Tamron 28-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di PZD A-mount lens review by macbeth79

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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 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.

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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