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TamronZoom Wide Angle-Telephoto AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS
 
3.9

(based on 28 reviews)

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79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (17)
  • Easily interchangeable (15)
  • Durable (14)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (11)
  • Consistent output (9)

Cons

  • Slow focus (8)
  • Poor in low light (4)
  • Blurry focus (3)
  • Lens creep (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (16)
  • Sports/action (10)
  • Wildlife photos (9)
  • Weddings (7)
  • General purpose (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (6), Casual photographer (5), Photo enthusiast (5), Pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Ignorance is Bliss

If I had just bought this lens without comparing it to others, I would have probably been quite pleased. It's small, lightweight and remarkably sharp for a lens with such a wide zoom...Read complete review

If I had just bought this lens without comparing it to others, I would have probably been quite pleased. It's small, lightweight and remarkably sharp for a lens with such a wide zoom range. I'm a professional who sells his images through stock libraries, so I decided to test it with my 5D MkII against two other zooms, both Canon L type, the 24-105 and the 100-400. I conducted a variety of tests at various locations, at various focal lengths including macro, and under variable lighting conditons. At first glance, I was astonished at how well the Tamron did. The images looked remarkably close in a side by side comparison on my 1920x1080 HD monitor. But when I started blowing up the images I began to see the flaws. The Tamron just wasn't as sharp the Canon lenses and the contrast wasn't as good either. With the Tamron images I kept rubbing my eyes, wondering if the pictures were sharp or not. They weren't, at least not as sharp as the Canons. Where I really noticed the difference was when I copied a portion of one image and pasted it into another. There, the sharpness of the Canon lenses really revealed itself. The worst part of the Tamron images was the rapid deterioration around the edges. Here the Canons really excelled, hands down. Other things to note about the Tamron, is the AF was a bit slow, a bit noisy, and not quite as accurate the either of the Canons, I felt. The build quality of the Tamron was decent but not quite up to the Canon L lenses, of course. Clearly the Canon lenses are superior but whether they are superior enough to justify the difference in cost is another question. The Tamron sells for just over [$] while the two Canons that would get me the same sort of range is closer to [$]. I opted for the Canons, but I had to think long and hard before I did, that's how good the Tamron is. Bottom line: the Tamron is a very good lens and is suitable for all but the most demanding applications. The quality, while not up to L standards, is remarkable for its small size, light weight, and low price. I may end up keeping it as my walk-around lens.

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Average at best

This lens was priced nearly [$] when I bought it, so keep that in mind when reading this review. I bought this as a walk-around lens expressly for shooting an airshow I attended...Read complete review

This lens was priced nearly [$] when I bought it, so keep that in mind when reading this review. I bought this as a walk-around lens expressly for shooting an airshow I attended a few years ago. It still sees occasional use for trips to baseball games with friends/family where versatility is more important than quality.In my years of ownership of this lens, here's what I've found:Pros - Great versatility. Zoom range is unmatched by any other lens in my collection. Reasonably light weight. Decent construction quality considering the price. Came with a bayonette petal-style lens hood which has proven handy.Cons - Get ready, there's a load of Cons. Color rendering is much different than what I get from some other lenses I own. Colors seem a bit flat in comparison. If I used multiple lenses during a shoot, that means I'm spending time correcting images to look consistent. Autofocus is very slow compared to other Canon lenses I own, even non-USM models. Even my 18-55mm kit lens is quicker. This lens has difficulties obtaining focus lock in anything but ideal lighting conditions. Other lenses I own with similar aperture ranges don't have this much trouble. It misses on focus locks pretty regularly, too, adding to frustrations because you think you got the shot locked in when you really didn't even come close. The maximum aperture range of 3.5-6.3 drops off quickly from the wide-open end, so you're looking at pretty narrow apertures through most of the zoom range. This makes this lens difficult to recommend for hand-held use indoors use unless you've got some good studio lighting set up. It's just not fast enough.Even when it does focus correctly, images tend to come out very soft through most of the zoom and aperture ranges. That can be okay depending on the subject and how you want it to look, but it's not going to cut it for any kind of serious professional work. I have sold a few shots taken with this lens, but those were rare gems.Lens creep is another annoyance with this lens. Hanging the camera around your neck without the zoom lock engaged will result in the lens zooming itself out. The zoom lock can only be engaged when the lens is zoomed all the way out. It would have been better if you could lock the zoom at any given location.The zoom rotation direction is opposite what Canon uses on their lenses. I've heard this is a trait common with Tamron lenses. Annoys the heck out of me when I'm shooting with my 28-135 IS and I switch over to this for a little extra reach and the controls are backwards.Despite all these cons, this lens still has a place in my camera bag. I don't use it that often, but I'm glad I have it when I do find occasion to use it simply for the convenience it offers. A good Speedlite will help with some of the autofocus issues. Basically, this lens isn't completely useless, but it's only real saving grace is the versatility the wide zoom range brings.

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3.0

Cheap telephoto option

By Black Horse

from Buffalo NY

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Poor in Low Light

Best Uses

  • Weddings/Events

Comments about Tamron Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

I use this product to film weddings but only when I'm in a pinch. It's slow and not very good for low light situations. It is useful when you can't get close enough to the subject (large Catholic Church etc.)

