The AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC covers everything from wide-angle to telephoto and macro. Tamron has incorporated a Vibration Compensator an anti-shake mechanism developed by Tamron into this highly versatile zoom lens.
The new AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical (IF) MACRO zoom lens offers the convenience, comfort and versatility of a high power zoom lens and the capability to reduce hand-shake blur on DSLR cameras using either APS-C size or full-size format imagers.
When the AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC is used with a full-size format SLR camera, it covers a tremendous focal length range from 28mm in wide angle to 300mm ultra telephoto. When mounted on a DSLR with an APS-C sized imager, the lens covers a 43mm wide angle to 465mm ultra telephoto(*) (full size format equivalent, in a diagonal angle of view of 5°20').
The proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism developed by Tamron features a triaxial configuration using three pairs of driving coils and slide balls around the compensator group of the lens' optical system. Since the compensator lenses are supported with rolling friction of the balls, the response performance is enhanced and the construction is simple, which results in the compactness of the lens. The lens incorporates a highly accurate gyro sensor for detecting hand-shake, which, combined with a 32-bitRISC CPU, offers comfortable anti-vibration effects.
Outstanding Design Realizing High Zoom Power, VC Mechanism and Compactness
The AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.5 XR Di VC integrates optical technologies that Tamron has accumulated as the pioneer and leader of high power zoom lenses in order to realize the desired compactness even while incorporating the VC mechanism. The optical system uses a number of lens elements made from special optical glass materials including XR (high refraction index) glass elements, GM (glass-molded) elements, hybrid aspherical elements, LD (low dispersion) glass elements to compensate for on-axis and lateral chromatic aberrations and AD (anomalous dispersion) glass element. The lens offers high contrast, high resolution performance and flatness of the image field as a one-does-it-all zoom lens designed to match the characteristics of DSLR cameras.
Revolutionary MFD of 19.3" (0.49m) Throughout Zoom Range Provides 1:3 Macro Magnification Ratio
The AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC MACRO boasts an MFD (minimum focusing distance) of 19.3" (0.49m) over the entire zoom range, a top-class close focusing capability among high power zoom lenses for full-size format SLR cameras, which provides the remarkable maximum macro magnification ratio of 1:3 at the 300mm telephoto end.
I have it mounted on my Sony A99 full frame camera and very seldom take it off to use another lens. The 28-300mm range means I can shot most anything most any time.
I have used this lens for sports, family events and general walking around. I love the zoom range on a full frame body and the expanded zoom range with a cropped sensor lens. Initial quality testing looks good but I need to use the lens more to get a better feel for it's performance.
I like this lens. I got tired of the weight of taking multiple lenses on trips and having 2 bodies or having to do lens changes with 1. This is no L lens, but I got lots of great pictures with it on my Canon 6D. I did have to fix chromatic aberrations form high contrast situations, but fortunately, that is pretty easily done in Lightroom.
I have the 28-300 Canon L. I am a amateur so build quality is not of huge importance even though the tamrons is good. Image quality is very close to the same as far as I can tell. Weight and size are a huge advantage. This is a fun lens to use. I can now carry it everywhere without embarrassing my family with the huge white lens. I will probably be selling the Canon. I use it on a Canon 6D.
I use this lens with a Canon 6D. It is very well built, not like a L but really nice, while small and light. The lens looks just the right fit when mounted on the Canon 6D! Weakest focal length is 28mm: hazy at F3.5 then F5.6 much better, but you need F8 for sharp borders (F11 for corners). Then coverage improves with focal length, and around 70mm good image on all the field from F8, then the lens stays very sharp at 200mm near F8 as well. At 300mm you get a really huge amount of radial chromatic aberration which can be annoying on high contrast subjects, though once corrected in Lightroom or ACR final results are surprisingly good if not very good; images at F300mm F6.3 are somewhat usable but F8 is really where you want to be. Close focus is a really nice feature though focal length are much shorter then, unlike infinity where the field of view is what you expect. My sample seems to be very well centered on all the range, the extension happens without any play. Zoom ring is on the firm side and precise, focus ring is smooth to rotate... perfect. Stabilization works well but you have to get used to the image jumping down a tiny bit when you activate the lens. Also I had to enter AFMA corrections to get good focus results. I plotted in Excel all the AFMA corrections for all focal length and I could align data between 28 value and then 100-300 region, the 35 to 70 range had to be left a bit more front focus. In practice, I find the lens a pleasure to use despite both rings are inverted for a Canon user. Having a 10X+ zoom on a full-frame is really an exhilarating experience. I would recommend the lens to someone who will control focus (set AFMA and use LV for critical images), also control aperture to get best sharpness. Using RAW files is a must because some corrections will be needed. Distortion is a bit high at 28mm then after is less a problem, some corner vignette but Canon lenses can be worse. Colors are fine. Obtained images in real life can be surprisingly good. The lens works well for casual shot, focus speed is OK for my modest needs. For travel, I'll use it in combination with a 16-35mm L F4 IS and the 8-15mm fisheye. My 70-300 L will probably stay home because while it is a much better lens optically (obviously) post-processing magic will do with the Tamron. In conclusion I give 4 stars but realistically it is difficult to fault Tamron on that one. Yes the lens won't replace a Canon 24-70 L lens for image quality (no way) but this Tamron is a very challenging optical design to built which may explain the high cost! Used properly results can be very good.
At least for the Canon 6D, this is the highest rated superzoom, higher even than the $2800 Canon superzoom. It's not super super sharp like the Canon EF 70-200 f2.8 II, which is the sharpest zoom I've ever seen, and one of the best lens I've ever used, period. But that lens required you to take along another zoom to get the full range, and if you are sight-seeing, you're wasting time, and eventually gonna drop a lens... :(( So, this is the best super zoom currently rated for the Canon 6D full frame. For crop sensor walking around, I'd rate the Sigma 18-250 as slightly better IQ, less vignette and warmer color.
I use this one on hikes in the rugged hills north of home. One lens covers from relatively wide angle to telephoto. I use this on a full frame Canon and have not been disappointed yet. Would like image stabilization but get by with cranking up the ISO.
I love that I don't have to change lenses all the time when I am out hiking. This is a great substitute for the 24-85 and 70-300mm lenses that came with my camera.
I got this for my nikon d600 thinking it would be a full frame lens and was very dissappointed that it was not. Also found the pictures to be very soft.
I bought this lens for a trip to Africa. Great lens for shooting wildlife. Great range from 28 mm.to 300mm. No need to change lens in dusty conditions. Great lens for the money.