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

reviewer#11202 date: Jun-19-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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 100-300 APO, Sigma 70-300 APO, Tamron 200-400, Minolta 80-200 2.8
price paid:300 USD- Used
positive:Very quiet, good focus, good sharpness, nice color. DMF
negative:Hood Design, mediocre focus speed
comment:I really like this lens, I've had several lenses in this focal range and this one is my current favorite. It's a nice overall package when considering the sharpness, focal mechanism, the size, and price. I've used in on my Sony A77 and it was good but once I micro adjusted the lens profile to -2 it is now outstanding. I find that it is a very easy to use and the DMF feature makes it very easy to fine tune the focal plane when you need to slice though layers of foreground. I've only used it for a few hundred clicks but I consider it a keeper. I feel that it's sharp throughout the focal range and above aperture 6.3 it really produces some spectacular images. No lens is perfect but since I've got familiar with how to best use if for my purposes I appreciate its capabilities and enjoy the range it offers.

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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