Tamron SP AF 70-300mm 4-5.6 Di USD A-mount lens review by Hotdog

reviewer#10330 date: Jun-26-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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:Tokina 80 400
price paid:£275
positive:Sharp
Quick
Permanent Manual Focus
Nicely made
Good Hood
negative:Chunky
No macro mode
comment:This Tamron lens really is as good as the reviews say.

It is quick, sharp, lacking in aberrations and has full time manual override.

I'm very impressed. I have just tried it out at the Yeovilton Navy Air Day and had lots more keepers than I would have had with my old Tokina 80-400. I also used it at the Silverstone race circuit practising my panning skills and the quick focus made for great results.
It is a good wildlife lens too and is even sharp enough for decent dragonfly and butterfly photographs. Rapidly becoming a favourite lens of mine.


Unless you need more reach this lens is a no-brainer and a must have lens for Sony users.

Excellent value too.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 54
  • sharpness: 4.49
  • color: 4.37
  • build: 4.35
  • distortion: 4.65
  • flare control: 4.54
  • overall: 4.48
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