DA: Tamron 50-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III VC VXD Quick Review

Tamron has so many great lenses for E-mount now, and the Tamron 50-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III VC VXD is yet one more. Dustin Abbot posted his quick review, which you can watch above or check out the bullet points below:

  • 50-400 increases the traditional 100-400  4x zoom to an 8x zoom
  • Tamron’s lenses on Sony have been more upscale with an improved finish and features like focus hold, multiple OIS modes, programable, and more
  • Nine weather sealing points and fluorine on the front element
  • The lens is quite compact at 183mm in length and 85mm in diameter with a 67mm filter size that most Tamron lenses use on E-mount at 1155g which makes it very light compared to Sony’s lenses
  • The tripod collar has to be purchased separately, which is unusual
  • This lens isn’t compatible with a TC
  • The lens has a high magnification level with 0.50x macro at the wide end and 0.25x at the telephoto
  • The vibration stabilization compensator works well except for video work above 100mm
  • AF is silent, fast, and accurate
  • Frame rate is capped at 15fps
  • Eye AF worked well
  • Sony’s lenses AF a little better but not much
  • Image quality is quite good, even wide open and sharp wide open, with minor improvements from stopping down
  • This is a very sharp lens with high contrast and low fringing of any kind
  • There is minor pincushion distortion and vignetting, but they are easy to correct
  • Pretty much everyone should be happy with this lens
  • The Tamron 50-400mm is very versatile
  • The reason to get a Sony lens over this lens is if you need a teleconverter or you want to shoot at higher framerates

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Tamron 50-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III VC VXD: B&H Photo / Adorama

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