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Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical IF Macro Lens for Canon

B&H # TA2830035C Mfr # AF020C-700
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Product Highlights
  • Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS
  • Vibration Compensation (VC) Mechanism

The Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical IF Macro Lens for Canon is now equipped with a Vibration Compensation (VC) mechanism. This lens is ultra-compact and light-weight, with a constant minimum focus distance of 1.6' (0.5 m) and a high maximum magnification of 1:3. The remarkable achievements are brought about through XR (extra refractive index) glass and efficient use of aspherical lenses. The ideal "all-in-one" zoom lens, for indoor and outdoor use.

The VC mechanism helps prevent camera shake blur that may occur at slower shutter speeds. Developed by Tamron, VC 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. As a result, dimensional increases are confined to a mere 0.7" (17.8mm) in overall length and about 5mm in diameter.

Di (Digitally Integrated) design is the designation that Tamron uses for lenses that feature the improved optical design that meets the performance characteristics of digital SLR cameras, as well as film cameras. When used with APS-C size (standard) digital SLR cameras, the lens provides an angle of view equivalent to approximately 43-465mm, covering the standard to ultra telephoto range with no sacrifice of quality or aperture range.

The lens incorporates a highly accurate gyro sensor for detecting hand-shake, which, combined with a 32-bit RISC CPU, offers comfortable anti-vibration effects.
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.
This lens features Internal Surface Coatings (i.e., multiple-layer coatings on cemented surfaces of plural elements) and new multiple-layer coating technology on ordinary elements in order to minimize reflections that occur when light enters through the front element and to reduce image degrading effects caused by the imagers themselves.
The Zoom Lock prevents unwanted barrel movement when carrying the lens/camera combination.
Performance
Focal Length 28 - 300mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 6.3
Minimum: f/22 - 40
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 75° - 8°
APS-C Picture Angle: 52° - 5°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.61' (49 cm)
Magnification 0.33x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3
Elements/Groups 18/13
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 67 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.1 x 3.9" (7.87 x 9.91 cm)
Weight 1.22 lb (555 g)
Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical IF Macro Lens for Canon
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    Tamron28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical IF Macro Lens for Canon
     
    4.3

    (based on 137 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (60)

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      (12)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (49)
    • Durable (45)
    • Easily interchangeable (44)
    • Consistent output (43)
    • Strong construction (40)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (21)
    • Poor in low light (14)
    • Heavy (12)
    • Lens creep (12)
    • Blurry focus (4)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (44)
    • Wildlife photos (30)
    • Sports/action (28)
    • General purpose (27)
    • Weddings (16)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (29), Enthusiast (15), Semi-pro photographer (13), Casual photographer (10), Semi-professional (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good value for the money

    First, I'm just an amateur, so this is not a "pro" review of this lens. I'll leave that to other sites and the photo mags.
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    First, I'm just an amateur, so this is not a "pro" review of this lens. I'll leave that to other sites and the photo mags.

    Second, my kit is a Canon EOS 10D. Other lenses include a Canon EOS 28-200 USM and a Sigma 17-35.

    I read all the reviews of this lens before deciding on it. I was comparing the Sigma 18-200 OS against this lens and decided for the extra reach that this lens had.

    The good: VC works great. I used it this weekend photographing kids soccer from the sidelines handheld at all extremes of the zoom range. The VC made it more than possible to do 300mm handheld without any motion blur. It's light but still has a solid feel to it. And it uses 62mm filters, which means you don't have to spend a fortune for a CP or UV filter. Pictures are very sharp and clear. I was looking through some of the pics I took this weekend and noting how sharp they were, I think part of that is the VC and part is the lens elements. For someone that hasn't had an OS/IS/VC lens before, it was a breath of fresh air to have that extra "stability" for hand-held shots.

    The not so good: The AF is on the slow side. I don't notice the noise as much as others have commented, but in taking action shots, you can definitely tell that the AF is slower than my other lenses. It's not horrible, but sometimes isn't as fast at focusing as the camera shutter is at firing, so you end up with a pic in a sequence that is just way out of focus. I knew this going in, though, as it's mentioned in just about every other review out there. Also, you can feel the VC components move around in the lens when you are carrying it. It's not a big deal, just a little unexpected the first few times.

    Final verdict: It was purchased as a "walk-around" lens, and so far its been great for that. It's okay for sports (I'll still use it over the non-IS 28-200 due to hand-holdability and reach), but that AF speed may cause problems until you get used to it. So take it out and get used to it before you need to use it in an important situation.

