Tamron SP AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di Ultra Silent Drive (USD) Telephoto Zoom Lens for Maxxum and Sony alpha Mount

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Tamron 70-300mm: Picture 1 regular $449.00

About Tamron 70-300mm

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 AF 70-300mm F4-5.6 Di 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 USD (Model A005) boasts sharper contrast and greater descriptive performance than all others in its class. In addition, it is the 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.

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

The lens Does NOT have VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization since it is in most Sony cameras already.

The Tamron 70-300mm is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Sports/action, Wildlife photos and more.The Tamron 70-300mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a 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 and Fast / accurate auto-focus

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (98),Consistent output (85),Easily interchangeable (80),Durable (62),Strong construction (62),Lightweight (49),Nice bokeh (38),Rugged (37),Simple controls (7),Easily mounted (5),Price (5),Easy to clean (3) Sharp at all focal length (3) View All
Cons:
Heavy (27),Poor in low light (27),Slow focus (18),Blurry focus (4),Lens creep (4),Tough to attach (3),Weak casing (3)
Best Uses:
Wildlife photos (95),Landscape/scenery (82),Sports/action (65),Macro photography (33),Weddings (23),General purpose (12),Portraits (12),Wildlife (12),Low light (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 (30),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

Model
A005, 70-300mm
Recommended Sensor size
Full Frame Di
Maximum Aperture
F/4-5.6
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
Nine
Filter Size
62mm
Weight
27.0 oz.
Diameter x Length
Maximum Diameter: 3.2" / Overall Length: 5.6"
Standard Accessory
Flower-shaped lens hood
Mfr #
AFA005S-700
SKU
TM70300VUMAX

Tamron 70-300mm Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.3

(based on 150 reviews)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (65)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (70)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Super 300mm f5.6 optics

Use it on my SONY 100, 550, 55. Fast focus superb sharpness/resolution up to 250mm excellent sharpness at 300 wide open. In the 70-300 f5.6 range I started with Promaster, then came Sigma, Minolta xi, another Sigma APO DG and now Tamron by far the best in this group. At [$] it is not at the cheep end but well worth it. The large hood works well but it is cumbersome: putting the lens cap on with the hood on is difficult, zooming the lens with the hood on in reverse is not possible.

Reviewed by 150 customers

 
4.0

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

By

from New Bern, NC  -  Semi-pro Photographer

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

By

from Knoxville,TN

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

By

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

 
5.0

Great lens

By

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.

 
5.0

Amazing lens -- great VC

By

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)

 
5.0

Very Good Lense for the Price

By

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)

 
4.0

Good Value

By

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.

 
4.0

A whopper of a lens

By

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.

 
5.0

This lens is great

By

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)

 
4.0

Impressive lens

By

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.

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Paul A  does the sony mount have the built in image stablization in the lens? according to Tamron website, they say this function is omitted. It is at the bottom of the page for the lens on their website. Are you happy with this lens? Paul
THOMAS J  It does not have the stabilization in the lens because it is in the camera. Personally, I like the stabilization in the camera over the lens stabilization. I have three camera systems, Nikon D700, Canon 7Dand Sony A77 and I have one of these lenses with each system. I like this lens very much. I get better results with the Sony. You have to intentionally try to mess up a shot with this camera and lens combination. I hope this helps.
Paul A  Thanks for your help. I also like the in camera stablization in the Sony. I have the A580, because of the optical viewfinder and it takes some incredible photos.
Paul A  does the sony mount have the built in image stablization in the lens? according to Tamron website, they say this function is omitted. It is at the bottom of the page for the lens on their website. Are you happy with this lens? Paul
THOMAS J  It does not have the stabilization in the lens because it is in the camera. Personally, I like the stabilization in the camera over the lens stabilization. I have three camera systems, Nikon D700, Canon 7Dand Sony A77 and I have one of these lenses with each system. I like this lens very much. I get better results with the Sony. You have to intentionally try to mess up a shot with this camera and lens combination. I hope this helps.
Paul A  Thanks for your help. I also like the in camera stablization in the Sony. I have the A580, because of the optical viewfinder and it takes some incredible photos.
mike p  will this work on a sony nex-5 ?
jeffrey f  it will work on the ned - 5,6,7 series by adding the sony alpha lens adapter (and autofocus but no image stabilization)
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