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

reviewer#27586 date: May-24-2016
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.2
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 used to own this lens
compared to:beer can 70-210
price paid:$269 in 2014
positive:range, USD, overall optics are good, build is solid
negative:size, weight, slower to focus than I would like.
This lens is hard to hold and balance while trying to zoom or manual focus mainly because of the large diameter.
comment:Bought this lens thinking that the extra range from 210-300 would be nice. On my A77, the pictures in this range are good but not sharp enough (even after micro adjust). While the optics of this lens are better, I actually like the beercan better in some ways.
The size of this lens and weight are the reasons I sold it.
IF the picture quality from the extra range would have been better, I may have kept it. I've read that to get a sharper image in the 300mm range, you must push toward F8. Sadly, the lens had to go since I hardly used it.

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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