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Tamron Adaptall SP 28-105mm f/2.8 LD Aspherical (IF) 35mm Zoom

3.62/5 (13 Reviews)


  • Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Lens TypeZoom Lens
    Focal Length28mm - 105mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/2.8
    Min Aperturef/22
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    Closest Focusing Distance17.3 in
    Picture Angle24 - 75 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size82 mm
    Groups / Elements15 Elements in 13 Groups
    Diameter3.4 in
    Length4.4 in
    Weight31.4 oz
    MPNa76100
    UPC725211761006
    Product ID21240872

Product Description

Manual focus - Adaptall mount

This lens establishes a benchmark as a standard lens, extending from a wide 28mm all the way to 105mm telephoto, all with a fast constant 2.8 maximum aperture. The use of four large diameter aspherical elements and three LD glass elements reduces various aberrations while minimizing the fall-off of light at the corners.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Manual Man a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: January 20, 2011

Strengths:    Solid and well manufactured. Sharp thrpoughout its range period. Web reviewers marked the AF as being soft in the long end and that's not this lens. Used value is on the high end so on the value scale it's a 3 but overall a 5 for expectations

Weaknesses:    Obviously people confuse it with a later AF version so it gets rated unfairly?

Bottom Line:   
Excuse me but this lens is the Tamron SP 28-105mm F2.8 Adaptall 2 is it not? A manual focus lens? Some reviews done are for the AF version which is obviously not this lens at all.

To add more comedy to the reviews? Some of the ones reviewing it as the AF version sound as if they are copying reviews already done on the AF version by publications?

When you run into this sort of thing and the fact that the wrong lens is being reviewed then it certainly retracts from over-all crediability of the site doesn't it?

This is a very decent lens. Try and find one in nice condition and you'll see it is priced a lot higher then many other versions of SP Adaptall 2 lenses on the market. There is a very good reason and it speaks for itself. (NOTHING about the AF version is stated here by me, pro or con it simply is not this lens being reviewed only)

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   camera store

Similar Products Used:   28-105 Nikkor another victim of copy and paste reviewers.

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by oldsouthphoto a Expert

Date Reviewed: November 24, 2007

Strengths:    Fast aperature, zoom range, and sharpness.

Bottom Line:   
Fantastic lens. Sharp, I have had 3. The first was stolen with my Fuji S1. The second sits on my Canon 5d and the last on sits on my Nikon F5. This lens with its fast aperature and zoom range is a must for every photographer. When I shoot weddings - no one questions if I am using something they might have.

I have read others examples have had some softness. The only thing I have noticed is some slight chromatic abberation. This lens is sharp. Buy the cleanest one you can find!

Tamron glass has always rivaled manufacturers lenses and this one is no exception.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   I wish it were metal. Some complain of weight - I believe bigger is better.

Type of photography:   People


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by JarinBlaschke a Professional

Date Reviewed: November 16, 2007

Bottom Line:   
I inherited this lens along with a Canon 20D. This has a good range of focal lengths, and is valuable as far as having a 2.8 aperture on a zoom. However, I've found this to be a fairly soft lens, especially at the longer focal lengths, where it becomes a real dog. When you get into the telephoto range, it takes on a smeary, somewhat vaseline look that I found abhorrent. Don't let the word "Aspherical" sway you - the only cheap way to produce an aspheric element is to make it from plastic.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Similar Products Used:   Canon zooms for digital formats
Nikon and Zeiss primes for 35mm


Nikon F3
Canon 20D
Hasselblad 500CM
Hasselblad XPan
Contax RTSII
Contax 645
Toyo and Wisner 4x5, Schneider optics, Dagor lenses, Protar lenses
Motion picture optics - Zeiss, Cooke, Panavision
etc,etc


Type of photography:   People


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by kool100vr4 a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: January 14, 2006

Strengths:    big build, nice looking, great optics..sharp results.......

Weaknesses:    rubber zoom ring comes lose, i glued it back.lens so big, it blocks buildin flash.

Bottom Line:   
i bought this lens used.in great shape..my 1st impression was WOW!!!dude!!*&^, its so big,its gigantic, massive size may the biggest in its range, the build is all plastic, but solid, can you imagine if this lens was made all metal?, it would weigh 10lbs..the petal hood is also massive or giant size too..but in all the lens will stick out so much, that you would never can hide..people will be freaked out when see it..its bigger than most cam bodies..
the performance is also great..optics are fantastic..i understand that this is 1 of tamron best build..a new lens comes with 6 yrs warranty..af focus is normal fast, abit noisy,sometime slow in dark..but thats same with many canons and nikons too, ive sold canon 28-135mm IS, and nikon 24-120mm to replace with this. these 2 lenses were not good enough for me..i also have tamron 24-135mm f3.5 too..
i use this tamron 28-105mm on my fuji s2 pro,pics turn out great,i use it on tripod, and i can see all details contrast..and sharpness is razor sharp..light distortion,neutral colors..always try to shoot step down f stops..
this lens new can be up to 1,000$..buy it used on ebay for about 300$..

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $281.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   nikon 28-105mm f3.5,24-120mm, canon 28-135mm is.



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by adre a Expert

Date Reviewed: October 22, 2004

Strengths:    well detailed pictures, high resolution lens, made for indoor photography well exposed

Weaknesses:    AF is slow, misses targets, overxeposure when using outdoors,

Bottom Line:   
I think I got a useful lens, many people complain about the softness at 2.8, well, many lenses do have the same prblem. Just use a bit higher aperture.

The Tamron AF misses often times viewfinder targets, is quite slow, bulky and heavy, but this lens has a superb high resolution, pictures are well detailed, if you know how to adjust exposure settings in your camera.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Germany

Similar Products Used:   EF28/2.8, EF50/1.8

Type of photography:   People



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