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Tamron28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di Autofocus Lens for Pentax AF
 
4.2

(based on 27 reviews)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (18)
  • Consistent output (13)
  • Durable (9)
  • Strong construction (9)
  • Lightweight (8)

Cons

  • Heavy (6)
  • Slow focus (4)

Best Uses

  • General purpose (14)
  • Portraits (9)
  • Weddings (7)
  • Low light (6)
  • Night photography (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (9), Semi-professional (6), Photo enthusiast (5), Semi-pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent price for outstanding lens

I use this lens semi-professional and I am extremely happy with this price/quality combination. Constant 2.8 output across the whole zoom range, outstanding resolution and warm color rendition make this lens one of...Read complete review

I use this lens semi-professional and I am extremely happy with this price/quality combination. Constant 2.8 output across the whole zoom range, outstanding resolution and warm color rendition make this lens one of the best choices for Pentax users. I choose this model over Tamron 17-50/2.8 because I believe that next camera's generation will be full frame and I do not want to waste my money on something that will go away in couple years. Resolution of this lens is far better than Pentax's 16-50 /2.8 for half the price!!!! The build quality is very nice however we can't expect Canon's L or top Nikon workhorses here. Auto Focus on My Pentax K20d is fast ( Not fast enough for sport photography) precise but on a loud side which I do not really care for .Great everyday "walk-around" Lens that comes with 6 YEARS warranty!!!!! Bravo Tamron!!!!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

good optics, autofocus problems

First off, it is very good optically even at 2.8 but you get corner softness, by f4 everything becomes really sharp, almost prime like.

Unfortunately, my copy had some pretty...Read complete review

First off, it is very good optically even at 2.8 but you get corner softness, by f4 everything becomes really sharp, almost prime like.

Unfortunately, my copy had some pretty intense back focus (I need to get at -10 on my k-5) at the 35 to 75 range and for the tele end I need to be at +3. I'll send it back for another copy and hope not to have the same problem.

One word of advise DO NOT TRY to put the rear lens cap on sigma lenses, It got stuck on the back of my 8-16 wouldn't come off, I had to pinch the bottom part really hard while turning to get it off.

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5.0

Its reputation is true

By JB from Australia

from Canberra

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Sharp
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • 28 Is Not Wide

Best Uses

  • Band Concerts
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Night Photography
  • Weddings/Events

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

The reputation of this lens as a bit of a legend precedes it— nearly everything I read about it is true. It is sharp, including surprisingly good performance at F2.8 which is important since speed is the main reason you buy a lens like this. And when stopped down to F4 or 5.6 it really is excellent.

I find the focal length range (43-115 mm equivalent for a Pentax APS-C camera)to be extremely useful. I use it mainly for indoor music concerts, but it serves well as a general purpose indoors or outdoors lens, especially if you also carry a wide lens such as the DA Limited 21/3.2 or 15/4. I also own a Tamron 17-50/2.8 (a great 'standard' lens) but the 28-75 gets more use due to my need for the extra reach.

I also like the bokeh, it autofocusses well, and the build quality, if not excellent, is pretty darn good. It feels good in the hand on both my K20 and my K01. Finally it is compact, incredibly so when compared with Nikon or Canon 24-70/2.8 lenses!

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3.0

good optics, autofocus problems

By Groovy

from Quebec, Canada

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Pros

  • Good Optics
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Back Focus Problem
  • Plastic feel

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Weddings/Events

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

First off, it is very good optically even at 2.8 but you get corner softness, by f4 everything becomes really sharp, almost prime like.

Unfortunately, my copy had some pretty intense back focus (I need to get at -10 on my k-5) at the 35 to 75 range and for the tele end I need to be at +3. I'll send it back for another copy and hope not to have the same problem.

One word of advise DO NOT TRY to put the rear lens cap on sigma lenses, It got stuck on the back of my 8-16 wouldn't come off, I had to pinch the bottom part really hard while turning to get it off.

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3.0

A little disappointed

By Casual photographer

from New York

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      I am sure this is the very good lens that so many describe it as. I managed a few lovely images. But I found the focus point to be frustratingly inconsistent. It may well have been the photographer rather than the lens, but I ended up returning it for a Pentax prime, 50mm, and I've been happier since.

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      4.0

      Great lens for the price

      By Evergreen

      from Fremont, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Excellent optics
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Night Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events

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

        This is an inexpensive, yet an excellent lens with constant f2.8. I bought this lens to use mostly at f2.8 for available low light situations. Not that optical quality is bad at f2.8, but it shines at f4.0 and above. If you want an inexpensive, normal to telephoto zoom lens just get this lens. The 4 star rather than 5 star rating is for the slightly lower optical quality at f2.8.

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        4.0

        Follow up

        By AVMAN

        from Wappingers Falls, NY

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

        Cons

        • Zoom ring not smooth

        Best Uses

        • General Purpose
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Weddings/Events

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

        I have owned this lens for 7 months and have used it mostly to shoot indoor events. I highly recommend this lens. AF is accurate and pictures are sharp. I find the focal length range very useful. Surprisingly, the wide end is wide enough for much of my close-quarters indoor shooting. Also, it helps me avoid taking photos of people which have that distorted look that can happen with wider angle lenses. The only flaw in this lens is that the zoom ring action is not consistent throughout its adjustment range. For that reason, and because a previous copy of this lens was soft, I am giving it 4 out of 5 stars. This is a great lens!

