Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD review

The Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD is a viable travel superzoom for Canon and Nikon full-frame DSLRs

Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD
(Image: © Tamron)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Canon and Nikon both make 28-300mm superzooms. The versatile zoom range would be handy for travel photography but the Nikon is quite weighty at 800g and the Canon is frankly huge and weighs in at nearly 2kg. This Tamron is a more compact affair and tips the scales at just 540g, making it a much easier-going travel companion. A significant upgrade over the previous version, it has good overall performance and image quality. No longer in production, it makes a good second-hand buy.


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    Relatively compact and lightweight

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    Generous zoom range

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    Good optical stabilization


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    Drop in long-zoom sharpness

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    Noticeable barrel distortion at 28mm

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The Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD delivers a 10.7x zoom range, stretching from moderate wide-angle coverage to serious telephoto reach. This makes it ideal for walkabout and travel photography, avoiding the need to carry additional lenses and swap between them. It’s also useful in event photography, where you might miss a shot if you need to change the lens on your camera. Released in 2014, it represents a major revamp of the older Tamron 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Macro edition.


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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! 

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