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

reviewer#2679 date: Aug-31-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 3
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 own this lens
compared to:Big beercan, Tamron 28-200, Minolta kit zoom and 24-105D
price paid:129 Eur (new)
positive:Cheap, light, macro to 1:2, sharp enough for excellent A4 prints.
negative:CA, some softness towards long end
comment:Probably one of the most underrated lenses (reading the other reports). I get very good pictures with it if you avoid the high contrast situations that give the CA. The macro feature is handy and when stopped down to 11 or 16 (needed for DOF as well) quite sharp. If you provide a good mix of capture sharpening in lightroom followed by photikit output sharpening in photoshop you can get excellent and sharp prints at A4 (I cannot print larger, so cannot comment on A3+ or larger). Build quality isn't that great so it's by no means as rugged as a big beercan, however this has it advantages with weight. It's a lens well worth it's money and it's always in my bag and use it a lot.
A mono or tri-pod for use at the long end is recommended if you don't want to bump up ISO too much to be able to handhold, especially for close up shots.

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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