Tamron SP AF 70-300mm 4-5.6 Di USD A-mount lens review by toddd240

reviewer#11958 date: Aug-25-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
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:Sigma 70-300 Macro
Sony 55-200
Minolta 70-210 Beercan
price paid:449 US New
positive:Large but not terribly heavy. Very little distortion. Color is acceptable. Fairly sharp but not world class. No problems with flare unless you purposely try and cause it. Hood does not rotate during zoom.
negative:Some lateral fringing that causes a little extra work in post. Its a bit bulky, but that is to be expected. Lens quality suffers a bit past 200 but not unworkable, you just need to take extra care to shoot at F8-F11 for best sharpness. Bokeh suffers a bit after 200mm. Hunts a bit in low light.
comment:There are other lenses out there that are better, but for the price this lens delivers quality shots if you get to know the lens and what F stops to use in what circumstances, but that is true of many lenses. Autofocus is smooth and fairly quiet, but hunts a little too much in very low light. Bokeh snobs will want to consider a much more expensive lens, but it isn't bad between 70-200.

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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