Tamron AF 28-300 XRmm F3.5-6.3 LD AD IF A-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#44474 date: Mar-8-2020
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.7
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Sony DT 18-135 F3.5-5.6 SAM
Sony DT 18-200 F3.5-6.3
Tamron 18-250 F3.5-6.3
Minolta AF 24-105 F3.5-4.5 D
Minolta AF 28-100 F3.5-5.6 D
Sigma AF 28-105 F2.8-4
Canon EF 28-105 F3.5-4.5 USM II
Minolta AF 28-105 F3.5-4.5 & RS & Xi
Minolta AF 28-135 F4-4.5
Tamron 28-200 F3.8-5.6 LD
Tamron 28-300 F3.5-6.3 XR Di
Minolta AF 35-105 F3.5-4.5/New
Sigma AF 35-135 F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF 35-200 F4.5-5.6 Xi
Tokina AF 35-200 F4-5.6 SD
Tokina AF 35-300 F4.5-6.7
Minolta MD 50-135 F3.5
Minolta AF 70-210 F4
Minolta AF 70-210 F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF 70-210 F4.5-5.6 I/II
price paid:106 USD (used)
Compact zoomed out
Good corners
Distance encoder
62 mm filter thread
Alignment at long end
comment:Nice very clean copy with original hood and front cap. This lens required effort to seat properly in the mount before it was recognized by the camera. It has a strange metal/plastic hybrid mount I've not seen on other lenses. It is a "D" which seems to work correctly although the camera doesn't show units on the focus distance scale. This lens was discontinued in 2004 and replaced by the similar Di version. "MADE IN JAPAN"

This lens has much better image quality than the older, heavier 28-200mm LD. This copy has some alignment problem that got worse towards the long end. I expect a better copy would be a very decent lens.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 11
  • sharpness: 3.73
  • color: 3.82
  • build: 4.09
  • distortion: 4.27
  • flare control: 4.09
  • overall: 4.00
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