DPRTV: Tamron 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD Review

Tamron has released a lot of great compact lightweight inexpensive lenses lately and it looks like the 70-300mm is another good option.

  • 70-300mm was always popular even though there aren’t many new ones
  • Very lightweight and compact
  • 545g or 1/4 a Nock
  • Even pairs well with the Sony a7C
  • No IBIS in the Tamron
  • 5.8 inches collapsed and 8.5 extended
  • Solid build
  • Should have a lock for lens creep
  • Weather sealed
  • Not a pro f/2.8 zoom
  • AF is fine but not super fast since it is a stepping motor
  • A little magenta cast and not much chromatic aberration in general
  • Sony 70-300mm G is twice the price of the Tamron
  • 70mm is sharper than the sony wide open in the center and corners
  • 300mm is shaper than the sony wide open in the center, but the Sony does better in the corners
  • Tamron has major distortion at 300mm that might be a problem even with correction
  • Cats eye bokeh around the corners
  • The best thing about this lens is its low cost
  • Not a fan of the bokeh
  • Great lightweight travel telephoto

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