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

reviewer#11369 date: Oct-6-2013
sharpness: 1
color: 1
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 3.2
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 DT 55-200mm
Minolta AF 70-210mm (beercan)
Minolta AF 75-300mm
price paid:220 GBP (used)
USD feels like SSM on Sony lens
negative:Slow aperture
Cheap plastic smells a bit
Awful sharpness
Colors aren't nice
comment:I'm not surprised about this lens, the only real bonus is silent USD autofocus motor, otherwise it feels like cheap Minolta 75-300mm. I think, instead of this, I'd better go for Sony 55-300mm: cheaper and smaller, as 55-200mm colors I like more than these Tamron and test shots looks like the 55-200 and 55-300 has very similar colors. 300mm end was important for me, not the sharpest lens in that end, about the same IQ as beercan @210mm and F4. Now considering about old Minolta fixed aperture prime 200mm or 80-200, no more money waste on these slow aperture telephoto zoom lenses. Afeter using 16-50, this feels like a class or two lower product, probably it is, but many says it has the same IQ and performance as 70-300 G, can't believe in that...
Maybe I'll change my mind after some more serious photo-shoots in the field, but local park experience tells me there wont be many surprises...

Updated on 10/10/2013
Was at Richmond Park for some deer hunting, misty day, results- awful, no really sharp image, no one was like I'd like to see, I had two cameras, one with this Tammy, the other- A58 was equipped with 16-50, I have to say, that 100% cropped deer from A58 looked almost better than optically zoomed deer with Tammy, of corse, in terms of sharpness, extremely disappointed about this purchase. Also there was some CA on highlights, I'm excepting no from the modern lens.

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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