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Tamron AF28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical 35mm Zoom

3.52/5 (31 Reviews)


  • Product ID20826032
    Weight8.4 oz
    Length2.8 in
    Lens TypeZoom Lens
    Closest Focusing Distance27.5 in
    Diameter2.8 in
    Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Attachment / Filter Size58 mm
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Min Aperturef/22
    Picture Angle30 - 75 degrees
    Focal Length28mm - 80mm
    Groups / Elements7 Elements in 7 Groups
    Lens Max Aperturef/3.5-f/5.6
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens

Product Description

A standard zoom lens from a wide 28mm to a medium telephoto range of 80mm. The use of aspherical elements in the front group reduces the number of elements required, and the use of strong engineering plastic in the barrel makes the body a light 237g. Consequently, it is easy to carry.
  • Aperture range: f/3.5-22
  • Min focus: 27.5in. (0.7m)
  • Available for Canon, Minolta, Nikon, Pentax AF mount


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Trevor Goble a Casual

    Date Reviewed: July 2, 2010

    Strengths:    low price, good performance

    Weaknesses:    weak on zoom, zoom slow, manual focus is a must

    Bottom Line:   
    What can one say. If you are looking for high grade then this is NOT the lens. The lens in suitable for outdoor conditions by cutting out glare. When used correctly its a fine addition to any photographer's lens array.

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    Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

    Price Paid:    $89.00

    Purchased At:   Prospectors Camera A

    Type of photography:   Outdoor


    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by James a Professional

    Date Reviewed: August 4, 2008

    Strengths:    Cheap - can be had for less than $60 new
    useable IQ stopped down
    light weight


    Weaknesses:    Poor build quality
    poor IQ opened up


    Bottom Line:   
    Stop down to f/8 and use it outside. I use it as a throw-away lens for shooting sports events in poor or dangerous conditions. I don't care if it gets ruined for this price, and stopped down it will offer useable results.

    This one is due for replacement and I'll be looking at other options instead. Definately better glass out there.

    In short, if you have one, use it & abuse it, then throw it away.

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    Duration Product Used:   21+ years

    Price Paid:    $80.00

    Purchased At:   Ebay

    Similar Products Used:   Sigma 17-70
    Pentax DA 18-55 AL
    Pentax DA 18-55 AL II
    Pentax FA 28-105 PZ


    Type of photography:   Other


    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Logan a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: April 7, 2008

    Strengths:    It's a decent value, and a fine substitute for the kit lens if you want a little more range on the long end. It's also only about 2 pixels from perfect sharpness - consider that most high-end L glass is 0.8 - 1.5 pixels off.

    Weaknesses:    AF is slow and inaccurate, tends to hunt, and is completely useless and night. Inner barrel feels very loose. Flaring is a major problem as well.

    Bottom Line:   
    This lens came with my kit when I bought my Rebel XT online, so I don't have the 18-55 to compare it to. However, I've seen some fairly good performance from this lens in terms of sharpness and CA control. It's nice and compact, although the inner barrel extends forward in a very awkward way at both the wide and zoom ends. The AF is also a major weakness. However, it's a good value and a highly usable range, so it's well suited for a beginner who's just starting with SLRs.

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    Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Purchased At:   Craigslist

    Similar Products Used:   Canon 50mm 1.8 <- EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE THIS LENS
    Sigma 70-300 4.0-5.6


    Type of photography:   People


    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Ivan Chertov a Expert

    Date Reviewed: June 9, 2007

    Strengths:    Comes with a hood.

    Weaknesses:    Plastic body, poor picture quality, colours are not so good, sharpness is bad, and overexposed areas are screwing up the picture.

    Bottom Line:   
    I personally think that the Tamron 28-80mm f3.5-f5.6 is a very bad lens.
    It’s maybe good for beginners to learn something, but otherwise it’s awful.
    Colours aren’t so good, sharpness is bad, overexposed areas are huge disaster. I’ve tried it with a Canon EOS 350D (a.k.a. Digital Rebel XT) and the results were dreadful.
    In my opinion you can get a better image with the kit lens Canon 18-55mm EF-S 3.5 – 5.6, I’m talking about picture quality, colours, sharpness, even the autofocus of the kit lens is faster and les noisier.
    I would prefer the lens to be with an aperture like 2.8 - .3.5 or only 2.8

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    Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

    Similar Products Used:   Canon EF-S 18-55mm - f3.5-5.6
    Canon EF 17-40 - f4 L


    Type of photography:   Other


    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by randall a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: December 22, 2003

    Strengths:    low price

    Weaknesses:    see above

    Bottom Line:   
    This lens is a dog, even its low price can't save it. Many criticize the speed of zoom lenses and their poor picture quality, yet I have 4 zooms for my Nikon N80 that are so much better than this. This lens is the reason I began purchasing and exlusively using prime lenses. The biggest flaw is the lack of sharpness, even with a tribod and a cable.

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    Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

    Price Paid:    $100.00

    Purchased At:   Ritz Camera

    Type of photography:   Outdoor



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