Tamron 50-400mm F4.5-6.3 Di III VC VXD E-mount lens review by Brownie

reviewer#46950 date: Aug-11-2023
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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:Sigma 100-400 DG DN OS
Sony 200-600
Panasonic Leica 50-200.
price paid:1199.00 US New
positive:Good build quality. Very sharp, fast autofocus, good weather sealing. Focal range is excellent, the additional 50mm at the short end makes this a one lens solution for all but wide. Good closeup with a 1:2 magnification from 50-70mm. Excellent size for the focal range. Stays sharp with heavy crops. Nice programmable options through Tamron's free lens app, including linear focus.
negative:Slight distortion, lens is new enough at this point that manual correction is needed as profiles aren't in my processing programs. A bit of flare, but not awful. Tripod collar is extra. Can't use with TC, but that's pretty typical for E Mount.
comment:Not tested on 36MP, tested on a 33MP A7 IV, but no choice for that in the list. Tamron seems to have the superzooms sorted. This lens is sharp from end to end and corner to corner. It stands up to hi-res sensors well. Good color and contrast. I have/have had several lenses in this range from the old Minolta 100-400 APO and on, this is the best of the lot to date. If you don't need fast apertures or burst rates above 15FPS, and $2500 isn't in your budget, this lens is a no-brainer. For my use, the added 50mm makes this a first choice.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 2
  • sharpness: 4.75
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.50
  • distortion: 4.50
  • flare control: 4.50
  • overall: 4.65
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