I started talking to the Tamron reps the other day at Photoshop World about my love of the Tamron lenses and why I use them exclusively. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against other brands. I’ve owned Nikon, Tokina, and Sigma but I keep coming back to the Tamron lenses because of their quality build, and quality optics, plus a little known fact about the 70-200 2.8 but more on that later. The Tamron lenses are built out of quality materials, and use quality optics for superb images. Not to say that the Tamron lenses don’t have their flaws. They are notorious for having slow autofocus, specifically the 70-200 but it’s not so slow that it is crippling.
The 28-75 2.8 is my “short zoom”. This lens is my go to lens. With its fast f/2.8 aperture and awesome focal range, it is perfect for Shooting within 15 feet. When I’m out of town or traveling light I use this lens. With the ability to go from 28 all of the way out to 75 mm it really allows me the range that I need.
The Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 is my favorite lens. Hands down. The first lens when you get serious about photographer is a 70-200 f/2.8. Some choose the brand of their camera, Nikon, Canon, etc. Some people decide that the non brand name is the one for them. I first went with a Nikon and I was happy. The autofocus is fast, the build is awesome, and the glass is pristine. One thing that I didn’t like about the Nikon however was the focus distance. The minimum focus distance for a Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 is 4.6 feet according to their website but I think this is a little optimistic. The Tamron minimum focus distance is 3.1 feet. It is very close. The Tamron has a 1:3 focus ratio which makes it a macro of sorts. I am an eyes photographer. I want to make sure that the eyes are perfectly in focus and sharp. With the Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 I can make sure that it happens!
You can get the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 from B&H for $499 here
You can get the Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 from B&H for $769 here