Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di Aspherical (IF) Wide Angle-Telephoto Auto Focus Zoom Lens for Maxxum & Sony Alpha Mount, USA with 6 Year Warranty


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About Tamron 28-300mm

Tamron's Di lenses featuring optical systems for use with both digital and film cameras have been highly evaluated by users around the world since the introduction of the first Di lens, SP AF28-75mm F/2.8 (Model A09), in 2003.

Many users strongly suggested that Tamron make the existing non-SP high power and compact 28-300mm lens they are using with their film cameras available in the Di design in order to realize the same convenience and quality images with digital cameras.

Tamron has redesigned the conventional AF28-300mm zoom (A06) to feature the Di design in order to meet the demand of those photographers.

Main Features:
High Image Quality by Virtue of Di (Digitally Integrated) Design:
• The "Di" design is achieved by first improving our BBAR coatings to a new multi-coating that encompasses all of the benefits of the original but now further reduces the ghosting and flare caused by aberrations, and secondly by further enhancing our already stringent quality control system.

The new AF28-300mm Di is redesigned as a high power zoom lens now ideal for use with interchangeable-lens digital cameras as well as film cameras.

1. Improved Coating:
• Newly developed Multi-coating ideal for digital imaging to reduce ghosting and flare caused by aberrations and to increase contrast
2. Enhanced Quality Control:
• Ensure mechanical and and optical meet new standard
3. Exterior design:
• Di logo on zoom rings

Same Convenience and Compactness:
• The amazing changes in angles of view of a 10.7X zoom lens are now available foryour digital SLR camera. This opens up a completely new horizon when combined with the fundamental attraction of digital SLR cameras; the possibility of confirming the quality or composition of captured images on the spot and the capability to allow the manipulation of images with a computer.

The new AF28-300mm Di enables photographers to enjoy the convenience of the high power zoom lens with digital SLR cameras, while offering the same compactness as that of the previous model designed primarily for film cameras.

Ideal for Use with Conventional Film Cameras As Well:
• The new AF28-300mm Di can be used with both digital SLR cameras and conventional35mm AF-SLR film cameras. It provides an impressive angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 465mm ultra telephoto when used with a digital camera and enables you to enjoy creative composition of images at the 28mm wideangle setting when used with a 35mm film camera.

The Tamron 28-300mm is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Sports/action, Wildlife photos and more.The Tamron 28-300mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Tamron 28-300mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Tamron 28-300mm: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Lightweight (44),Fast / accurate auto-focus (36),Consistent output (34),Easily interchangeable (32),Durable (29),Strong construction (25),Rugged (16),Nice bokeh (10)
Lens creep (16),Slow focus (14),Poor in low light (8),Blurry focus (5),Heavy (4)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (35),Wildlife photos (27),Sports/action (24),Weddings (16),General purpose (11),Portraits (9),Travel (8),Night photography (8),Low light (7),Video (6),Landscape photography (5),Macro photography (5) Wildlife (4) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (28),Semi-pro photographer (14),Enthusiast (8),Semi-professional (5),Photography student (3),Pro photographer (3)

Tamron 28-300mm Specifications

13 Groups/ 15 Elements
Angle of view
F stop range
Closest Focusing Distance
Maximum Magnification
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
3.3 x 2.9in. (83.7 x 73mm)
420g (14.8oz)
44-465mm on APS-C Digital SLR Cameras (using 1.55x approx.)
Mfr #

Tamron 28-300mm Reviews

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(based on 67 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Great lens

This is the Lens I carry 99% of the time on my D3. I had trouble with the focus too, sent it to an Tamron authorized repair shop & they replaced the defective focus mech. & now I classify it as one of my BEST lenses.


Most Liked Negative Review


Not for a friend

The lens seem well made and is sharp. The problem is it has a very slow auto focus. In dim light it will not even focus using my Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II. It's been into the factory and they said it's up to their specifications. Which is pretty sad when you think about it.

Reviewed by 67 customers


A really great lens.


from Foster City  -  Semi-pro Photographer

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 enjoyed using this zoom lens


from Centreville VA  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.


Good vacation lens


from Michigan  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.


Really Nice Lens


from Lenexa, Ks

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.

(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)


A good quality super-zoom for full-frame


from Manchester NH

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.


Highest rated super zoom by DxOMark


from Texas  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.


Nice all around travel lens


from Albuquerque, NM  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.


Nice all around fx lens


from Seymour, CT  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.


Not a full frame (FX) lens


from Seymour, CT  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.


Great lens for shooting wildlife


from Libertyville, Illinois  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.


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bob m  why does tamron website doesn't show this lens, is it not manufactured anymore?
DEBORAH S  The lens is listed on the European Tamron site and states that it will fit the Minolta 5D, 7D and Sony Alpha range: http://www.tamron.eu/uk/lenses/overview/single/product/af-28-300mm-f35-63-xr-di-ld-aspherical-if-macro-6.html?tx_keproducts_pi6[cam]=&tx_keproducts_pi6[vc]=false&tx_keproducts_pi6[sp]=false I replaced a water damaged one 2 years ago but at the time could only buy it in the USA. I bought it from Adorama.
Shopper  Does this lens come with a lens and end cap?
RICHARD K  Yes it does.
Shopper  Does this lens come with a lens and end cap?
RICHARD K  Yes it does.
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