• Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) with Built-In AF Motor for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras (Model A09NII)
  • Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) with Built-In AF Motor for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras (Model A09NII)
  • Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) with Built-In AF Motor for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras (Model A09NII)
  • Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) with Built-In AF Motor for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras (Model A09NII)
  • Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) with Built-In AF Motor for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras (Model A09NII)
Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) with Built-In AF Motor for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras (Model A09NII)
Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) with Built-In AF Motor for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras (Model A09NII)
Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) with Built-In AF Motor for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras (Model A09NII)
Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) with Built-In AF Motor for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras (Model A09NII)
Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) with Built-In AF Motor for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras (Model A09NII)

Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) with Built-In AF Motor for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras (Model A09NII)

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  • Excellent low light and fast action lens
  • Great for portraits and creating shallow depth of field
  • Fast 2.8 minimum aperture throughout the zoom range
  • Includes Six (6) Year manufacturer's warranty
  • Nikon mount with built in focus motor, compatible with most Nikon DSLRs.
  • The designation ??Di? (Digitally Integrated Design) marks a generation of lenses, which have been specially adapted to the higher requirements of digital SLR cameras (APS-C and full frame).

Customer Reviews

Better than I expected. I ordered this for use on a DX format camera as I was already an owner of the Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 so that I could fill out my overall kit range a little better than by using the 17-50mm f/2.8 made for DX format cameras. Overall, this lens is on my camera a significant amount of the time I spend out taking photos. I read all of the reviews associated with this versus the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and I even rented that lens for a weekend, but I couldn't justify the price over this one.Quality control is a little bit of an issue with Tamron, but I happened to get a good one the first time. I've seen many stories associated with people returning lenses, sometimes two or three times, before getting good ones so I feel lucky in that regard. That said, this lens is nothing short of fantastic. No, it's not the Nikon 24-70mm, but it's REALLY good especially considering the price point. I'm really impressed with the color rendition here. A little bit of CA, but nothing that can't be easily handled, but it's extremely sharp. My copy of this lens is only marginally worse about CA at the wider focal lengths, but I can say that it's not much of an issue overall. Sharpness is more than enough to produce very crisp images from a D5100 or a D7000, which mathematically makes it even better for the lower resolution cameras. It's good at f/2.8 with really crisp images coming in at about f/5.6 and it really shines between f/8 and f/11. Corner sharpness will suffer a bit a wider apertures, but I don't think people shopping for this lens are going for absolute corner sharpness at f/2.8. That said, the bokeh isn't bad either.On the downside, I don't see much other than the autofocus being a bit slower than I would like. I'm used to current Olympus M4/3 models where AF is beyond incredibly fast. Evidently the new Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 is much better in this capacity from early rumors but I won't make any judgments until I have it in my hands. So we're left with great image quality and acceptable autofocus. Nothing more and nothing less. I can definitely live with that. Four stars. 