One of the biggest questions I face when going out to shoot is what lenses should I take. This is a big decision because once I am on location, there is no turning around if let’s say I forgot a “wide” or if I wanted a lens that has more reach. Tamron with the latest E Mount lens offerings has made the decision making of lens choice a little bit easier. I must admit that I was concerned about purchasing the Tamron lenses as I had never used the brand. However, the reviews were so good I decided to take the chance.
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras
When the Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 was released, I drove 65 miles to purchase the lens. There was so much hype surrounding it, I could not wait. Let me tell you, the hype was real! I shot with the lens on my Sony A7III. Initially, I was annoyed that Tamron reversed the zoom ring and the focus ring. What a weird feeling. After using the lens for a little while, I started to get used to the switch. Still, I wonder why did Tamron do this?
Regardless, the lens was crisp, had very fast focus, was weather sealed, and seemed to be built well. Honestly, it did not take long before this lens was on my camera 90 percent of the time. It became my go-to for many situations. I use the lens for events, receptions, family portraits, and some sporting events where I do not need a lot of reaches, such as youth sports. In general for sports, I typically pack the 70-200mm f/4. Overall, having used the Sony 24-70mm GM, the Tamron does not beat it outright, however in my opinion it comes close at 95%, and about being 1/3 of the cost, and is half the weight. For under $900 it is worth the money.
Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD
The 28-75mm made such an impact, that I purchased the wide Tamron 17-28mm /f2.8. This lens provided another quality lens at a budget price. The 17-28mm /f2.8 is amazingly sharp and compact. It balances well on a gimbal. I have found the Auto Focus to be fast and quiet. This lens is a great buy at $899.
Tamron 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD
How can I have 2 of the awesome Tamron releases, and not complete the trilogy? I was glad to purchase the 70-180mm f/2.8. This lens delivers on the long end. I debated whether I would miss the additional 20mm on the long end, however, trading the f/4 for f/2.8 has been worth it.
Having the Tamron Trilogy lineup for e-mount has made packing my camera bag easy. I generally have all 3 lenses in my backpack. Having the capability ranging from 17mm to 180 mm all at f 2.8 is amazing. For landscapes, there will always be room in my camera bag for the Sigma 16mm f/1.4. It is still my landscape favorite.