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Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD : Specifications and Opinions


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

The Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD is a tele lens for FF and APS-C, manufactured from 2010. The focus is done by Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM), it has image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 280 €;
443 users have given it an average vote of 9.1 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.



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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   17 elements in 12 groups
 Min. focus distance   1.50 meters
 Reproduction ratio   0.25x

 Features
 Zoom type   Ring, external
 Stabilization   Yes (built in lens)
 Focus   Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM)
 Internal AF   Yes
 Full Time MF   Yes

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   No
 Extenders   No
 Filters   62 mm
 Lens hood   Yes, supplied
 Weather sealing   No
 Weight   765 g
 Dimensions   82 x 143 mm
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avatarsupporter
sent on December 25, 2015

Pros: Usability, as a telephoto zoom package; image quality; effective vibration control; Price; Build/cost ratio; decent lenshood

Cons: Focus isn't the quickest;

Opinion: Update: I've replaced the old model with a brand new exact same one (apparently, the buyer of the old lens had it repaired and a loose wire inside was responsible for the hit and miss VC fault, so not necessarily a fault with the design) and upgraded the D7000 to the 24mp no alias filter D7100 and the images are now even sharper! Review: My 5 year old model has produced over 25,000 images and it still is THE zoom I use for most telephoto applications. The VC function has now become hit and miss, now, the only sign of wear it shows and if I were to replace it (not worth cost of repair), it would be with the exact same model. Being a Nikon user, I cannot use the Canon L, which I understand is the only lens of the same spec that competes with this Tamron. And why not the Nikkor 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 VR, that would surely be my target? Well, I had one of those and it broke quite quickly. The Nikon did display excellent contrast and sharpness at lower focal lengths and in the centre of the frame and its VR is quicker to activate and quieter in operation. This makes the Nikon better than this Tamron for action and wildlife, where central image is more important. The Tamron SP however, is the better all round lens for travel, architecture and landscapes. The VC, once activated (takes a short time) literally holds its subject like glue. The distortion is much less than the Nikon (the Nikon had such pincushion at 300mm, you could see it in the viewfinder!) and the plentiful sharpness is more even and across the frame. Even the so difficult 300mm at f5.6 produces a very acceptable image - I'd be happy to shoot at this to isolate my subject - and often do. It won't be as sharp as a fixed focal, of course, the contrast a little less too, I find f9 to be the sweet aperture here, f8 at lower focal lengths. but in the everyday practicality, the Tamron is good to use and one can have confidence in it. Of good solid weight, it can be handheld with confidence, though if I have a criticism, the rather front weighted bulk on camera means it can be difficult to use on a tripod, especially in the vertical position. It's not especially easy to use in manual focus but SO much easier than the Nikon, which had an awfully thin and awkwardly placed focus ring. And if you think that such lenses are only used with AF, the true landscaper will often find very low light and low contrast subjects, such as after sunset. With the D7000, AF can find and lock onto subjects to a surprising degree but when it loses it, it annoyingly goes through the entire focus path and you have to interrupt the shot, and reset the focus manually and your subject is gone. But then, that can happen with almost all lenses, after all. Lastly, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I could use my Sigma EX 1.4x APO teleconverter with it! And with pretty fair results, giving a 560mm equivalent foccal length on DX, even if I do choose to use f9 or smaller and best of all, the VC works then too, reigning in all that huge potential for severe camera shake. Has to be as near to 10/10 in practical terms, especially when the modest price is concerned. If nothing else, this lens has been the 5th most used optic by Juza users for as long as I've been on the site myself - we can't all be wrong!

avatarjunior
sent on January 16, 2015

Pros: just the right wight and fill of the lens ....the VC is great but tricky i will explain later the glass used in this lens is great. and a 6 year warranty

Cons: variable aperture F/4--5.6 so it is dim but you get use to it. i wish tamron would just made it a F/4 only .... shooting at high iso sometimes in order to keep your shutter speeds up because its tack sharp at F/8 thru F/11

