A&P Thoughts on the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8

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  1. 1992 240SX

    1992 240SX New Member

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    Any of you guys have this lens? I was debating whether to get this lens for my D700 or just save up the money and get the 28-70 or 24-70 Nikon versions. Is it a hell of a difference or would this hold me over for some time. I realize glass matters more than the body and I don't wanna spend my money on something I'll regret buying a few months down the road. What are your experiences with it?
     
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    The 28-75 is one of the sharpest, non-camera branded lenses out there. There are older versions that did backfocus quite often and weren't as sharp but the more current versions were well worth the money. So is the 17-50.

    I won't disagree that the 24-70 is a great lens but for the money, I highly doubt you'd be able to tell the difference.
     
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    1992 240SX New Member

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    Yeah, thats what I was debating...$1600 is a lot to throw down on a lens (the Nikon one) and I JUST bought the 700, so spending close to 5K in a month on photo gear is really hard to justify. Do you own the Tamron? The 17-50 isn't really an option since I need a FF lens. I have the 18-70 Nikon but shooting at 5.--MP FTL. The 85 and 50 1.8 are holding me for now.
     
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    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    The 28-75 is a great lens. My only beef is that is a not a speed demon at all when it comes to focusing. Quality glass though.
     
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    Oh boy, I think my wallet's gonna feel it again tomorrow. I'm gonna be in the city anyway so I might just have to hit up B&H.
     
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    I don't personally own the 28-75 but I used it at work extensively. The comment above about it not being a speed demon focusing is very true though...that is the one downside to it.

    I have the 17-50 as a personal lens.
     
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    love mine
     
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    The thing that bothers me about the 28-75 has to be the focusing, and the zoom ring rotates the opposite way that Canon's lenses do. Not a huge deal, but I was shooting some volleyball and having two bodies, one with a 28-75 on it, and the other with the 70-200L got a little annoying. I'd go from one, then zoom in when I meant to be going out, ect...
     
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    I wish I could go into a B&H store :hs:
     
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    I had it but sold it for the 24-70. Focusing is slow and loud. It also uses a 67mm filter and I didn't want to have to buy seperate filters or use step down rings for my 77mm ones.
     
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    I don't think the 28-75 will work properly on your D700 since it's Full Frame. it was designed for crop bodies. I seem to remember reading somewhere that the lens will show vignetting on a full frame camera. I'd take your d700 into your local pro shop and see if you can shoot a couple of test frames with one of the lenses.

    Now, the lens itself is nice. It lacks the rich color/contrast you get out of the L series glass(or I assume nikon equivalent) but that's easily remedied in post. Sharpness seems to be hit or miss. I have a good copy and get very sharp shots out of it. Although, I will agree with CRC about the slow/loud focus motor, the lens barely leaves my 20D.
     
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    Ditto.
     
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    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    i'm on my second copy of this lens. the first one i bought used, and it seemed to have some focusing issues. tamron wanted $100 or so to calibrate it, so i sold it and paid an extra $75 and got a new one. sometimes it takes incredibly sharp photos other times the focus is so far off.
     
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    no interest in getting a used nikon 35-70?
     
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    Tamron's 28-75 works without vignetting on fool frame.
     
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    Yeah, from what I heard it was made for FF. I'm gonna test it out first before buying it but I'm pretty sure it should be fine.


    The 2.8 version? How much are you looking to sell it for?
     

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