Tamron AF 28-300mm F3.5-6.3 LD AD IF A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 11   
reviewer#44287 date: May-15-2019
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.5
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:nothing yet
price paid:100€
positive:Really sharp with AF-Correction and high apertures (f/8 - 11).
negative:Zoom mechanism has some sticky point around 100mm and feels a bit weak qualitywise - AF quiet slow and hunting in even not so bad light conditions - bad LE-EA4 support.
comment:Seems to be a really nice sunny-weather fullframe-travel-superzoom lens, surprisingly sharp from f8-11 - full scale full frame. But: AF really badly calibrated, needs something around -20 (!) to get precisely here. On E.Mount LE-EA4 there are several issues. SS is locked on 250mm and therefore is rather non-working-existant on lower FDs. AP starts at 5.6... EXIF does not report FD. Zooming is a bit creepy. AF motor gives a slightly creeping sound.... Oh boy. Pity. Just ordered a PZD and will compare then.
reviewer#44075 date: Jun-2-2018
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 28-200 3.8-5.6 UC
Sigma 28-135mm F3.8-5.6 Aspherical IF Macro
Sony 16-35 f4 e-mount
Sony 28-70 kit lens e-mount
Minolta 75-300 new
price paid:
missing
positive:Bookeh
Reach
Minimum Focus distance
Size
Sharpness
Color
Contrast
AF accuracy
negative:Very hard to use focus ring
AF speed
Varialbe minimum focus distance (1.2m@28mm 0.61@200 0.8@300)
comment:Really nice lens, easy to use,stands up its reputation.
Acceptable sharpness throughout whole lens, but better if stepped down a bit.
Bookeh and colours beautiful.
Good AF accuracy (fairly slow)
Compact lens, not very heavy or big very useful.
Very few disadvantages:
The focus ring makes it very hard to achieve preciseness in manual focus and the minimum focus distance is variable.

reviewer#10730 date: Nov-26-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:M70-210 f4
M75-300 New
M75-300 BB
M35-74 F4
SAL 18-55
SAL 18-70
price paid:To long ago...
positive:Sharp
Colors
Internal focus
Good build
Range
Cheap
negative:Soft from 250mm
comment:The best of all Tamron 28-300 variants
I have this lens and I can say It's sharp until 250mm even wide open if you nail the focus. It's very sharp 1 stop down in the 28-250mm range. From 250 to 300 you need to go to F10/f11 to get good sharpness.

The colors are great and saturated. AF it's ok for a hiperzoom. The internal focus is great for CPL and GND.

It's a good lens, excelent if you consider the range and the price. Does not take much space inside your camera bag.

No hiperzoom is perfect and all of them need stopping down for sharpness. The only lens that is way better is the Tamron 18-270/250 but they cost at least 4 times more.
reviewer#10262 date: Jun-4-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 18-200
Tamron 28-300 A06
Tamron 28-200 XR
Sigma 18-250
price paid:80 GBP used
positive:Good sharpness stopped down
Very pleasant colour rendition
Good contrast
Good build
negative:Need stopping down for optimum sharpness.
28mm not wide enough on APS-C
AF could be more accurate
comment:Good all round lens with 3 performance levels.

1. 28-100 Very sharp after 2/3rd stopped down
2. 100-200 Sharp after 1 stop down
3. 200-300 Sharp after at least 1 1/3rd stopped down.

Generally speaking the lens requires stopping down more the longer the focal length.

My copy drops down to f3.2 @ 28, going to f3.5 @ 30, F4 @ 35, f4.5 @ 50, f5 @ 70, f5.6 @ 100 and f6.3 @ 250.

The AF seems to struggle at larger apertures. I have had sharp shots from the lens at 28mm f3.2 by manually focussing.

The lens performs much better in bright lighting conditions with PF well controlled

Very good colour and conrast.

The sigma 18-250 is far superior, but this is way better than the Tamron 18-200 and as good, if not better than the other two lenses mentioned above.
reviewer#9892 date: Feb-5-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tokina 24-200mm lens
price paid:
missing
positive:Beautiful sweet colors! Nice contrast. Extremely versatile range on full frame.
negative:Soft wide open. Flimsy build quality.
comment:First impression upon holding this lens. The barrel feels so plasticky and the zoom ring has lot of play, wobbles. Doesn't feel like it will last long. Putting the lens on my A850, and went out for some test shots. I'm surprised by the colors of this lens. Very soft & sweet rendition, especially skin tone. The contrast is there, and while fully open gives soft, growing images, stopping down to f8-11 gives tack sharp images. This was not unexpected because I know super zoom lens usually aren't sharp wide open and need to stop down. However what I like about this lens and do not hesitate to shoot wide open or stop down a bit is that its softness can be preferable for portraits.

The lens has a zoom lock which is nice although a bit too small button. Regarding distortion, I haven't tested directly. But I didn't notice any serious, weird distortion that can't be easily corrected in post processing.

