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Tamron 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD APS-C Lens (2021)

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Product Overview

Tamron 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC RXD is an APS-C all-in-one super-zoom lens for Sony E-mount and Fuji X-mount mirrorless systems. It boasts an industry-first 16.6x zoom ratio that allows APS-C shooters to enjoy a 35mm-equivalent focal range of 27 to 450 mm while being relatively compact and lightweight.
Another great feature that photographer will appreciate is the ability of this lens to focus extremely close: At minimum focus distance at the wide end, this lens has a working distance of 5mm, while achieving a 0.5x reproduction ratio. This combination allows the photographer to get right up to the subject and take macro photos with stunning visual effects.
Moreover, Tamron has endowed it with its VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear focus motors as well as VC (Vibration Compensation) optical image stabilization. As such, the 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC RXD is versatile in somewhat difficult lighting conditions despite having a relatively small maximum aperture.
Other highlights include the 67mm filter size that Tamron uses in many other APS-C lenses, which is convenient. It also has a zoom lock switch.
Tamron promises good image quality, which is backed up by MTF charts that it has published. Upcoming third-party reviews will tell us how it compares to other super-zooms on the market today.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neo score 60% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Optically stabilized
  • Zoom lock prevents zoom creep
  • Weather-sealed
Cons
  • All-in-one lenses tend to offer lower IQ

What external reviewers found***

Ext 76% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent autofocus
  • Very good autofocus
  • Fast AF
  • F3.5-6.3 optics produce crisp photos
  • Very good sharpness and smooth background blur when used at close distance
  • Dust and splash protection
Cons
  • Bulky and heavy
  • F2.8 aperture is limited
  • Zoom ring is very stiff
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Construction

Form Factor
All-in-One Zoom Lens
Image Size
APS-C
Lens Mount
Fujifilm X-mount, Sony E-mount
Motor
Linear Motor

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
67 mm / 2.64 in

Function

Angle Of View
77.4° Diagonal | 67.4° Horizontal | 47.9° Vertical (wide) ~ 5.5° Diagonal | 4.6° Horizontal | 3.1° Vertical (tele)
Aperture
f/3.5–6.3
Autofocus
Yes
Crop Factor
1.5
Focal Length
18 mm ~ 300 mm
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent)
27.0 mm ~ 450.0 mm
Image Stabilization
Yes
Weather Resistance
Yes
Zoom Type
External zoom (zoom lock available)

Performance

Max Magnification
0.5x
Min Focus Distance
150 mm / 5.91 in

Production

Debut
2021-07-21
Model Name
B061

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

sonyalpha[1]

Sentiment Score 76%
Reviewers from sonyalpha have found the following***:
The Tamron 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD (750 euros) is the first APC mega zoom (16,6x – 27-450mm full frame equivalent) for Sony E mount. The lens extend massively and if you carry your camera around your neck the zoom will extend slowly due to its own weight hence a lock button. The Zoom ring is very stiff which make difficult any smooth zooming.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Very good sharpness and smooth background blur when used at close distance
  • Very good autofocus
  • Fast AF
Cons
  • Zoom ring is very stiff
  • Bulky and heavy

pcmag[2]

Sentiment Score 77%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Tamron 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD puts to bed the notion that an all-in-one zoom has to be one of low optical quality. Its optics net crisp photos and can blur backgrounds under the right conditions. Autofocus is quick enough for action shots, close-up macro work is doable.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • F3.5-6.3 optics produce crisp photos
  • Excellent autofocus
  • Dust and splash protection
Cons
  • F2.8 aperture is limited

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Tamron 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD. [sonyalpha]. https://sonyalpha.blog/2021/09/28/tamron-18-300mm-f-3-5-6-3-di-iii-a-vc-vxd/. 2021-09-28. Retrieved 2022-01-27.
2. ^ Tamron 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/tamron-18-300mm-f35-63-di-iii-a-vc-vxd. 2021-11-30. Retrieved 2021-12-02.

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