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        5.0

        Great lens!

        By Rocket

        from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

        • NONE

        Best Uses

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

          I looked for several months before I decided to purchase this lens. I wanted a fast lens that I could use for portraits as welll as general photography. This lens is sharp, right down to f2.8.The focus is fast and accurate in most situations.Colors are brilliant and depth of field is well defined. Tamron also offered a rebate, which was very easy to recieve.I am sure I will look into purchasing another tamron lens in the future.

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          5.0

          good quality

          By Emil

          from Detroit, MI

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy
          • Slow Focus

          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 Pentax AF:

          I bought one from [...] and I was not happy with the product. At 70mm focusing was 6mm in front and at 28mm focusing was 10mm behind, so there is no way to adjust this. But the one from BH was almost perfect focusing like 6mm in front on 28&70mm. I have a Pentax K20D so it was easy to align the focusing just where I want. [...] I totally recommend this, but if you have problems with focusing(one behind and one in front), I suggest RMA.

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          4.0

          Good[...]

          By AVMAN

          from Wappingers Falls, NY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Good foc zoom ring feel
          • Useful zoom range

          Cons

          • Focus ring range short
          • Tamron Quality Control

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Weddings/Events

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

          I got this lens for my Pentax K200D, because I wanted a fast lens, and I wanted a little more reach than I get with the excellent Pentax kit lens. I'm not able to go as wide, but I'll use the kit lens when I need to go wider than 42mm (the 35mm equivalent of 28mm for my camera). I intend to use the Tamron as my main general-purpose lens.[...]it seems to be fine in every respect. I will write another review after I've done more shooting with it.It's too bad Tamron didn't (or couldn't) incorporate the quick-shift focus function that Pentax lenses have. It's not a big deal, as it's easy easy enough to hit the manual focus switch on the camera, but it would have been nice to have. Also, the focus ring adjustment range is somewhat short, which makes manual focusing a little harder. I gave the lens 4 stars instead of 5 because I have concerns about Tamron's quality control, and therefore quality in general, after getting a bad lens. The lens seems solid enough, though.

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          5.0

          Great regardless of price!

          By lapratho

          from Tacoma, WA, USA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          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
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            I really cannot fault this lens. I is a classic, period!

            It focuses faster than the Pentax kit lenses and certainly does a trick in near darkness where focusing is supposed to fail!

            It is capable of stunning color and sharply isolated portraits with a very neat bokeh. I have 2 K100d bodies, a K20, and a K-x, and unlike my other lenses, it does equally good on all four of them!
            The bright f/2.8 ratio makes this a winner indoors and also outside for depth of field control.

            There is some criticism here about its range. Nonsense!
            It reaches from an equivalent 42mm, a wide normal, to an equivalent 112mm, slight tele.
            Not everybody has a good eye for "wide" shots and I have always found that getting tighter is better.
            Concentrate on a subject and forget the dressing and you get better images. There is a whole school of photgraphers that restrict themselves in the focal length to get discipline and they get better images - I have found it helps me too!
            Which makes this an ideal walkaround lens for many photographers!
            It takes a real knack for those wide landscape shots, and if you like those, then go ahead and get a wide prime.
            I have found every zoom to be iffy on the wide end for focus - most cameras cannot focus a wide zoom properly to critical levels, so wide end on a zoom is no theme for discussion for me anyway!

            This Tammy does pretty close to prime lens performance from about 32mm (=50mm normal full frame equivalent) on and stays that way (excellent) all the way out to 75mm.

            Considering its weight and size being FAR less than an f/2.8 monster sized telezoom in the 70-200 range, and the fact that I get steady handheld shots due to its handling, it does better in many ways when cropped than said monster f/2.8 at four times the price and weight!
            Not to mention the reduced shoulder cramps not having to lug the weight around :)

            I would like to include my pbase samples in my lapratho gallery, but B&H is asking not to include html.
            I have proof from some Norwescon SciFi/Fantasy conventions though, that this lens is very good in flare resistance (NO flares!) with counter light portrait shots from a dark hallway into a sunlit window without flash - adjusted my RAW's levels, and was happy happy happy!

            As far as quality control is concerned, never mind, I have had junk gear from the most expensive manufacturers and real gems from the most questionable ones, so the mix is big with all of them.

            This Tamron is worth an order and they better NOT quit making it ever! I have no clue how to improve on a zoom lens, short of mounting a revolver mount with primes - and that would be insanely bulky and heavy and ... never mind ...

