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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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 (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
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 (94),Landscape/scenery (81),Sports/action (65),Macro photography (33),Weddings (22),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 (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

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 149 reviews)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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    (65)

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    (69)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

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    (1)

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    (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 149 customers

 
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.

 
4.0

Nice Lens

By

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.

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
SANDRA P P  This lens was purchased to replace the Sony 75-300 kit lens I had.
Sebastien D  I'm sure it fits my A99, but is it like the sony DT lens or is it a full frame lens?
Jim H  It can be used for full frame or or cropped C sensor. The DI -II is for C sensor only . The 70-300 is a DI which can be used on both Full frame and C size.
M S  Will this lens work on the Sony A7 using the LAE-4 Sony A to E Lens Adapter, in particular will the autofocus work? tx S
ROBERT H  Any a-mount lens will need an a to e-mount adaptor. I'm not sure which adaptor is intended for full frame e-mount. As this is a full frame lens, it should work with the right adaptor. Be aware, however, that the a-mount version of this lens does not have vibration control; Tamron left that out, since a-mount cameras already have it.
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