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Tamron AF017S-700 Autofocus 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD Macro Zoom Lens for Konica Minolta and Sony Digital SLR Cameras
- 70-300mm macro lens with f/4-5.6 maximum aperture for digital or 35mm cameras
- Easy-to-use macro switch lets you alternate between 180mm and 300mm focal lengths
- Minimum focus distance of 59 inches from subject (normal) or 37.4 inches (macro)
- 9-blade circular diaphragm provides beautiful soft-focus imagery; 62mm filter diameter
- Measures 3 inches in diameter and 4.6 inches long; weighs 15.3 ounces
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This item Tamron AF017S-700 Autofocus 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD Macro Zoom Lens for Konica Minolta and Sony Digital SLR Cameras
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|Compatible Mountings||Sony Alpha||Sony/Minolta Alpha||Sony E (NEX)||Sony/Minolta Alpha|
|Focus Type||Micromotor||Micromotor||Stepper motor||Micromotor|
|Item Dimensions||3.03 x 4.61 x 3.03 in||3.03 x 4.8 x 3.03 in||2.52 x 4.25 x 2.52 in||3.03 x 4.61 x 3.03 in|
|Item Weight||0.96 lb||1.21 lbs||0.76 lb||1.01 lbs|
|Lens||Macro lens||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||Zoom lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||300 millimeters||300 millimeters||210 millimeters||300 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||70 millimeters||70 millimeters||55 millimeters||55 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||62 millimeters||58 millimeters||49 millimeters||62 millimeters|
70-300mm macro lens with f/4-5.6 maximum aperture for digital or 35mm cameras Easy-to-use macro switch lets you alternate between 180mm and 300mm focal lengths Minimum focus distance of 59 inches from subject (normal) or 37.4 inches (macro) 9-blade circular diaphragm provides beautiful soft-focus imagery; 62mm filter diameter Measures 3 inches in diameter and 4.6 inches long; weighs 15.3 ounces
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).
After a couple afternoons of taking this lens through its paces, I decided I like it a lot. I get good auto focus (if a little slow at times), nice bokeh, nice color saturation, and the images are sharp. It's rarely off my camera anymore. I'm still planning to save up for a Nikon 80-400mm or maybe one of those constant f2.8 70-200mm zooms, but in the meantime, I am enjoying a lot more than I bargained for when I purchased this $200 lens.
Things to know before you buy: 1) This lens seems to use a lot of power and drains batteries quickly; 2) It has a 62mm housing, but the functional front lens element is very much smaller; 3) The macro switch sticks if the focus ring isn't set to its starting position, or thereabouts.
I was really deterred by the price and nervous about the lack of image stabilization, being that I'm not very steady handed. I decided to give it a shot anyways.
I am completely in awe. This lens perfectly fits my needs. I'm able to take pictures of birds in just about any lighting and weather, whether they are moving or not. The auto focus was a must for me and it works beautifully. It seems sturdy and durable and is very easy to use. I'm able to get beautiful close up shots of birds in nearby trees! Im not at all steady handed and all of my pictures have been without the use of a tripod, just by hand. Even if I'm fully focused in, I can still take good pictures without a tripod or propping my elbows on something, so that didn't turn out to be an issue for me at all. I've only had photographs with doubled tree branches in about 10 photos, out of about 200 since I got this lens. And really the photograph still came out really nice (it's actually below)- the branches were blurred in the background so you really couldn't even tell.
Also, with about 3 out of about 200 pictures I have taken, I've seen a slight purple or green edge on the bird or tree branch. It's a rarity though.
I'm really impressed. It's also much lighter than I expected it to be, so I'll be able to take it hiking no problem- and we go on long trails, hiking for up to 10 hours a day!
I'm really impressed and I highly recommend this lens, especially for bird and wildlife enthusiasts. I do hope to one day get a lens that reaches further, but for now and with my current budget, this is perfect! You'll be able to get really good close up photos, some as close as even showing the details of their feathers, of birds in nearby trees. I can also get some pretty amazing long range photos with this as well.
Totally worth it!
The photos below were taken with this lens, with only minimal editing to the coloration and contrast of the photo. These birds were about 30-40 feet away in a nearby tree! They probably would have come out even better had I have used the hood that it comes with, but I keep forgetting to put it on.