Tamron SP 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD-IF Autofocus Zoom Lens for Canon EOS - U.S.A. Warranty


About Tamron 28-75mm

Di: Digitally Integrated Design, is a designation Tamron puts on lenses featuring optical systems designed to meet the performance characteristics of digital SLR cameras. The most compact and lightest in the history of fast zoom lenses. Thanks to the revolutionary downsizing "XR" technology employed by Tamron in the development of high-power zoom lenses such as the 28-200mm and 28-300mm, the dramatic compactness that makes this lens the world's smallest and lightest is achieved. Its compactness makes it look and feel like an ordinary standard zoom lens, yet the versatility that a fast constant maximum aperture offers will definitely reshape your photographic horizons.

The Tamron 28-75mm is commonly used for Art, Documentary, Fun, General purpose, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Macro photography, Night photography, Photojournalism, Portraits, Sports/action, Travel, Weddings and more.The Tamron 28-75mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Professional, Pro photographer, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Tamron 28-75mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Tamron 28-75mm: Clear glass, Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Easily mounted, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged, Simple controls and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (65),Lightweight (60),Consistent output (56),Easily interchangeable (44),Strong construction (44),Durable (38),Nice bokeh (30),Rugged (16),Easily mounted (11),Clear glass (9),Simple controls (8),Easy to clean (6) Great contrast (3) View All
Slow focus (16),Heavy (11),Poor in low light (9),Blurry focus (8),Lens creep (3),Tough to attach (3)
Best Uses:
Low light (39),Weddings (35),Landscape/scenery (28),Night photography (28),General purpose (26),Portraits (26),Sports/action (25),Macro photography (15),Travel (12),Wildlife photos (10),Fun (8),Documentary (7) Wildlife (7),Art (5),Good in low light (5),Photojournalism (5),Upgrade (5),Landscape photography (4),Macro (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (28),Enthusiast (23),Photo enthusiast (23),Pro photographer (12),Semi-professional (8),Professional (7)

Tamron 28-75mm Specifications

14 Groups/ 14 Elements
Angle of view
F stop range
Closest Focusing Distance
0.33m (13") (entire zoom range)
Maximum Magnification
1:3.9 (at 75mm)
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
3.6" x 2.9" (92 x 73mm)
510g (18.0oz.)
Mfr #

Tamron 28-75mm Reviews

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(based on 108 reviews)


of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review


Sharp and Fast Lens

A really good value lens. Half price of comparable Canon L lens. There 2 of my gripe about this lens. Let's get them over with. The first one is zoom creep. The lens tend to extend its self due to gravity. The second one is hard to do manual focus due to narrow turned focus ring. The benefits of this lens over weight the drawbacks. This lens is really sharp and fast. I never regret getting this lens. If I only could have one lens out of collections to walk around, i would pick this lens.


Most Liked Negative Review


I got a bad copy

This was the first pro dslr lens i bought when i made the transition from 16mm, and small sensor HD cinematography to DSLR cinematography and photography. It had better reviews than the sigma 24-70 2.8 but all the moving and still images I got with this lens were slightly blurry, and "off" - meaning strange bokeh, and something else i just cant quite describe except to say when compared to shots with other lenses, the tamron shots felt wrong. I didnt realize quite how bad my copy of this len...

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This was the first pro dslr lens i bought when i made the transition from 16mm, and small sensor HD cinematography to DSLR cinematography and photography. It had better reviews than the sigma 24-70 2.8 but all the moving and still images I got with this lens were slightly blurry, and "off" - meaning strange bokeh, and something else i just cant quite describe except to say when compared to shots with other lenses, the tamron shots felt wrong. I didnt realize quite how bad my copy of this lens was until I tested some old Nikon AI primes, then a Sigma 24-70 2.8 and finally a canon 24-70.2.8L. i have since spoken with another photographer who says he encountered a couple of bad copies of this lens, but only good one in the past year. Even if my informal survey is way off, i think it is risky to buy this lens. I will likely not purchase another Tamron lens after this experience. Color and contrast is acceptable, with this lens, butautofocus is slow for shooting stills, and the throw on the focus ring is so short that focus pulls for video shoots are inaccurate.

Reviewed by 108 customers


Tamron SP 28-75mm F2.8 lens


from Indianapolis, IN  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I've had this lens since it was introduced. Have used it on Konica-Minolta 7D, Sony A700, and Sony A99V. It was excellent lens on both 7D and A700 but have noticed considerable back focus on A99 @ F2.8/75mm. It gets progressively sharper as F stop larger (4.0-8.0). At 8.0 lens is really sharp. To be fair this typical for most lenses. I did AF Micro Adj on A99V and that so far has seemed to fix front focusing. Use lens primarily for studio portrait work which explains why I never noticed back focus before because I typically shoot F8 or F11 in studio and rarely shoot below F4. Didn't notice back focus problem until went to use at a red carpet event which was in dimly lit hall. I would recommend this lens especially for the price and if your camera has AF Micro Adjustment ability.


