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Tamron AF28-300mm A010 F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC PZD Macro Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras Aspherical Black
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- State of the Art Vibration Compensation Mechanism (VC) reduces blurred images induced by camera movement
- Remarkably Compact at less than 4" long and weighing only 19.4oz.
- Revolutionary MFD of 19.3 throughout entire zoom range yeilding a 1:3 Macro Magnification Ratio
- Unique Zoom Lock Mechanism for Enhanced Portability
- Flower-shaped Lens Hood and 6 Year Warranty are included.
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||Flower-shaped hood|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Image Stabilization||Vibration compensation|
|Item Dimensions||2.91 x 2.91 x 3.78 inches|
|Item Display Weight||540 grams|
|Item Weight||1.19 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F3.5 - F6.3|
|Maximum Focal Length||300 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||28 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||19.3 inches|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||7|
|Number of Elements||19|
|Number of Groups||15|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||67 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||75.4 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||1.9 pounds|
The Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens for Nikon is a wide-angle to telephoto zoom lens for Nikon F-mount full-frame and APS-C cameras. It provides users with an extremely versatile all-purpose lens in a compact design and on APS-C cameras it has a zoom range equivalent of 42-450mm. Also, it has an aperture range from f/3.5-6.3 to f/22-40 across the zoom range.
The 28-300mm is also capable of decent macro capabilities with a reproduction ratio of 1:3.5 when zoomed in to 300mm. This is due to a minimum focus distance of 19.3\". Also, for excellent image quality, numerous special glass elements are used in the lens design in addition to Broad-Band Anti-Reflection coatings. There are one Hybrid Aspherical element, three Molded-Glass elements, four Low Dispersion elements, one Extra Refractive Index element, and one Ultra-Extra Refractive Index element.
For general use, there is a Piezo Drive autofocus system which is powered by a fast and quiet standing-wave ultrasonic motor. This allows you to quickly achieve focus for sharp images. There is also Vibration Compensation which provides optical image stabilization that reduces camera shake at slow shutter speeds and longer focal lengths. And, included with the lens are a flower-shaped lens hood as well as front and rear lens caps.
From the Manufacturer
Unleash the picture power of your digital SLR with this remarkable new compact, lightweight all-in-one zoom lens. Covering an impressive 10.7X, wide-to-longtelephotozoom range on both full-frame and APS-C format digital SLRs it gets down to an incredible 0.49m (19.3") at 300mm in Macro mode for dramatic framefilling close-ups.
And to optimize its outstanding real-world image quality we’ve built in our new high-tech, state-of-the-art VC (Vibration Compensation) system. The cutting edge 18-element and 13-group design of the 28-300mm VC lens incorporates XR (extra refractive-index ), LD ( low dispersion) and AD (anomalous dispersion ) glass as well as hybrid and GM (glass molded) aspherical elements to deliver exquisite sharpness and color correction over its extended range. The esteemed Di ( Digitally Integrated ) designation is your assurance of optimum digital and analog imaging performance. Capturing razor sharp handheld images just got
AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC Features
Lenses are designed for exclusive use on digital cameras with smaller-size imagers and inherit all of the benefits of our Di products. These lenses are not designed for conventional cameras and digital cameras with image sensors larger than 24mm x 16mm.
Vibration Compensation (VC)
Camera shake can ruin your photos, particularly at telephoto or in low light. Tamron's state-of-the-art Vibration Compensation mechanism incorporated into the award-winning 28-300mm zoom gives you blur-free hand-held images for incredible results! Finally, the technology you need in the lens you want.
- VC delivers blur free - handheld images for incredible results
- VC mechanism employs a three-coil system
- Lens element compensates for vibration using 3-steel balls (making movement quiet & smooth)
- Exceptional images at slower shutter speeds – reduces the need for a tripod
- Bring out contrast to motion & stillness
- Eliminate the need to shoot with a Flash
Low Dispersion (LD)
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 lowdispersion 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.)
Extra Refractive Index Glass (XR)
Extra Refractive Index (XR) glass can bend light rays at steeper angles, thereby decreasing the physical length of the lens while enhancing imaging performance by minimizing optical aberrations. This has allowed Tamron to develop a line of shorter, smaller-diameter, lighter lenses without sacrificing lens speed, and actually upgrading image quality compared to older designs. XR glass is costlier than conventional glass but it yields enhanced optical power distribution, making possible many of the outstanding and innovative lens designs that bear the XR designation. XR glass, with its superior light-bending power, makes it possible to design a short-barrel lens with the same light-gathering ability (aperture value) as a long-barrel lens—even with a smaller lens diameter. By using this principle Tamron has been able to shorten the length of the entire optical system and produce lighter, more compact lenses of the same speed, and also to provide greater zoom ranges in lenses that are much more convenient to carry by hand.
