Tamron AF 70-300 4-5.6 A-mount lens review by moedius

reviewer#44332 date: Jul-15-2019
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sigma 70-300 Macro Super
Sigma 70-200 EX DG HSM Macro II
Minolta 100-300 APO
price paid:24.00
positive:Super cheap
Relatively light
Sharp for the cost and age
negative:A bit flimsy
Not the fastest focusing
comment:I'm going on memory here as I sold the lens along with the a350 it was attached to, but I felt I should leave a review as nobody else had.

I got it for a song, from Japan, where it had apparently sat in bulk stock in a warehouse, unused and collecting dust. I got it and it was absolutely pristine, unused.

It's one of the lowest priced ~70-300 I could find for the a-mount and the price\performance was great. It was about on par with the comparable aged Sigma, which cost about 2x. If you don't plan on using this focal length frequently and are just looking for an affordable lens to cover this range, this would be a great addition. Otherwise, I'd look at springing a bit more into a higher end, more modern purchase.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 2
  • sharpness: 3.75
  • color: 3.50
  • build: 3.50
  • distortion: 4.00
  • flare control: 3.50
  • overall: 3.65
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