Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD G2 review

The new and improved Tamron 28-75mm G2 is the polar opposite of a ‘dumb’ lens

5 Star Rating
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD G2
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

We were thoroughly impressed by the original edition of this Tamron lens, which rewrote the rule book for ‘trinity’ standard zooms with a fast and constant f/2.8 aperture. The G2 edition is similarly compact, lightweight and affordable, yet delivers even better image quality and autofocus performance, while adding a USB C socket and a host of smart features, which you can customize with Tamron’s free Lens Utility software. It’s simply a fabulous lens that’s now even more versatile. And more recently, it's become available in Nikon Z mount as well as just in Sony E mount.


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    Smart feature set

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    Outstanding performance

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    Refined build and handling


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    Less ‘wide-angle’ than a 24-70mm zoom

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    No optical stabilization

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The Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD G2 is something of a modern classic, reinvented. The original edition was excellent in every way, shoehorning a useful ‘standard’ zoom range and fast, constant f/2.8 aperture rating into a compact yet high-quality construction. Nikon has since followed suit with its Z 28-75mm f/2.8. Naturally, these lenses lack the wider viewing angle of 24-70mm zooms but gain a few extra millimeters at the long end. Tamron’s ‘Generation 2’ lens adds new thrills and frills, making it an even more desirable option for Sony full-frame E-mount cameras, although it still lacks optical stabilization, which owners of early A7 cameras and most APS-C format Sony bodies might feel is a drawback. The same goes for the Z mount version of the G2 lens for Nikon mirrorless cameras.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.