Opinion: I think for the price its a steal!!!! i know it came out in 2010 but it is still a great lens to have in 2015 do a internet search you hear a lot of great reviews for it now with that being said here is my issue with this lens now it might be just me with these issue . i have a nikon D7000 i use back button focus but when i use this lens the VC does not work sometimes i have to ease down the shutter button then let it kick in then fully press it down to snap a photo.i was getting so frustrated so i decide to switch back to normal use where you half way press down the shutter button to bring it in to focus then full pressed to snap a photo... when it was like this the lens work great no issue no problems with the VC it work normal and great the only other issue i have is shooting high iso i am use to shooting with fast zooms and prime and not having to use high iso this is my first time shooting over 1000 iso. so that was something i had to get use to so you have to know just how high you can go before noise sets in and set your auto iso that is how i use this lens i set my auto iso at 1/100 sec and auto iso at 100 to 2000 iso and so far my normal iso has been between 100 to 1600 iso it depends on if you are shooting in the shade or in the sun. i also use spot metering or center metering so if you just got this lens take some time and learn what works best for your camera and you.its a great lens but i had to learn how to use it in order to get the best out of it. i guess thats what i get from using primes so much lol

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avatarjunior
sent on September 14, 2020

Pros: Scary stabilizer, unbeatable price, focal, quality on FF, robustness, fast AF

Cons: Sharpness on dense APSC sensors, sharpness after 200mm

Opinion: Extra-famous lens that gives me discreet satisfactions. Robust, reliable AF that doesn't miss a beat, at this price it's hard to find better. If you want brightness and sharpness at all focal points the figures to spend (and the weight to carry with you) are something else. Mount it on FF and you won't regret it. Honorable mention to the stabilizer who does incredible work!

avatarsenior
sent on July 03, 2020

Pros: Autofocus - Price - Q/P Stabilizer

Cons: Weight (perhaps)

Opinion: I have not made so many shots and above all I have not yet used it on my personal battlefield (in F.1 circuit mainly) to give an all-round judgment. Anyway I wanted to make an upgrade to my Nikon d7500 compared to the previous material, and I found a good compromise with this Tamron without having to faint, having not only the photo as Hobby. The stabilizer struck me positively in the first place, but also the focus I found it reactive, at least compared to my past as a photo amateur. With a machine-like machine gun in the D7500, I needed a little object like that... waiting for more in-depth analysis, for now satisfied. Only downside is probably the weight that could on an internal day of shooting annoy, but I resumed in the gym with the weights...

avatarjunior
sent on June 07, 2020

Pros: Price, sharpness, stabilization, F4 at 70mm

Cons: autofocus, sharpness after 200mm

Opinion: Used to the days when I was a photographer by profession, working with high-level optics, I expected a mediocre 70-300 amateur. None of this, in relation to price is a really impressive goal, both on APS-C and on FF. In the range 70-200 is very sharp, even at TA, but closing by a couple of stops the result improves not a little, even on very dense sensors like that of the D800. The sharpness at the edges is good on FF, but not excellent (we're talking about a supertele from 350 degrees ...). Closing in on F8-F9 gives you great results. From 200 to 250mm is good, over 250mm is soft. It is more massive than the typical FF 70-300, but this is also justified by that 70mm half stop (F/4.0 instead of F/4.5) that can come in handy. The bokeh is very pleasant (thanks also to the 9-bladed diaphragm), which makes it a suitable lens for portraits too, a good compromise in the absence of a bright fixed. The focus is precise and the speed is good in optimal conditions (both contrast and brightness), but in terms of yield it is inferior to both Nikon and Canon counterparts, and is obviously unparalleled to the latest generation engines (such as Nikon's AF-P lightning). The stabilization, despite being old-generation (so noisy and a little slow in "hooking"), is remarkable in terms of compensation (3-4 stops). The build quality is good and gives a fairly robust feeling (although it is made of plastic), the MAF ring is precise, but the fluidity of the zoom ring is not the best (typical of plastic supertele). Mount 62mm filters. In conclusion, an unbeatable lens as value for money, not without flaws and limits (also dictated by age), but still able to give satisfaction.




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