    Note: I haven't used it in a Macro situation, so I can't comment on that. It's not a true 1:1 macro lens, but it comes pretty close with it's close focusing ability.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good lens for the price

    I got this lens for my Canon 5D, Mark II. I have all Canon L series lenses to cover this range, (24-70L f2.8, 70-200L IS f2.8, 100-400L IS...Read complete review

    I got this lens for my Canon 5D, Mark II. I have all Canon L series lenses to cover this range, (24-70L f2.8, 70-200L IS f2.8, 100-400L IS 4.5-5.6) but I'm going on a trip where I can't haul all of that stuff, and in an environment that I don't want to change lenses. (And I don't want to spend $2500 on the Canon 28-300.)

    I've been very pleased with the image quality, and very impressed with the image stabilization. The IS on this lens is at least as good as, and perhaps better, than the Canons. Auto focus is quick when there is adequate light, but a little sluggish in dimmer situations, although acceptable.

    My only knocks are that the lens is slow, stopping down fairly quickly as you zoom, and the lens creep can be frustrating. There is a lock to prevent the lens creep, but you have to turn it off to zoom, and I missed a couple of shots because of this.

    Another minor frustration is that the rotation to zoom is opposite the Canon lenses, turning the barrel to the right to zoom in, and the left to go wide. That's taking some getting used to.

    However, overall it is doing what I wanted it to do, and I don't regret the purchase.

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    4.0

    Tamron 28-300mm

    By Randy Dorman Photography

    from Nashville TN

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Doesn't Sync W Flash

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical IF Macro Lens for Canon:

    Great lens for travel photography... light weight and great multi focal length for a variety of scene captures. However it does not sync with my canon 580 EX II flash which is a bummer.

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    5.0

    Excellent Lens for the price

    By Deano

    from Grapevine TX

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical IF Macro Lens for Canon:

      Excellent Lens to carry around as your primary. The range, the clarity are excellent. It performs as well as any Canon lens I own. I was skeptical, but not any more. Well done Tamron!

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      5.0

      Great all around lens

      By Keith

      from California

      Comments about Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical IF Macro Lens for Canon:

      Great travel lens. It fits 95% of my photographic needs when I travel. I do a lot of landscape photos and this is a great lens, light in weight and a good all around lens when I don't want to carry a lot of lens.

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      4.0

      Perfect for general photography

      By Rich

      from Hanover PA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Slower to focus

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical IF Macro Lens for Canon:

      General Shooting, vacations, travel, etc.Great for when you want to travel light. Not an L glass so VC and focus noisy compared, but not the price or weight.My images in Disney were sharp and accurately focused. Worked great on my 1dx and images were sharp even on fireworks at very high ISO

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      4.0

      Pleased So Far

      By Geoff

      from Cayman Islands

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • City

        Comments about Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical IF Macro Lens for Canon:

        Only tested it so far in controlled circumstances. Image quality seems very good. Weight is great. It will make a good walk around lens.

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        4.0

        Nice Travel Lens

        By PhotoChip

        from East Coast

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great Range

        Cons

        • Noisy

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical IF Macro Lens for Canon:

        This lens has great range, but is a bit noisier than my Canon L lenses. It is also half the price! Took this on vacation and will be taking it again on the next one.

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        4.0

        Tamron plays well with the big boys

        By Rakkasan

        from Saunderstown, RI

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical IF Macro Lens for Canon:

        I use this as a comlimentary lens to the Canon 70-200. More than adequate sharpness for portraiture with versatility to spare. Though a bit loud and slow for super action shots, it is well worth the incredibly low price that they ask for.

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        4.0

        It is 2 lenses in one

        By kamil

        from lumberton nj

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical IF Macro Lens for Canon:

        It is very good in the close-up to middle range.
        When you use it for far range, you will need to use a tri-pod.

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        4.0

        Quality lens at low price for Canon

        By Song

        from NJ

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action

          Comments about Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical IF Macro Lens for Canon:

          Very glad for having made the decision to buy this lens for Mark III. It was used to take stage dance performance. Very satisfied with the pictures.

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          4.0

          Good so far

          By Erich

          from Sydney, Australia

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical IF Macro Lens for Canon:

            I bought the lens for travel and walking around, so far it seems to be exactly what I was after. Sharp and reasonably quick about focus. I have noticed that the VC is a little noisy.

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            4.0

            Good Lens

            By David Ross

            from San Diego, CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

            Cons

            • Blurry Focus

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography
            • Sports/Action

            Comments about Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical IF Macro Lens for Canon:

            The lens works fine. I suppose the canon lens would have better resolution further from the center of the lens, but this guy is portable and works well enough for the price.

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            4.0

            Tamron 28-300 for Canon 6D

            By Herm

            from Knoxville, TN

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy
            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical IF Macro Lens for Canon:

            In good light the Tamron f 3.5-6.3 records subjects with excellent detail.

