Sunrise With The Tamron SP AF 28-75mm

Or to give it it´s full name:  SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) Macro!

f/5.6, 1/2000 sec, ISO 400,75mm


f2/8,1/25 sec, ISO 400,75mm                                                     f/5.6, 1/50 sec, ISO 400, 28mm


f/5.6, 1/40 sec, ISO 400, 65mm                                                        f/5.6, 1/4 sec,ISO 160, 67mm

We were  all up and about before Sunup this morning because my daughter Sophie as part of the easter break has no class today, the class is going out in the field to fly their kites, so what better oppurtunity to try out my new Tamron!

The lens came two days ago but have´nt had a chance use it until last night. It lends itself well to Landscape as well as Portrait or Urban photography and is quite good in closeup as well. The main pic is this morning´s sunrise from our roof terrace, (who´d have thought that some five hours after i took this, we´d be in a raging thunderstorm-looks like the kite flying is of for the day)! The smaller images i took last night and this morning.

Having that f/2.8 throughout the whole focal range is really handy but so far i´ve found  f5/6 to produce best results.

The only drawback i´ve found so far is it has a bit of a problem with AF at times-it tends to go on a hunting trip and the only way around it, is to switch to manual focus (that does´nt trouble me). Of course it does´nt have IS like the Canon 24-70mm, but as everyone knows there are always ways ´round that. The closest Focus Distance is about 33cm so in it´s Macro Mode (closeup) anything smaller than a small flower is´nt going to come out great.

All the images here were handheld, save the flower closeup, that was obviously Tripod material and all are pretty much SOOC save for a little cloning out of TV Ariels.A little brightness adjustment, sharpening and resizing was all.

These pic´s were taken with my Canon 50D, so i´ll have to wait to see how it fares with the Canon 5d MK II when it arrives.

All in all, if your an advanced amateur photographer that takes photography seriously and on a tight budget this lens in my opnion is well worth the €400.00 price tag.


9 thoughts on “Sunrise With The Tamron SP AF 28-75mm

  1. You said…

    >> The only drawback i´ve found so far is it has a bit of a problem with AF at times-it tends to go on a hunting trip…

    This is pretty typical for non-major lens brands. I have a Tamron 90 mm Macro lens and the AF works pretty good, but behaves the same as you described. Then again, with shooting macro, you almost always used manual focus.

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