Tamron 28-200mm F/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD Lens - Anyone getting one?

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I just ordered this lens via Greentoe with a small discount. If the lens lives up to my expectations, I'll replace my Sony 70-200mm f/4 FE lens for the Tamron. I'm sure the 70-200mm f4 is better overall within the same focal range, but I want a small versatile travel lens I can use on my Sony bodies. Anyone get one or thinking about it? I'll report back when I receive my copy! 🙂
 

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I have considered it. I would replace my Tamron 28-75 if I did decide to get it. I am curious on image quality throughout the range and just have not seen enough yet, but some of what I have seen looks pretty good. Or maybe I can find a cheap 70-200/4 to extend my existing kit. ;) ;)

By all means, report back and share some images. I am sure I would not be the only one who might be interested.
 

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I have considered it. I would replace my Tamron 28-75 if I did decide to get it. I am curious on image quality throughout the range and just have not seen enough yet, but some of what I have seen looks pretty good. Or maybe I can find a cheap 70-200/4 to extend my existing kit. ;) ;)

By all means, report back and share some images. I am sure I would not be the only one who might be interested.
Nothing wrong with the Sony 70-200mm f4, I just don't find myself using it enough. Plus with no way to use TCs, it's usage is a bit limited. I also owned the Tamron 28-75mm 2.8, which I thought was decent, but I figure if I'm going to compromise with 28mm at the wide end (as opposed to 24mm), I would definitely want more range on the zoom. I can also pair this lens with my Samyang 18mm and 45mm as a compact 3 lens travel kit!
 
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It's on my radar. I have the old Sony 24-240mm travel zoom and I'm waiting for some objective tests on the new Tamron before pulling the trigger. The Tamron is faster throughout its focal range than the Sony and maximum aperture descends gradually. Very nice. But the 24mm wide end of the Sony is nice, too. I suspect I'll ultimately buy the Tamron.
 

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It's on my radar. I have the old Sony 24-240mm travel zoom and I'm waiting for some objective tests on the new Tamron before pulling the trigger. The Tamron is faster throughout its focal range than the Sony and maximum aperture descends gradually. Very nice. But the 24mm wide end of the Sony is nice, too. I suspect I'll ultimately buy the Tamron.
I think there are few budget wide options you can pair the Tamron 28-200mm to make up for not being 24mm at the wide end. For me, I'll be using the Samyang 18mm 2.8, but the Tamron 20mm 2.8 is also another budget option for a cheap wide angle.

I have one on order, so I'll report back when I receive it!
 

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There's even the Samyang AF 24mm f/2.8. Good point.
There's also the Tamron 24mm 2.8 lens! Though I prefer Samyang's approach of just using size appropriate filters as opposed to using 67mm on their small primes. Tamron made their 2.8 prime lenses unnecessarily larger.
 

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I shoot with a pair of cameras for travel: my A6400 + A6600 with the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 and Sony 70-350mm are a small and lightweight kit. Throw in my 12mm Rokinon f/2.0 and I am covered... All of these lenses provide excellent IQ...
 

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https://dustinabbott.net/2020/06/tamron-28-200mm-f2-8-5-6-rxd-a071-review/

Pros:
  • Compact, lightweight lens easy to bring along
  • Surprisingly good sharpness
  • Good color
  • Autofocus is fast, quiet, and accurate
  • Eye AF works well
  • Very good chromatic aberration control
  • Distortion and vignette are moderate for a superzoom lens
  • Consistent optical performance across the zoom range
  • Faster maximum aperture than competing lenses
  • Good close up performance
Cons:
  • No optical stabilizer
  • Bokeh can be a little ugly in some situations
  • Less zoom range than competing lenses
 

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Mine is on a UPS truck out for delivery. I'll report back when I get it. I've been wanting a decent super zoom for awhile. All the ones I've tried haven't been great or you give up on some quality aspect. I'm a little bummed that it starts at 28mm, but at least Tamron offerred 2.8 at the wide end and it stays at 5.6 on the tele end. I don't mind 5.6 at 200mm since it's only a stop off from my 70-200mm f4 FE. The way I see it, you're basically carrying a fast prime at 28mm 2.8 and a super zoom with the Tamron!

