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Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens for Canon

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Product Highlights
  • Canon EF Lens Mount
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-6.3 to f/22-40
  • Four Low Dispersion Glass Elements
  • Three Molded-Glass Aspherical Elements
  • One Hybrid Aspherical Element
  • One Extra Refractive Element
  • One Ultra-Extra Refractive Element
  • Vibration Compensation
  • Piezo Drive Autofocus System
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 19.3"

The Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens for Canon is a wide-angle to telephoto zoom lens for Canon EF-mount full-frame and APS-C cameras. It provides users with an extremely versatile all-purpose lens in a compact design and on APS-C cameras it has a zoom range equivalent of 44.8-480mm. Also, it has an aperture range from f/3.5-6.3 to f/22-40 across the zoom range.

The 28-300mm is also capable of decent macro capabilities with a reproduction ratio of 1:3.5 when zoomed in to 300mm. This is due to a minimum focus distance of 19.3". Also, for excellent image quality, numerous special glass elements are used in the lens design in addition to Broad-Band Anti-Reflection coatings. There are one Hybrid Aspherical element, three Molded-Glass elements, four Low Dispersion elements, one Extra Refractive Index element, and one Ultra-Extra Refractive Index element.

For general use, there is a Piezo Drive autofocus system which is powered by a fast and quiet standing-wave ultrasonic motor. This allows you to quickly achieve focus for sharp images. There is also Vibration Compensation which provides optical image stabilization that reduces camera shake at slow shutter speeds and longer focal lengths. And, included with the lens are a flower-shaped lens hood as well as front and rear lens caps.

This lens features full-time manual focus capabilities
Lens construction of 19 elements in 15 groups
Angle of view of 75°23' to 8°15' on full-frame cameras and 52°58' to 5°20' with APS-C format cameras
Uses 67mm threaded filters
Seven diaphragm blades
Moisture-resistant construction
Broad-Band Anti-Reflection coating minimize flare and ghosting for sharp, high contrast imagery
Aspherical elements work to correct spherical aberrations and limit distortion
Low dispersion elements reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations in an image
XR and UXR elements help to decrease the size of the lens, enabling this zoom lens to remain compact
Performance
Focal Length 28 - 300mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 44.8 - 480 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 6.3
Minimum: f/22 - 40
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Angle of View 75° 23' - 8° 15'
APS-C Picture Angle: 52° 58' - 5° 20'
Minimum Focus Distance 19.3" (.49 m)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3.5
Elements/Groups 19/15
Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread 67 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.93 x 3.78" (74.4 x 96 mm)
Weight 19.05 oz (540 g)
Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens for Canon
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  • Limited 6-Year Warranty
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    Tamron28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens for Canon
     
    4.8

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (10)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (8)
    • Consistent output (4)
    • Durable (4)
    • Strong construction (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (7)
      • Wildlife photos (5)
      • Macro photography (3)
      • Sports/action (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (6), Photo enthusiast (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (11)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Just got my lens

      Just got my lens yesterday,so I've only made about a 120 shots;my expectation have been exceeded.Figure it will take a few weeks to really master the lens, but I am very happy...Read complete review

      Just got my lens yesterday,so I've only made about a 120 shots;my expectation have been exceeded.Figure it will take a few weeks to really master the lens, but I am very happy with the quality & range of the images from this lens. So far I have shot orchids,macros of flowers, spiders, lizards, landscapes,& even an indoor meeting without a flash.I admit I was worried with it being a new product, but my initial evaluation of this lens is very positive. Quality images @ an affordable price. This is definitely going to be my goto walk around lens for my Canon 5D MKll, I will also try it on my old Rebel when I'm on the water going for bird & scenery shots.It was worth the wait.

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      Did Not Keep

      This lens has a lot going for it for a travels lens with this great focal range. It also is a very firm zoom so lens creep is not an issue. However, I...Read complete review

      This lens has a lot going for it for a travels lens with this great focal range. It also is a very firm zoom so lens creep is not an issue. However, I sent it back because despite the other positive reviews here, I found it to be just way too soft in the corners. Although it was pretty sharp in the center of the frame, my copy softened very soon going out from the center and was unacceptable to me. I bought it knowing it would not be as sharp as my Canon L lenses but it just did not work for me. Others here seem to be satisfied so I may have just got a bad copy

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      (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great walk-around and vacation lens

      By aggievet96

      from Mocksville, NC

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens for Canon:

          In short, this is a great all-in-one lens for those that want something better than the basic consumer line, but can't afford or don't want to lug around several Canon L lenses to cover the same zoom range. For many years now, I have avoided third party lenses for my Canon bodies like the plague. I had too many bad experiences early on with poor/slow focus, shoddy build, and incompatibility errors, especially after upgrading software. Plus, the quality of the images using a Canon L lens was beyond compare. That being said, I've often found myself longing for a fairly lightweight, all-in-one zoom to use when traveling light is a must (ie vacations, parties, family get-togethers). Having grown accustomed to the L lenses' performance, though, I didn't want to compromise much and had high demands for any replacement. I first learned of this Tamron lens, prior to its release, from a guy at a photography store, and I decided to set aside my L lens snobbery and give it a try. I figured if it didn't live up to what I was expecting, I could always return it. It was with a large amount of excitement and skepticism that I finally attached it to my Canon 5D III and gave it a test spin. I can honestly say that it put all my fears to rest with its performance.

