Question: Which Tamron lens for Nikon camera?

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    Amber Nelson

    Hello Everyone!

    Hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving!

    I’m a portrait photographer and would like to buy a zoom lens somewhere in the 24-70mm range (although that particular lens is just a bit too expensive for me right now 😁). I think it would help to complete my repertoire, as I already own a 50mm prime and 18-140mm lens. So, I found these 2 used Tamron lenses off of Adorama, but can’t tell much of difference between both of them besides the wide angle and focal length.
    Would love to get anyone’s opinion on which lens would be best for portraiture!


    David Frazer

    Both are good lenses. One difference is that if ever you want to upgrade to full frame the 17-50 is not full frame compatible. Generally I would say the 28-75 would be a better range for portraits.

    Amber Nelson

    Great, thank you for your help!

    James Staddon

    I do not have any personal experience with either of these lenses, but in terms of construction, durability, and quality, they seem to be quite similar. They say they are some of the best Tamron lenses.

    For portraiture, I’d go with the 28-75mm. 17mm is just too wide for faces, and when I use my Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 lens for portraiture, I find myself shooting at 17mm far more than I intend because I find myself zooming out instead of stepping back.

    Amber Nelson

    Thank you for your advice. I’m so glad to hear that the Tamron 28-75mm is a good choice, because I ordered it last Friday, and am looking forward to receiving it soon! 😀

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