Tamron 28-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di PZD A-mount lens review by Cgarrard

reviewer#44501 date: Apr-23-2020
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Older 28-300mm Tamron models, and other "super zooms" there's no comparison.
price paid:$395.00
positive:Weather sealed, compact, quiet focusing, sharp through the range, good close focusing, huge bang for the buck. Behaves well on full frame, esp A99. The best multi-purpose zoom in the A-Mount hands down,optically, physically, features wise. Can use for action with A99 especially using AF limiting.
negative:F/6.3 aperture on long end isn't ideal, but not awful either. Focusing isn't as quick on APS-C as it is on A99's, mainly because of the lack of an AF limiter.
comment:This is the best superzoom on the market that starts on the wide end in any mount from any maker. Your search ends here for this type of lens for the A-Mount. Works great on APS-C as well, esp in good light on A77, A700, A57 cameras. Again weather sealed, the info here on Dyxum says "no" but it is. A great match to cameras like the A77/II and A99/II. If you want sharper, use a prime or high end Zeiss/G lenses. The point of diminishing returns happens fast when you spend more money, no better all round bang for the buck than this lens. Within it's focal range it hasn't yet been beaten.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 7
  • sharpness: 4.29
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.71
  • distortion: 4.29
  • flare control: 4.86
  • overall: 4.63
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