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- Warning: This lens is not compatible with the Nikon 1 FT1 adapter and the firmware 1.1!
- 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
- Dual format Di design for use on fullframe and smaller sensor cameras
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This item Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 SP Di VC USD XLD for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Sony/Minolta Alpha||Nikon F||Nikon F (DX)||Nikon F(DX)||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic||Micromotor||Micro-type ultrasonic||auto-focus||Micromotor||auto-focus|
|Item Dimensions||3.23 x 5.63 x 3.23 in||3.03 x 4.61 x 3.03 in||3.03 x 4.84 x 3.03 in||3.27 x 5.75 x 3.27 in||3.03 x 4.8 x 3.03 in||3 x 3 x 4.7 in|
|Item Weight||1.69 lbs||0.96 lb||1.28 lbs||1.5 lbs||1.21 lbs||1.19 lbs|
|Lens Type||Standard Zoom||Telephoto||Zoom lens||zoom||Zoom lens||Macro|
|Maximum Focal Length||300 millimeters||300 millimeters||300 millimeters||300||300 millimeters||300 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||70 millimeters||70 millimeters||55 millimeters||70||70 millimeters||70 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||62 millimeters||62 millimeters||58 millimeters||67 millimeters||58 millimeters||58 millimeters|
In addition, it is the first Tamron lens sporting a USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive), Tamron's very own ultrasonic auto–focus drive mechanism. This USD mechanism delivers fast focusing, 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 hand–held photography, not only at long focal length ranges where blurring is common, but also under low–lit conditions, dramatically enhancing photographic freedom. This comnbination of best in class image resolution, Ultrasonic Silent Drive and Vibration Compensation is a new achievement of Tamron technology, culminating in the production of a premium 70–300mm telephoto zoom lens.
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
- 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
Top customer reviews
I was initially very pleased with this lens. Mostly because the VC (vibration control) is excellent. I mean really, really impressive. When you half press the shutter button, the image just freezes. The image sharpness was good, but not great. My favorite lens in the bag is a Tamron 180mm Macro, so I know Tamron can do sharp. This lens didn't feel as sharp as it should have been is all.
Functionally the lens worked well. It felt good. It felt solid. The AF was a lot slower than the 24-105mm (non 'L') kit lens my Canon 6D came with, but not bad. Twice I had a problem dialed to 300mm where the AF didn't seem to be able to adjust the focus. Motor would whir but focus wouldn't change. The focus dial showed that the focus was getting stuck between 2m (nearest focus) and 5m, a very narrow range. I tried switching to manual focus (you can override auto at any time with the dial) and had the same issue. However, I was able to zoom out to 70 and back in to 300 and it worked fine again.
Then, today, exactly two months after purchasing the (used) lens.... catastrophic failure. Bye bye lens. It suddenly wouldn't move in past 200, the tube was stuck extended. I wiggled it some, remembering the focus issues, and eventually it got past, only to get stuck at 100. Then it wouldn't go anywhere. And... I look into the front element to see a piece of the internal mechanics had BROKEN OFF and was wedged in between the front two elements. (see pic)
So, basically I paid $250 for an eight week lens rental. The Media One / Amazon return policy expired after four, and the Tamron warranty doesn't exist for open box or used items. Drat.
Cons: Needs a lot of aperture priority as the light diminishes, it's no featherweight, AF/MF switch to easy to hit accidentally, Zoom ring could be faster, petal hood is huge but may not actually work as well as a smaller full coverage dome. Some flares from the lower right and left. CA happens in this Sony hack application, but Canon camera users will never see any CA when they use it.
I purchased this Tamron Di VC USD XLD for use with my Sony A7k 24MP Full Frame mirrorless SLR and a Commlite EF mount to FE ILCE Mount adaptor v.2, which sends the Aperture and Auto Focus info to the Sony A7 and NEX series and vice versa. I chose the Canon version of this Tamron because the Commlite adaptor only works with Canon EF compatible lenses, and Sony has no OSS on the A7 sensor, it needs OSS (or VC in Tamron terms) to be built into the lenses.
Oh yes, and until about a week ago, Sony didn't have a 70-300 telephoto in FE for A7. Now it suddenly does, but it costs $1450 and is heavy as a tank. But I want to try that out too, and I will eventually move to the native lenses when the prices drop for super duper AF and the latest lens tech.
So this review will be for Sony A7 owners, sorry Canon EF folks, however I can recommend that if you have an EF capable camera, like a 5D MarkII or Mark III, you consider this lens if you are on a budget (why would you be though?). The results are near professional and the AF and VC are quiet and on target 100% of the time. Now on to my Sony FE Bretheren and this gear hack:
The Commlite adaptor is the only game in town, and it is the only drawback to using this Tamron EF lens with the A7. Still, for the total price of $348 for the lens and $99 for the commlite, I got an AF stabilized 70-300mm coated and corrected lens for the A7. It's a great deal, as mentioned above the Sony version cost 4x more $$$..that a LOT of money. There is an Alpha mount 70-200mm which I am told works excellently with the v4 alpha to emount Sony Adaptor and its phase detection AF upgrade, but that whole kit costs you $450 for the adapter and $999 for the lens used. So might want to buy the new Sony, though I believe the Alpha version is made by Zeiss, which means better AF and possibly top tier optics. I chose to save a grand and try this goofiness, and all in all I am ok with using this.
So what did I observe after a mid afternoon to dusk nature shoot? The Tamron lens is excellent. The commlite adapter requires a lot of customization of the Sony A7 to work with the Canon lens system and only comes through 1 out of 3 times. But it does come through, and the Tamron really helps this process a few ways. First, the Tamron has a Manual Focus adjuster feature built in, and if you have focus peaking turned on all the time, it makes up for the half-assed Commlite AF handshaking. Needless to say the Commlite barely gets AF info to sync up and it will sent the lens hunting and not locking spasmodically. What do you expect from a hack? With some trial and error this wil improve as you learn to set up center point focusing, use auto mode when possible and keep your grip hand fingers ready to MF with the peaking.
