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Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD Macro Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras (Model A17E)

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  • 9 Groups, 13 Elements Lens Construction
  • Rotation Type of Zooming
  • 9 Diaphragm Blade Number
  • F/32 Minimum Aperture
  • 59 inch Minimum Focus Distance (1.5m) in normal setting, 37.4 inch (0.95m) in macro mode f=180mm-300mm range
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Tamron
  • Model: AF017C-700
  • Lens Type: Macro lens
  • Minimum focal length: 70 mm
  • Maximum focal length: 300 mm
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 4.1 x 4.1 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000HDZAUA
  • Item model number: AF017C-700
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 8, 2006

Product Description

Product Description

The Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Autofocus Lens is a compact, light-weight, ultra-tele zoom which covers the 70mm to 300mm telephoto range and produces photographs of exceptional image quality. It is ideal for taking pictures at a distance particularly when the subject is difficult to approach such as in nature and wildlife photography as well as at sporting and theatrical events. The Tamron 70-300mm also excels at portraiture and allows you to isolate the subject from the background for eye-catching, dramatic portraits. This versatile zoom has superb macro capability with a magnification of 1:2 enabling 1/2 life-size close-up shots of flowers, insects, and other objects that normally would require the use of a specially designed macro lens. This new lens is made with the Tamron Di (Digitally Integrated) design which uses an optical system with improved multi-coatings designed to function with Digital SLR Cameras as well as Film SLR Cameras. Tamron also incorporates LD (Low Dispersion) glass in this lens to correct chromatic aberration, resulting in clear, sharp, and beautifully vivid images.

From the Manufacturer

Designed for optimum handling ease and portability (it weighs only 458g <16.2oz.> ), it’s ideal for handheld shooting with full-frame and APS-C format SLRs. Its unsurpassed close-focusing ability (down to 0.95m (3.1 feet ) or 1:2 in macro mode) makes it perfect for nature and portrait photography.

>SP70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC
Zoom in to 300mm from a distance


AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD Macro Zoom Lens Features

Low Dispersion (LD) Glass for Greater Lens Sharpness

Low dispersion (LD) glass elements in a lens help reduce chromatic aberration; the tendency of light of different colors to come to different points of focus at the image plane. Chromatic aberration reduces the sharpness of an image, but glass with an extremely low dispersion index, has less of a tendency to separate (defract) a ray of light into a rainbow of colors. This characteristic allows the lens designer to effectively compensate for chromatic aberration at the center of the field (on axis), a particular problem at long focal lengths (the telephoto end of the zoom range), and for lateral chromatic aberration (towards the edges of the field) that often occurs at short focal lengths (the wide-angle end of the zoom range.)"

Customer Reviews

The motor is a little noisy and slow - switch to manual focus if you mind.
Mgr Martin Macura
So my recommendation is to take extra time to learn photography and to use this lens and you'll end up with great shots and a much better overall experience.
Enrique Gonzalez
Played around with it a lot this past week and it takes really nice pictures and GREAT macro shots.
Z. Feldman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

151 of 154 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Grant on July 23, 2006
The new Di lenses from Tamron are designed to work well with digital cameras, although those with the Di will work for 35mm as well (Di-II only work with smaller, APS-C chip size digital cameras). This is an improvement on the fine 70-300 LD (Low Dispersion glass) design. The major improvements in this lens are in the coatings, to help reduce any color bias, and minimize reflections. Additionally, lens manufacturers are doing more inside the barrels to reduce reflections.

Like the older LD design, the new lens has a close-up mode (not strictly "macro") position that allows images 1/2 lifesize on the negative. That's about twice the size of most 300mm zooms lacking this feature.

Compared to the Canon lenses, it includes a lens hood ($$ from Canon) and a six year USA warranty (vs. 1 year). It's a bit noiser than the Canon lenses in autofocusing. Additionally, the Canon 75-300 III is a considerably older design, which came out well before the needs of digital cameras were known. One slight drawback is that the Tamron uses 62mm filters vs. 58mm for the Canon (which is the same size as the popular 18-55 kit lens).
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76 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Mgr Martin Macura on November 1, 2006
I just bought the lens and it seems VERY good for the price. The two parameters that matter most to me are aberration and sharpness.

