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Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD 1:2 Auto Focus Macro Zoom Lens with Hood for Pentax AF, 6 Year USA Warranty

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About Tamron 70-300mm

Tamron now offers a lightweight, compact, high-image-quality telephoto zoom lenswith macro capability of 1:2 that can be used with digital cameras. This new lens is a Di type lens using an optical system with improved multi-coating designed to function with digital SLR cameras as well as film cameras.

With this 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens, flipping a macro switch in the focal length range of 180mm to 300mm obtains a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2 at a minimum focus distance as short as 37.4", enabling close-up shots of flowers, insects, and other objects that normally require the use of a specially designed macro lens. Moreover, this is a zoom lens that casually offers the distant capture and foreshortening effect pleasures of the 300mm ultra-telephoto world.



The Tamron 70-300mm is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Macro photography, Sports/action, Wildlife, Wildlife photos and more.The Tamron 70-300mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast among others.The Tamron 70-300mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Tamron 70-300mm: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Rugged and Strong construction

Tamron 70-300mm Specifications

Type
Model A017
Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di LD
Mount Thread Size:
Pentax AF
Minimum Focusing Distance:
59in.(1.5m) in normal setting/ 37.4" (0.95m) in macro mode (f=180mm-300mm range)
Maximum Aperture
f/4
Minimum Aperture
f/32
Angle of View
34°21'- 8°15'
Lens Construction
Lens Construction: 9 Groups / 13 Elements
Maximum Magnification Ratio
1:2 (at f=300mm MFD 0.95m)
Filter Diameter
62mm
Overall Length
Diameter x Length: 3.0 x 4.6in. (76.6 x 116.5mm)
Diaphragm Blades
Nine
Standard Accessory
Lens Hood
Warranty
Tamron 6-Year
Mfr #
AF017P700
SKU
TM70300DPXAF

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4.3

(based on 149 reviews)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

sharp, but has a bit too much PF

Very sharp up to about 220mm, but gets noticably softer (but still sharper than the equivalent Sigma) above that w/ a lot more purple fringing in high contrast areas. Also has noticable purple fringing when wide open, so it's best stopped down.Because of these limitations, it's a bit too slow to use for sports (tried it at the US open and I'm happy w/ my pics, but wish I could have used it wide open) unless you plan on resizing the pictures down and sharpening them.A good purple fringing tes...

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Very sharp up to about 220mm, but gets noticably softer (but still sharper than the equivalent Sigma) above that w/ a lot more purple fringing in high contrast areas. Also has noticable purple fringing when wide open, so it's best stopped down.Because of these limitations, it's a bit too slow to use for sports (tried it at the US open and I'm happy w/ my pics, but wish I could have used it wide open) unless you plan on resizing the pictures down and sharpening them.A good purple fringing test is to shoot the top of a metal fence in direct sunlight. You'll see CA (green fringing) past your focus point, and PF closer to you.But it's only[$] To get better performance w/ longer focal lengths, you'd have to spend around $1000...

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great below 200mm

Lake shots of eagles, landscape, and pulling people on tubes behind boat Great lens below 200mm. Terrible above, thought I had great shots of sail boat race, boy was I disappointed.

Reviewed by 149 customers

 
4.0

I like it... works just fine on my Nikon D7100

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Tamron has come a long way since my first lens from them back in the 60's. That lens was so soft in the corners I said I'd never buy another Tamron product, but Japanese cars weren't that great back then either, and look at them now. This Tamron 70-300mm VC lens does what I want it to do... it captures great telephoto images and is wide enough on the low end to use as a basic lens on any given day. This week I intend to use it on one of my theater stage show production photoshoots. I always shoot from the balcony on a tripod during their dress rehearsals, so I expect to get some great closeups of the performers with this lens. Since I'm shooting with the Nikon D7100 I can push the ISO pretty high and still get excellent shots, so we'll see. As for the lens itself, it isn't the smoothest lens to zoom, and there are a few weird noises inside the lens when zooming with it, but it does the job. It's a big/long lens, with a long lens hood, so it's very impressive LOOKING on the camera. Overall I'm happy with it. Would I prefer the 70-200mm Nikon or Tamron f/2.8 instead of this lens? Well duh. Who wouldn't, but this was way cheaper. Until I can get one of those other lenses I'll be content to use this one. I've attached a couple images below.

