Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD lens review with samples
The new tamron 28 to 200 millimeter, f, 2.8 to 5.6 di3 rxd it’s for sony’s full frame. Mirrorless e mount cameras and it costs about 730 dollars in the us, or around 650 pounds here in the uk i’d like to thank tam on uk for loaning me a copy of this lens for testing for a few weeks, although, as usual, this is a totally Independent review, everyone should know what a super zoom lens is by now, aside from anything else, they’re very popular because they just offer you that great zoom range reducing your need to change lenses all the time. They are nice options for casual photography or for taking on holiday with you. This one starts at 28 millimeter only a reasonably wide angle, but zooms all the way into 200 millimeter for quite a good telephoto reach. 28 millimeter is not very wide at all. If you’re using an aps c camera, so it is clear, this lens is aimed for full frame shooters. You can get super zoom lenses with an even bigger zoom range than this even for full frame cameras. But then the compromises on image quality tend to get pretty serious and tamron are claiming that providing good image quality was a real priority. With this particular option. Something they’ve also managed to do is to offer a brighter maximum aperture than usual. This lens offers you f, 2.8 at its widest angle, which will let in a decent amount of light, and, as you can see here, that maximum aperture doesn’t darken up too quickly.
So it offers you a nice if small little advantage over other super zoom lens designs. In fact, if you look at the maximum aperture on average it’s about as bright as a 24 to 105, millimeter f4 lens within the same zoom range neat well, let’s take a look at the lens itself: it’s, not really very big, considering it’s zoom range it’s made Of plastic, but it feels surprisingly solid without much wobbling that i could notice, which is really nice for a lens. With such a long zoom range it weighs 575 grams or a bit over a pound. So you’ll know it’s on your camera, but it won’t weigh you down. It’S, based on a metal lens mount which is etched with a weather ceiling. Gasket then comes a plastic manual focus ring which works very responsively with the lenses focus motor. Some good news is that the lens doesn’t seem to suffer from focus breathing very much as you can see here. The lenses autofocus motor is silent, but only averagely fast. As you can see here, i had some focus reliability issues when shooting at 200 millimeter. It would miss focus occasionally but then again i’m using an older camera body here, you’re likely to get a better performance with a newer camera by the way, i’m upgrading to an a7r iii. Soon, as many people have requested that the lenses zoom ring is rubberized and it turns reasonably smoothly and evenly without any stickiness to it over time, once that zoom ring has loosened up a little bit, it might be prone to zoom creep if you hold the lens Steeply up or down it’s right on the edge of falling under its own weight here, it’s important to note that this lens does not have its own image.
Stabilization built in so you’ll have to rely on your camera’s built in stabilization if it hasn’t the filter thread. Size is 67 millimeters wide, which is pretty universal now over tamron’s recent lens options, although there’s a lot of plastic in this lenses construction overall, it feels really solid and well made, although i might be a little concerned about zoom creep setting in in the future, but There’S no way to tell right now, if and when that might happen, now, let’s take a look at image quality, as i mentioned before, with its widest angle, being 28 millimeter. This lens is clearly intended for full frame. Shooters so i’ll be testing it on a full frame camera. This time my 42 megapixel sony a7r ii in camera. Corrections are turned on at the widest angle of 28 millimeter and the brightest aperture of f 2.8. We see razor sharp image quality in the middle of the image and very good contrast. The corner image quality is a little softer, but actually there’s still a good deal of detail being captured here and decent contrast. The problem is that obvious purple color fringing on contrasting edges, stop down to f4 for a little more brightness and sharpness in those corners, and they stay this sharp down to about f11. As you can see, let’s zoom in a bit to 50 millimeter at the new maximum aperture of f 3.5 still brighter than average for a super zoom lens image.
