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Old 04-01-2012, 20:21   #1 (permalink)
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Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 SP XR Di

Hello all, I've been a long time lurker and occasional poster, I'm thinking about buying the Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 SP XR Di lens to use as a general lens and for some sports photography when the light is dull.

I have done a search of this forum and only come across sporadic mentions of this lens (and yes I have looked under the review section as well) and would like peoples opinion on the lens
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Re: Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 SP XR Di

Sorry this post has been waiting to be approved for a couple of days, but I lost my internet connection on Tuesday and only got it back today. Now your post count is over 5, you posts will not need approval if they contain links.

You are right in saying that this lens is less popular than others in the Tamron range. I've no information or experience of this lens, but also have not heard of any adverse comments. On your camera it will effectively have a 32- 110mm range which is not a commonly sought after range maybe explaining why it is less popular than a lens that will have better wide angle capabilities. 32 -110 is about 'normal' human eye focal length to mild telephoto. Many people will want a lens that will go down to 18 mm at the short end that gives the equivalent to around 24mm in 35mm/full frame terms.

I'm not sure that this lens will be adequate for general use as for me the short end is not short enough and as I said, I think that 18mm at the short end is a much better option. As regards to sports photography, I also think that 110mm is not long enough and I suggest that you look at the Tamron 18-270. Although his lens is not as fast the the f2.8 of the 28-70, it does have stabilisation that will allow you to use it in poor light.
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Re: Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 SP XR Di

Graham has said it all...I will only add that you might get away with 75mm if you're on the side-lines of a basketball court and the action is "in-your-face" so to speak, nut that is it.
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Re: Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 SP XR Di

Thanks for the replies, I probably should have added that I have a Nikon D80 and with the sport I shot in low light (cyclocross) I can be within a few feet of the competitors and quite usually amongst trees as well.

I also have a Nikkor 80-400 which covers any longer range shots as well as the kit lens
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Re: Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 SP XR Di

Ah! You did not mention your other lenses.

I guess that if your main sport usage is going to be cyclo cross this lens will probably be good at relatively close ranges. If you have a kit lens you should have the 18mm capability needed for general use.

However, you did say in your first post that you wanted it for general purpose too, and I stick by my comments as to the suitability of this lens for GP use.
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Re: Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 SP XR Di

I have this lens and it is a cracker. I do use it a great deal and find it covers a multitude of subjects . the 2.8 constant apatuere is actually very usefull
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