 
5.0

Diamond in the Ruff

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It only took one picture to blow me away. I had read all the reviews on this lens before getting it. This lens has the best image stabilization of any lens I have used to date. Picture quality is spot on. Focus is almost silent. I use it on a Nikon D5200. The only downside to this lens is that it is pretty heavy and it is large. It won't fit in my camera bag when attached to my camera. I got this from Adorama used in excellent Condition. I can find one defect on this lens. Adorama really has excellent service. This is my first purchase from them, and I am impressed. Buy this lens, you will not regret it. It is truly a "Diamond in the Ruff

 
4.0

1 tip to use with this lens

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ok i have a nikon D7000 i use the back button focus well when i use this lens when i hit the back button to bring in to focus the V.C would not kick in so i had to ease down the shutter button to break the plan to make the V.C work and then push the shutter button down to take the photo it was frustrating so i had to change back to normal operation of the shutter button then retrain myself to easy down the shutter to bring into focus and engage the V.C then continue to push it all the way down to snap the photo and it works perfect that way. so if you are having some issue with the V.C not working right and if you are using back button focus change it back to normal use and try it.. i really like this lens and if you are deciding on what 70-300mm lens to get try this one first

 
5.0

Great lens

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The vibration control is excellent. I have been able to capture whisker sharp hand held pictures of animals at 300mm (450mm equivalent for my camera) from as far away as 50 yards. It also has been great for macro type photography. I have some nice pictures of sharply defined insects on flowers and other plants.

 
5.0

Amazing lens -- great VC

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I got this lens a week ago and am using it in a bit of a jerry-rigged fashion, since my camera is a Sony NEX 7 which does not have in camera stabilization. The Sony version of this lens would not work for me since it assumes in-camera stabilization. So I bought the Canon version and a Commlite EX-NEX adaptor to attach it to my camera. The lens behaves beautifully. My only issue is with autofocus, which is probably as much due to my configuration as it is to the lens. I find that the lens, in auto focus, more often than I like, tends to search recursively and never resolve to a final setting. So I generally leave it in manual focus and have had good results. The stabilization is very good. That was the main selling point for me after optics. The results are better than what I have gotten with other lenses when out to 300mm. I have had good results with pictures taken as slow as 1/20th of a second. The lens, attached to a NEX 7, does look a bit like a battleship artillery piece attached to a VW beetle, but it works and the feel is good.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Good Lense for the Price

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I have been using this lense on my Nikon D40 for about 3 yrs with excellant luck, and for the questions of the AF working, the answer is yes. I primarily shoot manual though. I use my camera almost every day. I don't really have negative comments to make, Im sure more expensive lenses work better but for the price, this lense is hard to beat.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Value

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Have had this lens about a month and overall I'm quite satisfied. Images are sharp as a tack through all zoom ranges (may drop off slightly at max but not objectionable). Image stabilization is excellent and is better than I expected. Overall operation is smooth and quiet. My only concern (and maybe I'm over-cautious) is that the lens is a bit heavy so it might be wise to hold the camera in such a way as to provide support to prevent any possible wear or damage to the camera coupling. I think this lens would benefit with having a fitted tripod mount. Otherwise I'm quite satisfied, and think this lens is an excellent value for the money.

 
4.0

A whopper of a lens

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Although this was a refurbished lens I am very impressed with the overall condition - no evidence of any use at all. Delivery was quick and the packing was excellent. So far I'm liking the lens performance. The focus is very quick and very quiet. Looking forward to getting to know this lens better.

 
5.0

This lens is great

By

I've been using it for just about everything this week and just love it. Very sharp even wide open and focus is fast.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Impressive lens

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I wanted a bit more reach and sharpness than my old Nikon 70-210mm f/4-5.6 was giving. The reviews on this Tamron 70-300 were positive, and the price was attractive so as to make this a low-risk purchase. Honestly, I was not expecting such a good lens as this lens is. The image quality it produces on my Nikon D800 is outstanding. I use it mainly for wildlife photography, and it is useful to isolate a bit of distant landscape. It has a fast and silent autofocus, although I mostly focus manually. This is a rather heavy lens and necessitates the use of a tripod. I wish it had a tripod collar because I am concerned that such a heavy piece of glass could damage the camera lens mount. Nonetheless, I am happy I purchased this lens and anticipate getting a lot of use from it.

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ken e  does this lens work (auto focus) with the nikon d3100 and is there 'image stabilization" with it?
CORY M  This is a Pentax lens and will not fit a Nikon camera. Although, I would imagine that Tamron makes the same lens with a Nikon mount. In fact, I would be surprised if they did not. And, no, it does not have image stabilization since Pentax does its image stabilization in the camera body and not in the lens. But I would be willing to bet that the Nikon version of this lens will have the image stabilization built into the lens.
ken e  know that, but you guys have a listing for a nikon mount also
ken e  does this lens work (auto focus) with the nikon d3100 and is there 'image stabilization" with it?
CORY M  This is a Pentax lens and will not fit a Nikon camera. Although, I would imagine that Tamron makes the same lens with a Nikon mount. In fact, I would be surprised if they did not. And, no, it does not have image stabilization since Pentax does its image stabilization in the camera body and not in the lens. But I would be willing to bet that the Nikon version of this lens will have the image stabilization built into the lens.
ken e  know that, but you guys have a listing for a nikon mount also
Kendal L  Is this compatible with a Canon EOS 5D Mark 11?
ROBERT H  I have a Pentax DSLR and my lens is a Pentax mount. I do not won a Cannon camera, but I do believe the lens is available in a Cannon mount. I think this lens is a good value for the price despite the sometimes poor reviews about image quality. I have tested mine versus several other 300 mm lenses with higher ratings. I don't see much difference in performance. The macro function is very handy.
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