Great for use without a flash


from Houston, TX  -  Photo Enthusiast

I have most used this lens for indoor and outdoor activities with groups of children and youth. It is very sharp, handles well, and excellent for use without a flash. So far I don't have anything I don't like about it.


Good for daylight and well lighted


from LA, CA  -  Pro Photographer

Build and design features are very good. Has a lens creep lock. Image quality in well lighted environments is good. Low light environments are problematic, it produces significant noise. Since I shoot news, I prefer candid shots and don't want to distract the people I'm photographing with a flash. I returned it because of the noise issue.


Good lens for price


from Central Oregon  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use this lens to photograph high school sports. It is fast enough and does a decent job. The pictures are not super sharp but for the price you aren't going to get super sharp. It is a relatively inexpensive glass and the pictures reflect that. If you want the super sharp photos you can spend 4 times as much for the L quality lens. For the price it is a decent lens.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Lens either had soft focus or defective


from Nashville, TN  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I used this lens on several photo shoots before finding out that it wasn't in focus. I finally did some test shots and confirmed that it doesnt focus properly, or is just very soft. I managed to save enough of the photos to not have to reshoot the photos...luckily it wasn't a wedding. I did end up not getting photos at a concert, which luckily I wasnt getting paid for. I sent the lens back and I am expecting a new lens. Hopefully this one doesnt have the same issues. I will edit this review once I have received the new lens.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent Lens


from Va  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I initially purchased a used copy of this lens, and was blown away with its performance. Very sharp in the center, acceptable sharp in the corners, and very nice bokeh. I did a wedding and was sold, my images were so much better than previous. The focal range on my DX body is excellent for me. Like others have said, 28mm is not very wide on a DX. I seldom hit this limit, but find I'm regularly zoomed to 75mm. So I guess my working range is on the long end most of the time anyhow. However I did notice that a higher than normal percentage of my shots were soft. I did some testing and noticed that it tended to front focus on my D90 body. So I returned it and purchased a new copy from Adorama. This copy is just as good, but having no front/back focus issues. Still, it does tend to mis-focus regularly. I guess that's what other reviews have said as well, it doesn't focus as accurately as the Nikon. My results showed that it can focus fast and accurate, but not consistently. I was ready to give up on it, but then decided to do another round of tests using AF-C instead of AF-S. This was the key for me. In this mode, it rarely misses focus. On AF-S, you can focus and lock, then repeat and it will adjust a tiny bit and lock again. If it were accurate it would not move after initial lock. It's like it's not satisfied and keeps trying to adjust. On AF-C it never locks but quickly settles and stays put. I normally only use AF-C for sports, so it will take some getting used to, but I think it will be worth it.


great lens


from philadelphia pa  -  Pro Photographer

i received a sharp copy of this lens. i heard a lot of good reviews about this lens and i'll admit, it's a lot better than expected. great purchase.


Well worth the investment


from Martha's Vineyard, MA  -  Pro Photographer

Just the right lens to keep attached to my full frame DSLR when I don't want to carry a bag or other accessories. Use a decent light source when shooting low light indoor scenes. Works a good as a similar ziess lens at 25% the cost.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Nice lens


from Macon, GA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I bought this lens and used it recently at an event. I enjoyed using it and am happy with its overall performance. Autofocus can be a little slow at times.


Love the lens!!


from Washington  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Love the lens.. Nice bokeh- sharp images.


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JOSE C  Great lens, excellent image quality. If you are an amateur and want to take good photos, this is a must. If you're a professional, this is a great backup lens to the more expensive Canon or Nikon counterparts.
Thayna R  Tamron 28-75 or Tamron 24-70? Relatively new (3 years) but will start taking on more weddings and birth photography (which is what really interests me). In the very near future I want to switch between photo and video to make very simple videos of births along with pictures. Thanks! :)
NATHAN C  Because you are also interested in video, I suggest that you go with 24-70
Thayna R  That is what I was thinking. Because of the Vibration Control? Am I right?
J T  Has anyone ever used this on a Canon 1DMK11? I'm wondering about vignetting? I'm thinking it would be a good walk-around lens but not if it isn't usable at the wide end without vignetting.
JASON G  There is some vignette wide open and at 28mm.
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