Is the Tamron 17-28 The BEST Lens of the Year?!

by birtanpublished on February 2, 2021

The Tamron 17 to 28 was the best lens released in 2019 it's reasonably priced has a decent build quality and optically it's darn near as good as lenses that cost twice if not more how does it do all this and should you get one to create your own online content let's find out what's up everyone I'm the everyday dead and if I can figure it out you can figure it out the ultra wide-angle lens is very popular for creating video online it's popular for vloggers because when you're talking to the camera like this you don't get stuck with just somebody's face and it's also popular for indoor YouTube where you

Know it's indoor cats because when you have a wide-angle you to show off how cool your studio space is mine you know looks a little different so we keep it zoomed in just a little bit more the Tamron though does go outside normal conventions for ultra wide in the focal ranges most are 16 to 35 and this is 17 to 28 so you do lose a little bit on both ends for me personally it isn't that big of a deal 35 millimeters is my favorite focal length and I use that with a prime lens like right now and while I'd like 16 I also don't want to spend that money to get 16 especially a

2.8 so where I break camera videos down into three major sections today we're gonna break down the lens video into a similar number but we're gonna call the labels something different because why not so we're gonna talk about build quality image quality and how does this fit into the lens ecosystem of the e-mount because unfortunately I still haven't found that one perfect lens that can do everything we hope though that lumix 10 to 25 does come awfully close and before we get too far into the video let's pop this lens camera combination up on the

Tripod so you can basically see how good this could be as a YouTube lens as we talked about the other aspects of the lens a lot of it will be you know still focused around YouTube okay see you a second mm now we are on that full-frame II ultra wide goodness so first up let's talk build quality now you'd think that a budget lens and I say budget lens with big air quotes because it is $900 but if you've never delved into the insanity of full-frame mirrorless lens prices could be pricey the build quality on display here is pretty darn good the lens isn't metal unfortunately but it

Still feels amazing it does have a metal lens mount and full electronic controls with these Sony cameras it also has a 67 millimeter filter thread which coincidentally works with like all of the filters on all of my current lenses so that I love it that gives me a smiley face when everything is so interoperable focus ring feels great and the zoom is smooth and fluid and I actually like that they use composite materials here and not all-metal because the lens is super lightweight weighing in at fourteen point eight two ounces or 420 grams internal to lens is Tam runs xld

In LD elements which according to their press release produces a highly corrected image with reduced chromatic aberrations and color fringing for improved clarity and color accuracy so what does that mean who cares right like what does their press release talking about chromatic aberration what does that mean something that you can find on these wide-angle lenses is chromatic aberration if you don't know what CA is and that isn't like that bad old school 3d glasses you know you got the red and the blue and you can get that all over the place like on the edges and

Basically basically it's bad you don't really get chromatic aberration here but enough of that we're kind of stepping on the image quality toes right now I don't want to talk about that right now other than the elements keep it from happening the last thing building quality wise I want to mention is the autofocus motor built into the lens is there are XD or rapid extra silent stepping drive it's not our XD autofocus which we'll talk about more in image quality but for this part of the video I want to mention that it's darn near silent in use one of the problems and something that the

Third-parties Sigma in particular sometimes have problems with is really noisy auto focusing motors inside of the lenses here not so much can you even hear it I can't hear it and I'm in a pretty darn soundproof basement right now okay now on to how the darn thing actually looks and to put it bluntly it looks really good I'm not much when it comes to technical image quality on any of my camera / lenses I'm an online content creator and cameras and lenses long ago like way out long ago passed good enough for my purposes but I look for gear

That's easy to use and easy to dial in that will help me crank out my content and fit inside of my workflow and this lens easily fits into my workflow like we mentioned it's an F 2.8 constant zoom so you do get a little bit of that blurry background if you're using this as a vlogging / talking headlands we very recently switched to a seamless paper background and you can't really tell the difference between whether it's blurry or not but wouldn't we go outside you'll see that it does look hmm this lens is super sharp and in the most technical I'm ever gonna get here's a

Shot of my backyard and really quickly unpopular opinion but I shoot everything wide open if I wanted a slower lens I'd buy a slower lens I know I know most people step down here across the width of the shot it looks fantastic both the center and the corners it looks great but you know what who cares for YouTube videos nobody cares it's just about the gear that's easy to use and the auto focus motors work fantastic with Sony's phase detection autofocus I've never had a problem with missed focus or dropped focus and that's a real testament to what tamarins been

