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Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro : Specifications and Opinions


Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro

The Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro is a tele lens for FF and APS-C, manufactured from 2004 to 2021 (discontinued). The focus is done by Manual Focus, it does not have image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 218 €;
78 users have given it an average vote of 7.4 out of 10.


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MOUNT

This lens is available with the following mounts:

Canon EF: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Canon EF.

Nikon F: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Nikon.

Sony A-mount: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Sony A-mount.

Pentax: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Pentax.



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 Specifications
 Focal lenght   70-300 mm
 Angle of view   34.4 - 8.3°
 Format   FF, APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/4-5.6
 Aperture blades   9
 Lenses/Groups   13 elements in 9 groups
 Min. focus distance   0.95 meters
 Reproduction ratio   0.5x

 Features
 Zoom type   Ring, external
 Stabilization   No
 Focus   Manual Focus
 Internal Focus   No

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   No
 Extenders   No
 Filters   62 mm
 Lens hood   Yes, supplied
 Weather sealing   No
 Weight   435 g
 Dimensions   76.6 x 116.5 mm

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avatarsupporter
sent on October 17, 2015

Pros: Cost, Performance up to 200mm

Cons: Lightness (yes, though that might be a plus to many), Performance at 300mm, fiddly and awkward 'macro' switch

Opinion: Tamron's evergreen budget FX telezoom and with the low price in mind, it is not as bad as you might think! Tamron have a long history of being able to produce pretty decent zooms of around this length, or shorter, such as the hugely popular Adaptall 80-210mm f3.8-4. I now have this lens' current sister SP version with VC, which is the best in class but for a few months, I owned this very light Di lens, which I understood even includes some plastic lenses inside. But, being used to a much heavier Nikkor 70-300mm VR (which I dropped and destroyed, hence the lack of a tele zoom) and without any form of stabilisation, this little Tamron is so skittish, it was almost impossible to get steady shots in all but the brightest conditions. One got used to these characteristics of course and I was able to get some very decent shots in London over several days, including a day out at London Zoo. The sunlit architectural shots, especially at shorter focal lengths were very sharp and undistinguishable from other lenses of this type but beyond 200mm or so and in less contrasty light, the performance suffered, though naturally stopping down helped. The close up feature, via the fiddly switch, which will not allow you to follow focus from close up to infinity, ie, tracking a flying away butterfly, as you have to stop, flick the switch and then reframe again - so not good, but consider this as a bonus and not a reason to buy this lens. So, as others have said, a good little budget lens that is good for normal 'snaps' and to start off with. You soon will find its faults and want to upgrade but don't dismiss as a complete waste of time. The competitors seem to be Sigma's cheap effort, but that is more expensive, or Nikon's DX 55-300mm, with VR, which is more expensive, has VR but is DX only but is probably better performing at longer lengths. There's also Nikon's basic 'G' lens at a similar price to this Tamron. I've not used or handled either the Sigma or either of the Nikons mentioned, so cannot speak with authority. 7/10

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avatarjunior
sent on February 11, 2022

Pros: Comparing everything to the price this lens is more than decent.

Cons: Slow Af, Chromatic Stabilization, Chromatic Aberration, Sharpness

Opinion: Starting from the assumption that I am not an expert, this lens is accompanying me on my path of photographic growth. Good enough to become familiar with focal lengths of this kind; the absent stabilizer is a not indifferent obstacle, but I think it is necessary to be able to train to eliminate tremors and movements as much as possible (if you learn with this with the stabilizer it will be a walk). A big shame is the af, slow and noisy that often misses shooting opportunities. Good brightness all in all, seen and considered that it keeps f/4 up to 120mm if I am not mistaken. Be that as it may, I read a lot of rather harsh and heavy criticisms that I consider exaggerated given the price. It will not be the best as optics, it is true but for less than 100 euros from used (less than 200 from new), for a canvas, what did you expect? So, reasoning on quality price, I would like to give an 8. Obviously, if a person is looking for high performance he will not find them from this lens and you can not expect who knows what given the price (you can not want a ferrari and pay it 10,000 euros). On the other hand, this lens is great for learning to stay still and shoot at low times without a stabilizer.

avatarjunior
sent on January 05, 2022

Pros: Price

Cons: Slow AF - Chromatic Aberrations - Dark - Sharpness - Flare

Opinion: Purchased to practice with those focal lengths. Although it costs little, I would not buy it again, turning to better objectives. So much, because the same is practically unusable. It is very dark and difficult to use even in conditions of abundant light at the most extreme focal lengths, given the absence of stabilizer. It is not particularly sharp and chromatic aberration is almost always present. He suffers a lot from flares. The AF is slow and inaccurate, but given the age and the price of the lens I did not expect better. Not recommended.

avatarsupporter
sent on September 14, 2021

Pros: Right focal width. Almost complete macro. Hood always available. Lightweight for focal length. Extraordinary price.

Cons: Qauasi chromatic aberrations always present (but simple to remove in PP). Not easy to use.

Opinion: I had this lens because I bought a Canon 5D Mark II with some lenses, including this one (in excellent condition). I think I've experimented with it embossing to try to understand it. At first I did not love it, on the contrary, then ... Let's start with the cons. You have to get used to AF. If you understand how it works (not being recent is not comparable to modern ones) you can handle it well in most situations. Sometimes it goes into trouble and here the manual is "smooth" enough to allow you an easy fire. Other serious defects I do not see. The brightness is in line with those of its cluster, the weight is light. While not excelling in photographic quality, most of the shots I've taken are decent/good/excellent by definition and colors. It has the Plus of turning into a macro with a max magnification ratio of 1:3.9. Of course, the CAs are always present or almost, but they are removed in a couple of clicks in PP. And we come to the strong point indeed very strong: the price. On the bay you pull it down between 50 and 100 euros. I find that at that price you will not find anything that allows you to have a zoom certainly not easy, agree, but that covers the average distances decently. Well of course you can buy another 70-300 f/4-5.6 like this but Canon L IS USM the performance is much better, but instead of 50 euros you have to pay it a thousand....

avatarjunior
sent on April 16, 2021

Pros: Little or nothing but the price

Cons: Construction quality, af.

Opinion: Purchased at the dawn of my photographic experience, but used very little. It's really hard to get noteworthy photos out. It is clear, however, that for that price we cannot expect who knows what photographic quality. A lot, a lot of plastic that gives the touch a poor feeling. The lack of stabilization will make it difficult to take home shots of moving subjects which is a bit frustrating. I found it useful only in the portrait field where it gave some small satisfaction. AF also underperforming. To buy if you want to practice with low-priced pushes, but if you enter this photo segment you will surely veer on to something else. Already the stabilized Tamron itself is something else, but it also costs more than twice as much.




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