Tamron AF 100-300mm F5-6.3 A-mount lens review by AdamBindslev

reviewer#4784 date: Feb-1-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
price paid:dont remember
positive:- Long range for a cheap price
- Very sharp (in good light)
- Goog build
negative:- Unusable for dusk, indoor etc.
comment:I have had this lens on both my ald Minolta film camera, my Minolta 7D and my Sony a700.

A zoom like this is a bit of a specialty item, but it actually has a lot of uses for the photographer who are creative with it.

As stated - it is not a fast zoom. Very few 300 mm zooms are, if you dont want to pay through the nose. So it needs light, light and light. But given that it can produce quite sharp and beautiful pictures.

It is a lens where the steadyshot really can help you. Fully zoomed you are still able to take handheld photographs at 1/160 sec. But of course - you get more sharpness with more light.

I really love this lens - good build quality (metal mount), versatile range and a price i can live with.

Examples of photographs with this lens here:


rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 6
  • sharpness: 3.92
  • color: 3.67
  • build: 3.50
  • distortion: 3.83
  • flare control: 3.67
  • overall: 3.72
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