Tamron 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR DI VC LD Aspherical (IF) Macro Lens

Last updated (09 June’10):
– Review by Tamronlensreview

Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD VC Aspherical (IF) Macro is a telephoto lens. The lens features 28-300mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/3.5-6.3. The lens construction has 18 elements in 13 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 75 degrees @ 23 feet to 8 degrees @ 15 feet. Closest focusing distance at 19.3 inches and has a filter size of 67mm. The Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD VC Aspherical (IF) Macro lens weighs 19.4 ounces and it measures 3.06 inches in diameter and 3.9 inches long.

Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD VC Aspherical (IF) Macro
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD VC Aspherical (IF) Macro Reviews

Tamronlensreview reviews the Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD VC Aspherical (IF) Macro and writes;
“Center sharpness is excellent at any aperture, except at 300mm where it gets a bit soft. Border sharpness is also excellent except on 28mm at f/3.5 and 300mm at f/6.3 due to vignetting.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Whatdigitalcamera reviews the Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD VC Aspherical (IF) Macro and writes;
“Considering the stretch of the zoom, the Tamron 28-300mm puts in a satisfactory optical performance. It may not be as good as a shorter-ranged zoom, but compromises are always accepted for convenience. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD VC Aspherical (IF) Macro User Reviews

Solid lens perfect for travel | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Overall, I was quite impressed and satisfied with the image quality & convenience of this lens. The VC does work, and the lens size is compact enough for travel, while it still supports the full-frame camera that I operate.” – by Yun-chan Tsai

Tamaron AF 28-300MM VC Zoom Lense | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I tested the lens at 300mm against a clear sky focused on a tree branch. The twigs did not blur however there were frnges of color around them. I had to use a great deal of mag to see these fringes around the twigs, therefore, I do not consider this a problem.” – by Thomas D. Alu

LOVE the range | Rating: ★★★★★
“The 28-300 zoom range on this lens made my recent trip to Alaska a real joy to photograph! In the past, I have had to switch between two lenses, over and over and over again to get the pictures that I wanted…” – by Stacy J

Lens Review | Rating: ★★★★★
“Bought lens 6 weeks ago and am very impressed with its capability. The image stabilization really locks on and the lens clarity is excellent. I consider this lens to be of pro quality. Have shot still and air show subjects and the lens operated excellently….” – by Johnpix

Love the versatility! | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Overall I am pleased with the lens. It’s nice not to have to be switching back and forth, but as has been mentioned in many of the reviews I had read, the autofocus is kind of slow….” – by T. Russ

Excellent travel lense | Rating: ★★★★☆
“After going through a number of reviews I decided to purchase the Tamron AF 28-300. It is very compact and light compared to my other two main lenses. I have been extremely satisfied with the results and so have been my shoulders! Of course it is not a prime lense and it does not feel like a Nikon but it did the job very well allowing me to zoom in and out depending on the situation…” – by Clomani

Great all-around lens | Rating: ★★★★☆
“… I would say the build quality of the 28-300 is even better than the 18-270. Focus is very quick and the focus motor noise is not objectionable. Tamron has done a very nice job of building a great super zoom, universal lens that meets my needs, is not too heavy and appears to make great images.” – by Thomas B. Barker

Nice for the price. | Rating: ★★★★☆
“the versatility of this Tamron 28-300mm, wide angle to telephoto zoom, with a short focusing distance, that is very compact and portable, with vibration control, is a good one for my general shooting needs. I have used this for portrait, architectural, landscape, nature, and food photography with great results. “ – by Aimee Starr

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Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD VC Aspherical (IF) Macro User Manual

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Features & Specifications


1. VC (Vibration Compensation) Mechanism Reduces Hand-shake
The proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism developed by Tamron features a triaxial configuration using three pairs of driving coils and slide balls around the compensator group of the lens’ optical system. Since the compensator lenses are supported with rolling friction of the balls, the response performance is enhanced and the construction is simple, which results in the compactness of the lens. The lens incorporate a highly accurate gyro sensor for detecting hand-shake, which, combined with a 32-bit RISC CPU, offers comfortable anti-vibration effects.

2. Outstanding Design Realizing High Zoom Power, VC Mechanism and Compactness
The AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.5 XR Di VC integrates optical technologies that Tamron has accumulated as the pioneer and leader of high power zoom lenses in order to realize the desired compactness even while incorporating the VC mechanism. The optical system uses a number of lens elements made from special optical glass materials including XR (high refraction index) glass elements, GM (glass-molded aspherical lens) elements, hybrid aspherical elements, LD (low dispersion) glass elements to compensate for on-axis and lateral chromatic aberrations and AD (anomalous dispersion) glass element. The lens offers high contrast, high resolution performance and flatness of the image field as a one-does-it-all zoom lens designed to match the characteristics of DSLR cameras.

3. Revolutionary MFD of 0.49m (19.3″) throughout the Zoom Range Provides 1:3 Macro Magnification Ratio
The AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD MACRO boasts an MFD (minimum focusing distance) of 0.49m (19.3″) over the entire zoom range, a top-class closing focusing capability among high power zoom lenses for full-size format SLR cameras, which provides the remarkable maximum macro magnification ratio of 1:3 at the 300mm telephoto end.

4. Internal Surface Coatings Minimize Ghosting and Flare
Through the use of “Internal Surface Coatings” (i.e., multiple-layer coatings on cemented surfaces of plural elements) and multiple-layer coatings to prevent reflections from lens surfaces, ghosting and flare due to reflections that occur when light enters through the front element as well as reflections caused by the imager itself in the mirror box are reduced to the absolute minimum.

5. Ultra-high Zoom Power, yet Lightweight and Compact Design Thanks to New Mechanical Devices
Tamron has reviewed the roles that respective barrel parts play in order to achieve the high power, compactness and light weight. As a result, dimensional increases are confined to a mere 17.8mm (0.7″) in overall length and about 5mm(0.2″) in diameter, when compared with the existing AF28-300mm (Model A061), despite the incorporation of the VC mechanism. 6. Zoom Lock Mechanism for Enhanced Portability The zoom lock prevents unwanted barrel extension when carrying the lens/camera combination over the shoulder.

6. Flower-shaped Lens Hood
A flower-shaped lens hood is included as a standard accessory. The special hood provides optimum shading of superfluous light rays that enter from the rectangular frame outside the image field.


Model Name: A20
Focal Length: 28-300mm
Maximum Aperture: F/3.5-6.3
Angle of View: 75°23′-8°15′
Lens Construction: 18 elements /13 groups
Minimum Focus Distance: 0.49m (entire zoom range)
Maximum Mag. Ratio: 1:3 (at f=300mm, MFD=0.49m)
Filter Diameter: φ67mm
Overall Length: 99mm *
Maximum Diameter: φ78.0mm
Weight: 550g*
Diaphragm Blades: 9 blades
Minimum Aperture: F/22-F/40 (28mm – 300mm)
Standard Accessory: Flower-shaped hood
Compatible Mount: Canon and Nikon

* values given are for Nikon AF-D cameras.
* The cosmetic design and specs are subject to change without notice.

2 Responses to “Tamron 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR DI VC LD Aspherical (IF) Macro Lens”

  1. Abdullah says:

    I have one…
    not sharp at 300mm
    normal sharpness in less focals

  2. Lenny Wong says:


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