Tamron A010E 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Zoom Lens for Canon EF Cameras


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  • 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD for Canon. Innovative all in one Wide angle to Telephoto Zoom lens
  • Model: A010E
  • PZD (Piezo Drive) delivers faster, quieter autofocus action
  • Sharper images with Tamron's exclusive VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism
  • This version is originally intended for sale outside the US and may contain adapters, manuals, and warranties not compatible with US standards.



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Since the launch of its first versatile high-performance, high-power zoom, the 28-200mm (Model 71D) in 1992, Tamron has continued to expand its long-range zoom portfolio. In response to the growing popularity of full-frame digital SLR cameras, Tamron have launched the new 28-300mm full-frame, high-power zoom lens incorporating PZD (Piezo Drive); a standing-wave ultrasonic motor system optimized for swift, quiet autofocus, along with the acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism plus a new cosmetic design and finish. This all-in-one 28-300mm lens delivers superb image quality in a remarkably compact, lightweight package, and is the result of Tamron's program of extensive technological development over the years.

State-of-the-art optical design technology delivers superior image quality
The advanced optical construction of this lens includes four elements of LO (Low Dispersion) glass, three Moulded-Glass Aspherical elements, one Hybrid Aspherical element, one XR (Extra Refractive Index) glass element, and one element of UXR (Ultra-Extra Refractive Index) glass, which has greater refractive Index than XR. The full use of specialised glass elements in its design contributes to making this outstanding lens as compact and lightweight as possible, whilst minimising aberrations, resulting in superior image quality.

Focus on portability - now even smaller and lighter
In addition to state-of-the-art optical design that facilitates downsizing of the lens body, the mechanical design incorporates a highly sophisticated multi-stack-cam layout that takes up far less space, and the PZD (Plezo Drive), an autofocus drive system with a simpler, more compact structure, has made it possible to reduce the overall dimensions of this lens. Additionally, Tamron's Moisture-resistant construction helps prevent moisture from penetrating the lens.

The PZD (Plezo Drive) provides noticeably faster, quieter autofocus action, allowing users to capture spontaneous moments in crisp images and to continue to shoot even when quiet operation is required. The addition of Tamron's full-time manual focus system enables fine focus adjustments to be made during autofocus shooting without having to change the focus mode beforehand.

VC (Vibration Compensation)
Tamron's acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism reduces image blur caused by camera shake to deliver sharp images even when shooting handheld in low light or at the telephoto end.

Employing a sophisticated linear pattern rubber grip on the zoom and focus rings and an elegant tungsten silver brand ring, this newly-designed model accentuates its visceral presence with understated elegance and class.

Product information Style:Canon Product Dimensions 3.78 x 2.91 x 3.54 inches Item Weight 1.19 pounds ASIN B00L3CX7KY Item model number A010-C

This is a great lens if you are looking to get a little more range then standard kit lenses. Of course it isn't as sharp as a canon L series, but you probably couldn't tell unless you were pixel peeping. it does an amazing job!
I bought it for a vacation where I didn't want to bring multiple lenses for different ranges and it worked very well.
There is some minor vignetting at the 28mm end but with the range of zoom this is to be expected.
Very sharp in the center, the aperture allows for decent low light performance.
I use this lens on a canon 6D.

Tested against Canon's $2400 28-300 can't see any difference! I would recommend this lens

good for travel

Works great with 6D, I was pleasantly surprised with results and very versital to use most anywhere

Purchased for brother as gift per his choosing / met his expectations to complement his Canon 5D. Weird emails suggested scam but turned out to be cultural grammar !!

A very versatile lens that so far has given very good results in all light conditions.

For a travel / general purpose lens it's hard to beat. Stacked against comparable L lenses it doesn't quite measure up. That said:
(1) It's Very Sharp, gets less sharp 250mm-300mm.
(2) the Autofocus is accurate, but not quite as quick as with the canon USM.
(3) the VC does a REALLY good job when using long focal lengths. I can shoot at 200mm with 1/13s hand held and get crisp results.
(4) It's light so very easy to carry when mated with a 5D MK III or IV***; you never debate leaving your camera because it's too bulky/heavy.

Can't really call a non-fixed aperture a bad point because it's the trade-off for weight / price. There are no other options for Canon users aside from the 28-300 L, which is huge, heavy and expensive.
***Lenses made before 2015 need a firmware update to work with the 5D MKIV, covered under warranty. It fails on live view unless you have this, and I found the autofocus was missing slightly until after the update. You have to send it to Tamron and be without your lens for 3-5 weeks.

These are the four selected JPEG s. I deliberately set the settings to their mildest as it helps the viewfinder which can be a bit contrasty otherwise.