- The lens has practically zero aberration, which is a great surprise (I admit I expected it for the bucks). I tried taking sample pictures in high contrast outdoor environments - the contours are just fine!

- What is kind of shocking is its sharpness, even the images taken at 300 mm without a tripod came out sharp.

- The lens is BIG.

- The motor is a little noisy and slow - switch to manual focus if you mind.

On the whole, a very good product.
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By billsirinek on May 4, 2007
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For the price, this is simply an amazing lens. You'll have to spend AT LEAST 3x as much to get a better quality telephoto.

I was originally leery of purchasing a 3rd party lens (this was my first), but figured I'd give this a try since I knew a couple other people with this lens who liked it, plus I had read some not-so-good reviews about the Canon equivalent.

This lens is much sharper than my Canon 28-135 IS lens which cost twice as much used on that big auction site. I'm about to replace that with Tamron's 28-75 f/2.8 lens based upon my favorable experience with this lens.

The lens comes with a hood too, which was a nice touch, one that Canon does not provide with their consumer-level lenses.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Carol on January 29, 2007
I was a little unsure of myself when I bought this lens, but now I am so glad that I got it! I've taken some pretty cool bird pictures with it, always handheld. I've also taken pictures of leaves, pine cones, trees and other vegetation type subjects outside. Most of my pictures turn out pretty sharp, maybe not perfect but you really can't notice. And I'm sure if I used a tripod they would be completely sharp. The lens is a bit noisy when it focuses, but I don't think it's that bad. I'm not a professional photographer, nor am I a beginner and I think this lens is perfect for what I want to do. Yes there are better lenses out there, but those are for the professionals or people with wads of cash to throw around. I'm happy with this lens and the price I paid for it.
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful By bigredwill@yahoo.com on September 9, 2009
This camera has pros and cons that other people have listed. however, for all the beginning and just starting DSLR fans out there, realize that the cons are insignificant to the quality of the shots you can get with a little practice.

a few points:

first, autofocus is a luxury, not a necessity, and on this lens, it is painfully slow at times. Turn off the autofocus as soon as you take it out of the box, and never switch it back again - and please, for goodness sake, use the manual mode. Those two things will make you a better photographer. Ansel Adams didn't have autofocus or a full automatic setting - pray you can be 1/4 as good as him.

second - if you think you are going to zoom to 300mm and hold the camera in your hand and shoot in any condition other than high noon with a cloudless sky, you are mistaken. the images will probably be blurred. buy a travel tripod/monopod and get used to using it - you can get tack sharp poster quality prints with a little know-how.

if you have the slightest inkling of a desire to become a professional photographer - don't buy this lens. go to the bank and get a small business loan for $5,000 - $10,000 and go for broke and buy all the top of the line Canon stuff. but if you are like me and photography is a hobby, a passion, and a joy and you have bills to pay - this is your lens.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By James Cormack on August 16, 2010
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If you are an amateur photographer looking to stretch out and buy a second lens, you can;t do wrong by this one. For its price its worth having while you hone your skills. This lens is particularly good for getting pics of those critters and creatures you can;t get close enough too. Bear in mind when you use this lens to its full potential at 300mm zoomed in you have to be pretty steady, use a tripod or monopod or lean on something. Not all shots will come out great if your just hand holding as it is quite a heavy and lengthy lens. It does come with its own lens hood, something I did not realize when I ordered. The only slight beef I had was the zoom focus barrel is a little stiff, but you get used to it quickly, its not a Canon lens. Overall as a beginner I am very pleased, I got a new lens experience with good quality at a small price. I am uploading two pictures taken with this lens and a Rebel T1i at a local pond, one frog and one dragonfly, each taken from about 8ft away on Macro mode. This Lens has a normal/macro switch. The AF is not as quiet as a Canon lens, but also its not really noisy either, doesn't bother me.
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