In this review, we will be comparing Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 USD and Sony 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM, two Telephoto Zoom lenses from Tamron and Sony. Both lenses have the same focal range of 70-300mm but different max apertures: Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 USD has a max aperture of F4.0 - F5.6 while the Sony 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM has a max aperture of F4.5 - F5.6.
We will start with briefly looking and the main specs of these two lenses and in the section, we will start analyzing in more detail and list the pros and cons of each lenses.
What type of photography are the Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 USD and Sony 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM lenses good for?
The type of photography that you are planning to use is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated the Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 USD and the Sony 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM for their suitability to various photography scenarios:
||Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 USD
||Sony 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM
Size and Weight Comparison
Size of a lens is an important deciding factor when comparing two lenses.Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 USD is the longer of the two lenses at 143mm. The Sony 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM with a length of 136mm is 7mm shorter. On the other hand, the Sony 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM has a larger diameter of 83mm compared to Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 USD's 82mm diameter.
Weight of a lens is as important as its external dimensions, especially if you are planning to hand hold your camera and lens combination for longer periods. Sony 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM weighs 760g, 0% (5g) lighter than the Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 USD's weight of 765g.
Below you can find the dimension and weight table of the 'Telephoto Zoom Lenses in Sony Alpha Mount for size comparison purposes.
Telephoto Zoom Lenses in Sony Alpha Mount for Size Comparison
Both Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 USD and Sony 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM has the same Sony Alpha lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Sony Alpha lenses are Sony A99 II, Sony A68 and Sony A77 II.