The new Nikon 24-200mm S lens also looks compelling, but you give up speed at both the wide and long to gain the 24mm. Though I have a feeling you'll probably get more consistent Nikon quality with that lens. Tamron seems more apt to sacrifice some aspects of the image rendering (bokeh) with their FE lenses.
 

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I followed your lead:) I used adapter 28-300mm A-mount previously. It has longer reach, but the tele end edges was not good. Still it didn't matter much except slower af... 28-200 is better, maybe not fun as 70-180 2.8 esp indoor as it slows down, but it is good for walk around lens.
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I received my Tamron lens around 7pm Los Angeles time. It was starting to get dim, but I did take a few snaps. At 28mm 2.8, the fast aperture and close-up focus comes in handy. Great for detail shots and close-up food snaps. At 200mm it seems sharp enough, but I noticed you really need to keep fast shutter speeds or rely on good hand holding technique. I don't find Sony 5-axis IBIS nearly as good as Olympus 5-axis IBIS, nor as solid as lens based stabilization at longer focal lengths. The lens is fairly lightweight and around the same size as my Samyang 35mm 1.4 FE lens (though the Sam 35mm is much heavier). I think this lens will pair up perfectly with my Samyang 18mm 2.8 and 45mm 1.8 as the ultimate travel trio. It was too late to take any worthwhile photos, but I'll bring it through it's paces tomorrow.

I think this lens will have to be shot differently depending on the subject manner. As a walk-around 28mm 2.8, aperture priority will be perfect. As an event run-n-gun lens, I think shooting it on shutter priority and setting a high shutter speed is the best way to use it. ;)

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I was trying in low light indoors also. When I used the mf, I end up blurry at 1/8sec. If I use af, it takes time to af and had a sharp shot... In above shots I used railing tops as support, more like a monopod... I had mixed success.
 

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I was trying in low light indoors also. When I used the mf, I end up blurry at 1/8sec. If I use af, it takes time to af and had a sharp shot... In above shots I used railing tops as support, more like a monopod... I had mixed success.
Optically though I find it better than the Sony 24-240mm. It makes me wonder what Tamron will do for a telephoto lens now? I wonder if they could do something differently like a telephoto zoom that also starts at f2.8, but goes to f5.6 on the long end as well? Like an 80-300mm 2.8-5.6? :D Beyond 200mm though, I believe they'll have to include in-lens stabilization to make it practical.

I'll most likely post my Sony 70-200mm f4 FE for sale soon. While I do think that lens is better at the long end, mainly due to the faster aperture and OSS, I just don't find myself hauling it around much. This lens is basically a prime 28mm 2.8 and a super zoom in one lens. You can just leave the lock button on and shoot it at 28mm 2.8 all day if you like!
 

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I never tried 24-240mm though the range is better for me. I checked A mount Tamron 28-300mm f3.5-6.3 lens and Tamron says: " The Sony mount model does not include VC, since the bodies of Sony DSLR cameras include built-in image stabilization functionality." I see that A7R II kept the speed at 1/640sec for 300mm f/6.3 shots so the iso was 6000-10,000 range in day time...

Optically though I find it better than the Sony 24-240mm. It makes me wonder what Tamron will do for a telephoto lens now? I wonder if they could do something differently like a telephoto zoom that also starts at f2.8, but goes to f5.6 on the long end as well? Like an 80-300mm 2.8-5.6? :D Beyond 200mm though, I believe they'll have to include in-lens stabilization to make it practical.

I'll most likely post my Sony 70-200mm f4 FE for sale soon. While I do think that lens is better at the long end, mainly due to the faster aperture and OSS, I just don't find myself hauling it around much. This lens is basically a prime 28mm 2.8 and a super zoom in one lens. You can just leave the lock button on and shoot it at 28mm 2.8 all day if you like!
 

