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LENS PORN: Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)
Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)


A superzoom lens like this Tamron AF 28-200mm is a very handy tool so that you have the most commonly used ranges, like a wide 28mm, and a telephoto 200mm. But yikes! Tamron really dedicated so much research and improvement to their superzoom 28-200mm, as one could find at least 10 versions! It first came to life as an Adaptall lens, fully manual with no electronics. Then in the early 1990s, the AF version came to life.


SPECS

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6

Model:
71DN (1992)

Minimum Focusing Distance:
1 meter at 28mm
2.1 meters at 200mm

Focus Throw:
90 degrees

Auto Focus:
On motorized Nikon film/digital SLR bodies only.

Filter Thread Size:
72mm

Aperture Run:
f/3.8 - f/22 in full stop clicks

# Aperture Blades: 6

Made in Japan


Photo Album
https://flic.kr/s/aHskUwyq2B



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The first impression I get with the plastic body is that it feels cheap and toyish if you would compare it to plastic lenses of today, which feels more 'confident'. But the plastic is not glossy, so that's fine wit me. When mounted on the camera, the lens feels very confident... nothing shakes, rattles or feels loose. 

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)



My copy came in mint condition, and I love looking at the cobalt-blue-violet sheen of the glass coating. It looks really nice. Image quality is acceptable enough for me, even in its widest aperture. However, unlike newer lenses today, if you shoot toward the sun, it will show a drop in contrast and show some flares. I really like the warm personality of this lens, it looks like the pictures have more emotion.

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)


Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)



The aperture ring is basically useless now, because you always have to set it to f/22, otherwise, the camera will give you an error message. However, it comes handy in case you're using any of those fully manual camera bodies that can run without batteries. My hack is to put a tape over the CPU contacts so I can use this as a manual lens on my Nikon D5200. Comes real handy for video.

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)



It has no vibration reduction and it's not built for low light scenes. However, with a steady hand, I can shoot up to 1/15" at 200mm f/5.6 without blur.

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)



When used on DX cameras, you will miss out on the wide angle of 18mm, because 28mm is a normal (=43mm). But at least at 200mm, the maximum aperture is f/5.6 (18-200mm's have f/3.5-6.3). No macro! The minimum focusing distance at 200mm is 2.1 meters, and about 1.2 meters at 28mm. This is the only big downer about the lens.

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)



The focus ring does not have any distance scale, and it's a little hard to manual focus with the thin focus ring. Focusing also makes the front part to rotate, so petal hood is not ideal. Zooming feels smooth, but what's funny is that the focus ring extends further from the body as you zoom in to 200mm.

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)



Conclusion: On my D5200, this lens is a fine performer. I can easily forgive the toyish feeling and lack of VR, but since I shoot close up as a way of life, the lack of macro is a turn off for me. If you will use this lens for normal range (not macro) and portrait/events, I think it can be very useful.

This old version sells very cheap and at reasonable price nowadays (you can get this for the price of a used Nikkor 18-55mm). So if you're willing to accept some compromises, such as the lack of VR, macro or the 18mm wide for DX camera users, then this will make a great budget lens. Otherwise, you can also go for the more recent versions of the Tamron 18-200 or 28-300mm.

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)

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SAMPLES

Nikon D5200
Exposure Mode - Manual
Photo Size - JPEG Basic/Small
White Balance - Cloudy
Picture Profile - Standard
HDR/ADL - Off

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (71DN)
Most were shot at the widest aperture.
Two or three were at f/8.

All photos are SOOC/unedited/uncorrected.

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)

Tamron AF 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Model 71DN)


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