How does the first third-party standard zoom for Sony full frame mirrorless cameras shape up? Michael Topham had the privilege to test the first working sample in the UK

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Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD

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Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD – UK Exclusive Review

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£699.00

Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD review: Verdict

Although this lens doesn’t offer the same level of supreme corner sharpness that you get from Sony’s professional-grade standard zooms, it’s a truly excellent mid-range example. The extra stop you gain over the Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Vario-Tessar Carl Zeiss T* makes it superior for low-light shooting and enables you to isolate subjects from their surroundings easily whilst producing very attractive blur behind.

The advantage of choosing the Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ahead of this lens is that it allows you to shoot wider, however if you prioritise a faster aperture ahead of a wider field of view and you don’t want to spend over £1000 for the privilege, this is currently the best mid-range standard-zoom going for Sony’s A7-series cameras.

Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD

It won’t take long for those who buy it to realise that they’ve made a great choice. It’s ideal for general shooting provided you enable in-camera lens corrections and don’t want to shoot too wide. Importantly, it’s not heavy or cumbersome either. Tamron has got the balance just right and I envisage it being in popular demand of new Sony A7 III users who might be on the lookout for the perfect walkabout lens.

It’s an excellent start in a new series of full frame mirrorless lenses from Tamron. One day it might also be made available in a variety of different mounts to suit other full frame mirrorless cameras.

Details

Price:£699
Filter diameter:67mm
Lens elements:15
Lens groups:12
Maximum aperture:f/2.8
Minimum aperture:f/22
Minimum focusing distance:0.19m (wide) 0.39m (tele)
Dimensions:73x117.8mm
Weight:550g
Lens mounts:Sony FE
Included accessories:Lens hood, lens caps
  1. 1. Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD review: Introduction
  2. 2. Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD review: Features
  3. 3. Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD review: Build & Handling
  4. 4. Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD review: Autofocus
  5. 5. Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD review: Image Quality
  6. 6. Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD review: Resolution, shading and curvilinear distortion
  7. 7. Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD review: Verdict
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