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

reviewer#12047 date: Dec-5-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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 17-70 "C"
Tamron 70-200 f2.8 USD
Sony 75-300
Tamron 18-200
Tamron 70-200 f2.8 USD
Sony 35mm f1.8
Tamron 90mm f2.8 Macro
price paid:350 USD
positive:Maintains sharpness throughout the entire zoom range, Build quality is excellent for a lens in this price range. Focusing speed and accuracy is outstanding on both my A77 and A77ii. I use this for sports with excellent results.
negative:Some CA when wide open but not that bad
comment:I don't think any under $1000 lens at this focal length can surpass it. It holds up well even wide open when examined at 100%. I wouldn't hesitate to make a 30x20 print from photos made with this lens. Contrast good. Color good. As You can see I really like this lens. I have used this lens on an A65, A77 and A77ii. My previous lens of this zoom range was the Sony 75-300 and to say this lens is much better in every way would be an understatement.

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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