Product Review – Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD Lens

Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD Lens for Sony full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. 
I have been using my Sony A7RII for 3 years and since I got it I have been looking for a lens that fits my needs. I was so excited to see that Tamron seemed to know what I was thinking and created a lens just for me. I wanted something professional, sharp and reasonably priced. For versatility I needed a zoom. It also had to be good in low light since I shoot a lot of concerts and inside events. The 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD lens is all of those things.
When the box arrived I opened it with hope. The lens felt solid in my hand. At slightly over a pound its somewhat heavier then the primes that I use, but its only 4.6 inches and well worth the bit of extra weight. Also, the $800 price tag is another plus. The lenses I have looked at were heavier and more then twice as much money. 
The feature that initially grabbed me was the constant F/2.8 at any focal length, allowing for sharp, low light photographs with a nice bokeh. The constant aperture works well in all other situations as well and I love the feature as much as I thought I would. I always shoot manual and if the F-stop fluctuates with the focal length it makes the job much harder. For example, I shot a Fab Faux concert and when Will Lee started jumping, I was able to zoom in quickly and get this shot. 
Will Lee from The Fab Faux ISO 6400, 1/320 sec at F/2.8
I’m also impressed with the color quality of the images. I captured beautiful color in many different types of lighting. I am particularly pleased that the tonality of the color isn’t compromised when the light is low. 
In general, I am loving this lens. I have finally found a lens that is not too expensive, and doesn’t sacrifice quality for zoom. I have not taken it off the camera nor do I plan to anytime soon. It feels like I got a new camera and I’m inspired to get out there and shoot. I am heading to France for vacation soon and this lens will be perfect for that trip. Its a great all around lens that I can use in any situation, day or night. I can’t wait to use it to create!
Review and Photographs by Fredda Gordon.