Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD

Announced Aug 10, 2010 •
Telephoto zoom lens | Canon EF, Nikon F (FX) | A005
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I had the classic AF-S 70-300 VR for a long time, using it with my Nikon V1 (which turns it to a 200-800mm lens, in 35mm terms), and my D600, and used it for a while on a D3200. I loved that lens, and I thought that this was the best there was, but then the Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 70-300CX, arrived, sweeping my love off the table! The new lens, which is owned by my wife, is a stunner, so naturally I ordered one for myself, and sold the dear old 70-300 VR. And waited, and waited, for months. And I ...

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Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD has all those goodies to offer at an affordable price for amateurs and enthusiasts alike. It has good zoom covering the telephoto range required for some bird photography. Build quality is decent with nice feel to it and the zoom and the focus rings are smooth. Vibration Compensation (VC) worked well in most of the shots I took. Pros: 1. Affordable zoom lens 2. Nice build quality (Not weather sealed though) 3. Good sharpness in the center of the image ...

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Guidenet
 
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I've owned four of the Nikon 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 AFS VR lenses and all have been great. I had one, I had to buy my gal one and my daughter. I had to replace mine because it was stolen. Because of positive reviews I bought this Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 VC instead. I'll say this. It's a fine lens in most ways. The VC works well and it's fast and accurate to focus. I just can't love it though. Here's why and it's probably my fault. If it take a series with this Tamron I find few keepers. Something is ...

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evogt500
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Pros: Very good build quality (still uses plastic, but metal mount) Very sharp up to 200mm. Becomes a bit soft at 300mm but still useable. (lens was calibrated to body). VC works great for photos. USD AF works like Canon USM. Optically very good with both LD and XLD lenses. Comes with Lens hood unlike many Canon Lenses (sold separately and $$$). Internal focus and non-rotating front element. Cons: Not for video use because VC doesn't like panning (becomes jerky). VC also noisy when "locks ...

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On the Nikon D3100 i find this lens above average. Here are my pro's and con's from my experience with this lens. Pro's -Pretty much zero vignetting on my d3100 DX sensor -Solid build compared to entry level kit zooms -Distance scale is a nice bonus in this price range -Focus ring is actually pretty decent even if it cannot be compared to many fully manual lenses -High Contrast all the way from 70 to 300, (for me this means never washed out images even in harsh light) -VC locks on like a ...

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I have owned this lens for 3 years and am not impressed with it. I rarely bring it out of the bag now as the photographs it takes aren't crisp. They lack sharpness and seem out of focus over the entire photograph, it quickly auto focuses but the resultant quality is fairly poor. I use this (or tried to) along with my Canon 60D. Features are impressive, 70-300mm Image Stabilised zoom, fairly light for it's range but since the photos aren't worth printing, not much point owning it. I do own ...

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This is a sturdy, solid, well constructed lens inside a plastic barrel. If you expected this lens to be light because of the plastic finish,you're wrong. This lens weights 765grams. The front element does not rotate so this is a plus for the use of various filters. The rubber zoom ring is wide and handling is great. The focusing ring is smaller than that of the zoom ring and it is less dampened than the zoom ring. A distance scale window is located near the lens mount. There are two switches ...

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JohnEwing
 
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Great lens for the money: sharp over entire range and VC good enough to shoot handheld at 300mm and 1/8 sec. AF good enough to shoot oncoming kites (the birds) at 5 fps and get every shot sharp. Light enough to handle easily, too. Absolutely delighted.

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I've owned this for a year now and use it quite frequently.  The vibration control is great, lens hood is solid, locks focus quickly.  (Admittedly I most often pick my focus point and they're not all turned on)  Construction has not been an issue, it's really been a great lens for me.

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nekrosoft13
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My girlfriend currently uses this telephoto. Optically much better then Canon 70-300 IS USM. Build quality is also excellent. Non-rotating front element. Can be little slow tracking sometimes, but for the price still a great lens. I owned the 70-300 IS USM before, and I would never recomend that lens now that Tamron 70-300 VC is out.

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