Tamron SP AF 70-300mm 4-5.6 Di USD A-mount lens review by A68noob
|A68noob#44548 date: Jul-11-2020|
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|ownership:||I used to own this lens|
|compared to:||Tamron 18-270|
Sony 70-300G SSM
Minolta 70-210 F4 Beercan
|price paid:||104€ shipped|
|positive:||+ for its price, very well and beautiful built (i like the build much more than the 3x expensive 70300G sony)|
+ good hood (especially its surface which is resistent to scratches.. compared to cheap and weak G hood)
+ fast and pretty silent AF (slightly inferior in both terms to G tho)
+ overall pretty much the best price/performance 70-300 from my experience.. but still nothing to brag about
+ at lower focal lenghts sharpness and colours were good
++ sold with profit
|negative:||- no zoom lock (but mine was luckily a bit stiff, so still no zoom creep - i would have still wished it had a lock)|
- soft (I did a side by side test and the 70-210 beercan won.. nuff said. especially when compared at ~130mm, where max aperture is 5.6.. the stopped down beercan won easily)
- quite some CA (at least at 300mm). at some point as bad as beercan, easily worse than my Tamron 18-270.
- especially at 300mm a lot of pumping AF
- 1:4 magnification at 1,5m MFD
- the first lens i have ever had that had problems with the A68 built in 7,5x and 15x magnifier option - it would simply disrupt and therefore not allowing me to precisely MF if AF didnt want to work properly
- this lens obviously needs some serious stopping down to perform well (+ fast enough shutter speed at 300mm).. resulting to be only an effective lens in nothing but the brightest daylight
|comment:||I originally started with 270mm Tamron with usually good results. Upgraded to Sony 70300G, but bit disappointed (especially in terms of price/performance). Bought this lens very cheap, mint 2nd hand to do some testing vs lenses stated above.. and I was just disappointed. |
Yeah, it may be the best budget choice IF you really dont need great performance at 300mm, but if you own at least something compareable like a beercan i dont see a reason why you should need this lens.. especially for closeby animalhunting:
Beercan delivers 1:4 magnification at 1,1m while Tamron 1:4 at 1,5m.. but at 300mm F5,6, less DOF, much more light required for 1/300sec at least and similar CA. Beercan more reliable AF up close too.
Apart from beautiful and nice build, cheap price and silent AF nothing else to fight my the long list of negative aspects. Bad performance up close, CA, much light required and especially the broken magnifier incamera option was the last dealbreaker for me.
Luckily sold with profit. Do heavy testing before buying or get a bargain beercan before.. and then really think if you need this lens anymore.