Quality is very slightly softer in the middle than it was before, but contrast remains very good. The corners look a fair bit softer now, though, stop down to f 5.6 for a little more detail to be captured in the corners and the middle of the image improves too looking excellent, now, f8 looks just as good in the middle, but the corner image quality Is especially improved, looking very good now with less color fringing than at wider angles, let’s zoom in again now to 120 millimeter at the new maximum aperture of f5 image. Quality in the middle is perfectly sharp right away. The corner image quality again is softer than the middle, but not too bad f8 looks a little better, f11, a little better again. Finally, let’s zoom all the way into 200 millimeter at f 5.6 image. Quality in the middle remains nice and sharp, with very good contrast. The further good news is that the image corners are still decently sharp here, stop down to f8 for more brightness and a touch more sharpness, but topping down to f11 doesn’t bring about any further improvements, stop down as far as f 16 and as you’d expect a Little softness begins to creep in due to the effects of diffraction, so then overall. Well, what do you think super zoom lenses like these often have some serious compromises and image quality and i’ve seen some terrible ones in the past, but this tamron lens holds itself together.
Surprisingly, well, the middle of your images will always be very sharp, and your image corners will always look fairly good too, even when shooting with your aperture wide open. It also offers good contrast across the zoom range. You will want to correct your images for color fringing when shooting at 28 millimeter, though, and if you’re shooting at around the 50 millimeter mark, then that is definitely one focal length where you’ll particularly want to stop down your lenses aperture for best results. Let’S. Take a look at this lenses, distortion and vignetting. The following pictures are taken with. In camera, corrections turned off at 28 millimeter. We see only a little barrel distortion, much less than you’d normally expect from the widest angle of a super zoom lens at f 2.8. We do see some vignetting in the corners stop down to f4, f5.6 and f8 to see those corners brighten up quite nicely zoom in a bit to 50 millimeter and very quickly. We see strong, pin cushion distortion kicking in zoom in all the way to 200 millimeter and it’s still there, although not quite as egregious at f 5.6. The corners still look a little dark stop down to f8 and they brighten up quickly. Overall, the lenses designers have clearly prioritized correcting distortion at wider angles, leading to some heady problems, as you zoom in, but at least vignetting isn’t, as bad as you’d normally expect for a super zoom lens keep your in camera.
Corrections turned on, though this lens can focus as closely as 80 centimeters to your subject, which is very good for shooting smaller subjects at f 5.6. Close up image quality is a little softer than before, with a little less contrast, but it’s still fairly good f8 looks a little sharper and f11 looks excellent. Now let’s see how well the lens performs against bright light it’s. A very good result here. Flaring is low. Contrast remains high and that’s, whether you’re shooting at wide angles or zooming in nice and finally, bokeh super zoom lenses, aren’t. Typically, your first choice for getting out of vegas backgrounds, but this one does have a slightly brighter aperture than usual, which helps noticeably. Those outer focus. Backgrounds might not be the softest in the world, but they’re generally pretty smooth, actually and there’s. Never anything too distracting going on within them. Overall, this is a super zoom lens that offers quite a lot more than usual. Yes, you do miss being able to shoot as wide as 24 millimeter, but 28 millimeter is okay and the lens would still work well in conjunction with a second ultra wide angle. Lens. Its build quality is very good and it’s fairly small and light its optics might not be perfect, but are certainly way better than average for a lens with this kind of zoom range, for example, check out my review of sony’s own 24 to 240 millimeter super zoom Lens i’ll put a link in the description sure the sony lens has a wider zoom range, but its image quality was absolutely appalling and its maximum aperture darker with this new tamron lens, your image quality is dependable and there’s.
A nice added bonus of a slightly brighter maximum aperture than usual. I would go as far as to say this is probably the best super zoomed lens i’ve tested so far. I really liked it actually and it’s a nice option to take on holiday with you. If your camera has in body image stabilization, then this lens definitely comes recommended. I hope you enjoyed this review. Have you ever thought to yourself boy chris doesn’t make enough content for me. I need more well. I have two solutions for you. One is to get a more exciting social life, lockdowns and international pandemics notwithstanding.