Sony 55-300 Comparison

Started Sep 29, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: The Tamron is here - how they stack up...
In reply to stefan662, Oct 5, 2012

stefan662 wrote:

I made no tests with a stopwatch. But my impression is the Sony is slower to move through the whole focus range especially at the wide end. But the Tamron hunts more than the Sony. So in real world use I think the Sony is faster. But there are no worlds between.

Where the Tamron beats the Sony is the focus noise. The Tamron is more in the league with the SSM of the Sony 16-50/2.8 noise wise.

I agree with that.  The Sony may take longer to go through the entire range back and forth, but it does not seem to hesitate or hunt much to try and lock focus.  The motor is not as whisper quiet as the Tamron 18-270, Tamron 70-300 USD, Sony 18-135 SAM, or Sony 16-50 SSM.  However, when in video mode the focus is very quiet - quiet enough that I cannot really notice it.

Jeff

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