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Tamron Auto Focus 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD Macro Zoom Lens with Built In Motor for Nikon Digital SLR (Model A17NII)

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  • The popular Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6 Di LD Macro features a built in motor to ensure fast accurate focusing
  • Close-focusing ability - 0.95m (3.1 feet ), focal lengths between 180 and 300mm
  • This telephoto zoom will crop in tight or bring distant subjects in close
  • There is also an incredible macro mode for photographing small objects up close giving a magnification ratio of 1:2
  • This phenomenal lens comes with a 6 year warranty. Lens hood included for maximum glare protection and increased contrast
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Compatible Mountings Nikon F Nikon F (FX) Nikon F Sony/Minolta Alpha
Dimensions 3.03 inches x 4.61 inches x 3.03 inches 2.91 inches x 4.61 inches x 2.91 inches 4.7 inches x 3 inches x 3 inches 3.23 inches x 5.63 inches x 3.23 inches
Item Weight 0.96 pounds 0.94 pounds 1.19 pounds 1.69 pounds
Lens Telephoto Zoom lens Macro Standard Zoom
Maximum Aperture 4 f 4 4 4
Max Focal Length 300 mm 300 mm 300 mm 300 mm
Min Aperture 5.6 45 32 4
Min Focal Length 70 mm 70 mm 70 mm 70 mm
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Designed for optimum handling ease and portability, the Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2 AF Lens is ideal for handheld shooting with full-frame and APS-C format SLRs. Its unsurpassed close-focusing ability makes it perfect for nature and portrait photography. Picture takers eager to bring distant sports or wildlife subjects closer, as well as bringing tiny, close range subjects into clear focus will appreciate the standout macro function, available at focal lengths between 180 and 300mm, with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2 (one half life-size). This version also features a built-in autofocus motor for use with all Nikon DSLRs.

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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.)"


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Style:Nikon  |  Product Packaging:Standard Packaging
Product Dimensions 4.6 x 3 x 3 inches
Item Weight 15.4 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer Tamron
ASIN B0012UUP02
Item model number A17NII
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4.4 out of 5 stars 813 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #12 in Camera & Photo > Lenses > Camera Lenses > Digital Camera Lenses
Date first available at Amazon.com June 17, 2003

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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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This is great lens for the money. Actually, an incredible deal. It is worth the price just for the macro mode. The pictures I have been taking of flowers are excellent.

Comparing this lens to it's competition - the Nikon 70-300 & Sigma 70-300:

The 3 lenses are comparable in length (4.6"), diameter (3"), & weight (1#). They each have 9 bladed apertures. They are all about the same price. None have VR - you have to spend 400 more bucks to get this for a Nikon.

The Sigma and Tamron are superior to the Nikon, because

- they have LD glass,
- they are Digital Integrated,
- they have focus motors,
- they have Macro modes (1:2),

The Tamron is superior to the Sigma, because

- it is a newer design (introduced 1/08 as opposed to 10/03),
- it has a 6 year Warranty, as opposed to only a 1yr for the Sigma.

Notes: The Tamron and Nikon use 62mm filters, the Sigma uses 58mm.
Buy a monopod [ASIN:B0002YE6EU Canon Monopod 100 for SLR Cameras & Lenses]]
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I own both Canon gear (Canon 40D) and Nikon gear (D40). Since Nikon is my cheaper lighter gear, I am not to invest a lot of $$$ into it. While D40 is light and cheap, it is an excellent camera which I use all the time for many reasons. I needed a tele lens to compliment my kit 18-55 lens (which is excellent in itself and gets great reviews). I was between Tamron 70-300 and Sigma 70-300 APO since Nikon's 70-300 is 4 times more expensive than Tamron and Sigma. After reading tons of reviews and playing with both Tamron and Sigma, I chose Tamron and I am very happy I did. There are several versions of Tamron's 70-300, however this one is the latest, 2008 version, which autofocuses on D40, 40X and 60. This lens is remarkable for the amount it is sold for. I've taken many great photos with it on vacation and around town. It is also very compact and light. While it is not an ideal lens to shoot Birds in Flight (neither is D40 with its 2.5 fps) due to its slow autofocusing mechanism, it is great for general photos and portraits. As you can see from samples I even took some bee shots with it. I took a star because of slow autofocusing, but hey, you are paying $130 for it, realize it. I recommend this lens over Sigma for budget shooters who want 300 tele, but don't want to pay $450 Nikon wants for its version. I am happy with it
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When I decided to get a telephoto zoom for my Nikon D3100, I did extensive research into the available lenses. First I tried the Nikkor 55-200 VR. For a telephoto zoom, it is light and small but it felt incredibly cheap to me and the plastic mount was not confidence inspiring at all. When trying it in the camera store, it creaked and I got the impression that it would not be all that difficult to break the mount in field use. So I passed on that one. The Nikkor 55-300 was more than I wanted to spend. My semi-pro photographer friend told me that the 70-300 range is most useful so I decided to look at those. The Nikkor was way out of my price range, so I looked at Sigma and Tamron. I ended up going with the Tamron due to excellent reviews, its macro ability and a very low price.

The Tamron is an excellent value for the price (I paid under $160 delivered). Build quality is surprisingly good (better than my kit Nikkor 18-55 or the Nikkor 55-200). Comes with a nice lens hood and front and rear caps. It autofocuses with the D3100 and it has a large manual focus ring that is easy to use. The Tamron is tack sharp at 70mm, even at f/4.0 (sharper than the kit lens at 55mm), making it an excellent portrait lens. On a tripod, I can get excellent results at all focal lengths as long as I remember to stop it down at the longer focal lengths. When I first took test shots with it, it was very soft at 300mm at f/5.6. However, I took some tack sharp images this morning at 300mm after I stopped it down to f/8.0, so now I am giving it a 5 star rating.
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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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