Able to engineer here and if you step back like let's step back from this specific lens even though this is a video about this specific lens what I really want to say is this is an overall showing that companies of all types have been making in the e-mount it may not be the technical superior lens mount if you read all the online discord where Nikon and cannons are supposed to be the cutting edge of imaging mount solutions the money is actually developing affordable lenses like where that money is it's on the email but it's not a super wide angle lens talked about

On YouTube without some kind of vlogging test thrown in the middle of it and we're doing this on YouTube and I do do vlogging tests so it works out perfectly let's go do it okay and welcome to the I know we normally do like vlogging tests when it comes to light cameras but this is a new thing that I did want to do with this lens because ultra wines like this are very good to use is like a vlogging style lens because you can see everything around like here's so this is 24 millimeters on like which is about as why'd as you could get with a traditional lend so these altar wives

Give you the ability to see much more in this time around seventeen to twenty eight well I do wish it could push back a little bit more and in that sixteen territory I still think seventeen is perfectly wide enough and while there's no stabilization built into this lens if you use it on something like the a7 three here it will give you decent enough stabilization and I am as we saw in the vlogging test with the Sony a7 three I'm not actually using a tripod I'm not actually using a gimbal or anything like that this is just straight

Up handheld and as this is a lens test as opposed to the camera test just look at how crisp this is like everything there's not very much distortion going on with a camera at all I find the lines like the trees should be very straight it shouldn't have like a boat or warp to anything like that I'm just very very impressed by this lens this lens is again I think it is the best lens released in 2019 especially if you're trying to talk to a camera if you're trying to do a lot of the work to a camera and you're a solo content creator because this gives you the ability to

See everything but look great have a little bit of a blurry background cuz you know everything looks a little bit better with a blurry background okay you may notice that this was done like back to back from the a 7-3 vlogging test because I've got movers coming like real soon and I don't have like it we're trying to fit everything in before I have to like hop from one spot to the next spot so this has been the not vlogging test the outdoor image quality test in use of the TAM around 17 to 28 see you back inside and we're back seriously

How impressive is that autofocus sharpness and just usability this lens off script here for a second this lens easily is what keeps me in the email system I think it's incredibly versatile as a wide-angle on a full frame but you could also use this as a twenty five ish 242 ish zoom lens on an aps-c Sony camera basically making this one of the most versatile lenses on the market how does this compare to other options in the e-mount system well your other real choices for wide-angle like this are the 16 to 35 f/4 to 16 to 35 2.8 G master and maybe the 10 to 18 f/4

Aps-c lens if you just have to have that wide angle and don't care about the aperture well let's do a quick price comparison the 1635 F for is twelve hundred and forty eight dollars yikes that's three hundred and fifty dollars more than the Tamron and it's only f/4 it does have stabilization built into it so if you require a little more stabilization that might be worth the extra money plus that extra one millimeter and the extra zoom the sixteen to thirty five GM which is an amazing piece of glass is twenty two hundred dollars that cost more than the

A seventy three cost me it is a class-leading wide-angle lens I don't have anything bad to say about it except that price and the ten to eighteen is a fifteen to twenty eight ish equivalent lens with an f4 and is built into it and it'll set you back depending on the sale that you find it on between 700 to 900 bucks it is super compact and it is a favorite of mine but that kind of money gives you the tamron fairness for fairness sake I haven't been exactly like I haven't been on the level with the competition here those Sony lenses are great but the TAM

Around here gets you 80% of the way for less than fifty percent of the cost of the G master or three hundred bucks less than the f4 version I'm continued like I cannot believe what Tamron was able to pull off here I think I've said that like three times so far in the video and something else I can't believe is that I had 1,300 words to say about a lens I rarely talk about lenses I'm mostly a camera body guy but at the end of the day so what right why do I think the Tamron 17 to 28 F 2.8 is the best lens of the year when it was a great year for lenses to earn that top spot it had to

Do something that no other lens in the market could do what it does and there is not another lens in the market that does what this does at this price point this is the best lens you can get hands-down like I said in the video this lens is what brought me back and what keeps me in the Sony ecosystem it's fantastic it's well priced and darn it I just liked it for what it does what do you think though should we cover more lenses here in the everyday dad leave me a comment below and I'll try to get my hands on more of them also if you like this video I bet you'd like the one

Where I talk about how the camera that this lens lives on the Sony a7 holds up after the rush of awesome cameras in 2019 click here to check it out click click click click click click click click click click click click thanks for watching

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