Tamron 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD review

You’ll be in for a long stretch with the Tamron 18-300mm Di III-A VC VXD for Sony and Fujifilm APS-C cameras

Tamron 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Ideal for travel and walkabout photography, the Tamron 18-300mm gives an effective 16.6x zoom range of 27-450mm on Fujifilm X and Sony E mount APS-C format mirrorless cameras. That’s quite a stretch, delivering everything from fairly wide-angle coverage to super-telephoto reach at the twist of the zoom ring, without the need to carry multiple lenses and switch between them. So-called ‘superzoom’ lenses are often a compromise but the Tamron does pretty well in terms of image quality and all-round performance.


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    Mighty zoom range

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    Impressive autofocus and stabilization

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    Short minimum focus distance


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    Edge-sharpness could be better

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    Heavy barrel distortion when uncorrected

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    Color fringing at longest zoom setting

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The Tamron 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD aims to please photographers who own an interchangeable-lens Fujifilm X or Sony E mount APS-C format mirrorless cameras, but don’t really like swapping between lenses. It covers all the bases from wide-angle to super-telephoto focal lengths but, naturally, is somewhat bigger than a standard zoom. It’s well suited to walkabout and travel photography, and any other time when you risk missing a fleeting opportunity because you’ve got the wrong lens on your camera.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.