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

reviews found: 4   
reviewer#47001 date: May-2-2024
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Side-by-side with:
Sony 300 2.8
Sony 400 2.8
Sony 600 4
Sony 200-600 w/ 1.4x TC

From experience:
Sony 100-400
price paid:899 gbp
positive:Range
Sharpness
Size
Weight
Weather sealing
Flare control
Customisable buttons
67mm filter thread
negative:Needing to buy tripod collar separately
comment:Incredible Lens. My scoring might be a little harsh because I was testing alongside the Sony telephoto primes (300 2.8, 400 2.8 and 600 f4) and my trusty 200-600 with 1.4x TC, but even in that company I was very impressed. 50mm at wide end is brilliant and sharpness good throughout the range. It’s light and small, so great for travel. It uses the same 67mm thread as several other great compact travel lenses from Tamron (17-28, 28-200) making a perfect 2nd/3rd lens alongside either or both of those. The customisable buttons are easy to setup via my Mac, and provide lots of options.

The 200-600 remains my go to for wildlife when weight is no object due to its range and great partnership with 1.4x TC, but this is the perfect alternative for when size and weight is an issue - hiking, travelling, flying - this is exceptional, especially the 50mm wide end. At £900 second hand, it’s an absolute steal.
reviewer#46977 date: Feb-10-2024
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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:Tamron 100-400
tamron 70-300
price paid:847USD
positive:Možnost nastavení tlačítek pro různé funkce
Stabilizace uvitř objektivu
ostros a rychlost autofokusu
velmi kvalitní rozsah
možnost téměř fotit Makro
velmi kvalitní váha na takový rozsah
negative:nedodává se v základu kroužek pro stativ
comment:Absolutní spokojenost s obejktivem, bezvadné focení téměř všeho, co poskytuje fotografická možnost. Objektiv je velmi variabilní a s možností stabilizace v objektivu jsou snímky naprosto dokonalé i z ruky na velkou vzdálenost
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.
reviewer#46948 date: Aug-2-2023
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony FE 5.6-6.3/200-600 G OSS
Sony AF 4-5.6/70-400 SSM G (A mount, I haven't used these side by side since 70-400G was sold already earlier)
price paid:1 199 €
positive:+ Very useful focal length range
+ Reasonably small and light lens
+ Decent magnification and minimum focusing distance (especially at wide end)
negative:- Cannot be used with teleconverters
- Tripod collar must be purchased separately
- Can shoot only up to 15 fps on α1 and α9 series cameras
- Does not survive submerging into water (yes, I did accidentally test this! :-) )
comment:This is a versatile telephoto lens that works for many use cases, albeit the long end at 400 mm may at times feel tad short, although the fact the wide end starts at 50 mm compensates this quite a bit.
reviews found: 4   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 4
  • sharpness: 4.75
  • color: 4.75
  • build: 4.75
  • distortion: 4.75
  • flare control: 4.75
  • overall: 4.75

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