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Review: The Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 for Sony FE is a Home Run

Posted On: Jun 13, 2018   |   Posted By: Peta Pixel

Review: The Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 for Sony FE is a Home Run

When Tamron announced the new FE 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD , it sent a wave of excitement throughout the Sony user base. When Tamron announced that the lens would only be $799, most of those Sony users were shocked.
Can Tamron's $799 lens compete against the $1,198 Sony/Zeiss 24-70mm f/4? Can it hold its own against the $2,198 Sony FE 24-70 f/2.8 GM? How would Tamron's first FE lens work on Sony bodies? We were lucky enough to get an early copy for a few days to try out.
Design
The 28-75mm f/2.8 has 15 elements in 12 groups, including several XLD, LD, and GM elements to help minimize aberration. Only 28mm on the wide end, it's a compact lens weighing in at only a hair over 19oz and measuring only 4.6in long when at 28mm. For comparison, the Sony 24-70 f/2.8 GM is a hefty 31oz , and just under 5.5in long.
The lens design is quite simple, with no AF/MF switch or any switches/buttons at all. A quarter turn of the rubber zoom ring will quickly take...

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