DPRTV: Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2 – Knocks Out The G Master?

The original Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD was a huge hit among E-mount shooters besting Sony lenses over twice its price. Now the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD G2 is available and DPRTV has posted its review. Below is a summary:

  • The original lens came out 3 years ago
  • Original was super compact and light
  • New lens is even lighter
  • Weather sealing
  • Still plastic construction with a slightly better manual focus ring
  • 76mm filter threat across their lineup
  • Motor upgraded to the voice coil linear motor system instead of the old stepping motor which was pretty good
  • New VXD motor is very fast and silent
  • The new lens still has some flare like the original
  • Original had soap bubble boke and the new G2 is smoother
  • Focus breathing is better than average
  • Handles LoCA well and there is almost nothing
  • Sunstars are the same as the first lens pretty average
  • The corners have improved wide open on the G2
  • Overall image quality is better on the new lens
  • The control of flare is the only thing that hasn’t really improved
  • Sony has a lot of great standard zoom options and the Tamron won’t disappoint
  • The G master isn’t really in the running anymore because of the great third party options so save your money

DPRTV didn’t completely say it but the updated Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD G2 pretty much knocks out the G Master considering how close the original Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD was to making the lens irrelevant. Sony really should update the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM because it is twice as much as the third party options on the market and doesn’t match third-party performance.

Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2:
B&H Photo / Amazon
Tamron 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Di III VXD:

B&H Photo / Amazon

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