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Tamron SP 70-300 mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD

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Manufacturer Tamron
Model SP 70-300 mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD
Lens style Telephoto zoom
Focal length 70 - 300 mm
Maximum aperture f/4 - 5.6
Angle of view 34 - 18 o
Closest focusing distance 1.5 m
Maximum magnification 1:4
Minimum aperture 32
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Auto focus type USD
Lens Construction 17 elements / 12 groups
Filter diameter 62 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Canon EF
Nikon F
Sony A / Minolta
Dimensions 81.5 x 142.7 mm
Weight 765 g
Additional information Released: 09.03.2010
Extra Low Dispersion (XLD) element
Average rating (29 owners reviews)
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4.57 Good
Owners reviews (29)
  1. RR
    RR 22 January 2017, 18:50
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    IP 99.224.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: 540
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: weight a bit on heavy side though not for its class. Sharpness goes down at open aperture lower tele end

    Pros: price, value, speed and accuracy of af, stabilization.

    Summary: recommended for amateurs

  2. Vanquish1976
    Vanquish1976 31 January 2015, 16:11
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    IP 124.120.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: $400
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Extended barrel, Weather seal

    Pros: IQ, VC, weight and price

    Summary: Good telephoto zoom lens with affordable price

  3. tfeazel
    tfeazel 16 February 2014, 20:19
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    IP 72.186.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: $325 used
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Slow maximum apertures but this lens is relatively cheap. There is a slight blue cast, easily corrected. Focus is rather slow, but accurate.

    Pros: Reasonably sharp, contrast is good. Lens is light, easy to handle. Really good value.

    Summary: I use this lens a lot, and it mates up very well with my Sigma 1.4x extender. Results are crisp, very contrasty images. This lens spends a lot of time on my D600.

  4. jl
    jl 16 October 2012, 11:46
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    IP 41.12.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: ZAR4300
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Chromatic Abberation especially wide open Struggles to focus accurately in low light

    Pros: Quiet fast AF FTM Excellent stabiliser Sharp up to 300

    Summary: The lens handles very well, the only thing that lets it down is the CA, esp at telephoto, need to stop down to f8 to reduce it. Despite the CA still prefer it over the Canon version just due to build quality and handling, have owned both.

  5. Redzo
    Redzo 16 September 2012, 20:16
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    IP 80.217.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 270€
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: For this money, none.

    Pros: Sharp, fast focus and not too heavy. Nice colour and contrast, stabilization is much better then Nikons own.

    Summary: For this money there is nothing out there that can touch it. I use it with D7000 and I am very impressed with this glass. Compered it to my friends Nikkor 70-300 VR and it ended up with him selling his Nikkor and getting Tamron. That should tell you everything you need to know.

  6. Scott  B.
    Scott B. 14 September 2012, 10:49
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    IP 108.235.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 350.00
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: There is no perfect lens ! At 300mm it could be a little more sharper.

    Pros: Nice size, not too big or heavy. Great Hood & lens caps, from 70mm up to around 200/225mm range, it is sharp in the center and out to the borders, with very good colors & contrast. But from around 250mm to 300mm the center sharpness drops a little as well as the border sharpness. BUT, the colors & the contrast are still good. And the "VC" vibration control works "Tri-Axis" 3 ways not just up/down, left/right, but also diagonal to stop the shakes, better than Canon or Sigma.

    Summary: When Tamron came out with this zoom lens there was a 100.00 rebate, so I got for $350.00 ! And for $350.00 there is nothing out there that can touch it ! Canon, Nikon, & Sigma are not as good ! A lot of USA & Overseas Photo magazines praise this zoom lens ! The "USD" ultra sonic drive rarely hunts, is quick & very low noise.

  7. KiTTs
    KiTTs 7 September 2012, 15:48
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    IP 49.144.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 550$
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: none so far

    Pros: Very Sharp, VC locks very well, USD works so fast.

    Summary: It's a fast Lens with a sharp results, recommended for paparazzi. good value for money. low cost high profile lens.