          One caveat: this is NOT an L lens and you should not expect it to perform at that level. It should be judged for what it is - a high-quality all-in-one that does its job very well. One of the biggest issues I've had with super-zooms in the past (3rd party, and Cannon's own consumer line) is the relative slow auto-focus, compared to the speed of the L's that I use. I can happily say that this lens has a very fast acquisition time, and I don't think most people would have any complaints. Only a few times, usually in low light/low contrast situations, have I had it search a bit for focus. The zoom extends smoothly (not quite "butter" smooth, but nice). One thing to note is, compared to the L lenses, the zoom ring and focus are switched and operate in the opposite direction, so that took a little getting used to.

          I like the zoom lock switch, which keeps the lens from creeping when dangling at your side. You do have to get into the habit of immediately switching it off as you get ready to shoot, or you'll find yourself zoom-less for an instant. It is my general impression that images are a bit darker and less contrasty that what I'm used to with the L lenses, but that is certainly understandable, and not overly concerning. I've been able to easily lighten shadows in post-production, indicating the information is there on the original image. In a perfect world, I would love it if this lens was a fixed f/4 (or f/2.8 if I was really dreaming), but I have found that with the very good ISO levels of the 5DM3, it's not a big limitation. In fact, I got some really beautiful mountain sunset pictures shot with the in-camera HDR settings (and hand-held}.

          This will never be a replacement for my L lenses, but I fully plan on using it as my go-to lens for quick outings, vacations, or any other time when I don't want to carry extra lenses or the extra weight. For sporting events, comissioned portraits, or my "artsy" shots, I'll probably still use my L's, but this lens does what it is made for fantastically. A Swiss army knife isn't the best screwdriver, chef knife, bottle opener, or corkscrew, but sometimes it's the best thing to carry around in your pocket.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nice "go-to" lens.

          By Kathie

          from Ohio

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Light weight
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens for Canon:

            Just returned from a two day road trip where space was a consideration. This was a great opportunity to give this new lens a workout on my Canon 6D. Most of my pictures were taken outside using a full range of apertures and distances throughout the day from sunrise to early evening.

            This lens is amazingly light weight for its range, a plus when shooting all day. Overall I am pleased with the picture results even some taken from a moving vehicle. The zooming ring turns the opposite way from my other lenses including another Tamron lens, a minor distraction.

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            (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent All In One Lens for Full Frame

            By Michael

            from Calabasas, CA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Convenient
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Full Frame Compatible
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Slow maximum aperture

            Best Uses

            • Travel
            • Walk Around
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens for Canon:

            This lens is great. It is compact, light weight, well built and performs very well optically. The autofocus is quick and accurate and the image stabilization is effective. Images are sharp throughout the focal range. The ability to have one walk-around lens for a full frame camera makes it very convenient. Although my best Canon L lenses and Sigma Art Series lenses have somewhat better optical performance, the overall performance of the Tamron 28-300 PZD is excellent and the convenience of this lens make it a clear choice for travel and other situations where weight and size are limiting factors.I just returned from a short trip during which I shot 2,000 frames and was more than impressed with what this lens delivered. I used this lens for four straight days on this trip and never once changed to another lens.

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            (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I'm glad this lens came along

            By Dottie

            from Corsicana, tX

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Night Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens for Canon:

              This lens is a great addition to my gear for both my cameras, one full sensor,one cropped sensor. The wide angle is true. I really just got this lens but I know i will love it. It will be "all in one" lens for my full frame camera.

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              3.0

              Did Not Keep

              By tim

              from Paso Robles, Ca.

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Blurry Focus

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens for Canon:

              This lens has a lot going for it for a travels lens with this great focal range. It also is a very firm zoom so lens creep is not an issue. However, I sent it back because despite the other positive reviews here, I found it to be just way too soft in the corners. Although it was pretty sharp in the center of the frame, my copy softened very soon going out from the center and was unacceptable to me. I bought it knowing it would not be as sharp as my Canon L lenses but it just did not work for me. Others here seem to be satisfied so I may have just got a bad copy

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              (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Worth upgrading

              By Walt

              from Boca Raton, FL

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Night Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens for Canon:

                I've only had the lens 2 weeks. Previously I used the older version (a020) with my 5D Mark III. I belong to 2 camera clubs and have won pictures of the month and other high scores with the old lens. The first time I used the new lens was to shoot 4th of July fireworks. Had great results. We are visiting our children in the DC area and took a number of photos of our 4 month old grandson. In Lightroom, enlarged several photos of his eye about 25X to 50X. The eye was extremely sharp and the eye lashes were also sharp. Tested new lens vs. the old lens and the difference in sharpness was immense. Really worth upgrading. If you were limited to only one lens for your camera...this would be the one. We are going to Iceland later this week and be back the end of the month. Lens will get a good workout then.

