Oh, how I wanted to love this lens. I've been itching to buy it for a long time, but not having $500 to spend on myself, even with the "it's a business expense!" mentality, I decided to rent the lens, with a Nikon mount for use on my Nikon D7000. I'm really glad I did because I was incredibly disappointed. I ended up having to rent two of these lenses. The first lens shot so incredibly soft (no sharp details in any image, regardless of settings), the focus failed more often than not and it hunted for focus so long (zoomed in, out, in again and then hit) that when I was working with a toddler, a few shots were missed. I also needed to have my ISO up near 800 for outdoor, early afternoon shots taken on a slightly overcast day or the shutter speeds were too slow (typically I can shoot in overcast much lower). After a number of failed shots, I said forget it and switched out to my uber reliable "nifty fifty" 50mm 1.8 for the remainder of my weekend sessions. I sent a note to customer service alerting them that I had sent the lens back early and that I had had some major issues with it and was kindly put in touch with a young man who really tried to help- BLs customer service was really nice and I'm thankful for it. He had a second lens sent out (I had paid for 12 days) and I could tell the second lens was better, but still not 100% reliable. It still hunted for focus but when it did focus it was sharper than the first and the details were good- it's easy to see the eyelashes on tight shots, and the differing colors in a child's eye. I'd estimate that I had to be stopped down to about 3.5 before I could count on sharpness, which isn't terrible but when I'm used to shooting sharp at 2.8 it was a bit of a challenge. I loved being able to shoot wider, the 28mm and 35mm focal lengths were my favorite to shoot at. If this lens had been spot on like the other lenses I've used it'd be a 5 star all the way but I just couldn't rely on it and couldn't afford to risk soft shots during my sessions. The second lens was easily a 4 star, but the first was a big fat zero. The other mildly disappointing thing was, I had paid for extra days, but with the early return of Lens #1 and the late arrival of Lens #2, I didn't really get all the days I had paid for. While I don't think there's much of anything BL could do about it- considering the UPS delivery doesn't get to my house until late in the day; it was still something I wish I had thought to consider. I got the lens around 4:30pm Nov 7th, and returned it the morning of the 12th about 8:45am, the second lens arrived on at 6pm on the 13th. So, not a huge loss but enough that I was bummed about it. All in all, this would be a great lens if the focus was reliable. Having only used these two, I would not recommend them unless you're willing to risk the 50-50 chance of getting the better lens. I can't speak for a brand new copy of this lens would shoot, or how the Canon versions shoot but I'm glad I rented before buying if the quality control is lacking on the Tamron end. It did give me a great idea of how a 35mm prime would shoot, and I'm thinking that may be my next lens.
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) Autofocus Lens for Nikon
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Lens rental package includes: Front cap, rear cap, UV filter, and lens hood.
This Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di Lens incorporates a motor built into the lens itself, which gives it the capability to autofocus with all Nikon DSLR cameras (including the D40 and D40x). In addition, with the motor built into the lens, focusing will be quieter and more responsive.
The 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di lens is an ultra-compact lens. Its compactness makes it look and feel like an ordinary standard zoom lens, yet provides the versatility that a fast constant maximum aperture offers and will definitely reshape photographic horizons.
Features like LD glass elements and Internal Focusing put this lens in the same category of professional lenses as much bigger and more expensive Tamron lenses.