down one stop.
Low flare and very good correction for CA.
Smooth bokeh.
reviewer#2836 date: Oct-8-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-85mm f:3.5-4.5
Minolta 35-70 f:4
Sigma 28-70mm f:2.8
Nikkor 24-85mm f:3.5-4.5
Carl Zeiss 35mm f:2.4
Minolta 100-300 APO
Helios-40 85mm f:1.5



price paid:380USD (used)
positive:Fantastic range, constant f 2.8, SHARP, nice colours, great bokeh
negative:size and weight ;)
comment:I had a lot lenses to compare with this one...

What can I say. I don't want to sell this one ever! I'm selling my sigma 28-70 and my minolta 28-85. Both are great lenses but... Tamron beats them easily!! Never had or used lens that I can really compare this Tamron to... Even My brothers Tokina 28-80 is just too short to compare ;)

Tamron is very sharp, even wide open. At f 5.6 is sharper than any other lens from my "compared to" list.

Colours are very nice. Not as nice as Minolta 28-85 or 100-300apo but hey, it's not minolta glass!!

And bokeh... fantastic! Smooth as from my belowed Carl Zeiss Sonnar 200mm!!!

And one more thing - If You don't mind the weight and size - buy it! You won't be disapointed!

But remember - It's really BIG lens that feels HEAVY and if You think that your camera is already to bulky - buy compact camera... This one is just for tough guys... and tough girls of course too ;)
reviewer#1867 date: Feb-22-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:28-300 Promaster
18-70 Minolta
price paid:350 USD used
positive:I like the feel of the lense, auto focus is fast and accurate. Manal focus is smooth and easy to use as well.
negative:Slightly heavy, but feels good in my hand. A tripod mount would be nice.
comment:I have owned this lense only a couple of weeks now and so far I am extreemly happy with the lens. I have been using the lens mostly for product type photos and they are coming out to my eye very sharp. Auto focus has been very good and much faster than my Promaster and better than my Minolta 18-70 D Kit lense as well. Two days ago I took some photos of ducks in a local lake and some senery photos as well and I am again pleased. I recently purchased a Tamron 1.4 TC and I tried that on the lense as well and even in cloudy conditions the auto focus was in my opinion quite fast.

Updated distortion to 4, not sure why I gave it a 1, I think it was a typeo. I have used the lens now for quite some time and am as pleased as when I first did the review. When I first purchased the lens it came without a hood, I've since purchased a hood from Tamron and have not noticed any flare. I recently purchased a 2X Kenko MC7 teleconverter and used it on this lens and unlike my Promaster 28-300, the manual focus works perfectly because the auto drive completely disengages unlike the Promaster which does not dis-engage when switching the camera to manual focus. The photos taken using this lens and the 2X TC are sharper wide open compared to the Promaster wide open and auto focus still works perfectly and seems at least as fast as the Promaster with no Teleconverter attached. I recommend this lens to anyone wanting a fast lens in this focal length.
reviewer#1296 date: Oct-10-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:KM 18-70
KM 28-75 2.8 D
price paid:$360 (used)
positive:range at 2.8
sharp
fast
solid lens hood
negative:weight, when combined with a flash
large, expensive filters
comment:This lens performs very similar to the KM and Tamron 28-75 2.8 lenses, but it weighs quite a bit more. It has a longer telephoto range than either, which I have found to be very convenient. It's sharp enough wide open throughout it's range but stopped down to 3.2 is a tad sharper. With the lens hood, flare is very well controlled. It is an excellent single lens solution to bring with you, though you may find yourself cleaning the lens more often than you would like. The range can't be beat and the performance is great. You'll enjoy this if you can get a hold of it.
reviewer#567 date: Mar-10-2006
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
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:28mm f2.8 wide open is good, 50mm f2.8 is good as well, stepping down to 3.2 to 4.5 is sharp !!
negative:82mm filter, and its a heavy lens
comment:My good copy of the lens. One of the only in the industry that produce 28-105mm f2.8 zoom, good if you like a single lens to go out with and does all your shootings in it.
reviewer#435 date: Jan-23-2006
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Minolta af 28-105, Tokina af28-80 2.8
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp. Love the 2.8 aperture.
negative:Heavy & big. Takes 82mm filter.
comment:This is a big lens. Used it a lot when I used to do weddings. At the time I bought it, the only other lens I considered (with a 2.8 f-stop) was the Tokina 28-80, but I felt the greater telephoto was better for my needs.
I don't like the tendency to vignette with almost any filter attached, and the weight gets tiresome. does not have a tripod mount, but it should because of the weight. All the same, it's the one list always on my camera, or close at hand.
reviews found: 17   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 17
  • sharpness: 4.15
  • color: 4.12
  • build: 4.59
  • distortion: 4.24
  • flare control: 4.06
  • overall: 4.23

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