Traveling with the Tamron 28-200mm and the Sony a7RV
October 31st, 2023
I was very pleasantly surprised by the Tamron 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 Di III RXD when I reviewed it in 2020. I’ve typically been underwhelmed by the optical performance of “superzoom” type lenses as there are simply too many compromises to try to accommodate all the different focal lengths from wide angle to telephoto. But the Tamron 28-200mm was different. It was actually sharp across the zoom range, and while the bokeh isn’t as smooth as a lens like their 28-75mm or 70-180mm F2.8 zooms, it really is pretty good. But I’ve also seen that lenses that look pretty good at lower resolution points can fall apart when put on high resolution bodies. I added the 61MP Sony a7RV to my kit this year, and I was curious as to whether the Tamron would still hold up when mounted on such a high resolution camera. I took the Tamron and Sony combo on a trip to Cancun, Mexico this year to see how the combo would handle and if the Tamron was still the best travel option out there for Sony FE. You can get my thoughts in the video below.
The Tamron 28-200mm used in this review is a retail copy I’ve owned for three years. As always, this is a completely independent review. *The tests and most of the photos that I share as a part of my review cycle have been done with the Sony a7RV along with the Sony Alpha 1 that serve as my benchmark cameras for Sony lenses.
*Tamron just released a free firmware update for the 28-200mm that improves autofocus tracking performance. Visit this page for more information.
I’ve included an image gallery of various photos from the trip below covering the gambit from some wildlife, architecture, portraits, landscapes, and more. This will give some flavor of the various kinds of images that are easy to get with the Tamron and its very flexible focal range.
Photos from Mexico
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