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            5.0

            Great

            By Zaazii

            from NYC

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Sports/Action

              Comments about Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical IF Macro Lens for Canon:

              this is my second Tamron, used to have the same exact one, but a very old one... I use it as my overall daily lens, lightweight enough, fast focus, very good quality

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              5.0

              Tamron 28-300 lens for Canon D6

              By None

              from Knoxville, TN

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Rugged

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical IF Macro Lens for Canon:

              A red tailed hawk had caught a squirrel at the edge of my yard at Watts Bar Lake. With the Tamron Lens zoomed to 300 mm I photographed the hawk beginning to eat the squirrel. The distance was about 250 feet from me to the action. The sky was overcast. The lens was on autofocus and the Canon D6 was on automatic. Within only a few seconds the hawk apparently saw me and flew from the scene.
              A photo of the action was slightly under exposed but was made keep able with my Photoshop program. I bought this Tamrom lens with hope that it would serve all my photo needs, but it won't.
              I still have to buy a lens of f2.8 or faster.

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              4.0

              My Number 1 Lens

              By Ken the Seeker

              from Arlington, VA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Lightweight
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical IF Macro Lens for Canon:

              This is one of my most useful and used lens. I will not go anywhere without it.
              It has a fantastic range for almost wide angle and true telephoto. It is a true Macro and can focus for my Macro Photos.
              It is light and easy to carry.
              I would have liked a lower f-stop, but with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II, it is pretty easy to compensate.

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              4.0

              Good Do It All Lens

              By Glenn Of Stuart

              from Stuart, FL

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractively Priced
              • Flexible
              • Good Construction

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical IF Macro Lens for Canon:

              Don't know if your camera bag looks like mine, but mine is typically packed with 5 lenses ranging from a 70 – 200 2.8 Canon down to a 20mm 2.8 Canon. They're all great and I love them all dearly but every once in a while I just want to have one lens that does it all reasonably well, even if not perfect.

              The Tamron 28 – 300mm is a very good lens when you just want to screw one lens on your camera and go. The sharpness and color accuracy is very good on my 6D full framer or my older 50D. Frankly I need to look very closely at my pictures to take any issue with the image quality.

              The build quality is very high and the weight of the lens is very manageable.

              The VC is top notch although it does make some interesting noises when you move it around a bit. The focus is reasonably good but not as fast as lenses costing two or three times as much. Clearly this isn't a low light solution either. But at some point we all need to remember that it's a "you get what you pay for world".

              At this point I'm pleased with my purchase and feel very comfortable recommending this lens to those that are looking for convenience and willing to trade just a LITTLE bit of image quality and focusing speed.

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              3.0

              OK for the price

              By Magna42

              from South Jersey

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Blurry Focus
              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical IF Macro Lens for Canon:

              I bought this lens as a cost saving over the Canon 28-300 L. In that respect it works fine. The AF is slower than most of the Canon lens that I own, but I could work with that as most of my shot are urban/landscapes.

              I was extremely disappointed in the soft focus across the range. I wasn't expecting L glass IQ, but I was expecting at least Kit lens IQ. The IQ didn't improve until stopped down to f8. Even after that the lens would consistently overexpose the image. Now there's two(2) things that I have to keep track of when using this lens. That's two too many. This lens is going back. For the times when I need the range I just rent a 28-300 L

              If I didn't have other lens to compare this to I would probably keep it, but when I look at the pictures taken with this, it seems like a mild soft focus lens by comparison

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              5.0

              Great lens

              By King

              from Upland CA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical IF Macro Lens for Canon:

                I use it with my 5D3. Just shot a wedding and only used a 16-35 in addition. Got some neat candid shots from some distance away. Focusing in low light is a little slow but I was able to get some decent images at iso 6400.

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                4.0

                Great travel lens

                By PG

                from LA area, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Slow Focus
                • Slow In Telephoto Range

                Best Uses

                • All around
                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical IF Macro Lens for Canon:

                I've got the lens for my new Canon 6D. I've had the Tamron Dii 18-270 for a couple of years and love it on my T2i. The lens is simlar in nearly all aspects. I generally leave the lens on my camera all the time but really wanted it for travel photography. I briefly considered the Canon but it is just too heavy to carry all day when traveling (and I didn't love Canon's price either.) Picture quality is excellent. Probably the biggest issue is speed which is essentially f5-6.3 in the telephoto range. However when teamed with the 6Ds excellent noise control at ISOs 6400 or less, it is not much of an issue. Also the VC is very effective.

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                4.0

                Good All Around Lens

                By piper1

                from Corona, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical IF Macro Lens for Canon:

                I haven't had a chance to really test it out but my initial impression is that it is much slower in auto focus mode on my 5D Mark III than my EF lens. I do, however, think that this will be a great walking around lens due to its wide range capability and weight.

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