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Tamron28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS
 
4.4

(based on 327 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (181)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (120)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (227)
  • Consistent output (173)
  • Lightweight (153)
  • Easily interchangeable (150)
  • Durable (121)

Cons

  • Slow focus (50)
  • Heavy (25)
  • Blurry focus (19)
  • Poor in low light (9)
  • Weak casing (9)

Best Uses

  • Low light (108)
  • General purpose (91)
  • Weddings (91)
  • Landscape/scenery (82)
  • Night photography (71)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (78), Photo enthusiast (48), Enthusiast (38), Semi-professional (37), Casual photographer (31)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (130), Yes (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

In a class of its own!

There is no other lens in the wide to medium telephoto that is as light, compact and high performance and low-priced as this lens. Once you get into the 24-70, you're into...Read complete review

There is no other lens in the wide to medium telephoto that is as light, compact and high performance and low-priced as this lens. Once you get into the 24-70, you're into bigger size and weight, much higher cost and bigger filters. I use this lens for portraits, events, weddings and travel. It is a great, all-around lens. It has enough macro capability for food photography which is great at events, weddings and travel. You'll be surprised how much detail you get on a full-body portrait that even the texture of the garment fabric shows. I compared it to my 50mm f2.8 Sigma Macro and you could hardly tell the difference. Of course, the macro lens has 1:1 magnification and flat-field focusing for my special uses, but I don't need that for travel. The constant f2.8 on this small zoom is great for low light, and the filter does not rotate while zooming, so it's great for polarizing filters as well. There is no lens extension with its internal focusing. The focusing motor, while fast, is not silent, so video audio might pick it up.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

good quality for the price

I bought this lens because of the price and focal range. I am shooting with a Canon EOS 5D. I only have experience with EF mount lenses so this review may not be helpful...Read complete review

I bought this lens because of the price and focal range. I am shooting with a Canon EOS 5D. I only have experience with EF mount lenses so this review may not be helpful for nikon users.
I would have preferred to buy the Canon 24-70 f/2.8L lens, but the Tamron is less than half the cost.
Most reviews say this lens has good center sharpness but is a bit softer in the corners. I found this to be true. Other reviews called this lens soft on the wide end, and I have also found this to be true as well. The above problems are balanced out, however, by very good sharpness at 40mm and above. The lens handles colors very well, with little or no chromatic aberration and no there is no significant barrel distortion to speak of.
In short, this is a good general use lens. It is not as nice as the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L lens, but it is good for the price. If you are looking for a good wide angle lens for shooting high quality landscapes, I would probably invest in the Canon 16-35mm L lens. However, for general all around use this is a good lens for the price.

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1.0

Meh

By Phillyphife

from Philadelphia, PA

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable

Cons

  • Blurry Focus

Best Uses

    Comments about Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

    I did not have high expectations for this lens and it met them squarely. The lens was recommended by a colleague as an inexpensive alternative to the Canon 24-70 f/2.8. While it has some weight and feels durable, the focus ring is gritty and flimsy, and just feels cheap and awful to the touch. Color is meh, and sharpness is about what you would expect for the price - not great. What's good about this lens? The price. You get what you pay for. Are you pro? If yes then you're not reading this. Do you want to be pro? Save up and spring for the good glass.

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    5.0

    Tamron zoom lens

    By Sherry

    from Brasher falls NY

    Comments about Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

    I am very satisfied with my lens! It does the job and at a very affordable price ?

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    5.0

    great for many applications

    By Russ the teacher

    from Oklahoma

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Sports/Action

      Comments about Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

      I'm a high school Journalism teacher and I've always been unsatisfied with the stock lenses that come with SLR cameras. They work fine in daylight, but my photographers needed something to shoot sports in a gym or football field under sodium vapor lights. These lenses are great, especially for the price. 75mm is long enough to cover action in a gym, and 28mm is wide enough to turn around and shoot the whole crowd. f2.8 makes such a difference in image quality and faster shutter speeds for sports. It also makes great shallow depth of field shots for portraits. The only thing I had to adjust to is turning the barrel the opposite direction I'm used to for zooming. That's a small price to pay for a great quality lens at a low price. I'm so sold on it, I'm considering getting one for my own personal use. And that's saying something on a teacher's salary.

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      • No

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      2.0

      High Expectations, Low Results

      By Islandhopper3

      from Key Largo, FL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Blurry Focus

        Best Uses

          Comments about Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

          The two stars rating is given with the belief I could have gotten a bad copy. However, my review is based on what I got, and what I saw. I tried the lens on 3 Canon bodies: T5i, 60D, and 6D. The lens performed, or failed to perform as expected on all three bodies. Images were soft at best, and mostly out-of-focus at worst. Changing modes of AF didn't change the outcome. Some distant (20-25') images appeared focused, but when zoomed on the camera to check detail were found to be blurred, and unusable.
          I really wanted to like this lens, but couldn't, and returned it to B&H. The price point was right, and I was ready to try a non-Canon lens. Unfortunately, my experience was not good, and my stable of lens will remain 100% Canon.

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          5.0

          *Worth every penny*

          By Rachel Roo

          from Brooklyn NY

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Portrait

            Comments about Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

            this lens is absolutely incredible - such great focus, makes the pictures soft and glowy. Love everything about. I even like the weight! Makes my Canon T2i feel like its proffessional

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            4.0

            Decent kit lens

            By jfrench101

            from Evansville, IN

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

            I was excited to get this lens after reading all the great reviews. It's built well and does a great job in low light. I used it for a outdoor concert at night and was very pleased. I did have to boost the clearity in PP a little but it is pretty sharp. It's not quite on par with my L lenses but for the price its great. I would say it's an above average kit lens.

