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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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This item 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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|Compatible Camera Mount||Nikon F||Nikon F||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (DX)|
|Focus Type||Micromotor||auto-focus||Screw drive from camera||Micro-type ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||3.03 x 4.61 x 3.03 in||3 x 3 x 4.7 in||2.91 x 4.61 x 2.91 in||2.8 x 3.27 x 2.8 in|
|Item Weight||0.96 lb||1.19 lbs||0.94 lb||0.66 lb|
|Lens Type||Telephoto||Macro||Zoom lens||Zoom lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||300 millimeters||300 millimeters||300 millimeters||200 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||70 millimeters||70 millimeters||70 millimeters||55 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||62 millimeters||58 millimeters||62 millimeters||55 millimeters|
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.
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.)"
Top Customer Reviews
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).
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.
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- 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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This lens works great for me, I use it on my nikon D3100 and the auto focus works well, I am an amateur photographer and the price of this lens allows me to take pictures I... Read morePublished 5 days ago by scotty branham
Love, love, love it! Yes auto focus works just fine on the D3300. Takes great pictures. Depth of fiels is good but not as good as a prime lense. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Daniel R. Henninger
Novice photo hobbyist here,
Quite possibly the best purchase I have ever made on Amazon. As a refurbished product I would have expected to find some flaws (as I have... Read more
Not quite as clear or focused as my Nikon...but my Nikon shutter shattered and the Nikon lens is more than twice this amount...so for the price...it does the job.Published 18 days ago by kmom
This is a great lens. I use it on my Nikon D3200. I use this mostly for action shots, soccer games, horse shows and sleigh riding. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Holly O.