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Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 SP Di VC USD XLD for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
- Best-in-class optical performance
- High resolution through use of XLD glass
- New USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) motor for fast and quiet AF
- VC anti-shake mechanism for steady shooting
- Dual format Di design for use on full-frame and smaller sensor cameras
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Sony/Minolta Alpha||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic||Auto/Manual||Micro-type ultrasonic||Micromotor||Micromotor||auto-focus|
|Item Dimensions||5.63 x 3.23 x 3.23 in||5.3 x 4.1 x 4.1 in||5.63 x 3.03 x 3.03 in||4.8 x 3.03 x 3.03 in||4.8 x 3.03 x 3.03 in||7.8 x 3.4 x 3.4 in|
|Item Weight||1.69 lbs||1.25 lbs||1.39 lbs||1.21 lbs||1.21 lbs||2.45 lbs|
|Lens Type||Telephoto||Macro lens||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||telephoto|
|Maximum Focal Length||300 millimeters||300 millimeters||300 millimeters||300 millimeters||300||400 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||70 millimeters||70 millimeters||70 millimeters||70 millimeters||70 millimeters||100 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||62 millimeters||62 millimeters||58 millimeters||58 millimeters||58 millimeters||—|
A New Benchmark in Telephoto Zoom Lens DesignThis premium, state-of-the-art, telephoto zoom lens is the culmination of decades of outstanding innovation in ultra-long-range zoom optics by Tamron. It provides professional and enthusiast users of full-frame and APS-C format digital SLR cameras with the ultimate in image quality and handling in the telephoto zoom class. Built to exacting SP (Superior Performance) standards, it delivers ultra-high resolution across the image field at all focal lengths, along with the first-ever USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) for extraordinary auto-focusing speed and responsiveness. To assure razor sharp imaging when shooting handheld, the SP 70-300mm incorporates VC (Vibration Compensation), Tamron's exclusive low-friction tri-axial image stabilization system acclaimed for its unsurpassed anti-shake performance.
From the Manufacturer
In the pursuit to achieve the most outstanding image resolution in the 70-300mm class, Tamron’s Anniversary lens - the SP AF70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD - 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 VC 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 (Ultra Silent Drive), Tamron’s very own auto-focus drive mechanism This USD mechanism delivers fast, making it a perfect telephoto zoom choice for photographing sports, racing, or other fast-moving subjects. The lens also boasts Tamron’s proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization to assist in handheld photography, not only at long focal length ranges where blurring is common, but also under low-lit conditions, dramatically enhancing photographic freedom. This combination of best in class image resolution, Ultra Silent Drive and Vibration Compensation is a new achievement of Tamron technology culminating in the production of a premium 70-300mm lens.
- 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 full-frame and smaller sensor cameras
- 109-465mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras
Tamron SP (Super Performance) series is a line of ultra-high-performance lenses designed and manufactured to the exacting specifications demanded by professionals and others who require the highest possible image quality. In creating SP lenses Tamron’s optical designers put their foremost priority on achieving superior performance parameters - they are all designed to a higher standard with little regard for cost constraints. As a result, Tamron lenses bearing the SP designation feature impressive and innovative designs that have established an enviable reputation for excellence among those knowledgeable photographers that demand the very best.
A Full-Time Manual Focus Makes Fine Tuning Easy
Cleaner Crisper Images without Flare or Ghosting
The new BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) reduce the lens reflection and dispersion that cause ghosting and flare. The coating enhances light transmission in both the short and long wavelength ranges, ensuring excellent performance in all photographic conditions. Additionally, internal surface coatings are applied to cemented surfaces of all lens elements to deliver sharp, high-contrast images and flawless color re-production.
Vibration Compensation (VC) Mechanism-Making Telephoto & Low Light a New Medium
The actuator and algorithms, developed in-house at Tamron, provide the power that gives VC (Vibration Compensation) it's excellent tracking performance and smooth, stable viewfinder image. Tamron's VC mechanism provides a three-coil system, whereby the three driving coils activate the shake-compensating VC lens groups electromagnetically via three steel balls. The VC lens elements are held in place only by contact with the steel balls, achieving smooth movement with little friction, helping to eliminate the blur from camera shakes for clean shots night or indoors, or in macro and telephoto situations, hand held has never been this easy.
Speed is Nothing if not Stable
Fast and accurate without so much as a whisper. The SP 70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD is the first to boast Tamron's new Ultra Silent Drive (USD). USD is Tamron's latest autofocus motor technology rotor, converting, converting ultrasonic waves into torque to quietly deliver a new level of focus precision and speed. Because it's still built on a rotor it's full time manual focus is as easy as ever-allowing the photographer smooth manual focusing without having to fumble with a switch. With advanced motor technology and newly developed software, Tamron's USD delivers a practical, precise, noiseless photographic experience at turbo speed. For those dynamic sports shots, moving vehicles, or fast moving subjects, there has never been a better option.
