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Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 SP Di VC USD XLD for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
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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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- Brand Name: Tamron
- Model Number: AFA005NII-700
- Lens Type: Standard Zoom
- Mounting Type: Wall
- Minimum Focal Length: 70 mm
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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 (DX)||Nikon F (FX)||—||Nikon F||—|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic||Micro-type ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||Auto/Manual||auto-focus||—|
|Item Dimensions||3.23 x 5.63 x 3.23 in||3.03 x 4.84 x 3.03 in||3.15 x 5.67 x 3.15 in||4.1 x 5.3 x 4.1 in||3 x 3 x 4.7 in||3.19 x 3.19 x 5.62 in|
|Item Weight||1.69 lbs||1.28 lbs||1.64 lbs||1.25 lbs||1.19 lbs||1.69 lbs|
|Lens Type||Standard Zoom||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||Macro lens||Macro||zoom|
|Maximum Focal Length||300 millimeters||300 millimeters||300 millimeters||300 millimeters||300 millimeters||300 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||70 millimeters||55 millimeters||70 millimeters||70 millimeters||70 millimeters||70 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||62 millimeters||58 millimeters||67 millimeters||62 millimeters||58 millimeters||62 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 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!
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.