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

reviewer#5732 date: Jul-20-2009
sharpness: 2.5
color: 2
build: 1
distortion: 2
flare control: 2
overall: 1.9
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 75-300, Minolta 75-300 (Big Beercan) Sigma 70-300 DL Macro
price paid:
positive:Very little that can be regarded as positive other than the low new price. It is a poor performer that it is clearly outclassed by Sony's 75-300 kit lens.
negative:Wobbly plastic construction, in any but bright light it is prone to hunt when trying o focus, soft at all focal lengths, attracts CA, colours not good.
comment:I can't understand how anybody has reviewed this lens well - I can only assume that they are novices who have experienced nothing but a low zoom kit lens. I have looked at two copies, owned one (purchased in a bulk buy) and both are the same. It was cheap to buy when new, less than the Sony kit lens and performs worse than any other xx - 300 that I have ever used. It is plastic junk.

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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