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Tamron Autofocus 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 XR Aspherical (IF) Lens for Canon SLR Cameras (Black)

by Tamron
15 customer reviews
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  • Capture all of your holiday and everyday snapshots.
  • High image quality
  • 25 percent more compact than previous model
  • Extremely lightweight only 12.5 ounces
  • Very compact just 3 inches long
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Product Description

Product Description

CL) U) AF28-200MM XR CAN SUPER ZOOM

From the Manufacturer

The new 28-200 Super Zoom lens from Tamron. Developed because we believe a 28-200 zoom should be compact and lightweight enough to carry anywhere. Versatility that lets you capture all of your holiday and everyday snapshots. High image quality to give you the optical results that make your photographs colorful and sharp. So fun that you’ll want to take your camera with you all of the time.

Soft, natural tones for superior image quality.
This lens achieves delicate, beautiful image quality with a natural depth of expression. The optical configuration employs seven aperture blades for superior picture results.

Better close-ups.
The Tamron 28-200mm provides a remarkable 19.3" minimum focusing distance throughout the entire zoom range, and a macro magnification of 1:4 at 200mm. For example, you can shoot an object about the size of a postcard and fill the frame completely.

Features

  • 25% More Compact than previous model
  • Extremely Lightweight only 12.5 ounces
  • Very Compact just 3 inches long
  • Small 62mm Filter Size
XR Technology
XR (Extra Refractive Index) glass is effective in reducing the optical length of the lens through refractivity. The optical configurations of the new 28-200 and 28-300 (models A03 and A06) incorporate innovative new XR glass elements, improving overall optical power distribution, reducing all types of aberrations while making for unprecedented compact packages.

With a short barrel, it is possible to obtain the same visibility (aperture value) as with a long barrel. By using this principle, we were able to shorten the optic system length for a more compact overall lens design while maintaining aperture values.

The XR lenses allow for a smaller lens diameter while maintaining the same aperture values as our previous lenses.

LD (Low Dispersion) Glass
Chromatic aberration is a form of optical noise that reduces the sharpness of an image. LD elements are made from special glass materials with extremely low dispersion indices (characteristics that separate or refract a ray of light into rainbow colors) that effectively compensate for chromatic aberration that is a particular problem at ultra telephoto of 300mm or more.

Internal Focusing
Aside from enhancing lens maneuverability, Tamron’s Internal Focusing System provides additional benefits. Chief among them is a reduced M.O.D. throughout the entire focal range on both lenses (19.3"). Additionally, it improves optical characteristics by minimizing illumination loss at image corners and suppresses aberrations that are caused by focusing positions. Another benefit of IF is a stationary front element making the use of polarizing and other special effects filters easy.

Zoom Lock
Convenient Zoom Lock prevents mishaps. The zoom lock mechanism prevents the lens from extending downward under its own weight when carrying. The feature locks the zoom ring of either lens in the 28mm position to secure the lens at its shortest position for trouble-free portability.

Aspherical Design
The Aspherical Lens technology compensates for spherical aberration to achieve outstanding image quality. At the same time, Aspherics reduces the number of elements needed resulting in a more compact, lightweight lens package.

AD(Anomalous Dispersion)Glass
AD glass is a special optical glass that delivers an abnormally large partial dispersion ratio (amount of dispersion at a given wavelength range within visible light) relative to a specific wavelength zone. By combining AD glass elements with elements made of normal glass with different dispersion characteristics, dispersion factors of a specific wavelength can be controlled, resulting in effective compensation of on-axis chromatic aberration on telephoto lenses, or lateral chromatic aberration often associated with wideangle lenses of conventional optical configuration.


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  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 76.2 x 25.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
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  • ASIN: B00005NJEJ
  • Item model number: AF03c-700
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 1, 2001

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By PhotoFogey on October 1, 2006
I recently bought a Canon EOS Rebel XT digital SLR, intending to use some Sigma lenses I had for my old EOS 630, and was disappointed to find they wouldn't work on the Rebel and couldn't be upgraded. I picked up a couple of used Canon lenses which covered the range I needed, but still missed the versatility of my old Sigma 28-200mm.