No 4994 f/11 1/100th sec ISO 200 300mm Focus on house
No 4998 f/11 1/100th sec ISO 200 40mm Focus on foreground leaves
No 5002 f/11 1/100th sec ISO 200 28mm Focus on Island
No 5009 f/11 1/60th sec ISO 100 150mm Focus on stems

I used it for about an hour in Danson Park in good, sunny conditions on a decent tripod with a remote release cable. Exposure and focusing was manual, taking advantage of the permanent live view of the Sony A99. The aperture was set at f/11 throughout and ISO at 200 mainly with some at 100. The full range of focal lengths from 28 to 300mm were used. I use mainly legacy lenses with an adapter and as a result, am quite used to manual operation.

All the focusing was done at 11 times magnification for maximum accuracy. This proved to be difficult as there didn't seem to be a point where the best sharpness could be identified. It was more like the least unsharpness. I shot in JPEG + RAW as I always do and the unprocessed RAW files looked sort of OK on a 22'' screen and could undoubtedly be helped a bit in processing so really for casual use or a holiday where you could only take one lens and needed something of that range. A good point and shoot might serve you better as it would be cheaper and lighter or even an entry level cropped sensor camera with a 'travel zoom' which would certainly cost no more than the Tamron lens and also be lighter.

Not really for serious use with a full sized sensor as it won't take advantage of the extra quality that you should get from the full 24X36mm size.

This is a brilliant lens. I had a older version which I passed on when I upgraded my camera, but this one is far superior. It is now (more or less) permanently attached to my full frame Canon. It is fairly compact and light so is a great solution for a 'walk about' lens. It also looks good on the camera - not out of proportion. It has produced some stunning images. It fits neatly in my 'walking' back-pack with the (supplied) lens hood attached - so it is ready for action as soon as I get it out. I also use use it with my camera attached to a Black Rapid strap and the weight / size means it is not banging too much on my hip and the little lock button ensures the lens doesn't drift open.

I bought this lens to replace an ailing Tamron 18-270mm f3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD. I'm also going to upgrade to the Canon 5D Mk iv and as the lens is for a full frame camera the lens suited my holiday lens option dilemma. The 28-300 has a greater reach than the 18-270 is lighter, 540gms compared to 550gms. The angle of view is also greater on the 28-300 75 degrees 23 minutes - 8 degrees 15 minutes compared with the 18-270's 75 minutes 33 minutes - 5 degrees 55 minutes. The barrel on the 28-300 is smaller making this a more comfortable lens to manage. The focus is quick and accurate but on such a long lens a tripod and or a fast shutter speed is needed.

Got a faulty lens which is not communicating properly with my Canon 5DS and 5D4 bodies - when i shoot several pictures in quick succession, the first one is not exposed properly, and it is only on the second one that it is exposed properly. I have 15 canon lenses so i know it is not the problem of the body but the lens. Apart from that it is a very nice lens that delivers sharp pictures and is much lighter and easier to carry around than my 28-300 L canon lens. Canon should make one of these themselves (ie a lightweight 28-300), which Nikon already do!
Impeccable service from Amazon, just contacted them and they are sending me a replacement immediately!
So the rating is not only for the lens but also for the Amazon service, hopefully the next one is working properly.

Still evaluating this lens but quite disappointed with the results so far. The quality of the image in terms of sharpness is much poorer than I expected after reading previous reviews. Certainly not as good as other Tamron lenses I have owned.

Takes up the focal length of three of my Canon lenses. The quality is almost as good as the L lenses I have but it wins hands down when I was to take out my Canon 6D with minimal baggage. Had one before on my previous Canon.

very good lens. I've been searching for a full frame compact lens for a while and I have to say I'm not disappointed with this one. perfect for EDC.

Great zoom range, so perfect for travel photography when you want to travel light. Works well with my Canon 6D

Much lighter than Sony lenses, no need to cart heavy multiple lenses around, no need to change them. Excellent image quality.

Great lens, rwally good all rounder and a nice size. This will save me carrying three lenses at a time for my work. Purchased to use on my Canon 1D markiii and works fantastically on this full frame camera.

The only downside was that I ordered it because Amazon guaranteed next day delivery via Prime and it did not actually arrive until 4 days after I ordered it, the outer packaging was way too big and this resulted in a battered and ripped box, luckily the lens was not damaged, you would expect a £600 camera lens to be packed more carefully.

This lens is so much more convenient if you are out and about travelling, on a family holiday or even at family events. It is also cheaper by several multiples than the canon equivalent.

Very please with the results I am getting with this lens on my Eos 6d. Covers over 95% of my needs when travelling.

Ich kann keine Farbränder oder Schärfeprobleme ausmachen. Das Objektiv ermöglicht mir eine hohe Variabilität in der Motiv-Wahl, es ist verhältnismäßig leicht und von hoher Qualität. Die Abbildungsqualität ist wirklich gut und für den semiprofessionellen Bereich ausreichend. Mit meiner d6 ii kann ich wunderbare Bilder damit machen, die brilliant sind und wirklich spaß machen. Der Bildstabilisator arbeitet gewissenhaft, mit der richtigen Atemtechnik dazu wird die Freihandgrenze nicht erreicht. Uv filter empfehle ich ebenfalls!

