Tamron AF 70-300mm F4-5.6 LD Macro A-mount lens review by Gabriel

reviewer#1582 date: Dec-28-2006
sharpness: 3
color: 4
build: 2
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 3.2
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 17-35D/2.8-4
Sigma 24-135/2.8-4.5 Asph. IF
price paid:90 EUR (second hand)
positive:Cheap, nice telezoom range
comment:The first thing I noticed was the cheap build quality. It's not that bad, but it really feel like a cheap plastic thing when compared to the 2 other lenses that I already own.

Relatively light considering the zoom range, it allows you to have an inexpensive telezoom. Picture quality is correct, but not more than correct. Usually a little soft.

Provided hood is so small that it's hard ot reach the lens cap, but at least it cover the lens enough to prevent flare.

In low light condition, it sometimes hunts on my 5D, and it even occasionnaly seek over the full focus range, forward and then backward.

Overall, it's a low price OK lens, but nothing more. Good for occasionnal use, but if you often use this zoom range, you should perhaps search for an other lense.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 15
  • sharpness: 4.03
  • color: 4.07
  • build: 3.73
  • distortion: 4.13
  • flare control: 4.27
  • overall: 4.05
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