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            4.0

            Can't go wrong for the price

            By Tom

            from Brooklyn, N.Y.

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

              I use this Tamron mostly for macro with extension tubes. It is a replacement lens because my original one was damaged. I have been satisfied with the results except I wish that it came with Vibration compensation. Considering the price compared to equivalent or similar lenses from Canon or Nikon, it is a worthwhile purchase.

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              5.0

              90% of Canon 24-70 f/2.8 for 1/4 price

              By TamronCanon

              from Toronto, Canada

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

              I have both this Tamron lens + my wife insisted on buying latest and greatest Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens.

              I tested both lenses and my not very professional conclusion is:
              1) their sharpness is absolutely the same except 2.8 where Canon is a bit better
              2) Tamron is lighter and more compact
              3) Canon focuses a bit faster and without noise

              So, probably it makes sense to buy Canon if you are pro and it makes sense to buy this Tamron lense if you are semi-pro or hobby photographer.

              This Tamron is a vast improvement over Canon 18-55mm kit lens. The best Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L is a small improvement over Tamron 28-75mm.

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              4.0

              Good lense

              By Stephen

              from Atlanta, GA

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

              • Blurry Focus
              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

              I've had this lense for a few weeks now, and so far it has served it's purpose! The only two things that I have noticed that autofucus is not very quick in low light, and autofucus is also a little soft around the edges. Other than that great lense!

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              5.0

              Durable, works well

              By Teacher Smith

              from Vancouver, WA

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

              Use it in my yearbook class.

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              4.0

              great for the money

              By thomasp

              from San Francisco

              Comments about Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

              Sharpness doesnt exactly blow your hair back, but it opens up to f2.8 all the way across, which not something you typically see in this price point. I shoot on an APS-C camera, so being able to go that wide is great when I want to throw the background out of focus - not so easily done with a smaller sensor.

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              5.0

              excellent product

              By Lar

              from Los Angeles, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

                I purchased this product because of the excellent review.
                after using it i knew i made the right choice, now I'm planning to get the same brand for 70-200mm

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                5.0

                Better bang for your buck

                By Pictureperfect

                from Bakersfield california

                Comments about Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

                This is a great lens for its market. From what I have seen with it is that this lens is sharp. Now my go to lens. If your considering this lens you know what the other options are already. My suggestion pull the trigger buy this lens

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                5.0

                In a class of its own!

                By Anthony Zebedee Abbot

                from Gig Harbor, WA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Night Photography
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

                  There is no other lens in the wide to medium telephoto that is as light, compact and high performance and low-priced as this lens. Once you get into the 24-70, you're into bigger size and weight, much higher cost and bigger filters. I use this lens for portraits, events, weddings and travel. It is a great, all-around lens. It has enough macro capability for food photography which is great at events, weddings and travel. You'll be surprised how much detail you get on a full-body portrait that even the texture of the garment fabric shows. I compared it to my 50mm f2.8 Sigma Macro and you could hardly tell the difference. Of course, the macro lens has 1:1 magnification and flat-field focusing for my special uses, but I don't need that for travel. The constant f2.8 on this small zoom is great for low light, and the filter does not rotate while zooming, so it's great for polarizing filters as well. There is no lens extension with its internal focusing. The focusing motor, while fast, is not silent, so video audio might pick it up.

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                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Worth every dollar you save

                  By Duke Photography

                  from Miami, FL

                  Comments about Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

                  I was recommended this lens by a good friend and great photographer. She actually allows me to use her 9 year old version of this lens for several months. I have used both Nikon and Canon versions of this lens, all hundreds more dollars, and truly could not see any quality difference in the sharpness and the 2.8 shooting value was right on par with the big names. The build feels cheaper but the end result, awesome. My friends lens was 9 years old as I said and I bought a brand new one. Well, speaking of the quality of the build. We could not tell what lens was the new one and what one was the 9 year old one so if you think about caring for your gear even a less built feeling product can stand the test of time and thousands of images shot with it so this is the reason this lens deserves the 5 star class. If you buy one you won't regreat the money you save and the images you produce. Big thumbs up Tamron on this product. Keep up this kind of quality and you will be right there with the top brand names.

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                  5.0

                  Great value!

                  By Hugo

                  from Boca Raton, FL

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Night Photography
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

                    Compares well versus the canon but at a much lower price. Fast focus and lightweight. Always great service from B&H, good knowledge to compare Tamron with Canon.

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                    5.0

                    Sweet lens

                    By Mathershifter

                    from Seattle, WA

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

                        - I have taken photos with it!!!- It looks cool- Photos are better than the photographer- but.... I can see moon craters with it :(

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                        • Yes

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                        4.0

                        Bought as upgrade to Canon 18-55 kit len

                        By sarah s

                        from waterloo, ia

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

                            I bought this as an upgrade to my 18-55 kit lens that came with my T1i. I planned on using as my everyday lens. The first thing I noticed about this is that it is much heavier than my Canon kit lens...probably a good thing (better quality), but taking a bit to get used to. In the short time I have had it, I have noticed an improvement in sharpness over the other lens, but haven't done any straight comparison shots.

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Tamron Honors Guarantee No Quetions

                            By Ross

                            from Fentress, TX

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Gatherings
                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery

                              Comments about Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

                              Use as daily lens started getting error code 99 communication wrote Tamron 8 Aug got email 11 Aug tosend them lens they adjusted Aperture Assy got it back 20 Aug it works great now produces really sharp photo. Good in dim lightwould recommend this lens and Tamron

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                              4.0

                              Great Lens for the price

                              By B

                              from PA

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light

                                Comments about Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

                                I needed a lens for doing indoor photography at a work conference. The 2.8 worked nicely and I also used my external flash I was very pleased with the photos it took and the cost of the lens made it even better!

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