4Sharp photos! This lens produces very sharp pictures, and for the price, I don't think it can be beat. This lens is on my camera almost exclusively. I will probably continue to use it for 90% of my photos unless I get a Nikon zoom lens with a fixed aperture, which is likely to be in the $1000+ price range. 5EXCELLENT lens for the money!! Have had this lens for 30 days or so. Used it for portraits and macro type of photography. Its not a bad lens for the money, would have been nice if it had VR, but with these optics and VR feature, expect to pay much more.Used this lens in three different types of scenarios, i will say i had about 80% keepers. I ran into certain situations to where i had enough light, a nice steady hand, but the image still didnt come out as sharp as i wanted. when i slightly overexposed my shots, this lens was awesome. I was also shooting in hard lighting situations, with the mid day sun (too harsh) and indoors. I was able to get some really nice images shooting indoors at wide open (2.8).AF seems to work just fine, i read some reviews about hunting issues...i have yet to experience such issues.The build quality seems fine, granted its no Nikkor, but it seems pretty tight. I wouldnt go out on a safari expedition or anything with it, but it will survive normal day to day use with absolutely no issues.I highly suggest this lens for portraiture photography and macro photography. I took some really nice shots coupled to my D3100 and also tried this lens with a SB700.WB seemed a bit off when shooting..left a different tint than what i am use to shooting with Nikkor lenses. Nothing way out there to where i wasnt able to fix it in LR with very slight adjustments. a grey card will help aid in such issues, but again, its minor and nothing worth worrying about, especially if you shoot RAW images.I uploaded some example photos taken with this lens, again, pretty impressive for the price of this lens (photos by Jesse Martinez).As you can see in the pics, the Bokeh with this lens is really good..actually very good.If you are on a budget and looking for a nice daily lens, or even for portraiture, this is a great choice especially if you dont want to spend 1800 on the Nikkor equivalent. Granted the Nikkor is slightly better (not by much at all) but this lens will go a long ways for the money, especially if you want a nice lens for macro and portraits.I am not too sure how well their customer service is, as i have yet to even deal with them, but i was able to call and get a hold of somebody within minutes when i registered this lens online. Rumors say they are accommodating to most, as long as you have the original sales receipt.Tamron did well thats for sure.:Update to my review: Owned this lens for a year now..has been dropped once, still works as good as new and its still producing remarkable images! Tamron did very well with this particular lens. Im even considering their 70-200 f/2.8 over the Nikkor equivelant. 5Has Focusing Issues Especially in Low Light Situations You truly get what you pay for and for Tamron, unless you shoot under ideal lighting conditions or flash, you are going to have soft focus issues. I am posting two samples, one with OCF and the other no flash in a dimly lit environment. The lens struggled to focus under this circumstance at 2.8. If I stopped down to about 5.6, I might get better focus but then the image would be extremely dark. If you are a pro, don't waste your money and get the better glass even if you have to pay more. I am definitely regretting purchasing this lens. 3I'm extremely happy with my purchase however and have no regrets I'm giving it a 4 because I have nothing to compare it to. I've never rented and compared brands but from my experience with it so far and taking several photographs with it, it serves it purpose. Only gripe I have is it takes a while for it to focus and its especially frustrating under low lit conditions so i try to avoid low lit conditions. I'm extremely happy with my purchase however and have no regrets. It's the cheapest of the others I've compared by price. The quality is really good and the bokeh. Now I'm considering on getting the 70-200mm f/2.8. :) 4Nice affordable Full-frame lens I just bought this for my Nikon D750 full frame DSLR and I'm coming from using my neighbor's fancy Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens so I was skeptical on how it would measure up to an expensive lens like that. After a day of shooting in the snow with a lot of shots featuring the sun over a snowy field I can say it holds it's own. I did notice a bit of color banding when the sun reflects off the lens from an angle but this is a minor issue that I'm sure a filter will clean up. I put