The Perfect Travel Lens? A Review of the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2 Lens

The Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2 lens balances a good zoom range, fast aperture, weather-sealing, and a reasonable size. The best part is its affordable price. How does it hold up in practice? This great video review takes a look.

Coming to you from Andrew Goodcamera, this enthusiastic video explores the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2 lens, highlighting its impressive build quality reminiscent of major lens manufacturers. Andrew emphasizes the lens' value proposition, comparing its price favorably to the Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens while offering a slightly longer reach. He argues that the 28-75mm range is ideal for travel and portraiture, particularly for those who prefer a dedicated 24mm prime lens.

He also discusses the technical specifications, praising the lens' close focusing capabilities, improved autofocus system with VXD linear motor, and weather-sealing. While he acknowledges his preference for internal focusing mechanisms, he concedes that the external zoom might be a necessary compromise for weight reduction. The video also showcases the lens' USB-C port for firmware updates and customization options, allowing adjustments to button functions and dial assignments.

Andrew was also impressed by the lens's ability to handle flaring and ghosting, even in bright sunlight. He also notes its consistent sharpness across its zoom range and apertures, making it a reliable choice for various photographic scenarios. While not the absolute sharpest lens on the market, its performance is more than adequate for travel, documentary, and event photography. Check out the video above for the full rundown.


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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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