When you leave a little boy in a room filled with different toys, there will be a tendency for that little boy to play with everything. But at some point that little boy will have a favorite toy as time passes. So thus comes my very first lens review of probably the best lens in my
I’ve been searching for reviews of an old Tamron 28mm fixed focus lens on the Internet but could barely find anything worth a review. I read from Wikipedia that this lens has been discontinued in 2005 (that’s if I get my nomenclature right) and it is currently being sold in eBay with a Canon body adaptor. Apparently this lens is ADAPTALL compatible, making the Auto Tamron 28mm f/2.8 fit with a Canon EOS body given you have the ADAPTALL tube. The lens is very hard to find though. I currently have a set of two adaptors for Nikon bodies but they are for other lens brands. Read on for my review.
Out of the ten lenses in my collection, Tamron’s Auto lens has become my favorite for a variety of reasons. For one, it is one of the most compact lenses in the collection. It has a larger barrel than my Nikon D40’s kit lens but heavier because of its sturdy design: no flimsy plastic here. The lens is made of good ol’ circa 1980 steel.
The combination of a 28mm f/2.8 lens leaves you with a stunning array of option despite it being a fixed focus lens. For those of you who have used a “nifty fifty” 50mm f/1.8 from Canon or Nikon, the experience is very similar except that the 28mm Tamron gets you up close to 9” in focus and can accommodate group shots at a close distance. The
The lens’ autofocus will only work with a Nikon D80 and models above this such as, but not limited to, the Nikon D200 and D300. Autofocus will not kick in with a Nikon D40 or D40x. Is this necessarily a bad thing? No, of course not. The lens has a focus range of 9” to infinity which is very easy to manage in manual.
In terms of picture quality, Tamron truly emanates the quality of Nikon’s vibrant colors. Though Nikon is not known for sharpness IMO, the lens practically delivers some of the most crisp and colorful photos that ever came out of my camera. For portraits, shooting at f/2.8 delivers fantastic depth of field with the light bokeh looking like smaller dots compared to a “nifty fifty’s” larger ones. Group shots are as crisp as ever when shooting at f/4 or f/5.6.
As for the lens’ disadvantages, it’s very hard to quantify. Definitely this is one of the heavier lenses in my collection but that’s because it is made of steel. I honestly can’t think of any downside save for the loose aperture adjustment dial which is really a function of the lens being rather old, than the lens itself.
Compact, robust and versatile, Tamron’s AUTO 28mm f/2.8 lens is a work of art that’s good for most shooting occassions.
The AUTO Tamron 28mm f/2.8 lens is out of production. Thus I can’t strap a price tag onto it.