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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 to 2021 (discontinued). 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 324 €;
459 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 February 08, 2022

Pros: Stabilized, focal range, price

Cons: Sharpness at 300mm not excellent

Opinion: Taken used to replace an earlier Tamron 70-300 (not stabilized). They are two completely different worlds since with the previous lens to pull out a decent photo you had to be lucky. With the stabilized version the opinion is positive, the color rendering and the overall quality is satisfactory even if from 250 mm you lose the detail (but there can be and in any case nothing dramatic). The construction of the lens is good, as is the petal hood as well. Being a pushed canvas obviously it is bulky, although not excessively heavy, but after all finding similar lenses with reduced dimensions and dimensions is impossible. Very responsive autofocus (detail not obvious). Recommended for the excellent quality-price as well as for the availability in the world of second-hand.

avatarjunior
sent on February 02, 2022

Pros: Stabilizer and autofocus, lightness, general sharpness, 300mm, price

Cons: No focal excursion lock, no focus limiter, no constant f4

Opinion: Honest and very good alternative to the various 70-200 f2.8 or f4 Nikon or Tamron, and offers 300mm. Valid for general use from macro / close up, landscape, portrait and nature photography; it immediately shows its limits because at 300mm you remain short for most of the naturalistic / sport, but for simple action and motor sports or landscape details it does its job very well. Uncomfortable because it has no focal excursion blockage and therefore expands completely when hung around the neck. Its strong point is not so much the AF - which works well - as the very effective VR and allows great flexibility in freehand use at 200/300mm. It solves on average very well, even if at 300mm it appears slightly softer, but this is also common to some 400/500mm lenses. It competes with Nikon 70-200 f4 even if the latter has some extra gear; the only alternatives to 300mm are only fixed lenses such as Nikon 300mm f2.8, Nikon 300mm f4 af-d or af-s, Nikon 300mm f4 pf with their pros and cons, but certainly duplicable without large losses while the 70-300 does not.

avatarjunior
sent on October 28, 2021

Pros: Excellent sharpness especially between f8 / f11, excellent stabilization, AF speed, excellent quality / price ratio.

Cons: For the purchase price none.

Opinion: Purchased used for about 200 euros but practically equal to the new, I use it on my D7200 for still life (professional photos in the studio with excellent results) and for birdlife (without too many pretensions). If you want you can also venture some portraits, if the light allows it. It behaves very well already at full opening, does not vignette and distorts very little. Chromatic aberrations are almost nil. After 200mm it is the best of itself from f8 onwards. My specimen has the zoom ring not very fluid, but also other friends behave in about the same way. The AF ring, on the other hand, is very fluid, the distance scale is convenient and the possibility of being able to use the manual focus at any time, even with the selector set to AF. No back or front focus issues encountered. Of this lens is appreciated not only the sharpness, but also the excellent stabilization and a surprisingly silent, fast and precise AF considering the amateur use for which it is intended. It holds up very well the dense sensor of my D7200, for the price paid is worth 10/10.




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