Diese andauernden Vergleiche mit Festbrennweiten in den Rezensionen nerven echt....

Das Ultrazoom 28-300 mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC von Tamron ist eigentlich eine Notlösung, da das Reisen mit zwei oder drei Objektiven oft sehr mühsam ist. Daher habe ich dieses Objektiv angeschafft, um vor allem im Urlaub nicht immer 3 kg Objektive mitnehmen zu müssen. Bewährt hat sich das Objektiv im Urlaub bei einer Straßenralley mit historischen Autos, wo es trotz schlechter Lichtverhältnisse (Gegenlicht mit tiefstehender Sonne) tolle Aufnahmen von heranrasenden Fahrzeugen gemacht hat. Dabei half zum einen die sehr gute Kamera mit, zum anderen auch der ausgezeichnete und schnelle Autofokus von Tamron. Und nicht zu verachten ist auch die wirklich tolle Bildstabilisierung, die trotz 300 mm-Aufnahmen praktisch verwacklungsfreie Bilder erzeugt.

Als Reiseobjektiv ist das Tamron ein ausgezeichneter Begleiter, zumal der Tamron Tele-Converter 1.4X ab rund 50mm sich ebenfalls nutzen lässt. So kann man Bilder im Bereich von 28 bis 420 mm mit nur einem Objektiv schießen, ohne dass die Qualität sehr darunter leidet. Im Vergleich mit dem Tamron 150-600mm, das doppelt so teuer und fast vier Mal so schwer ist, bzw. mit dem Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di, welches doppelt so teuer und auch doppelt so schwer ist, kann das Objektiv in der 1:1 Vergrößerung nicht ganz mithalten, dafür ist das Objektiv als Reiseobjektiv für mich unverzichtbar geworden, vor allem, wenn das Gewicht eine Rolle spielt!

Read on for the details, but in summary this is a great solution for travel photography, especially where flying is involved, or when you don't want to keep changing lens. Images are perfectly sharp enough for most uses (web, print) especially after some mild post-processing. The Vibration Reduction works a treat and autofocusing is quick and quiet.

Travelling by air with an SLR camera and multiple lenses is getting harder, with cabin allowances making deciding what to leave behind a real problem. It's OK if you're travelling alone, or specifically for photography, but for family holidays it's tough. Lenses like this Tamron sound the ideal solution: they're lightweight, compact and have pretty much the ideal range. But purists will tell you that they're a compromise; that optically they will never be as good as a prime or mid-range zoom. All of this is true - but are they so much better that this type of lens is not worth buying? I made my choice because I found I was leaving my SLR at home and taking my mirrorless compact instead. It's a good camera but I just don't... enjoy using it as much as my SLR.

The Tamron has a nice feel to it and it's not so lightweight that it feels flimsy, there's obviously a fair amount of glass inside. One of the compromises I referred to is the aperture range: it may start at f3.5 but it moves to f5.6 quite early in the range. Strangely, my 5D MkIII reported the aperture as f5.6 even at 300mm but the Tamron documentation states that some cameras may mis-report it and it is actually f6.3. The lens extends quite a way as you zoom but there is a lock button to stop it 'creeping' - this seems unlikely as the zoom action is a little stiff but this may change with long term use. The zoom ring does turn in the Nikon direction - the opposite to Canon - but you soon get used to it.

The Piezo Drive is supposedly much quieter in focusing than previous Tamron lenses and I found this to be true. It's not quite as quiet as the Canon USM lenses but in use it is hardly noticeable. The same applies when the VC stabilisation kicks in - there is a minor click but I actually found it to be quieter than my 24-105 f4 Canon lens. Talking of the VC, this is truly excellent. I managed to get sharp images at 300mm and 1/10th second! In that respect it's better than the aforementioned Canon.

Optically it is pretty sharp straight out of the camera, although if you pixel peep it's obviously not as sharp as a Canon L lens. But add a touch of sharpening and clarity in Lightroom or Photoshop though and detail pops nicely. At the size of image most of us use in the real world for the web or print, I'd suggest you would struggle to tell the difference. The images are also a little flat but again this is easily fixed with a touch of contrast adjustment. There is also a touch of distortion at the wide end but this can also be fixed in Lightroom (though I had to tell Lightroom that it was a Tamron lens, at which point it chose the correct one).

Now it's fair to say that the biggest advantage smaller range or more expensive lenses have is the sharpness from corner to corner at the aperture extremes. At 28mm and f3.5 the corners are a little soft but stop down to f8 and this ceases to be a problem. If that's really important to you, then start saving for the additional baggage allowance they give you in first class!