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Tamron Auto Focus 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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- Brand Name: Tamron
- Model Number: AF017C-700
- Lens Type: Macro lens
- Minimum Focal Length: 70 mm
- Maximum Focal Length: 300 mm
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This item: Tamron Auto Focus 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD Macro Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras (Model A17E)
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|Compatible Mountings||Information not provided||Sony/Minolta Alpha||Canon EF-S||Canon EF|
|Dimensions||4.1 inches x 5.3 inches x 4.1 inches||3.23 inches x 5.63 inches x 3.23 inches||2.76 inches x 4.25 inches x 2.76 inches||3.03 inches x 4.8 inches x 3.03 inches|
|Item Weight||1.25 pounds||1.69 pounds||0.86 pounds||1.21 pounds|
|Lens||Macro lens||Telephoto||medium-telephoto||Zoom lens|
|Maximum Aperture||4 f||4||5.6 f||4|
|Max Focal Length||300 mm||300 mm||250 mm||300|
|Min Focal Length||70 mm||70 mm||55 mm||70 mm|
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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 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 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.
- 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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I received it on time so excited and tried it at once, But I noticed that the Normal/ Macro slide button is not functioning you cannot adjust it as if it was stuck not sure what... Read morePublished 5 days ago by mario cagaoan
I've been stuck with my 18-55mm Nikon lens for a while. I have greatly enjoyed this new lens as it works flawlessly with my Nikon D5100. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Robert
Bught this lens sold my camera with it, bught another camera the first thing i did was buy this lens a second time!Published 7 days ago by benny
I absolutely LOVE this glass. Great bang for the buck. Don't hesitate, just buy it and have fun with a whole new dimension to your photography.Published 13 days ago by Steve B.