Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tamron 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6

This is also a lens which has been around for a while (in various versions). The attraction of this lens is, obviously enough its price. The older version can be found in very attractive prices on eBay (usually less than 80-100$). Is it worth it?

+ very cheap
+ great range (although, 28mm for DX is not very wide)
+ acceptable image quality (but only considering the price)

- in no way a better performer than, say, the Nikkor 18-200 VR
- heavy, extends quite a lot at 200mm.
- noisy, slow focus

Intended Users
Great for:

  • those checking out if they need a superzoom (before committing to a more attractive option)
  • as a lens to sell a camera with (28-200mm looks good on the listing)
  • those traveling and needing a very cheap lens to take with (for safety reasons)

Not for:
  • your only lens - simply not good enough and bad ergonomics
  • anything past a short-term solution
  • tele use without tripod (which is kind of an oxymoron for a superzoom)

Final Verdict
A very cheap lens - I think the cheapest autofocus superzoom out there - but there is a penalty. Image quality is acceptable (in daylight, when you can stop down couple of stops), but the zoom is stiff, the focus noisy, and the ergonomics overall quite obsolete and poor. Let's face it, this is not a practical solution for a lens. Good enough if you plan to experiment (for instance to see if you actually have use for a superzoom), or as a bundled lens if you're selling a camera. But i would stay away from this one for most other purposes

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