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

reviewer#4395 date: Nov-16-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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:Sony 75-300 (SAL75300) Minolta 75-300 (Big Beercan) Beercan, Minolta 70-210 both the original & the RS.
price paid:au$25 (part of pkg)
positive:Sharp through much of its range, a bit soft over 270, amazingly sharp at 70-150 if stopped down a little. Good almost Minolta style colour.
negative:Like many, prone to flare in high contrast or hoodless, but easily controlled once aware of the problem. Does not feel very substantial, but none-the-less seems unbreakable.
comment:A lens that surprises. A very light polycarbonate lens but with a metal mount. It came as a part of a package deal bought for when I needed a lighter long lens around for Kayaking and Mountain biking (or in rain and ocean spray - where I didn't want to risk a "good" lens). The results were extremely good, as good as the Beercan between 100 & 180 and far better than the Sony SAL75300 at all lengths and apertures. The Big Beercan has an edge on it, but the Big Beercan is a brilliant lens.

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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