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Quick sharpness test at 200mm between the Tamron 28-200mm FE and the 70-200mm FE lenses. The Sony is definitely better and faster at 200mm, which can mean the difference between 400 or 800 ISO in light gathering. Stabilization is the biggest advantage of the Sony lens at 200mm. You can shoot it right away and the lens/body stabilization kicks in immediately. With the Tamron you have to give it a second before 5-axis IBIS initiates at least on the A7 III body I'm using.

Nothing scientific, but everything shot on shutter priority 1/320th with the camera handling aperture and auto ISO (how'd I normally shoot it in real world usage).

Sony 70-200mm f4 FE vs Tamron 28-200mm f2.8-5.6 FE -


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Also just for fun, here's the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II + D750 (24mp) at the same crops. Make note the Nikon lens appears a bit shorter at the same magnification due to the focus breathing of this particular model:

Nikon 1/320 and @ f/2.8 - 50% Crop:
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Hey all, I've been away from the forum for a bit, but the recent spate of good telephoto zooms from Tamron and Sigma (Tamron 70-180 f/2.8 & this 28-200/2.8-5.6 plus the Sigma 100-400/5-6.3) have brought me back (as well as more Corona-induced free time). I've used a converted A-mount Tamron 70-300 for telephoto purposes on my A7II for awhile now, but it is not optimal. Makes a somewhat bulky combo with the adapter. And while I have a Tamron 28-75/2.8 and love it, a little longer reach would be great.

The Tamron 28-200 really intrigued me when it was announced, and while not a constant aperture, it seems to make all the right compromises. The samples above from @JonathanF2 and @serhan are very promising! And at under US$800, it's the most affordable to boot. Now if I can find the funds....
 

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Hey all, I've been away from the forum for a bit, but the recent spate of good telephoto zooms from Tamron and Sigma (Tamron 70-180 f/2.8 & this 28-200/2.8-5.6 plus the Sigma 100-400/5-6.3) have brought me back (as well as more Corona-induced free time). I've used a converted A-mount Tamron 70-300 for telephoto purposes on my A7II for awhile now, but it is not optimal. Makes a somewhat bulky combo with the adapter. And while I have a Tamron 28-75/2.8 and love it, a little longer reach would be great.

The Tamron 28-200 really intrigued me when it was announced, and while not a constant aperture, it seems to make all the right compromises. The samples above from @JonathanF2 and @serhan are very promising! And at under US$800, it's the most affordable to boot. Now if I can find the funds....
I took a bunch of shots today and I'll post photos probably tonight and a gallery link as well. So far my impression of this lens in real world use is highly positive. It feels like the Swiss army knife of lenses! I used to own the Nikon 24-120mm f/4 VR for my Nikon kit and the Tamron lens is much better. It has uniform sharpness across the focal range and you can shoot anything with it.

Interestingly with this lens, I feel the cons balance out the pros, making it a very well-round piece of equipment.
 

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A couple samples with the Sony A7 III + Tamron 28-200mm Lens!

The entire set can be seen here:
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Sample photos with the Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD Lens - Los Angeles, California USA - during the 2020 Global Covid-19 Pandemic.
by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr


Sample photos with the Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD Lens - Los Angeles, California USA - during the 2020 Global Covid-19 Pandemic.
by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr


Sample photos with the Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD Lens - Los Angeles, California USA - during the 2020 Global Covid-19 Pandemic.
by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr


Sample photos with the Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD Lens - Los Angeles, California USA - during the 2020 Global Covid-19 Pandemic.
by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr


Sample photos with the Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD Lens - Los Angeles, California USA - during the 2020 Global Covid-19 Pandemic.
by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr


Sample photos with the Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD Lens - Los Angeles, California USA - during the 2020 Global Covid-19 Pandemic.
by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr


Sample photos with the Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD Lens - Los Angeles, California USA - during the 2020 Global Covid-19 Pandemic.
by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr


Sample photos with the Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD Lens - Los Angeles, California USA - during the 2020 Global Covid-19 Pandemic.
by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr


Sample photos with the Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD Lens - Los Angeles, California USA - during the 2020 Global Covid-19 Pandemic.
by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr
 

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