                Walter Bayer

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                5.0

                Wonderful lens

                By Newsbob

                from San Francisco Bay Area

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Amazingly Fast Autofocus
                • Image stabilization
                • Strong Construction
                • Vibration Compensationst
                • Zoom lock

                Cons

                • F35-63

                Best Uses

                • Travel Photography

                Comments about Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens for Canon:

                I do a lot of travel photography with my Canon 5D III. I wanted a superzoom to replace my midrange kit zoom and my 75-300, both of which, combined with the camera, weigh a ton. This Tamron lens is relatively light (no more than the Canon telephoto), and compact. But the most important factor, of course, is the quality of the photos. I am amazed at the sharpness of the images, and the autofocus speed. I also am pleased that it has a zoom protect switch, so the lens doesn't open when it hangs down. All in all, there is nothing to dislike. I am extremely pleased with this purchase, definitely with the price, especially when compared to the equivalent Canon pricing. The only downside is that it is a f3.5-6.3, but since I shoot mainly outdoors, plus the camera's amazing ISO range, I will probably not have to worry about that factor.

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                (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Breathtaking

                By degucken

                from Texas

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Light Weight Ease Of Use
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel Lens

                  Comments about Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens for Canon:

                  I use this as my main travel lens. It's a replacement for one I lost out the open door of a heliocopter over volcanos in HI.....

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Well Worth The Wait

                  By Greg

                  from Sisters, Oregon

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Poor in Low Light

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Street

                  Comments about Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens for Canon:

                  I was on the waiting and then pre-order list for about 4 months and glad I was. After traveling throughout Central America with both a Canon L 2.8 24 -70 and 70 -200 lens, I was looking for one lens that would fit that range and at the same time be light weight and reasonably sharp. This lens fits the bill, with a price that can't be beat.

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                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Best all around walk around lens

                  By Ed V

                  from East Windsor, NJ

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens for Canon:

                    I preordered this and got it as soon as it came out. I have taken almost 500 shots with this lens. Its focus is fast, crisp and spot on. I have not found any issues with softness, or bad vignetting for being such a wide range zoom. Does take getting used to with location of zoom and focus rings (I am a spoiled canon lens person and Tamron is opposite). I see no lens creep and I shouldnt since its such a light lens. Nice to see lens cap is inner pinch type. Just easier to get to when the lens hood is on. Speaking of lens hood, thats about the only thing I can complain about. Its very flimsy and care needs to be taken. Plastic could have been a little beefier. For an all around lens, this will do just nicely. I even get some decent macro shots (well not really macro but I can get some good closeup shots at 300mm). Was worried this would not compare to canons 28-300 but I believe its very close and so much less pain coming from my wallet!
                    Yeah it doesnt have 2.8 full range but for my needs I dont need a fast lens of this type and I am not going for shallow DOF either.

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                    5.0

                    Much improved lens!!

                    By Magna42

                    from South Jersey

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Purpose
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Vacation

                      Comments about Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens for Canon:

                      I have to agree with the previous reviewer about this lens. This lens (for me ) is great as a general walk around/vacation lens. While admittedly it is not in the same league as the Canon 28-300 in IQ, the same is also true in reference to price and weight.

                      This lens in much improved in IQ over the previous iteration. I had the last version of this lens and it was soft all around, this lens is sharp with accurate AF.

                      I'll definately be taking this lens on vacation with maybe a prime, if I have some special shots in mind. I'm figuring that this lens will handle at least 85 - 90% of the shot I'd be looking at when on vacation.

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                      5.0

                      Just got my lens

                      By Terry

                      from St. Augustine, FL

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Poor in Low Light

                      Best Uses

                      • Flowers
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens for Canon:

                      Just got my lens yesterday,so I've only made about a 120 shots;my expectation have been exceeded.Figure it will take a few weeks to really master the lens, but I am very happy with the quality & range of the images from this lens. So far I have shot orchids,macros of flowers, spiders, lizards, landscapes,& even an indoor meeting without a flash.I admit I was worried with it being a new product, but my initial evaluation of this lens is very positive. Quality images @ an affordable price. This is definitely going to be my goto walk around lens for my Canon 5D MKll, I will also try it on my old Rebel when I'm on the water going for bird & scenery shots.It was worth the wait.

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