Tamron’s AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical (IF) Macro lens is a do-it-all superzoom lens with Tamron’s new, proprietary “Vibration Compensation” optical image stabilization system. It’s their first lens to include image stabilization. The Tamron 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC lens is compatible with 35mm and digital SLRs and is currently available with Canon and Nikon lens mounts.
Photographers on a budget who want a do-it-all lens, or travel photographers who need to travel light will appreciate the Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC lens. You will have to sacrifice some sharpness, though. Personally, I would rather give up the 300mm reach and carry two sharper lenses. But if size or price are limitations, then it could very well be a good compromise. If you want a sharper lens with this zoom range and image stabilization, be prepared to pay about four times the Tamron’s $600 price tag.
The Vibration Compensation feature adds real value. Because the stabilizing effect is most valuable at long focal lengths, it’s understandable that Tamron decided to install their new system in this particular lens.
As my tests confirmed, VC is very effective in minimizing the effects of camera shake, the primary cause of unsharp photos. Families who are looking for a versatile zoom with all of the latest technology should certainly find this one to be a very attractive choice.