it to work last night capturing an astro-lapse for a couple hours and the image quality is on par with the Nikon lens. I'm amazed at how sharp this lens is. I was thinking I would be down-grading going to a cheaper lens but so far my pictures haven't reflected any loss in quality. I was thinking the lack of vibration control would be an issue but even when it was fully zoomed in I was able to capture shots at 1/30 seconds exposure without using stabilization and this is what I had come to expect from the Nikon lens. All in all it's a great value if you want f/2.8 at 75mm without breaking the bank. 5Not super sharp.. but AWESOME for the price Before this lens i only had a 50mm 1.8 (and my two kit lenses that i never use anymore) i shoot a Nikon D5300 so it s crop sensor made the 50mm a little challenging to use all the time so i decided to get this mostly for the zoom so that i had more versatility as well as how much cheaper this was over the 24-70 when it s essentially the same thing. I still do prefer the image quality of the 50mm as it seems to be a bit sharper with better bokeh but i kind of knew that going in.. but this lens definitely doesn t disappoint. I have only used it for about 3 days but I ve taken enough photos to come to a conclusion. I would like it to be a tad sharper but i can always fix it in Lightroom pretty easily. You also need to realize that it does have some weight so the first time i used it my arms weren t used to the weight compared to my 50, but I still think this lens will easily become my most used and I d say if you re thinking about it, just get it! You won t be dissapointed for the value. 4web reviews vs. my experience I got this lens as used through Amazon market place for D700, from KEH. It didn't come with a box, manual etc, but the lens looked like a new and works perfect.Tamron 28-75 2.8 is one of the most popular 3rd party lenses and I'm pretty sure everyone reading the reviews on this page already have read a lot of other 'eviews on the web. I did that too, and here're my impressions from about couple of month of readings of reviews on the web.1. It's light and compact2. It has decent center resoulution, but borders are soft especially in wide aperture'.3. sample variation (QC not so good)4. AF is slow.5. Cheaply made, too much plastic.6. Still pretty good lens considering its price (1/3 of Nikkor 24-70)Here are my experience regarding the points above.Before that, I'd like to let you know that I'm using this lens with Nikon D700, FX format camera. This lens on DX cameras will give you much better experience.1. Yes, it's light and compact. It's the lightest mid-zoon lens available for Nikon on the market. 1/2 weight of Nikkor 24-70 and 2/3 of Sigma 24-70.The size and weight of this lens make it a perfect solution for people who need a compact lens for everyday use, but don't want to constantlychange prime lenses. Probably the weight of this lens combined with the bodies like d300 or d700 is the maximum weight to carry for someone with other bags to carry. Nikkor 24-70 combined with D700 is almost 4 lb.2. Resolution is pretty good, IMO, especially at wide end. Reviews on the web point out that this lens suffers from border softness, but I'm using this lens on FX format camera and no problem on border sharpness from f4. At f2.8, center is still pretty good and border sharpness is not usually important for the shots taken with f2.8. However, mine is quite soft even at center at around 50-70mm focal lengths, even at f4. It's not terrible, but still noticeable. It can be just mine because most of reviews on the web says center resolution is excellent for all aperture and zoom range.3. I haven't tried other copies.4. I disagree with this. Mine is BIM (built in motor) version, which is konwn to have a slow AF, but mine focuses pretty fast. I have no complaint about Af speed. Compared to 50mm f1.4D which is known to have a fast AF, Tamron 28-75 is not siginificantly slower than 50 1.4D. Again, it's for my copy and there may be sample variation.5. agree/disagree. If someone have seen Nikkor 24-70, it surely is cheaply made. It uses a lot of plastic, which makes it light, but I wouldn't say it's cheaply made. Also, lens mount is metal unlike some other "cheaply made" lenses.One gripe is that the zoom ring is little loose. If you don't lock the zoom ring (at 28mm) and walk while holding the camera, you may fine the zoom ring at around 50mm.6. Yes it is. Even if you don't consider its price, it's still a reasonably well performing mid-zoom lens. It may be the only solution for a compact