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5.0

Great zoom lens

By rdm2

from Mulvane , kansas

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Tamron Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

    I have used this lens for landscape, and outdoor
    photography in general

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    5.0

    Great Light Weight Quality Lens

    By Mike B.

    from Evansville, IN

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Video
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Tamron Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

      Needed a light weight, quality lens that would be good for action photos, and compatible with the full frame sensor in my Canon 6D DSLR. This lens fit the bill nicely.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Great Lense for my Camera

      By Ryan

      from Orlando

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Rugged

      Cons

      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Tamron Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

      I use to cary an 18 to 55 and a 75 to 300 lense, both of them very heavy. This lense now takes place of the 2 that I use to cary with me. Works great in both indoor and outdoor.

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      5.0

      Love this product!

      By Amy Picture Crazy

      from Marlboro, NJ

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Tamron Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

        The range of 28-300mm is awesome! You won't ever need another lens. It's light and not huge, and it takes great pictures! Great bang for your buck.

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        3.0

        Slow but adequate

        By Cynical Blonde

        from Jersey shore

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Good range
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Personal Non-crucial Shot

        Comments about Tamron Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

        The focus is slow, so if it's something you need to absolutely grab the shot, go with another lens.
        For everyday shooting, in good light, when timing isn't as crucial, it's a nice walk-around lens.
        That's primarily why I bought it, for when I don't want to drag around all my 2.8 lenses.
        But for something more important, I'm not going to count on this one to grab the shot.

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        4.0

        great travel lens

        By DC Tim

        from Washigton, DC

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Limited Aperture Range

        Best Uses

        • General Purpose Travel
        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Tamron Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

        This lens fills an important gap. I shoot with a Canon 5d Mark iii, which I love. I shoot with a series of L lenses, which I also love. However when I travel, I am getting tired of dragging around four or five heavy lenses, especially when I travel by air. This lens helps – it has great range and is very light. This lens and one more (for the wider angles, or on some trips, my super zoom) are all I need. I admit, I am a little embarrassed to mount this on my camera, but I am working on my insecurity issues. As concerns the results, I compared the results. There are slight differences noticeable when I blow up the pictures, but they are acceptable. If I am going for a specific high quality print that I expect to frame or sell, I will probably continue to use the l-series lenses when I travel. But if I am on vacation, this lens is great (I only wish for a larger aperture, but I can live with that). I highly recommend this lens.

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        3.0

        Very good lens!

        By Austin12photo

        from Grand Prairie, Texas

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Blurry Focus
        • Poor in Low Light
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Video

        Comments about Tamron Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

        Definitely wouldn't be my main lens, This may be a walk-around lens or good for outside vacation. Not good for portrait or anything low-light or requiring a sharp focus.
        Does decent in a lot of light like outdoors, and has an amazingly versatile focal range. Also is very sturdy with no lens creep. The aperture is just to high to really use, but if you're a beginning photographer or just a dad walking around with a camera taking pictures with his kids, this is a good lens.
        The Auto-focus also sometimes malfunctions and won't grab onto anything. It will go from it's minimum focus to infinite and back over and over.
        It is fairly light as well!

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        5.0

        Great product!

        By Teddy

        from Maryland

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Night Photography

          Comments about Tamron Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

          This is very simple to put onto your camera. It has a wide angle compared to the other cameras. Plus it has clear photos. I highly recommend this to people who like to take picture. I would really share this with a friend because it really is worth it!

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          1.0

          A Disaster

          By Sensitive in San Francisco

          from San Francisco

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • None Can't use it

          Cons

          • Two lenses are defective

          Best Uses

          • Throw out

          Comments about Tamron Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

          We have two of these lenses and both have exactly the same defect: they shut down at long focal lengths.

          Tamron wants to charge 140 dollars for each lens to remove the problem, even though the problem is obviously a defect in the lens and not due to our usage. Tamron USA says that is their orders from japan and they can't do anything about it. And are not at all sympathetic, pleasant, helpful, or even apologetic.

          An ugly mess and we cannot use the lenses without paying more than 1/3 the price of the lens.

          A worse than unpleasant experience.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great value for the price.

          By Sully

          from Littleton, NH

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great picture quality
          • Zoom rangeperformance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Tamron Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

            Wish I purchased this lens sooner. The lens is exactly what I was looking for in terms of getting close-up pictures. At first, the lens was a little heavier than the stock lens that came with the camera, but not too much heavier. It is not noticable now.

