Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 as good portrait lens?

13 years 8 months ago #5756 by neal1977
I'm looking for a good portrait lens. Anyone have any experience with this lens?


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13 years 8 months ago - 13 years 8 months ago #5758 by Yasko
I don't have this lens, but slrgear.com posted an indepth review with user reviews here:

www.slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/49/cat/all

A quick browse through the user reviews show a mixed bag. There seems to be some bad copies of this lens produced, but the good copies perform well.

My opinion is that for the price this is a decent all-around zoom lens, and at an equivalent focal length of around 115mm on a cropframe sensor, it will give decent portraits. It's a jack of all trades, master of none. If you already have a zoom lens in this range however, I'd look into an 85mm f1.8 lens for dedicated portrait use. It's the same price point, but will give even better results.


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13 years 8 months ago #6059 by neal1977

Yasko wrote: I don't have this lens, but slrgear.com posted an indepth review with user reviews here:

www.slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/49/cat/all

A quick browse through the user reviews show a mixed bag. There seems to be some bad copies of this lens produced, but the good copies perform well.

My opinion is that for the price this is a decent all-around zoom lens, and at an equivalent focal length of around 115mm on a cropframe sensor, it will give decent portraits. It's a jack of all trades, master of none. If you already have a zoom lens in this range however, I'd look into an 85mm f1.8 lens for dedicated portrait use. It's the same price point, but will give even better results.


Excellent! Thanks for the information Yasko :)


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13 years 7 months ago #8375 by CanonKid

neal1977 wrote:

Yasko wrote: I don't have this lens, but slrgear.com posted an indepth review with user reviews here:

www.slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/49/cat/all

A quick browse through the user reviews show a mixed bag. There seems to be some bad copies of this lens produced, but the good copies perform well.

My opinion is that for the price this is a decent all-around zoom lens, and at an equivalent focal length of around 115mm on a cropframe sensor, it will give decent portraits. It's a jack of all trades, master of none. If you already have a zoom lens in this range however, I'd look into an 85mm f1.8 lens for dedicated portrait use. It's the same price point, but will give even better results.


Excellent! Thanks for the information Yasko :)


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