Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2 for Nikon Z – Review by ZP Productions

Jun 24, 2024 | Reviews

At Tamron Singapore, we are thrilled to share an in-depth review of our 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2 lens, conducted by ZP Productions. This comprehensive review highlights the physical qualities, handling, autofocus performance, optical performance, and video capabilities of this versatile lens.

Introduction

ZP Productions took the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2 Nikon Z mount for a spin, mounted on the Nikon Z8.

Physical Qualities

ZP Productions started by praising the physical build of the lens. Weighing approximately 550 grams for the Nikon version (and slightly lighter for the Sony version), the lens is notably lightweight yet sturdy.

The polycarbonate body is described as smooth and modern, with securely screen-printed wordings. The lens features two rings: a high-friction zoom ring and a smooth focusing ring without end stops. The built-in gasket provides a level of weather sealing, although users are advised to avoid using it in heavy rain.

The included petal hood, though shallow, is highlighted for its effectiveness in reducing flare. Overall, the physical quality of the lens received high marks from ZP Productions.

Handling

When it comes to handling, ZP Productions noted a preference for the zoom ring to be closer to the camera body, which is not unique to Tamron but a general design preference. They found the lens balanced well on the Nikon Z8, though slightly front-heavy. The zoom ring, while a bit stiff, offered a satisfying experience. Despite the minor issue of focus shifting due to the placement of the focusing ring, the overall handling was deemed excellent.

Autofocus Performance

For portrait photography, ZP Productions found the autofocus performance of the lens to be exceptional in well-lit conditions, with near-perfect accuracy. In low-light situations, the continuous autofocus struggled slightly, but switching to single-shot autofocus improved performance significantly. They concluded that the lens is not primarily designed for sports photography but excels in portraiture and general use.

Optical Performance

ZP Productions praised the optical performance of the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2. Sharpness was impressive across the entire focal range, with slight softness only at the widest end (28mm). Stopping down the aperture to f/5.6 improved corner sharpness, making it suitable for landscape photography. Chromatic aberration was minimal, and the lens demonstrated excellent flare control.

They highlighted the lens’s ability to produce pleasing bokeh, especially in portrait shots, despite being a zoom lens. The review underscored the lens’s versatility and reliability in various shooting conditions.

Video Capabilities

The video performance of the lens also received positive feedback. ZP Productions noted minimal focus breathing and effective, albeit software-assisted, par-focal capabilities. They emphasized the significant improvements in focus shifting compensation compared to previous versions of Tamron lenses.

Final Thoughts and Pricing

In conclusion, ZP Productions described the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2 as one of the best zoom lenses available today. They appreciated its performance in event photography, travel photography, and other scenarios requiring a versatile zoom lens. The lens’s pricing in Singapore, ranging from SGD 1,400 to 1,500, was deemed fair and competitive.

For photographers and videographers in the market for a high-quality zoom lens, ZP Productions highly recommends the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2.

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Conclusion

At Tamron Singapore, we are proud of the positive feedback from ZP Productions. Their thorough review reaffirms our commitment to delivering high-performance lenses that meet the needs of photographers and videographers alike. If you’re looking for a versatile, reliable, and high-quality zoom lens, the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2 is an excellent choice.

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