  8. anonim
    anonim 4 April 2012, 15:36
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    IP 199.192.x.x
    Owner since:
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    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Poor seaing, stabilser not ok. Soft over 200mm

    Pros: Price

    Summary: Poor seal. Dust inside after only 1 month

  9. stb
    stb 25 March 2012, 16:11
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    IP 91.58.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price:
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Very poor sealing, low optical performance over 200mm and open aperture

    Pros: sufficient for nice weather, price

    Summary: Poor sealing Fail because of moisture and dust (South Asia trip). Switsches tends to switch accidentally. Too soft and fuzzy about 200mm at open aperture

  10. m.baran
    m.baran 2 December 2011, 22:18
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    IP 188.121.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 5750000t=4
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: cannot zoom with lens hood on backwards.

    Pros: very sharp.exellent vibration compensation

    Summary: Thanks tamron

  11. Giklab
    Giklab 11 October 2011, 23:07
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    IP 86.61.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 340€
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Nothing in my case. But some people get bad copies, since Tamron's quality control isn't as good as Canikon's (or Pen, Oly, etc.) Usually, when you get a good copy, it's really good. Also, it is quite front-heavy, especially when zoomed in.

    Pros: Comfortable zoom range (~105-450 on APS-C), quality feel, a bit faster aperture than some of the competition. Things to point out: - metal mount - great image stabilisation; it really locks on - lightning fast autofocus

    Summary: On par with Nikon's 70-300 vr, but cheaper.

  12. BrightnSunny
    BrightnSunny 24 July 2011, 19:39
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    IP 94.200.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: USD$460
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: You have to be careful with what you buy ... samples varies! My best advise is to go to the shop ask for a few copies and sample one by one until you get the best one!!!

    Pros: * Sharpness * Resolution * Colour * Distortion

    Summary: Damn ... this is perhaps the best bang for the bucks!!! Maybe the best non-pro len that I ever used!!! Frankly, these days, you don't need to get pro-lens to get the job done ... with just only marginal difference between the Tamron and those Pro-lenes, just throw your images into any RAW Editor, run thru' a few clicks or perhaps batch edit them, and Walla! ... you get Pro results!!!! The only reason you need a Pro-Lenes these days is just only for telling your neighbour that you can afford one :) !!!!

  13. STR5100
    STR5100 23 July 2011, 23:18
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    IP 80.219.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: CHF 469 =
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Comfort: It's old-fashioned "heavy". Handling: The zoom ring is too far in the front of the tube.

    Pros: Handling: Its heavy mass supports the performance of the ... VC is great. You'll get sharper images than those taken by a standard zoom lens that was more expensive 18 months ago. The price! AF-speed is fantastic. Aim your target and "clack": in focus! Over-all picture quality is superb. Although one will realise colour shadows (chromatic aberration) beyond 200% enlargement near white areas.

    Summary: The best lens I ever had. A superb fit for the Nikon D5100.

  14. Antonpaparazzi
    Antonpaparazzi 13 June 2011, 09:39
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    IP 195.250.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 399
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: AF speed not so good, but not bad at all, bokeh is not nice

    Pros: USD, VC, 300mm, very good optics and the PRICE after all !

    Summary: Definetly recommend

  15. devon
    devon 13 June 2011, 04:19
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    IP 182.4.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: usd 450
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: none at all

    Pros: sharp lens, silent usd, accurate af

    Summary: cheap, good handling,

  16. andry
    andry 13 June 2011, 03:36
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    IP 182.4.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 400 euro
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: none

    Pros: sharp sharp shap

    Summary: best telezoom in the class

  17. Patrick
    Patrick 18 February 2011, 08:19
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    IP 85.171.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 430 €
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: piqué plus que correct pour cette gamme. Stabilisateur très performant. autofocus efficace.

    Pros: Un peu lourd. surexpose de presque un diaph (?).

    Summary: Un très bon achat.

  18. Jose Rocha
    Jose Rocha 17 February 2011, 20:05
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    IP 2.81.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: 449 €
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Some CAs at high apertures but just on very contrasty situations like shooting foliage and branches against the sun, close down one stop and everything is improved. Images could benefit from more contrast.

    Pros: Stunning edge-to-edge sharpness at every focal length and aperture considering the price and zoom range. Perfect for those who really need 300mm, much better than the competition. Good AF speed, excellent VC, very good build quality.