mid-zoom lens for Nikons. If you can give up constant f2.8, there might be other lenses to consider, but if you need a compact mid-zoom lens with constant f2.8 for Nikon, it's for you.Even if there are some weaknesses, it's 1/3 price of Nikkor. I recommend this lens for amateur photographers who look for a compact mid-zoom lens.If you are a professional photographer, probably you wouldn't even open this page : ) 4Excellent performance for 1/4 the price of Nikon glass I purchased this lens to use with my new Nikon D3200 for shooting indoors in low light situations. Mainly this would be in auditoriums when my daughters were performing on stage and I could use a flash. My friend had lent me his Nikon f2.8 17-55 and I loved it, but it was out of my price range. After considering buying the lens used, I discovered this Tamron lens and decided to try it out. I shot over 1,500 photos with this lens so far and the performance has been very, very good. Color and sharpness are both excellent. To my unprofessional eye, most of the photos look just as good as the ones I took with the Nikon lens. I like the Tamron better because of the extra range. 55mm is just too short and requires me to sit way too close to the stage. This lens allows me to sit a few rows back and still get relatively closeup when zooming out to 75mm. I also shot three hours of HD video with this lens and the results were acceptable. Some issues with autofocus due to lighting on the stage, but overall very good. This lens is a great value for personal use for low light shots.03/21/13 - just a quick update. I've increased my rating to 5 stars due to the incredible performance of this lens. I've now shot well over 3,000 photos with this lens and it's excellent. I took 1,500 photos of my daughter's performance in West Side Story at the high school auditorium over two nights and got some amazing shots. The stage lighting plays havoc with the sensor, but since the lens has to be on manual (due to the bright white light from the autofocus) I just have to remember to change the focus dot when the actors move around. This lens is a fantastic bargain for the prosumer photographer with a limited budget for equipment. 5Excellent Light-Weight f2.8 Alternative for Nikon Users I purchased this lens several months ago for my Nikon D700 and after comprehensive testing took it on several photo-trips. To date I've shot almost 2000 images with this lens. The review below is based on the sample of the lens I currently own. Due to possible sample variations other samples may be better or worse than mine.The pros:1) This is a very sharp lens at all apertures. Specifically, it is UNIFORMLY sharp across the entire frame at any aperture (with one minor exception noted below and that may be a sample variation). Distortion is controlled rather well at all zoom settings. The lens reaches its peak optical performance by f11 at all zoom settings.2) Although the lens is not designated as "macro", the close-focusing capability of this lens makes it a good choice for some macro applications.3) The lens is very well built, light-weight and compact.4) Considering its current price and outstanding optical quality this lens is an exceptional value.The cons:1) At apertures wider than f11 there is a ~ 1mm area of the unsharp focus on the extreme right side of the frame (camera in horizontal position). This is completely gone by f11. I do not consider this an issue, since the area in question is very easy to crop out. I am noting it here for the sake of completeness.2) At 28mm to 35mm zoom range I encounter frequent AF errors, but since the focus is constant over the entire zoom range, I focus at 75mm, turn off the autofocus and zoom to compose and shot. Otherwise, the autofocus performance is average and unremarkable.I have taken one star off to account for the two "cons" above.Summary:This lens is at least as good as or better than comparable Nikkors at a fraction of price, size and weight. I highly recommend this lens for all general photographic applications. 4
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Description
  • Excellent low light and fast action lens
  • Great for portraits and creating shallow depth of field
  • Fast 2.8 minimum aperture throughout the zoom range
  • Includes Six (6) Year manufacturer's warranty
  • Nikon mount with built in focus motor, compatible with most Nikon DSLRs.
  • The designation ??Di? (Digitally Integrated Design) marks a generation of lenses, which have been specially adapted to the higher requirements of digital SLR cameras (APS-C and full frame).