When shooting directly against the sun, flair is moderately well controlled. It shows small arrow like flare but I consider beautiful. I haven't tried to new version of this lens but a review here said this version is sharper. And I agree that it can give sharp images stopped-down. Sharper than Tokina 24-200mm lens.

A fun all-in-one versatile lens to use with A850 as a walk-about. It's not impossible to get stunning results that can attract Getty Images with this combination if you know what to do, the limitations of the lens and how to use to your advantages. I will keep this lens as a walk about for the coming full frame camera from Sony, since I like its versatile range and beautiful rendition of images.

See my photos with Tamron 28-300 lens on my Flickr collection at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lifeispixels/collections/72157628204412995/
reviewer#9215 date: Jul-7-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.9
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:28=300 xr ld di if
price paid:£140
positive:Crazy sharp at 200 mm good ever where upto 200mm goes to hel after that .nice carry around lens loved it to bits ,my a55 killed the gears ,was so sad .
negative:Think i was unlucky and had one with weak gears ,so nothing to report here .
comment:I so loved this lens was everything i wanted single lens light sharp ,well built well untill my a55 killed the gears ,but i think i had a bad one i have never seen many report of tamrons ,haveing gear issues thats left for sigma,s .anywayyou find one buy it love use it ,if you dont like it give it to me please lol .Other then my 30mm dt macro it was the best lens i own .ahh i miss it so much ,its newer xr brother is so poor .
reviewer#8128 date: Oct-23-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:100 (used)
positive:range
quality(you feel it is a lens)
handeling
iq
negative:a bit soft from 200mm
comment:
missing
reviewer#7316 date: Apr-19-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:28-200 Sigma DL
Various shorter range zooms
price paid:Ł45 (used)
positive:Range
Very good sharpness
Colour
Well built
negative:Softness at longer focal lengths
comment:Considering the range of this lens the sharpness is excellent and at the shorter focal lengths is usable wide open. The softness beyond 250mm only really becomes apparent at 100% on the PC.

Only needs stopping down by 1 - 1 1/3 stop for good sharpness at all but the longest cocal lengths.

Very good colour and contrast.

A bargain at the price I paid!!!!
reviewer#6003 date: Sep-7-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:180 euro (used)
positive:range focal
good build
compact
negative:AF slow
heavy compared to new versions
very soft at 300mm and wide open
bocken a bit confused
comment:I tested it on eos 5D, FF camera.
My comments and ratings consider the zoom range.
Obviously, the yield of color, contrast, sharpness, etc. not be compared with a 70-200L or a fixed lens, but if you can bring the 70-200 (or any other lens with less range) you don't need the 28-300.

But I used it for a two days journey where I could take only 1 lens and I made photo with any other lens I would have lost.

There are NO lenses that combine high quality optical and extreme focal range.
This, considering the focal range and price (having some patience, you can find less then I found), does his job and the photos, not looking 100% crop, are good usable
reviewer#5624 date: Jul-1-2009
sharpness: 3
color: 3
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.4
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Tamron 18-250 (Pentax variant)
Tamron 17-50
Sigma 70-300 APO
price paid:80USD (used)
positive:- Hefty feel. good balance on a200+grip
- Range
negative:- Zoom ring (see below)
- Soft at longer FLs
- Slow aperture
- Sluggish AF
comment:Not bad for a Hyper-Zoom. Definitely not in the same class as the 18-250, but less than 1/4 the price

Usual negative points for hyper zooms: aperture speed is rather slow, AF is useless unless in full sunlight, Rather soft at longer focal lengths (around 200mm and longer)

Not very wide on aps-c, but this was obviously made for film cameras, and it is rather nice and wide on film (around the same as 17-18mm on APS-C)

The zoom ring on my copy is less than ideal... around the 50-150mm area, it becomes very sticky and needs to be gripped rather tightly for it to turn.

Macro shots are not bad for a lens of this type, MFD is acceptable and photos are sharp enough for a zoom this long. Maybe not as good/sharp as sigma 70-300 APO, but in the same category. Not nearly sharp enough for true macro work, but does the job for larger flowers and such when on-the-go.

If you're on a budget and want to add a hyper-zoom in your lineup for dirt-cheap, it's not half-bad. But the Sony/Tamron 18-250 is a much sharper lens, and a better buy if you have the money, IMO.
reviewer#3992 date: Aug-23-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron AF 28-300 F3.5-6.3 XR Di (A061)
Sony DT 16-80 F3.5-4.5 SAL-1680Z
price paid:120 GBP (used)
positive:Wide zoom range
Solid feel
negative:Softer at 300mm
comment:Reasonable sharpness at shorter focal lengths but going soft at 300mm end where I mostly use it. A little CA at 300mm. Zoom creep if angled steeply away from horizontal but does have zoom lock for travel.

I had the newer A061 for a short time, and the 185D is sharper at all focal lengths when images are viewed at 100% side by side.
reviews found: 11   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 11
  • sharpness: 4.27
  • color: 4.27
  • build: 4.09
  • distortion: 4.27
  • flare control: 3.82
  • overall: 4.15

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