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            5.0

            All purpuse cheap lens

            By whitetornado

            from Montreal, Canada

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • As an all usage lens

              Comments about Tamron Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

              I wanted a cheaper telephoto for road use with my EOS 5D

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              • No

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              3.0

              Was not what I expected,

              By Rattledrob

              from Opp, Alabama

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable

              Cons

              • Weak Casing

              Best Uses

                Comments about Tamron Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

                My feelings about this product is one of those mixed bag type things. First, it feels more like a toy than a quality product,second, it did auto focus pretty fast for such a lens compared to some I've tryed before, including my eos50 kit lens, but it just did,nt seem to feel what it should feel like at that close to $4oo without IS.I HAD AN OLDER, SLOWER, sigma opo dg 70-300 for my older, slower pentax k110, and it was cheaper,, about half price then and it was built better if nothing else, and took just about as good of pics. For those reasons, I just cannot recommend this to anyone that is looking for a better built lens. Not saying that it's not good for what it is, but it's not four hundred dollars good for me. Sorry if anyone disagrees with this, but that's the way it is, and that's the way I feel about it. Save a few more bucks, and try a different lens if you want something that feels as good as your camera to you.

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                5.0

                Awesome find

                By CM

                from Phoenix, AZ

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Tamron Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

                  I am off to Italy and I couldn't have picked a better lens for my price range.

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                  5.0

                  Love it

                  By Vin always

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • NONE

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Tamron Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

                  What I really like about this lens is the range from 28-300mm which is huge ,, I use this lens all the time for most of my still photography.

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                  5.0

                  one lens fits all

                  By bella

                  from nyc

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Night Photography
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Tamron Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

                  one lens fits all, no need to take it off

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                  • No
                  • Similar:
                  • Tamron Wide Angle-Telephoto AF 28-300mm (Previous version)

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                  4.0

                  A fabulous main lens

                  By kaufer00

                  from MN

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Poor in Low Light

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Tamron Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

                  I keep this lens on my camera almost all the time. It has the range I need for photos of the grandkids in the livingroom to the planes in the skies at a recent air show. It gives me sharp images and, in bright light, extremely fast autofocus. Only in dim light does it have trouble finding the focus point.

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                  3.0

                  Sturdy Lens for everyday use

                  By jdkvirus

                  from Nairobi, Kenya

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Lens Creep
                  • Weak Casing

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Tamron Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

                  Switching lenses between wide angle and telephoto was a major frustration for me as I enjoy both Landscape and Wildlife Photography (especially birds). This lens with its broad range is a perfect solution for the broad range of subjects.

                  That said, the lens is not very tough and the zoom and VC mechanisms are very sensitive to minor knocks and shaking (as can occur on rough roads in game parks).

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                  4.0

                  Replace two lens, quality made.

                  By Big Dave

                  from Chandler, AZ

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Rugged

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Tamron Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

                  This lens replaces a canon 18-55, and a 70-300.
                  Great for walking around with out having to carry a camera bag with extra lens.

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                  2.0

                  Average at best

                  By Vipre77

                  from Milwaukee, WI

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • ALL-IN-ONE
                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Blurry Focus
                  • Lens Creep
                  • Slow Focus
                  • Zoom is backwards

                  Best Uses

                  • Family
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Tamron Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS:

                  This lens was priced nearly [$] when I bought it, so keep that in mind when reading this review. I bought this as a walk-around lens expressly for shooting an airshow I attended a few years ago. It still sees occasional use for trips to baseball games with friends/family where versatility is more important than quality.In my years of ownership of this lens, here's what I've found:Pros - Great versatility. Zoom range is unmatched by any other lens in my collection. Reasonably light weight. Decent construction quality considering the price. Came with a bayonette petal-style lens hood which has proven handy.Cons - Get ready, there's a load of Cons. Color rendering is much different than what I get from some other lenses I own. Colors seem a bit flat in comparison. If I used multiple lenses during a shoot, that means I'm spending time correcting images to look consistent. Autofocus is very slow compared to other Canon lenses I own, even non-USM models. Even my 18-55mm kit lens is quicker. This lens has difficulties obtaining focus lock in anything but ideal lighting conditions. Other lenses I own with similar aperture ranges don't have this much trouble. It misses on focus locks pretty regularly, too, adding to frustrations because you think you got the shot locked in when you really didn't even come close. The maximum aperture range of 3.5-6.3 drops off quickly from the wide-open end, so you're looking at pretty narrow apertures through most of the zoom range. This makes this lens difficult to recommend for hand-held use indoors use unless you've got some good studio lighting set up. It's just not fast enough.Even when it does focus correctly, images tend to come out very soft through most of the zoom and aperture ranges. That can be okay depending on the subject and how you want it to look, but it's not going to cut it for any kind of serious professional work. I have sold a few shots taken with this lens, but those were rare gems.Lens creep is another annoyance with this lens. Hanging the camera around your neck without the zoom lock engaged will result in the lens zooming itself out. The zoom lock can only be engaged when the lens is zoomed all the way out. It would have been better if you could lock the zoom at any given location.The zoom rotation direction is opposite what Canon uses on their lenses. I've heard this is a trait common with Tamron lenses. Annoys the heck out of me when I'm shooting with my 28-135 IS and I switch over to this for a little extra reach and the controls are backwards.Despite all these cons, this lens still has a place in my camera bag. I don't use it that often, but I'm glad I have it when I do find occasion to use it simply for the convenience it offers. A good Speedlite will help with some of the autofocus issues. Basically, this lens isn't completely useless, but it's only real saving grace is the versatility the wide zoom range brings.

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