I have had good luck with Tamron lenses in the past, and the reviews looked good, so I bought a new Tamron 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 XR lens, thinking it would be an equivalent replacement for the old Sigma.

The first tryout of the lens was extremely disappointing. The first images shot in the back yard were soft, edge definition was fuzzy, and contrast was muddy. To give the lens a second chance, I took it out for a nature photo session, running the gamut from macro shots of flowers to landscapes, over the full range of f/stops and zoom positions. Again, the images were poor, exhibiting chromatic aberration, flare, and coma, with no improvement with reduced f/stops. I hadn't seen a lens this bad since a Vivitar 180mm telephoto I had in the 1970's.

Thinking that no one would intentionally manufacture a lens this poor, I returned it as defective, for exchange for another. The replacement arrived, and its performance confirmed that the first one was defective.

While the replacement lens performs acceptably, it isn't up to the quality level of my old Sigma 28-200, or the Canon 35-135mm zoom I recently bought used (but it probably is as good as the 18-55mm zoom that came with the Rebel XT). It exhibits some softness at object edges, but improves at smaller apertures. I'm impressed with the lack of flare, even with no hood and shooting toward a bright overcast sky.
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 4, 2001
If you are the adventure type holiday fotographer, this is the lens you need. Much better then it's predecessors in optical quality and weight. I got triggered to buy one, because it won the joint European Foto Magazines prize of 'lens of the year'.
When you like to travel light, this is the only lens you need.
Watch out, that you get the right lens, because there are 5 different Tamron 28-200 predecessing models around.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Booth on July 6, 2005
I've owned a number of Tamron lenses over the past 30 years and this one is much as I'd expected. It's a good tough lens that will stand many, many hours of shooting in all types of conditions. I use it on a Canon 350D DSLR and it is my 'go to' lens; on the camera and in action 85% of the time. This is a fine lens for close-in and mid-range image capture.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Chambers on May 11, 2006
The 28-200 XR tamron lens is the only one you'll need for every day shots. I bought a rebel XT to take pics of my infant son. The 2 lenses that came with it 18-55 and a 70-300 zoom lense, where good, but who has time to switch chasing the kids around. So far I have taken some unbelievable pics with this lense. Dont hesitate to buy one, just make sure you look around for the best price. I got mine for under $[...].
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jon on January 3, 2004
I got this lens recently and it's very nice. I'm impressed with the size and weight.
I wanted a telephoto lens that could also go wide enough to use for everyday photos. I like how wide this one goes. On my Canon Digital Rebel, which has a 1.6x focal length multiplier, the 28mm focal length is effectively 44mm. That's not quite wide enough to use for interior "party" shots, but it's great for everything else.
I've been taking a lot of photos at the full 200mm focal length and I'm very impressed with the image quality and color after reading about the lackluster image quality of other "cheap" lenses. It must be the XR glass. I'm glad that I went with this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Capobianco on November 10, 2011
I picked up a new 28-200mm xr for $99 a few years ago for film and it was a sharp lens. Last month I picked up a full frame EOS 5d and this lens came back out.
I am amazed at how uniformly sharp this lens is center to edge at all focal lengths. This lens Blows away the 18-200mm from Tamron and Sigma for apc cameras(I've had both). Canon's ef 28-105mm and 28-135mm are not even close. It's a real winner!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E Rock on May 12, 2007
I'm a novice camera user, I have the canon XTI. This lens works better than the lens that came with the camera. Great everyday lens. I used the lens at zion national park in Utah, the pictures were fantastic.
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Verified Purchase
I purchased this to help a friend who needed a replacement lens for their dSLR and didn't want to spend a lot of money. Unfortunately the lens arrived and it's obviously made for use on FILM SLR cameras, despite all the comments/reviews that imply that it works with their digital SLRs. I don't know if the lens I received was just incorrectly labelled or sent by accident but I had to return it. It was very disappointing and thankfully I had another day to help my friend and ordered another lens that cost a little more but was clearly labelled for use with dSLRs so she could use her camera on an upcoming vacation.
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