Reviews

Customer Reviews

Better than I expected. I ordered this for use on a DX format camera as I was already an owner of the Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 so that I could fill out my overall kit range a little better than by using the 17-50mm f/2.8 made for DX format cameras. Overall, this lens is on my camera a significant amount of the time I spend out taking photos. I read all of the reviews associated with this versus the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and I even rented that lens for a weekend, but I couldn't justify the price over this one.Quality control is a little bit of an issue with Tamron, but I happened to get a good one the first time. I've seen many stories associated with people returning lenses, sometimes two or three times, before getting good ones so I feel lucky in that regard. That said, this lens is nothing short of fantastic. No, it's not the Nikon 24-70mm, but it's REALLY good especially considering the price point. I'm really impressed with the color rendition here. A little bit of CA, but nothing that can't be easily handled, but it's extremely sharp. My copy of this lens is only marginally worse about CA at the wider focal lengths, but I can say that it's not much of an issue overall. Sharpness is more than enough to produce very crisp images from a D5100 or a D7000, which mathematically makes it even better for the lower resolution cameras. It's good at f/2.8 with really crisp images coming in at about f/5.6 and it really shines between f/8 and f/11. Corner sharpness will suffer a bit a wider apertures, but I don't think people shopping for this lens are going for absolute corner sharpness at f/2.8. That said, the bokeh isn't bad either.On the downside, I don't see much other than the autofocus being a bit slower than I would like. I'm used to current Olympus M4/3 models where AF is beyond incredibly fast. Evidently the new Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 is much better in this capacity from early rumors but I won't make any judgments until I have it in my hands. So we're left with great image quality and acceptable autofocus. Nothing more and nothing less. I can definitely live with that. Four stars. 4Sharp photos! This lens produces very sharp pictures, and for the price, I don't think it can be beat. This lens is on my camera almost exclusively. I will probably continue to use it for 90% of my photos unless I get a Nikon zoom lens with a fixed aperture, which is likely to be in the $1000+ price range. 5EXCELLENT lens for the money!! Have had this lens for 30 days or so. Used it for portraits and macro type of photography. Its not a bad lens for the money, would have been nice if it had VR, but with these optics and VR feature, expect to pay much more.Used this lens in three different types of scenarios, i will say i had about 80% keepers. I ran into certain situations to where i had enough light, a nice steady hand, but the image still didnt come out as sharp as i wanted. when i slightly overexposed my shots, this lens was awesome. I was also shooting in hard lighting situations, with the mid day sun (too harsh) and indoors. I was able to get some really nice images shooting indoors at wide open (2.8).AF seems to work just fine, i read some reviews about hunting issues...i have yet to experience such issues.The build quality seems fine, granted its no Nikkor, but it seems pretty tight. I wouldnt go out on a safari expedition or anything with it, but it will survive normal day to day use with absolutely no issues.I highly suggest this lens for portraiture photography and macro photography. I took some really nice shots coupled to my D3100 and also tried this lens with a SB700.WB seemed a bit off when shooting..left a different tint than what i am use to shooting with Nikkor lenses. Nothing way out there to where i wasnt able to fix it in LR with very slight adjustments. a grey card will help aid in such issues, but again, its minor and nothing worth worrying about, especially if you shoot RAW images.I uploaded some example photos taken with this lens, again, pretty impressive for the price of this lens (photos by Jesse Martinez).As you can see in the pics, the Bokeh with this lens is really good..actually very good.If you are on a budget and looking for a nice daily lens, or even for portraiture, this is a great choice especially if you dont want to spend 1800 on the Nikkor equivalent. Granted the Nikkor is slightly better (not by much at all) but this lens will go a long ways for the money, especially if you want a nice lens for macro and portraits.I am not too sure how well their customer service is, as i have yet to even deal with them, but i was able to call and get a hold of somebody within minutes when i registered this lens online. Rumors say they are accommodating to most, as long as you have the original sales receipt.Tamron did well thats for sure.:Update to my review: Owned this lens for a year now..has been dropped once, still works as good as new and its still producing remarkable images! Tamron did very well with this particular lens. Im even considering their 70-200 f/2.8 over the Nikkor equivelant. 