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

reviewer#46954 date: Aug-23-2023
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:big beercan
sigma 75-200 2.8-3.5
minolta 100-300mm apo
price paid:€75
decently fast auto focus
negative:not the fastes auto focus motor
comment:this lens is to my taste one of the nicest far zoom lenses i have used to this day. (not compared the sony ssm lens, which is to expansive for me)

thanks to the built in usm motor the autofocus is around 95% of the time on point with the subject. some times it misses it becouse it starts to hunt but when it has got the subject it can mostly keep up.

the sharpness of this lens is for a zoom exceptional to me. i have used some primes and i have to say, it comes close anough for me.

CA mostly isn't a thing with this lens. it can show up but when it does, it is in very low amounts.

distortion is 'when not corrected out of camera' present but can easily be corrected.

the built to me is a bit of a mix to me. the lens tends to creep and the af-mf switch loves to be rocked to the wrong setting when putting in a bag and when getting it out. this is why i gave built a 3 if meanly the switch was a bit stiffer i would certainly give it a 4.5.

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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