Tamron SP 28-75 f2.8

TAMRON SP 28-75 F2.8

Tamron SP 28-75 F2.8
Tamron SP 28-75 F2.8


There was a time when this was the only lens I’ve owned, and you could do a lot worse if your minimalist lifestyle only calls for one lens. In my travels, it’s the lens that I’ve used the most and it works wonderfully on both full-frame and crop sensor cameras.

On the crop sensor, you lose some on the wider angle of view since the DX sensor has a 1.5x zoom factor but you gain that on the telephoto side. This is a great tool lens for a few reasons. First, you have a constant aperture  of f/2.8, this allows you to use faster shutter speeds and have the shallow depth of field that f/2.8 creates. Second, you have a very versatile zoom range. On a full-frame camera you could use this lens for landscape photography, or you zoom all the way in and use it for macro still life. At the telephoto end of the zoom range, this lens makes a great portrait lens. A third thing that makes this a great lens is that it has a constant aperture meaning you can take photographs at f/2.8 from 28mm all the way to 75mm. If you use the kit zoom lens that came with your camera it has a variable aperture which starts at f/3.5 so you would be starting with 2/3rds of a stop less at the widest zoom and 2 stops when it’s zoomed out all the way.

There are a couple negatives about this lens. First, its size doesn’t make it the most subtle lens to use for street photography. With the lens zoomed out to 75mm and the lens hood the lens looks quite big and intrusive to most people. If you’re wearing a jacket or coat it doesn’t fit under it very easily. So it makes it hard to be sneaky with this lens, however, it isn’t impossible. The second issue is the weight. It weighs 510 grams which translates to 1.1 pounds. That can start to feel a little heavy when you add the 1+ pound camera body, plus any accessories attached to your cameras such as an external flash or a battery grip could make it heavy if you’re carrying it around on a neck strap.
If you’re looking for a zoom lens that covers a very workable range I would highly recommend this lens. If you were looking for a versatile two-lens collection for your Nikon I would buy the Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical [IF] Macro Lens for Nikon, and a f/2.8 70-200mm, . Those two lenses would give you an amazing zoom range covering most photographic situations. 

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Michael Mastre
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