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

reviewer#6085 date: Sep-19-2009
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210/4, 28-85 /3.5~4.5, 100-200/4.5, 75-300/4.5~5.6
price paid:
positive:Light Weight, Compact, Focal Range, Sharpness, Macro capability, excellent outdoor lens.
negative:Hunting / slow to focus, Horrible Macro Focus, Loose manual focus, Not a true 300mm?
comment:This is the best all purpose lens in my bag. Either I got a good copy or this is a great lens.

First the good:
When it focuses it's dead on.
It's range and size make it the perfect lens for a day trip or when you want to only carry one lens.
Macro pictures need to be manually focused, but come out sharp.
Build quality, this is not a 'plastic feeling lens' as someone suggested. This lens is mostly metal and feels like it.
The zoom ring is smooth.

The Bad:
NOT a low light lens.
Slow to focus/hunting.(Once the lens does focus, it's tight except for macro shots.)
Some play in the focus ring(could just be mine.)
Says it's 300mm, but compared to a minolta and sigma 300mm lens, does not compare right, this lens looks like it tops out in the 280s.

This is a great one lens solution. It has all the range you need for a day out at a zoo, park, bird watching or hiking. The weight makes it all day friendly when your tired of carrying a bag full of lenses. This is not a lens to bring to an indoor party, unless there is a lot of light or you have plenty of time to focus. I do a lot of hiking and this lens is the best for that. Auto focus works terrible on macro, and the manual focus ring is tough to get 'just right', but when you do the results are impressive.

Lastly, the sharpness in the top end does soften slightly, but on par with other zoom lenses in this range.

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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