Tamron 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XRDi LD Aspherical IF Macro

Finally completed my "Aliens Lens" Collection today. Got my Lens Number 14 (should have been 17th – gave 2 spare kits lens to 2 colleagues weeks ago and gave one spare to an expert repairer a month ago). This time, it’s a Tamron – to complete my "Famous Four" of Cosina, Sigma, Tamron & Tokina. Of course, there are other Canon-Mount Lens like Vivitar (Cosina Made), Mamiya, Carl Zesis, Zenitar, Samyang and a few other lesser brands, but the "Famous Four" is probably the most popular among the 3rd party brands. This Tamron is a Di lens, that means it is compatible with my 5D Mark II & my cropped bodies like the 500D & 350D-IR (with corresponding increased range to 44-465mm) . Best of all, it can also be used on my film SLR EOS 88 (3000QD) (also using EF Series Lens)!


* picture:  Tamron 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XRDi LD Aspherical IF Macro

First impression of the lens was really good. The build quality is better than Tokina but slightly lower than of Sigma. What I like is the range (and price) of this lens which made this lens a super walk about lens covering a wide angle to super telephoto. Photos turned out sharp and crisp and when the apeture is wide open at F3.5 (28mm stop), this lens gives very nice bokeh when the subject is about 4 metres away. At the 300mm end, picture quality suffer a bit unless you are shooting in bright-lighting-sunny condition. At F6.3, the widest at 300mm stop, pictures can be good if compensated with ISO as this lens has no Vibration Control (VC – similar to IS, VR, SS, OS, etc.) So it is a tad challenging if the subject is moving and you don’t have a tripod with you. For the price I paid, this can be ignored or somewhat negligible. Just compare this lens with the Canon’s nearer equivalent, the Canon EF 28-300mm F3.5-5.6L IS USM, this Canon multi-purpose zoom is selling at a RRP of SGD $4599 (Street Price Differs) and I paid less than 10% of the Canon’s RRP. And weight/ size wise, this medium sized Tamron is way smaller than Canon’s EF.

EF 28-300mm F3.5-5.6L IS USM
Diameter 92mm x Length 184mm
Weight 1670gm.

Tamron 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XRDi LD Aspherical IF Macro
Diameter 54.6mm x Length 91mm
Weight 420gm


* picture:  Tamron 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XRDi LD Aspherical IF Macro

Though this lens is built much smaller than most of its competing counterparts, this lens is solid in build and the feel of the lens is good. Zoom is smooth (smoother than Tokina) and it feels more expensive than it really is. However, when zooming to 300mm, the lens erects out "extensively" and it became much longer than other similar lenses in the same category. This is however, a like or hate thing depending on individuals. Oh yes, this Tamron can do Macro too. Though not exactly a real macro lens (Real Macro Lens are Prime Lenses) , the magnification capability is close to the real thing (1:2.9). Focusing speed is not super fast, but acceptable as "quite fast".  

For Infra Red Photography, this lens is average. Hotspot sometimes appears randomly. Most of the time hotspots appear when the lens is at 28mm, when zoomed, hotspot does not appear – please note.

Some User Facts/ Information:
(If you are looking for the specs, please google yourself, it’s all over the internet.)
– Filter Size 62mm
– Lens Hood AD06 or 1D4FH (Supplied with Box).

– Average lens for Infra-red Photography (IR), Random Hotspot.
– AF Runs on fast mechanical motor – Can be noisy sometimes when it hunts more than it should. 
– Focal Range when used on bodies with smaller APS-C sensors – 44mm to 465mm.
– Tamron’s "Canon EF-Mount -Di (Digitally Integrated)" is designed for use on Canon’s EOS Full Frame & Cropped Bodies (with corresponding increase x1.6 APS-C or x1.3 APS-H).
– Understanding Tamron Terms for Tamron 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XRDi LD Aspherical IF Macro; 
XR = Extra Refractive Glass Elements used in the construction of lens group. (used to reduce Chromatic abberation)
Di = Digitally Integrated (compatible on FF, APS-C, APS-H, 35mm Film)
LD = Low Dispersion Glass used in the construction. (Reduce area of image plane for sharper photos)
ASL = Aspherical (Used for creating great zoom range while maintaining the compact size of the lens construction)
IF = Internal Focusing (For creating a shorter minimum focusing distance and faster focusing)
Macro = High Magnification Capability (Possible for good close up shots, near real macro).
ZL = Zoom Lock. (This lens comes with a Zoom Lock for preventing lens strays, but not reflected on Lens Model Name) 

What I Like:
– Super walkabout range when used on any EOS Bodies.
– Good image quality produced.
– Suitable for Infra Red photography.
– Great Bokeh for portraiture shoot.
– Solid Build and feels more expensive than it cost.
– Supplied Hood.
– Smooth Zooming on all ranges.
– Nicely Priced.
– Zoom Lock prevent Lens Stray.

What I Hate:
– No Distance Scale Meter.

– Focusing is not very fast.

*Picture Source Internet.

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