One Lens for Everything: A Review of the 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD Lens

While most of us own multiple lenses suited for different purposes, sometimes, whether for convenience or necessity, we want one lens that can handle all possible situations. For Sony shooters, there is the Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD, and this excellent video review takes a look at what you can expect from it in practice.

Coming to you from Micael Widell, this great video review takes a look at the Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD lens. Designed to handle all focal lengths needs, the 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 comes with a variety of features, including: 

  • Specialized elements for decreased aberrations and increased sharpness and clarity 
  • Rapid eXtra-silent stepping Drive autofocus motor for quick and quiet 
  • Minimum focusing distance of 7.5 inches (1:3.1 maximum magnification)
  • Full-time manual focus override
  • Zoom lock switch to prevent creeping
  • Rounded seven-blade diaphragm for smoother bokeh
  • Moisture-resistant design

Of course, like any superzoom lens, with such a large range of focal lengths, you will not be able to expect clinically sharp images like you would get out of a less extreme zoom or a prime lens, but if you need a versatile lens for travel, landscapes, or for photo walks, the 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 looks like a good option. Check out the video above for Widell's full thoughts. 

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jose Gulías's picture

Really like mine and sharpness isn't a problem with this lens.

r >k's picture

I love my Z 24-200mm. It has the important 4mm more on the wide end and offers even better sharpness and colors.

Momchil Yordanov's picture

I keep my camera in AF-C all the time. On low contrast subjects the lens sometimes is unsure. Creates a little "pulsing" effect, at least in the EVF. Never noticed any other problem. Maybe 90% of the shots are in perfect focus. A lot of the others are in good focus. Blurry, unusable pictures are very rare. I do not shoot action. Mainly street, subject and portrait. The camera I use the lens on is 7Rmk3. I would recommend the lens. I consider mine money well spent.

Christian Fiore's picture

The pulsing is from the camera reverting to CDAF mode, which requires the AF system to bounce to determine focus (#1 complaint about Panasonic cameras). Perfectly normal for focusing outside of the AF system's limits, or when stopped down past F/8 or so.