Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD Review

Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD Review

The Sony exclusive Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD lens is a favorite of pros and hobbyists alike. And for good reason. This is one of the best all in one zoom lenses you can get and it outpaces the competition by a mile. But is it the right lens for you? We give you the complete rundown on this stellar lens so you will know if it’s worth investing in.

Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD Specs

Dimensions: 4.6 by 2.9 inches
Weight: 1.3 lb
Filter Thread: 67 mm
Mount: Sony E
Focal Length (Wide): 28 mm
Focal Length (Telephoto): 200 mm
Zoom Ratio: 7.1x
Optical Stabilization: None
Focus Type: Autofocus

The feature list is just the beginning though. This lens is very well constructed and is up to the bumps and bruises a full-time photographer will put it through. It’s solid build lends itself directly to it’s performance. And speaking of performance let’s get on with the review, but first who is this lens for?

Who is it for?

The Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD is an all in one lens designed for both professionals and casual photographers. It’s autofocus system and image quality make it perfect for shooting handheld or on a tripod. It works great for more intimate work like weddings, portraits and most other family oriented photography, as well as landscapes, wildlife and more.

This lens isn’t made for extreme sports photographers or sports photography in general though..

What we love about it

The size and weight – This lens is small and light enough to travel with if you’re going on a trip somewhere or just hanging out with friends on an adventure. You can simply carry it in your photography bag without filling up too much space and it’s not a hassle to lug around. The build is also excellent, it’s well constructed and feels very solid.

Image quality – This lens is sharp. Maker lenses are usually sharper than third party brands but this Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD lens is still a step above the competition in terms of image quality and even comes close to the sharpness of Canon’s prime lenses.

What could be improved

The zoom ring is a little loose – This may just be personal preference but the zoom ring on this lens feels a little loose but it did not impact performance. It’s smooth and easy to use but it just doesn’t feel as high quality as the rest of the lens in it’s class.

How it performed in our tests

This lens is sharp across the board. It’s no wonder it earned a score of 9 from our testers and many other websites. And the performance isn’t just at the wide end, it’s all around, which means this lens is a keeper if you’re in the market for an all-in-one prime zoom lens.

Bottom Line

This is a great all-around lens, it’s sharp and fast. There aren’t really any negatives that come to mind when you pick up this lens and use it, especially if you’re a photographer who will likely shoot lots of photos. It’s great for on the go, for people who love photography and are willing to invest in some good glass.

As far as image quality goes, this lens delivers at every focal length and the images are tack sharp all around. If it’s fits your style of photography then you can’t go wrong investing in this lens.