Some work yes, but the results cannot be gotten for this cheap any other way.
The good news is there ways to make this all work better for you. First, the easiest way to get good results from this forbidden dance is to let the BIONZ processor in the A7 do it's magic. That means setting the camera in intelligent auto. I know, why would a serious photog do that? Well in this case, it allows the camera to "correct" aperture settings after the first shot, making some lovely focus correction along the way. And we are talking about a 300mm zoom off the tripod, why wouldnt you let the camera make some decisions for you so you can compose and track? Tripod users should go MF and AP but leave VC on because it works so well.
The Commlite and Tamron combo hunts out focus and locks on, but it's often slightly off, fine tune it with the perfectly placed easy to use micro adjust ring right by your hand grip, and take the shot, suddenly the aperture will lock on to a better solution and your adjusted focus will match up. Take the shot again. Perfect shot this time! It will usually hold focus if you push through quickly so you can recompose in the focus zone.
So you have to take two shot some times, particularly when you are at the wide end and there is a lot of light or if you are in a dim area and zoomed in. I would also recommend the Shutter Priority mode w/ continuous shooting mode on. This works to lock in the original focus point and then stream shots in the zone. It works ok, so far, with moving animals and airplanes. It holds the focus while the A7 machine guns frames.
Basically there are settings and combinations and techniques to make this Tamron work with your Sony A7. The results do show some Chromatic Aberration if the aperture is not spot on, so be prepared to setup a manual mode or know your A7 features and controls. The ultimate sharpness of this lens is not quite Professional quality, so just realize it is very very very good, when it is all working perfectly. Otherwise it can be just very good or like always, an out of focus blown out mess if you don't pay attention.
My summary: This is a great telezoom for the Full frame sensor and if you are prepared to put in "prosumer" level inputs and knowledge of your equipment, you will get damn near professional results. The long 300m zoom does benefit from Auto Focus, even if you need to use focus peaking before shutter to fine tune. Yes this lens is not as good on the A7 as it would be on a Canon Mark III, so this is NOT for people looking to have proshots easy. Just cheap, not easy.
The Vibration control works wonderfully, and I save that review for last. That is why I had to have this Di VC model, and in a telephoto having VC makes a huge night and day difference. Hand held shots at 300mm can be razor sharp if you have the shutter cranked (>400) the aperture in the sweet spot (f8-f11) and a steady quick focus peaking talent. There is no other way to hand carry a telephoto and get usable pictures at 300 mm. Without VC, or OSS you need a stable surface or tripod and super fast shutter speeds at 200-300mm. Thanks to Tamron and Commlite, this VC works perfectly to stabilize and freeze the shot, keeping your aperture open and sharpness when you really need it.
This unit is built of a plastic shell and a lot of heavy glass and metal inside. It is bigger than you would expect and on the diminutive A7 it makes an interesting handhold. As I mentioned above the Manual Focus ring is perfectly placed to provide instant corrections and it moves smooth and accurately. It works against the AF so you need to hold-release-hold the AF to get the Sony to release the shutter when pushing the focus on correction.
The AF switch is a little easy to hit so always be aware of where that is set at any moment. You dont want AF when you have a zone picked out, and you don't want MF when you have a moving target.
The VC button should be on always as far as I am concerned, it holds the image in your view and it is a really lovely feature, definitely makes a huge difference.
I recommend getting a tripod rotational ring for this lens, the Commlite has a mount point but that needs to come off and you would do better with a collar like most big telephotos.
This lens weighs enough that you will notice it on the camera, but thankfully the A7 is so light it is all quite haul-able on one arm.
another great reason to use the petite mirrorless A7 over a bulky long DSLR.
No vignetting was found, no distortion, just CA because the sometimes bad aperture choices of the Commlite overwhelmed the lens. When it was spot on, it was excellent and very sharp. It is very close to what I have seen from big glass.
The coatings keep away dust and debris, the filter ring is 62mm if you wish to polarize. No rotation just extends. doesn't creep at all. as I said above, the petal hood is huge and doesn't make sense. Buy a shorter full cup hood.
Thanks to the high ISO capabilities of the Sony A7, f4-5.6 lenses like this with VC are equivalent to f3.0-4.0 OSD glass of the past. If I was a pro, I would pony up for the OTUS f2.4 primes on alpha mount with the Sony AF adapter v4. Pros should use pro gear, and amateurs should get an APS-C with a kit lens and enjoy the NEX series. The A7 customer, being a prosumer value oriented throwback photog, will find this Tamronn 70-300 DiUSD VC EF mount combo ,a great matchup with the commlite EF-NEX/FE v.2 adapter.
I shoot with a Canon 7D SLR and was looking for a lens to reach beyond my 70-200.
I find Canon lens way to expensive.
I read multiple reviews of this Tamron and decided to give it a shot.
I only had the chance to take it out one evening so far, just to play with it. It was a gray evening in low light and I was shooting @ 300mm to see how the Vibration Control worked. So far so good. As we get into Spring I will take more pictures outdoors in better light and post some pic's.
The Icing on the cake:
When I bought this, Tamron was running a $100.00 rebate. Brought my cost down to 325.00 for the new lens with a 6 year warranty.
My rebate was processed and a check sent to me within 3 weeks! I couldn't believe it!
I went out today to test an app on my tablet for controlling my Canon 7D. I took most pictures with my 50mm, however decided to shoot some with the 70-300. Here are a couple. I am very new to photography so I am sure the pictures will get better as I get better.