5Has Focusing Issues Especially in Low Light Situations You truly get what you pay for and for Tamron, unless you shoot under ideal lighting conditions or flash, you are going to have soft focus issues. I am posting two samples, one with OCF and the other no flash in a dimly lit environment. The lens struggled to focus under this circumstance at 2.8. If I stopped down to about 5.6, I might get better focus but then the image would be extremely dark. If you are a pro, don't waste your money and get the better glass even if you have to pay more. I am definitely regretting purchasing this lens. 3I'm extremely happy with my purchase however and have no regrets I'm giving it a 4 because I have nothing to compare it to. I've never rented and compared brands but from my experience with it so far and taking several photographs with it, it serves it purpose. Only gripe I have is it takes a while for it to focus and its especially frustrating under low lit conditions so i try to avoid low lit conditions. I'm extremely happy with my purchase however and have no regrets. It's the cheapest of the others I've compared by price. The quality is really good and the bokeh. Now I'm considering on getting the 70-200mm f/2.8. :) 4Nice affordable Full-frame lens I just bought this for my Nikon D750 full frame DSLR and I'm coming from using my neighbor's fancy Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens so I was skeptical on how it would measure up to an expensive lens like that. After a day of shooting in the snow with a lot of shots featuring the sun over a snowy field I can say it holds it's own. I did notice a bit of color banding when the sun reflects off the lens from an angle but this is a minor issue that I'm sure a filter will clean up. I put it to work last night capturing an astro-lapse for a couple hours and the image quality is on par with the Nikon lens. I'm amazed at how sharp this lens is. I was thinking I would be down-grading going to a cheaper lens but so far my pictures haven't reflected any loss in quality. I was thinking the lack of vibration control would be an issue but even when it was fully zoomed in I was able to capture shots at 1/30 seconds exposure without using stabilization and this is what I had come to expect from the Nikon lens. All in all it's a great value if you want f/2.8 at 75mm without breaking the bank. 5Not super sharp.. but AWESOME for the price Before this lens i only had a 50mm 1.8 (and my two kit lenses that i never use anymore) i shoot a Nikon D5300 so it s crop sensor made the 50mm a little challenging to use all the time so i decided to get this mostly for the zoom so that i had more versatility as well as how much cheaper this was over the 24-70 when it s essentially the same thing. I still do prefer the image quality of the 50mm as it seems to be a bit sharper with better bokeh but i kind of knew that going in.. but this lens definitely doesn t disappoint. I have only used it for about 3 days but I ve taken enough photos to come to a conclusion. I would like it to be a tad sharper but i can always fix it in Lightroom pretty easily. You also need to realize that it does have some weight so the first time i used it my arms weren t used to the weight compared to my 50, but I still think this lens will easily become my most used and I d say if you re thinking about it, just get it! You won t be dissapointed for the value. 4web reviews vs. my experience I got this lens as used through Amazon market place for D700, from KEH. It didn't come with a box, manual etc, but the lens looked like a new and works perfect.Tamron 28-75 2.8 is one of the most popular 3rd party lenses and I'm pretty sure everyone reading the reviews on this page already have read a lot of other 'eviews on the web. I did that too, and here're my impressions from about couple of month of readings of reviews on the web.1. It's light and compact2. It has decent center resoulution, but borders are soft especially in wide aperture'.3. sample variation (QC not so good)4. AF is slow.5. Cheaply made, too much plastic.6. Still pretty good lens considering its price (1/3 of Nikkor 24-70)Here are my experience regarding the points above.Before that, I'd like to let you know that I'm using this lens with Nikon D700, FX format camera. This lens on DX cameras will give you much better experience.1. Yes, it's light and compact. It's the lightest mid-zoon lens available for Nikon on the market. 1/2 weight of Nikkor 24-70 and 2/3 of Sigma 24-70.The size and weight of this lens make it a perfect solution for people who need a compact lens for everyday use, but don't want to constantlychange prime lenses. Probably the weight of this lens combined with the bodies like d300 or d700 is the maximum weight to carry for someone with other bags to carry. Nikkor 24-70 combined with D700 is almost 4 lb.2. Resolution is pretty good, IMO, especially at wide end. Reviews on the web point out that this lens suffers from border softness, but I'm using this lens on FX format camera and no problem on border sharpness from f4. At f2.8, center is still pretty good and border sharpness is not usually important for the shots taken with f2.8. However, mine is quite soft even at center at