Tamron AF 28-300mm F3.5-6.3 XR Di A-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#44478 date: Mar-14-2020
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.8
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 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
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)
positive:Light
Compact zoomed out
Good corners
Distance encoder
62 mm filter thread
negative:Variation
Alignment at long end
comment:I returned the older pre-Di version and made an offer for this lens from a reliable eBay store. This is another clean copy with original hood and both caps. The rubber is more discolored from use, which I generally take as a positive sign. It has the same strange metal/plastic hybrid mount as the earlier version. This lens was discontinued in 2014 when replaced by the larger, heavier PZD lens. "MADE IN JAPAN"

This lens has much better image quality than the older, heavier 28-200mm LD. This lens also suffers alignment issues when zoomed in. Supporting the front of barrel pretty much eliminates the problem. I am giving a build rating of 3. I am not sure if this is a manufacturing defect or caused by wear. The similar APS-C 18-250mm zoom didn't have this problem.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 14
  • sharpness: 4.14
  • color: 4.21
  • build: 3.64
  • distortion: 3.93
  • flare control: 4.00
  • overall: 3.99
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