    Summary: This lens is a keeper. I bought it mostly for great 300mm performance and my expectations were confirmed. Practically everything in this lens is great. There are some issues like occasional CAs at wide apertures and lack of constrast, but neither case could not be solved in PP. Just get it!

  19. Muallim Arabii
    Muallim Arabii 14 February 2011, 17:24
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    IP 115.135.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: RM1544
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: little bit slow on auto focusing..

    Pros: its SHARP! and MORE.. its CHEAP for the quality

    Summary: good bargain for Telephoto Lens Type... I recommend it!

  20. perry
    perry 12 February 2011, 16:31
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    IP 222.248.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price:
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: not yet

    Pros: good vibration compensation

    Summary: 5 stars

  21. AS
    AS 9 February 2011, 01:11
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    IP 94.123.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 500 euro
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Nothing Yet.

    Pros: Very, very sharp, VC great work, Good contrast and colors. Focus accuracy very good..

    Summary: ..

  22. Georges
    Georges 6 February 2011, 19:51
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    IP 86.4.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: £350
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Extremely sharp for what I do, and well built, very silent.

    Pros: for the money I cannot complain.

    Summary: I love this lense and I am glad Ibought it. When readng the test here, it seems on the image resolution chart, the points for the lense on the chart goes beyond f32. Is this a mistake (I think it is) ? if it is it beats the holy cow out of canon 70-300 IS USM and very close to 70-200 f4/L. That is the opinion of many canon users who bought it.

  23. mannypr
    mannypr 1 February 2011, 23:53
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    IP 70.45.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 450
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: slightly heavy , cannot zoom with lens hood on backwards.

    Pros: Fast focusing , sharp at all focal lenghts , excellent Image stabilization system.

    Summary: I really don't know how Tamron continues to kick out so many well performing lens at very good prices. This one is a real gem for the price. Come to think of it if it were twice the price it still would be a very good lens.Sharp from 70 to 300mm . Fast to focus and above all very accurate at that . VC is impresive by the way it catches the image , grabs it and freezes it . Highly recommended.

  24. gman
    gman 1 February 2011, 19:49
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    IP 68.98.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 410
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: None that I have found.

    Pros: Very sharp at all focal lengths! Fast focusing, VC is awesome.

    Summary: This lens is incredibly sharp and small and light enough to carry around. I would highly recommend it, get it before the price goes up!

  25. Bokeh
    Bokeh 1 December 2010, 08:22
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    IP 192.193.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: USD.400
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Nothing Yet

    Pros: On my 7D it works fantastic!! From 70mm to 300mm it delivers great images. Forget about statistical boring...just get out and take the pictures...you'll be amaze...guaranteed!

    Summary: Get it now or be sorry..

  26. BH LEE
    BH LEE 4 November 2010, 09:39
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    IP 59.31.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: KRW599000
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Thanks

    Pros: Thanks

    Summary: Thanks

  27. CucaPeter
    CucaPeter 9 October 2010, 11:55
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    IP 82.176.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 432
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: little slower USD as Canon USM

    Pros: On Canon 550D, sharp, sharp and sharp, also at the focal lenght of 300mm . Good contrast and colors. Focus accuracy very good, no missers so far and have seen that differently with Tamron lenses.

    Summary: Was waiting for this lens (EISA award 2010-2011) but only available for Nikon sofar. Now also for the Canon. Really happy with this lens.

  28. mdslr
    mdslr 9 October 2010, 07:59
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    IP 115.132.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price:
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: USD not as fast as nikkor AFS

    Pros: very sharp ... comparable to a good prime lens, superb vibration compensation, high quality materials, solid feels, and the list continues.......

    Summary: get it as soon as possible because considering its performance, the price might goes up in near future

  29. Henrik
    Henrik 29 September 2010, 20:46
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    IP 85.81.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 400 euro
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Have not found anything that bothers me yet.

    Pros: Very, very sharp from 70 to 300mm at any aperture. AF is both precise and snappy (thanks to the new motor) - no hunting issues so far. VC is rather fantastic and better than Nikons VR on their 70-300.

    Summary: I am very, very pleased so far and think that Tamron has made a real winner here. If they put the same technology in the 70-200 f/2.8 and keep the price down, people will go crazy.

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