Lens Review: The Tamron 70-300mm Telephoto Zoom for Sony E-Mount

Photographer and YouTuber Jay P Morgan from The Slanted Lens has published this 6.5-minute video review of the Tamron 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3 telephoto zoom lens for Sony E-Mount. In summary, Morgan says that it “did all the things I really needed it to.”

Morgan took the Tamron 70-300mm lens, what he says is the “world’s smallest” telephoto lens that covers that zoom range, out to Canyonlands National Park. Morgan said that he was really impressed with the focusing range.

“One of the things I’ve been really impressed with already is the focusing distance, how close you can focus – it’s like 31.5 inches, which is incredible,” he said. “It allows you to get very close. As I stand here I can focus on the dirt at my feet with 300 millimeters.”

One of the ways Tamron was able to keep the lens so compact was to remove all controls from the lens, which some might see as a downside to the camera. For example, even changing from manual focus to autofocus must be done from the camera’s menu. However, Morgan didn’t see it as a major drawback, since the result is a lens that is extremely light and compact.

As far as image quality is concerned, Morgan was impressed. “The edge to edge sharpness seems really incredible. It seems great both on the 70mm and the 300mm.”

“When I punch in on that shot of the moon it’s pretty stinking sharp, pretty amazing,” Morgan exclaimed.

Morgan believes the lens fits well into a category of lens that’s really designed for the everyman photographer at a price that is approachable.

“When it comes to $550, it really makes this lens more achievable. There are other lenses out there that are like $1100. This puts it in a category that you can afford the lens you’d like to have without breaking the bank.”

You can read Morgan’s full review here, and for more from The Slanted Lens, you can subscribe to Morgan’s YouTube Channel.

Image credits: Photos by Jay P Morgan and used with permission.