Its cheap.... Its nasty...... continued

Nikon D800E Tamron F3.8-5.6 28-200mm AFXR Di Macro Zoom Lens
Nikon D800E Tamron F3.8-5.6 28-200mm AFXR Di Macro Zoom Lens

Yesterday I wrote about the Tamron Nikon D800E Tamron F3.8-5.6 28-200mm AFXR Di Macro Zoom Lens.

Here is a comparison with the recently updated 24-85mm VR lens. From Raw, identical settings. Both on a D800E

Olympus E-PL3 12mm, 45mm, 17mm lenses photographed with a Nikon D800E and Tamron 28-200mm / Nikon 24-85mm 
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Here another full size image shot with the lens on a D800E
Olympus E-PL3 12mm, 45mm, 17mm lenses photographed with a Nikon D800E and Tamron 28-200mm zoom

Its so cheap and nasty its even got an aperture ring. Its also small enough that it doesn't look out of place on a SONY NEX-7.

Sony NEX-7 plus Tamron 28-200mm zoom (Nikon fit)

Here are some full-size images shot with the Tamron 28-200 on the NEX-7. Again -
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Olympus E-PL3 45mm lens, photographed with a Sony NEX-7 and Tamron 28-200mm zoom

Olympus E-PL3 45mm lens, photographed with a Sony NEX-7 and Tamron 28-200mm zoom

Olympus E-PL3 45mm lens, photographed with a Sony NEX-7 and Tamron 28-200mm zoom


Well of course its not nasty at all. It is cheap. A contact posted on google+ that he picked one up for £80 on ebay! This is my third version of this lens. I used one on a Canon 5D MkII, one on a Sony a850 and now this. All of them have been really good. It is now discontinued. People seem more interested in a 300mm long end and built-in IS. I've tried that lens and I don't think its as good as this one. The 28-300mm is also heavier and bigger.

The Tamron F3.8-5.6 28-200mm AFXR Di Macro Zoom Lens is amazing when you think that this image quality is possible in a 320g super zoom. It is also, of course, improved further by the new CA and fringing removal in ACR 7.1 and Photoshop CS6.

I went out with it yesterday on a D800E and it does make carrying that camera a lot better. No need to constantly change lenses and a reasonable weight.

Nikon D800E Tamron F3.8-5.6 28-200mm AFXR Di Macro Zoom Lens

Nikon D800E Tamron F3.8-5.6 28-200mm AFXR Di Macro Zoom Lens

Nikon D800E Tamron F3.8-5.6 28-200mm AFXR Di Macro Zoom Lens

Nikon D800E Tamron F3.8-5.6 28-200mm AFXR Di Macro Zoom Lens

Nikon D800E Tamron F3.8-5.6 28-200mm AFXR Di Macro Zoom Lens

Nikon D800E Tamron F3.8-5.6 28-200mm AFXR Di Macro Zoom Lens

For some reason Tamron get slagged off. Why this should be I can't say. They have been making lenses for a long time and actually make lots of branded marque lenses for other companies in their factories. They are also part owned by Sony.


Its not the sexiest lens ever made and yes you can get better zooms. But not that much better in terms of sharpness. Its seriously useful for me, works great on the D800 and D800E and I'll be taking a lot of pictures with it.

So cheap? Yes
Nasty? Most definitely not.

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