Review Tamron AF Aspherical 28-200mm 1: 3.8-5.6 71DM

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Tamron AF Aspherical 28-200mm 1: 3.8-5.6 71DM

Tamron AF Aspherical 28-200mm 1: 3.8-5.6 71DM

The Tamron AF Aspherical 28-200mm 1: 3.8-5.6 71D is Tamron's very first 28-200mm 7.1x zoom lens, introduced back in 1992. In 1996 it was replaced by the 171D version. For example, the first such super-zoom in Nikon appeared only in 1998 - Nikon AF Nikkor 28-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6Dand Canon in 2000 - Canon EF 28-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6.

This review presents a version of the lens for Sony / Minolta cameras, as indicated by the letter 'M' in the 71D lens modelM... I used a lens with a Sony α SLT-A55V camera, which 16MP proved to be overwhelming for the 'old man'.

Tamron AF Aspherical 28-200mm 3.8-5.6 71D M

Tamron AF Aspherical 28-200mm 3.8-5.6 71D M

Tamron 71D is light enough. The sample from my review has a slight backlash in the sections of the lens trunk. The focusing ring and focusing ring are rubberized. The focusing ring is very narrow and, when the focal length is changed, it 'leaves' with the trunk. I found it more convenient to focus manually by directly rotating the front of the lens rather than using the focus ring.

Tamron AF Aspherical 28-200mm 3.8-5.6 71D M

Tamron AF Aspherical 28-200mm 3.8-5.6 71D M

Surprisingly, the autofocus speed was quite fast, especially at 28mm. Focusing speed at 200mm focal length is noticeably slower than at 28mm. The lens does not have its own focusing motor, so there is a lot of noise when focusing with the camera's motor. When focusing, the front lens rotates and moves forward. Focus ring rotates 90 degrees. When zooming, the front lens does not rotate (the rear lens moves like a pump). While working, I did not experience any focus errors.

A serious drawback of the Tamron 71D is the very large MDF, which is as much as 2.1 meters. In order to somehow mitigate this drawback, in those days it was possible to purchase a special lens - Tamron close-up Adapter Lens for 28-200mm / F3.8-5.6 A9FB, which was installed in the hood slots and allowed the lens to focus from 2.1 to 1 meters. There was also the A9 lens, which was screwed directly in place of the light filter and fulfilled the same role. Indeed, using a lens with such an MDF for a number of tasks seemed quite difficult to me.

The aperture consists of 6 blades and closes down to F / 22 @ 28mm and F / 36 @ 200mm. The diameter of the front light filter is large - 72 mm. There are no useful markings on the lens (except for the focal length). EGF on Sony APS-C cameras will be 42-300 mm. It's a shame, but the 28mm focal length on Sony APS-C cameras does not always give a wide enough angle of view, especially when shooting indoors.

Tamron AF Aspherical 28-200mm 3.8-5.6 71D M

Tamron AF Aspherical 28-200mm 3.8-5.6 71D M

As for the image quality, everything is very bad here. Very weak sharpness, even at closed apertures, as well as the strongest chromatic aberration. But the lens tolerates backlight quite well (there are examples in the archive with source codes).

Archive with original photos in format RAW can download from this link (370 MB, 23 photos).

Tamron AF Aspherical 28-200mm 3.8-5.6 71D M

Tamron AF Aspherical 28-200mm 3.8-5.6 71D M

Catalog of modern Tamron lenses can look at this link.

In the comments, you can ask a question on the topic and they will answer you, as well as you can express your opinion or describe your experience. For the selection of photographic equipment, I recommend large catalogs, for example E-Catalog. Many little things for the photo can be found on AliExpress.


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Tamron AF Aspherical 28-200mm 1: 3.8-5.6 71DM - an old super-zoom with light weight, but very poor image quality.

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Comments: 15, on the topic: Review Tamron AF Aspherical 28-200mm 1: 3.8-5.6 71DM

  • Aleks de Kairoy

    interesting, but the same lens, but not 71DM, but does LD have such characteristics?

  • AM

    Once again, I would like to ask the question - how important is the optimization of modern lenses for digital technologies (read for CCD / CMOS-matrices) and how is this optimization manifested? Is it possible that this lens could have developed completely differently on film?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      The answer requires a separate article, if I get it published.

  • Yuriy75

    Oddly enough, but the picture looks pretty good, evokes nostalgia for the film. On older cameras (up to 10 MP), it will probably be better. Thanks to Arkady for the work, as always, on top! :)

  • Anonymous 1

    Alas, dear ones! I used to work with this lens and was not happy with it. The negatives were very contrasty, but with poor resolution. Apparently, the designers decided to compensate for the small number of lines with a contrast height. What is called a "flaw". There seems to be sharpness, but it seems not ...

  • Alexander

    Hello Arkady! I liked the good photos, even very much. Please explain what the phrase “backbreaking work for the 'old man'” means?

  • Eugene

    Hello! On the cropped 300D, 30D, 500D, the lens did not show itself. Do you think that he will reveal himself better in the full frame?

  • Eugene

    I will add. You write that the front lens rotates. I have a TAMRON AF 28-200 mm f / 3.8-5.6 LD Aspherical IF Macro for Canon with a petal hood.

    • Nicholas

      I'm going to buy a TAMRON AF 28-200 mm f / 3.8-5.6 LD Aspherical IF Macro, but I wonder if I have a canon550D, should I take it at all or not? how will it fit

    • Alexander

      How is the lens compared to top-end and regular ones?

  • anonym

    Low sharpness can be useful for portraits ... soft lens

  • Egor

    Guys, this is a perfectly normal lens, Japanese, glass, universal focus lenses and his picture is normal! It is cooler than many modern plastics for 10k + loot! I took in excellent condition and also gave sigma 70-300, for all 5k)) Take it safely and use it with pleasure!

  • Expert

    It's a pity Arkady that you did not have to test this lens on normal Nikon, Canon cameras. Perhaps you would have a different opinion about Japanese optics. A good wide-angle lens on cropped cameras gives you a wild zoom.

  • Alexander

    I would like to know the opinions of the guru about this modification Tamron AF 28-200 mm f / 3.8-5.6 Aspherical LD ​​IF 171D

  • dima krutov

    the sharpness is satisfactory, but the contrast is inconspicuous, and the white color is striking - the lens whitens.

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