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

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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 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.

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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