Tamron SP AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC Ultra Silent Drive (USD) Lens Kit, for Maxxum and Sony alpha Mount, with Pro Optic 62mm MC UV Filter, Lens Cap Leash, Professional Lens Cleaning Kit

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About Tamron 70-300mm

Save $33.89 when you by this Tamron 70-300mm . Bundle comes with: Adorama Cleaning Kit, Pro Optic Pro Digital 62mm Multi Coated UV Filter, Universal Lens Cap Tether, and a Tamron 70-300mm and Shipping is free! . Bonus: No sales tax either, unless you live in New York or New Jersey.

Unparalleled optical performance in a fast and steady telephoto zoom: In the pursuit to achieve the most outstanding image resolution in the 70-300mm class, Tamron's Anniversary lens, the SP AF70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD (Model A005) utilizes an advanced optical design that features an LD (Low Dispersion) and an XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) lens element made from specialized materials that prevent chromatic aberration.

As a result, the SP AF70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD (Model A005) boasts sharper contrast and greater descriptive performance than all others in its class. In addition, it isthe first Tamron lens sporting a USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive), Tamron's very own 27.0 oz. ultrasonic auto-focus drive mechanism.

This USD mechanism delivers fast mechanism focusing, making it a perfect telephoto zoom choice for photographing sports, racing, or other fast-moving subjects. The lens also boasts Tamron's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization to assist in handheld photography, not only at long focal length ranges where blurring is common, but also under low-lit conditions, dramatically enhancing photographic freedom.

This combination of best in class image resolution, Ultrasonic Silent Drive and Vibration Compensation is a new achievement of Tamron technology culminating in the production of a premium 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (98),Consistent output (85),Easily interchangeable (79),Durable (62),Strong construction (62),Lightweight (49),Nice bokeh (37),Rugged (37),Simple controls (7),Easily mounted (5),Price (5),Easy to clean (3) Sharp at all focal length (3) View All
Poor in low light (27),Heavy (26),Slow focus (18),Blurry focus (4),Lens creep (4),Tough to attach (3),Weak casing (3)
Best Uses:
Wildlife photos (94),Landscape/scenery (81),Sports/action (65),Macro photography (33),Weddings (22),General purpose (12),Portraits (12),Low light (11),Wildlife (11),Travel (8),Video (7),Night photography (6) Fun (5),Upgrade (4),Art (3),Macro (3),Photojournalism (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (69),Semi-pro photographer (29),Enthusiast (16),Casual photographer (13),Pro photographer (7),Semi-professional (4)

Tamron 70-300mm Features

  • Best-in-Class Optical Performance
  • High resolution thru use of XLD glass
  • New USD (Ultra Silent Drive) motor for fast and quiet AF
  • VC anti-shake mechanism for steady shooting
  • SP class specifications
  • Dual format Di design for use on fullframe and smaller sensor cameras
  • 109-465mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras

Tamron 70-300mm Specifications

A005, 70-300mm
Recommended Sensor size
Full Frame Di
Maximum Aperture
Optical Construction
17 elements, 12 groups
Angle of View
Diagonal Angle of View: 34° 21'-8° 15''
Macro Ratio
MFD / Max. Mag. Ratio: 59.1" /1:4 (at f = 300mm/MFD)
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
27.0 oz.
Diameter x Length
Maximum Diameter: 3.2" / Overall Length: 5.6"
Standard Accessory
Flower-shaped lens hood

Tamron 70-300mm Reviews

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(based on 148 reviews)


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Reviewed by 148 customers


1 tip to use with this lens


from alabama  -  Photo Enthusiast

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


Great lens


from Bismarck ND  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.


Amazing lens -- great VC


from Bismarck, ND  -  Photo Enthusiast

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)


Very Good Lense for the Price


from Ohio  -  Photo Enthusiast

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)


Good Value


from Richmond, VA  -  Casual Photographer

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.


A whopper of a lens


from Kansas City, Mo  -  Casual Photographer

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.


This lens is great


from Bismarck nd  -  Casual Photographer

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)


Impressive lens


from Michigan  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.


Nice Lens


from Florida  -  Semi-pro Photographer

What I was looking for was an IS (or for Tamron VC) lens that would zoom to 200 or so. Looked at this lens as a new purchase (about 600) and then found it used here at Adorama....for half that price. For what I intend to use it for, this works nicely. Have run some tests on the lens and it's nice and sharp up to about 200mm. Beyond that, it gets a little sloppy...but...I only really need critical to 200mm. I will say I shot an airshow this past weekend, zoomed to 300mm a lot...and the shots were not bad at all.


Great Lens for the price


from St. Louis, MO  -  Photo Enthusiast

I bought the lens to replace my Tamron 70-300 NON VC that broke recently. Build quality is significantly better than the Tamron 70-300 non VC. I recently moved to a full frame camera so I appreciate the extra 100mm over the 70-200's. This is my first VC/VR lens and it is pretty amazing. My Canon 24-70 F2.8 is plenty fast but I've found that often times when I need the extra light the f2.8 gives,my depth of field is too narrow leaving me with out of focus images. The VC does a great job letting me slow down my shutter speed to let more light in when needed.


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Anais D  will this work with a canon rebel t3?
ROBERT H  Each camera maker has a unique "fit" for lenses that are meant to be used with it. Tamron makes several versions of this lens, each one fitting a specific type of camera (one for Canon, one for Nikon, one for Sony), The one that's made for Canon will fit a Canon Rebel, but you want to make sure you buy the one that is made for Canon -- not a lens that's made to fit Nikon or Sony.
Shopper  I have the Sony A65 and i was wondering if the program modes work with this lens on.... i have had 3 lenses and they have all disabled the program modes and sony doesnt have an answer And i if it works on the sony a77 it should woek on mine?
Andrew R  Tamron gives no indication of reduced functionality with this lens in regard to the A65 or A77. That said, occasionally third party lenses don't provide the same level of communication between the lens and the camera body which may result in reduced performance.
Gordon f  Does this lens have built in vc for the Sony version?
SCOTT Y  The Sony mount version uses the same optics but without the image stabilization mechanism (and therefore drops 'VC' from its name), relying on the Sony camera's built-in 'SteadyShot' system instead.
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