This is my old and beloved super zoom lens which I have used for many years and here I will be writing the Tamron 28-200 review.
I used it with my film camera often in the past. Recently, I just tested the Canon version of this lens using my Canon 5D Mark II full frame DSLR. The Tamron 28-200mm is also available for Sony, Pentax, and Nikon mounts.
The lens is riding on the popularity of the full frame DSLR cameras. As I find the focal length awkward when shooting with a cropped sensor camera, I seldom use this combination.
The 28mm wide angle focal length will not be wide enough when tested with at cropped sensor DSLR camera.
On the telephoto side, the 200mm will turn to be a 300mm when used with a cropped sensor DSLR camera, which makes this lens a fantastic budget telephoto lens.
The inexpensive and light lens feels just right when used on Canon 5D Mark II. It is sharp and convenient to use as a travel or general purpose lens for all level of photographers.
I will certainly recommend this lens to all photographers who use a full frame camera and is looking for a great super zoom, but do not want to break the bank for it. Currently this is the best value for money for a super zoom lens in the market.
The autofocus is fast and accurate. Surprisingly it is not noisy at all, unlike other Tamron budget lenses.
However, due to its small aperture at the extreme end, I often had to switch to manual mode in low light to prevent focus hunting. You can also switch to manual focus to prevent this.
My lab and field review showed that the sharpness in the center and border sharpness are both excellent. The images I got from this lens are very sharp and contrasty at the same time.
During further Tamron 28-200mm review, I found that there is very small to negligible barrel distortion and chromatic aberration. This will not be an issue since you can fix this issue easily during post processing with any software.
I’d recommend this lens for traveling or general purpose photography. This would be a great lens to have when you do not want to carry heavy lens on your trip.
However, I would not recommend this lens for professional work due to its small aperture at the telephoto end.