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

reviewer#46947 date: Jul-27-2023
sharpness: 3.5
color: 3
build: 4
distortion: 4
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210 f4 beer can.
price paid:$399 NZ new (1995)
positive:Good reach. Light. Quite well built (but all plastic with a metal bayonet).
negative:Quite long. Low contrast, especially at the long end. Long minimum focus distance.
comment:I bought this in the mid 90s when I first bought a SLR. Mine looked different to the photo here with a long smooth rubberised barrel. Minimum focus distance was 1.5 metres which was a bit far. It had good reach for the money (around the same money as the 70-210/f4-5.6 AF Minolta I recall), and was quite light. The AF speed was slow and AF sometimes missed focussed on a Dynax 500si (probably the camera had something to do with this, although I remember the gearing was low too).I traded the camera and lens on a MF camera lens after a couple of years.

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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