Extra Low Dispersion (XLD) Lens
Extra Low Dispersion (XLD) lens elements made from specialized ultra-high-grade glass allow Tamron lens designers to achieve much greater control over chromatic aberration (color fringing) and magnification aberrations, the two major factors that inhibit image quality enhancement. In combination with LD elements, XLD elements are used to achieve sophisticated lenses that deliver the highest possible contrast, the finest detail, and superior imaging performance throughout the entire zoom range.
Full Frame Sensor for Ulitmate Versatility
The SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 DI VC USD is one of Tamron's Digitally Integrated (Di) designs. The Di series is the mark of Tamron lenses that are format-versatile since they can be used on Digital APS-C, full-frame and 35mm SLR cameras.
Auto-focus/Manual-focus (AF/MF) Switch Mechanism on the Focus Ring
The ability to switch quickly between auto-focus (AF) and manual-focus (MF) is a great asset in many types of shooting, especially sports and nature photography. This is easily accomplished with Tamron’s ingenious AF/MF system. By simply sliding the focus ring back and forth between the two positions you can select either the AF or MF focusing position. In manual-focus mode Tamron lenses provide smooth, precise manual focusing by turning their wide, well-textured focusing rings.
- Model: A005 ("A005E" seen on the lens is a generic optical lens design code and does not indicate mount compatibility)
- Focal length: 70-300mm
- Maximum aperture: F/4-5.6
- Angle of view (diagonal): 34° 21'-8° 15’
- Lens construction: 17 elements, 12 groups
- Minimum focus distance: 59.1"
- Maximum magnification ratio: 1:4 (at f = 300mm: MFD 1.5m)
- Filter size (mm): Ø62mm
- Length : 5.6"
- Diameter: Ø3.2"
- Weight : 27.0 oz.
- No. of diaphragm blades: 9
- Minimum aperture: F/32-45
- Standard accessories: Flower Shaped Lens Hood
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I noticed that this Tamron lens goes to f4 instead of f4.5 and has an Ultrasonic Drive (USD) for autofocus (AF) which is on par with Nikon and Canon technologies. I've also been watching eBay to see what kind of price I could pickup the Nikon for used or refurbished and found I could buy the Tamron for about the same price new(after $50 rebate) with a 6 year warranty. I'm not sure why, but there are a ton of the Nikon lenses being sold refurbished, which only have a one year warranty. There are several comments here on Amazon about reviewers getting a bad copy of the lens. So I figured I would take a chance on the Tamron lens, glad I did!
I started taking sports pictures at my son's football games and have been blown away by the speed of the USD. My camera is a Nikon D90 and taking photos at 4.5fps was easy with continuous AF.
I took some shots all the way out at 300mm and this lens produced very sharp results with great depth-of-field and Bokeh. This lens works with full frame FX and cropped frame DX cameras, so the zoom on my D90 is fantastic. Rarely did I have any results that weren't excellent.
The Tamron lens also has their XLD (extra low dispersion glass) that seems pretty evident in the sharpness and lack of chromatic aberration. This is Tamron's first lens to incorporate all of these high end technologies and I think they got it right.
Several of the shots I took were of kids running at high speed and I purposely slowed the shutter down to capture some of the motion in the images. Tamron's VC (vibration correction) performed stellar with my erratic panning and hand holding. I did a test with it off and the difference is dramatic. My other Nikon lenses with VR perform well, but the Tamron VC has got them beat for sure.
I love competion, because it makes everyone better. I'd say in this case, Tamron has finally put out a product that beats Nikon.
I first attempted to capture the moon using the stock 18-55mm kit lens that came with my Nikon D3200. The "55mm" picture shows the very sad result of this.
Next, I purchased a fully manual, Opteka 500mm/f8 telephoto lens with a 2x adapter which cost me about $140 all told. This looks more like a telescope than a camera and required mounting on a tripod. The "1000mm" picture shows the result, which was the best of around 20 shots. It was actually a pretty infuriating experience to try to frame and focus this fully manual lens.
Finally, I decided to splurge and get this Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6, and I'm glad I did! With this lens, I was able to capture the "300mm" picture with just 4 shots, all taken handheld (i.e. without a tripod). I tried two shots with vibration control and two without, and my favorite turned out to be one of the shots without VC enabled. As you can see, although the resolution is not as great as the "1000mm" shot (because I had to crop it more), the "300mm" shot is better in every other way. The overall image is clearer and there is less chromatic aberration at the border of the moon.
The one big downside of this lens is that its AF is a bit slow, so it might not be great to capture fast moving subjects, and you might miss some "blink and you'll miss it" moments with kids.
Other than that, it's a great lens for the money. It has excellent build quality that is on par with mid-range Nikon lenses that I've owned. The 6-year warranty is much better than Nikon's standard warranty and gives me confidence that it will last. I purchased the lens for $350 all told ($450 minus a $100 mail-in rebate from Tamron), and at that price, this is an amazing value.
P.S. Here are some tips for shooting the moon. Put your camera into "Manual" mode. Set it to "Spot" metering. Use these settings: ISO: 100, Aperture: f/10, Shutter: 1/100 s. Ideally use a tripod and a remote to take the shot to minimize vibration. Have fun!