around 50-70mm focal lengths, even at f4. It's not terrible, but still noticeable. It can be just mine because most of reviews on the web says center resolution is excellent for all aperture and zoom range.3. I haven't tried other copies.4. I disagree with this. Mine is BIM (built in motor) version, which is konwn to have a slow AF, but mine focuses pretty fast. I have no complaint about Af speed. Compared to 50mm f1.4D which is known to have a fast AF, Tamron 28-75 is not siginificantly slower than 50 1.4D. Again, it's for my copy and there may be sample variation.5. agree/disagree. If someone have seen Nikkor 24-70, it surely is cheaply made. It uses a lot of plastic, which makes it light, but I wouldn't say it's cheaply made. Also, lens mount is metal unlike some other "cheaply made" lenses.One gripe is that the zoom ring is little loose. If you don't lock the zoom ring (at 28mm) and walk while holding the camera, you may fine the zoom ring at around 50mm.6. Yes it is. Even if you don't consider its price, it's still a reasonably well performing mid-zoom lens. It may be the only solution for a compact mid-zoom lens for Nikons. If you can give up constant f2.8, there might be other lenses to consider, but if you need a compact mid-zoom lens with constant f2.8 for Nikon, it's for you.Even if there are some weaknesses, it's 1/3 price of Nikkor. I recommend this lens for amateur photographers who look for a compact mid-zoom lens.If you are a professional photographer, probably you wouldn't even open this page : ) 4Excellent performance for 1/4 the price of Nikon glass I purchased this lens to use with my new Nikon D3200 for shooting indoors in low light situations. Mainly this would be in auditoriums when my daughters were performing on stage and I could use a flash. My friend had lent me his Nikon f2.8 17-55 and I loved it, but it was out of my price range. After considering buying the lens used, I discovered this Tamron lens and decided to try it out. I shot over 1,500 photos with this lens so far and the performance has been very, very good. Color and sharpness are both excellent. To my unprofessional eye, most of the photos look just as good as the ones I took with the Nikon lens. I like the Tamron better because of the extra range. 55mm is just too short and requires me to sit way too close to the stage. This lens allows me to sit a few rows back and still get relatively closeup when zooming out to 75mm. I also shot three hours of HD video with this lens and the results were acceptable. Some issues with autofocus due to lighting on the stage, but overall very good. This lens is a great value for personal use for low light shots.03/21/13 - just a quick update. I've increased my rating to 5 stars due to the incredible performance of this lens. I've now shot well over 3,000 photos with this lens and it's excellent. I took 1,500 photos of my daughter's performance in West Side Story at the high school auditorium over two nights and got some amazing shots. The stage lighting plays havoc with the sensor, but since the lens has to be on manual (due to the bright white light from the autofocus) I just have to remember to change the focus dot when the actors move around. This lens is a fantastic bargain for the prosumer photographer with a limited budget for equipment. 5Excellent Light-Weight f2.8 Alternative for Nikon Users I purchased this lens several months ago for my Nikon D700 and after comprehensive testing took it on several photo-trips. To date I've shot almost 2000 images with this lens. The review below is based on the sample of the lens I currently own. Due to possible sample variations other samples may be better or worse than mine.The pros:1) This is a very sharp lens at all apertures. Specifically, it is UNIFORMLY sharp across the entire frame at any aperture (with one minor exception noted below and that may be a sample variation). Distortion is controlled rather well at all zoom settings. The lens reaches its peak optical performance by f11 at all zoom settings.2) Although the lens is not designated as "macro", the close-focusing capability of this lens makes it a good choice for some macro applications.3) The lens is very well built, light-weight and compact.4) Considering its current price and outstanding optical quality this lens is an exceptional value.The cons:1) At apertures wider than f11 there is a ~ 1mm area of the unsharp focus on the extreme right side of the frame (camera in horizontal position). This is completely gone by f11. I do not consider this an issue, since the area in question is very easy to crop out. I am noting it here for the sake of completeness.2) At 28mm to 35mm zoom range I encounter frequent AF errors, but since the focus is constant over the entire zoom range, I focus at 75mm, turn off the autofocus and zoom to compose and shot. Otherwise, the autofocus performance is average and unremarkable.I have taken one star off to account for the two "cons" above.Summary:This lens is at least as good as or better than comparable Nikkors at a fraction of price, size and weight. I highly recommend this lens for all general photographic applications. 4
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