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

reviewer#10361 date: Jul-6-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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:Minolta Maxxum 75-300mm f/4-5.6 AF - BBC
Minolta Maxxum 70-210mm f/4 - BC
Minolta 135mm f/2.8 AF
Tamron 90mm f2.8 Macro 1:1
price paid:$350 after rebate
positive:Tack sharp through entire focal lengh range. Sharp starting from initial f/4 and f/5.6 at 300mm. AF is very fast and very silent. Has very good bokeh.
Almost no PF or CA compare to BBC
negative:No infinity stopper. No AF limiter switch.
comment:This lens is producing amazing IQ for zoom lens. It has excellent control over Purple Fringing and CA compare to Other zooms I tried in same range: Sigma 70-300mm DL, Minolta Maxxum 100-300mm f/4-5.6 AF, Minolta Maxxum 75-300mm AF f/4-5.6 BBC and Minolta BC - 70-210mm f4 AF.

At the same time this lens does great detail definition-sharpness, AF is very fast if light is strong enough.
I would define this lens as "perfect action outdoor lens".

Also, 5 feet minimal focus is great at 300mm end for macro-like shots!

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 55
  • sharpness: 4.50
  • color: 4.38
  • build: 4.35
  • distortion: 4.62
  • flare control: 4.53
  • overall: 4.47
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