Aspherical Elements (ASL) Provide the Ultimate in Image Quality and Compactness)
Tamron uses several hybrid aspherical lens elements in many lenses bearing the Aspherical designation. These innovative optics allow us to achieve the ultimate in image quality, and at the same time produce lenses that offer remarkable zoom ranges in extraordinarily compact packages. By perfecting theses cutting-edge advances for series production, Tamron has advanced the state of optical design, and virtually eliminated spherical aberration and image distortion from the high-power-zoom series.Through the effective application of Hybrid Aspherical Technology, one lens elemen tcan take the place of multiple elements without compromising performance. This is what allows us to produce remarkably compact long-range lenses that deliver a uniformly high level of image quality at all focal lengths and apertures.
Internal Focus (IF)
Internal focusing (IF) provides numerous practical benefits to photographers including a non-rotating front filter ring that facilitates the positioning of polarizing and graduated filters, and more predictable handling because the lens length does not change during focusing. Even more important, Tamron’s Internal Focusing (IF) system provides a much closer minimum focusing distance (MFD) throughout its entire focusing range. In addition, IF improves optical performance by minimizing illumination loss at the corners of the image field, and helps to suppress other aberrations that become more troublesome at different focusing positions.
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Pros: cost less than a Canon 28-300 at $2,600.00.
Picture quality is not all that bad for indoor wedding photography. (Comparing 'L' glass with Tamron can't be done)
The Tamron lens is VERY light compared to the Canon 3+ lbs.
Cons: Hunts for focusing when room light is lacking. A whole lot worse if the AF is on. I leave the AF off.
Build quality is not even close to Canon 'L' glass.
Not weather protected.
Hand focusing is difficult and takes valuable time when in situations where you have to work fast.
Overall: Glad I bought it, just wished it had better quality. But you pay for what you get.
Moisture: My first lens is a Canon 17-85mm. I used it while in Canada at the Falls. It got soaked (I was careless and wanted a picture while close to the falls), I dried the lens and proceeded to take my picture. I experenced no problem with the lens. This has become my base line. While in Costa Rica in the Rain Forest a little moisture got on the lens. The lense fogged up and I was unable to use the lens. Once indoors the lens cleared and I went outside again. Within five minutes the lens fogged up. The lens again cleared once inside and I have not experenced any futher problems. I would not go far from home without a secondary lens on a wet day. Note a person with Nikon had the same problem and their lens took longer to clear The next day the Nikon still was not clear and my Canon had no problems at all.
Lens testing: I tested the lens at 300mm against a clear sky focused on a tree branch. The twigs did not blur however there were frnges of color around them. I had to use a great deal of mag to see these fringes around the twigs, therefore, I do not consider this a problem. (note I am not a pro!)
Focus Ability: Once above 200mm I don't even consider Auto Focus. It does not find the target and goes into a hunt process and usually fails to focus. I experience no problem using Manual Focus.
Do I like the Lens: YES, And would buy it again. Because of its features: light weight, range 28-300mm, I use it has my primary lense. The F-stop range is limited but so I use 1600 ISO when needed and the pictures still look O.K. Most of my pictures are daylight at 200 ISO.
I have tried the lens, over the first few days I've had it, and I am quite pleased. The mount is secure, lens lock works as advertised. I've experimented with wide angle as well as full 300 zoom, in outdoor daylight, outdoor ambient light (with a tripod) and indoors with flash, and it performs very well. Since I am not a professional photographer, there may be aspects I am missing, but for my general use, the lens is easy to operate, provides sharp photos over the entire range and works quite well with my Canon Rebel XTi. The vibration compensation works well, but it should be turned off when not using long exposures, as it does increase battery drain.
This lens is replacing an older Tamron 28-200 zoom lens. I am happy with my new lens, and I encourage other Canon owners interested in a little more versatility to try the 28-300 lens.
Tonight, I photographed the moon (300 mm, 1/250, f11, ISO 100), using both a tripod and hand-held with VC on. Both photos turned out sharp, rich in detail, and with very little difference between the two. Some have critiqued the lens as not being sharp at 300mm. Maybe that was on a Nikon. On my Canon, I could not ask for more.