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            4.0

            great walk around

            By capt macq

            from fort worth,tx

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Lightweight
            • Quick Focus
            • Sharp Focus
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Landscape Photography
              • Night Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Upgrade
              • Wildlife

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

              super sharp versital

              soft at the long end

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              4.0

              Nice and light

              By Tom

              from Calgary, Alberta

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Lightweight
              • Sharp Focus

              Cons

              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • General Use

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

              The lens produces consistently sharp pictures and is good for general use. Compared to Tokina's 28-70 F2.8 (purchased back in 1997), it's slightly sharper in the centre and at the edges (same scene using a tripod).

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              5.0

              Excellent price for outstanding lens

              By Arthur Gorniak

              from Allentown, PA

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Rugged
              • Sharp Focus

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Documentary
                • General Use
                • Portrait

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

                I use this lens semi-professional and I am extremely happy with this price/quality combination. Constant 2.8 output across the whole zoom range, outstanding resolution and warm color rendition make this lens one of the best choices for Pentax users. I choose this model over Tamron 17-50/2.8 because I believe that next camera's generation will be full frame and I do not want to waste my money on something that will go away in couple years. Resolution of this lens is far better than Pentax's 16-50 /2.8 for half the price!!!! The build quality is very nice however we can't expect Canon's L or top Nikon workhorses here. Auto Focus on My Pentax K20d is fast ( Not fast enough for sport photography) precise but on a loud side which I do not really care for .Great everyday "walk-around" Lens that comes with 6 YEARS warranty!!!!! Bravo Tamron!!!!!

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                4.0

                Good lens for the money

                By Ozzy

                from York, PA

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Sharp Focus

                Cons

                • Tough To Attach
                • Weak Casing

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Landscape Photography

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

                Takes sharp pictures. Plastic housing feels cheap, but no problems so far. The soft plastic lens hood is hard to put on and take off, par for the price.

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                4.0

                Great portrait lens - mediocre at other

                By rjl0000

                from Cincinnati, Ohio

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Quick Focus

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Portrait

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

                This lens does very well as a portrait lens, it starts to struggle due to it's limited range outside of this. It's not quite wide enough and doesn't zoom far enough to be effective as an everyday lens but the wide open aperture and range it does have makes for some very creative and beautiful pictures. It gets a little blurry wide open but thats to be expected, and it has a slightly warm cast to it that has to be corrected at the camera or during post processing.

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                1.0

                NOT GOOD!!

                By Cura

                from Lyon France

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Blurry Focus
                  • Heavy
                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

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

                    I initially bought this zoom because of all the other feedback that I had found on this site, nevertheless I must say that this is the worst zoom I have ever used in terms of brightness and sharpness.
                    I used it to shoot photos for a friend’s wedding and I was really angry afterwards because the sharpness in all the pictures was really bad, even when I shot at high speed, small ISO and working at f11 or f13.
                    I decided to return it inmediately, and get the Pentax FA 100mm macro, instead.
                    I would NEVER recommend this zoom to a friend.

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                    4.0

                    Awesome Portrait Lens on a Budget!

                    By Duff

                    from Central California

                    About Me Semi-Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Sharp Focus
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Limited Bottom Range

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Portraits

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

                    For the price, this lens is Terrific! I needed a budget-minded portrait/medium light lens for my K-20D and this one hit the spot. It is clean, crisp and fast... and I didn't break the bank buying it. I recommend it to anyone with a DSLR looking for that portrait-range lens with enough speed to work indoors and enough range to work the crowd outdoors. I'm considering another one for my K-10D.

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                    5.0

                    Lived up to it's reputation! Solid buy!

                    By Rod

                    from Parkersburg, WV.

                    About Me Semi-Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Easy To Clean
                    • Lightweight
                    • Rugged
                    • Sharp Focus

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Portraits
                      • Upgrade

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

                      This lens has a cult following for the short zoom fans and with good reason...it is tack sharp, well built and provides great clarity in images. A great lens for the money.

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                      4.0

                      Great Lens - Better Customer Service!

                      By Tim B

                      from Oceanside, CA

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Sharp Focus
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Portraits

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

                      I am an armature photographer so this for me this was a big step up from the kit lens my camera came with.
                      My only complaint was a speck of dust that was on one of the internal pieces of glass. It seemed to be under the coating. It wasn't visible in the photos but I decided to exchange it to prevent future trouble.
                      The B&H exchange process was as perfect as the ordering process. They were friendly on the phone and promptly emailed out prepaid return labels. I was notified during every step of the return process. I am 110% satisfied with this company.

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                      5.0

                      Fantastic lens!!!!!!!!

                      By Calipilgrim

                      from California

                      About Me Semi-Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Rugged
                      • Sharp Focus

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Portraits
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Upgrade

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

                        Sharp as a tack from corner to corner. Excellent bokeh. Super fast AF. Lightweight and small yet firm feel to the build. Couldn't ask for more!!!!!

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                        4.0

                        your friends will envy you

                        By cante

                        from Bucharest, Romania

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Blurry Focus
                        • Heavy
                        • Slow Focus

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Portraits
                        • Special Effects

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

                        This lens is attached to my K200D since I received it. After the initial disappointment due to the soft images taken at f2.8, I've learned to appreciate it's versatility. It is an excellent replacement for the kit lens. Relatively fast focus, even a bit slower that the 18-55 kit, but excellent picture quality above f4.

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