Tamron 70-300mm F/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD review

Can the Tamron 70-300mm F/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD for Sony E-mount add anything new to the old 70-300mm formula?

Tamron 70-300mm F/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD
(Image: © Future)

Digital Camera World Verdict

You don’t necessarily need or want the most expensive fast glass all of the time, with big apertures, heavy construction and monster price tags. This Tamron lens continues a decades-long tradition of relatively inexpensive, compact, lightweight telephoto lenses with a 70-300mm zoom range. It’s simple and mostly effective but it’s not the outright sharpest tool in the box.


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    Compact, lightweight build

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    Relatively inexpensive to buy

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    Decent weather-sealed construction


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    No optical stabilization

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    Lacklustre edge-sharpness

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    Feels quite basic and plasticky

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Photographic manufacturers have been turning out budget-friendly 70-300mm zooms for decades, stretching back to the 35mm film era. They’ve been equally popular in the digital age, both for full-frame cameras and for APS-C format bodies, on which they give a mighty zoom range of 105-450mm (112-480mm for Canon). They’re typically fairly basic lenses, with an eye on cost-effectiveness rather than lavish thrills or sophisticated handling extras. Compared with Sony’s own-brand FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G OSS lens, which boasts optical stabilization, an autofocus limiter switch and a customisable function button, the Tamron certainly looks very basic fare but, then again, it only costs about half as much to buy.

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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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