9Best Budget Zoom

Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8


  • Good focal length coverage
  • Lightweight and compact design 
  • Constant max aperture of f2.8


  • No image stabilization

There are few lenses that offer as much bang for their buck as the Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8. This versatile, high-speed zoom lens may not be as refined as pricier options but there isn’t anything they can do that the Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 can’t. 

The lens aperture iris diaphragm has nine rounded blades that provide a pleasant bokeh for shallow depth of field shots. Low light performance is good with the maximum wide aperture of F2.8 available throughout the zoom range. Though not fully weatherproof, the Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 boasts moisture-resistant construction with environmental seals located at the lens mount area and other critical locations to prevent infiltration of moisture and/or raindrops.

Small, lightweight and compact, this is a perfect lens for the videographer-on-the-go. Its autofocus features are not as robust as the higher-end zoom lenses but it more than makes up for that with its affordability. This is a perfect entry point for a filmmaker looking to get a bit more serious about the craft.

Sean Berry is Videomaker's Managing Editor.