Tamron 28-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di PZD A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 6   
reviewer#44459 date: Jan-17-2020
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 28-70mm, Tamron 28-180mm
price paid:$499 used
positive:Great focal length range, Light weight, small, affordable
negative:Not available in E-mount, VC disabled
comment:This lens works really nice on my Sony a7iii with the LA-EA3 adapter. It focuses fast even in low light and the image quality is amazingly good specially up to about 85mm focal length. Beyond that, stopping down to f8 or f11 provides surprisingly good image quality! If you are looking for a small, versatile, wide range travel lens for a Sony E mount mirrorless camera, I highly recommend it.
reviewer#44118 date: Aug-22-2018
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony FE 24-240
Canon 28-300 L IS
price paid:510 USD
positive:Reasonably sharp, better to step down to f8
Very close macro, can focus to 6 inches in front of glass at 300mm
negative:Distortion is typical for this type of high zoom ratio lenses
comment:I use this lens with the LA-EA3 on A7rIII mostly, although I have the A99II, but nowadays, I carry the mirrorless much more than the A mount cameras.
Because of using A7rIII, not the A mount camera, there is no need for micro adjust on AF. In fact, some users found the lens is not very sharp, part of the reason could be it need to micro adjust on auto focus. Especially on third party lenses. This is also one reason I mostly use it on mirrorless camera, instead of the A Mount camera ( I have A99II, A77II, A99 & A77 ), also I mostly use f8 when shooting with this type of high zoom ratio lenses.
reviewer#24476 date: Jan-25-2016
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.4
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
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Sony 18-135
Sony 70-300 G
price paid:$640 CAD used
positive:Light weight.
Great range.
Nice colors.
Weather sealed.
Very quiet.
negative:Zoom ring feels a bit stiff.
Not as sharp past 85mm as compared to the others.
Auto focus can hunt a bit.
comment:I got this lens thinking that I will use as a travel lens. For a super zoom it is small and light (not much bigger than the 18-135mm) with much wider range. After taking some test shots, the IQ of this lens is on par with both the 18-135 and 70-300 G up until about 85mm. After that both Sony's beat the Tamron at all focal lengths and apertures. The IQ is quite acceptable, but if you need to do any cropping in post you may not always be happy with the results. If I only had one lens though, I would be quite happy with this Tamron.
reviewer#20390 date: Oct-18-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony DT 16-50mm f/2.8 SSM
Minolta 17-35mm f/3.5G
Sony Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 SSM ZA
Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 G SSM
Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM
Sony 70-400m f/4-5.6 G SSM
Minolta 35mm f/2
Sony 50mm f/1.4
Konica Minolta 5mm f/2.8 macro D
Rokinon 85mm f/1.4
Minolta 100mm f/2
Konica Minolta 100mm f2.8 macro D
Minolta 100mm f/2.8 soft
Sony Zeiss 135mm f1.8
Sony 135mm f/2.8 T/4.5 STF
Minolta 135mm f/2.8
Minolta 200mm f/2.8 HS G
price paid:$849
positive:Very sharp from wide open.
Great range.
Very light for the wide range.
Pleasant bokeh.
A good walk around lens.
Changing lenses less often means less sensor dust.
negative:Some distortions and chromatic aberrations, but they are easily corrected in PP.
comment:I had gotten my dream set of lenses, and I was having a great time with them. Then, I had a stroke that left me with only my left hand to use. Photography is a big part of my life, so I now use a Promaster pistol grip with a shutter trigger in my left hand, mostly now with this lens. Many of my other lenses are just too heavy to use for any length of time with only my left hand.

I bought this lens as the best compromise for its light weight and long range, but I found out that there is less compromise than I originally thought. The images are nearly as sharp as with my other lenses. There is a compromise in the background blur with my faster lenses, which are somewhat more pleasant and more pronounced. However, with a full frame camera, this lens actually has fairly good subject separation. Having this lens makes me feel better about having to sell most of my other lenses.

Not having to change lenses as often in the field is a plus when using this lens, besides its lower overall weight.
reviewer#12128 date: Feb-13-2015
sharpness: 3
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.4
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
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Sony 28-75
Sony 70-300
Sigma 18-250
price paid:$849
positive:Good build
Quick to focus
negative:A lot of CA at the long end could be removed but...
Vignetting at 28 mm (Not lens hood)
No shots were sharp, however the lens was straight out of the box and no Micro Focus Adjustments have been made.
comment:I could live with this lens but having the that much CA and having to post process every image for it would be tedious.
reviewer#12111 date: Jan-25-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- Tamron - AF 28-300 F3.5-6.3 LD AD IF
- Sony - AF 24-105 F3.5-4.5
- Tamron - SP AF 24-135 F3.5-5.6 AD Aspherical IF Macro
- Sigma - 24-135 F2.8-4.5 Aspherical IF
- Sigma - 28-135 F3.8-5.6 Aspherical IF Macro
- Minolta - AF 28-105 F3.5-4.5
- Tamron - AF 35-135 F3.5-4.5 AF tele-macro
- Minolta - AF 100-300 F4.5-5.6 D APO
price paid:700 Euro
positive:- good colors
- flare-resistant
- sharp, even at the long end - and into the corners - wide open
- small given the focal range
- relatively lightweight
- weather-sealed
- silent and fast AF
negative:- CAs visible at the long end wide open - but can be removed
- distortion visible at the short end, but of the barrel type - easy to remove

comment:This is a most versatile walkaround lens. Compared to the older version I have this lens is really a quantum leap in that it manages to provide an IQ that one finds in a 24/28-105/135mm lens in a 28-300mm lens. The sharpness at the long end is good, even wide open. The only negative point I see are the quite visible CAs wide open at the long end, but stopping down helps. The lens has quite nice bokeh qualities and the MFD of 0,5m at 300mm makes it almost a macro lens as well.
The lens is almost completely silent, sometimes you hear some clicks. AF is fast and reliable. Compared to its 28-300mm predecessor the lens is quite a considerable advance.
reviews found: 6   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 6
  • sharpness: 4.25
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.67
  • distortion: 4.17
  • flare control: 5.00
  • overall: 4.62

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