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Tamron AF 28-300mm F3.5-6.3 XR Di VC Vibration Compensation LD-IF Macro for Canon AF

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Product details

  • Item Weight: 422 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: 5500
  • ASIN: B000V1MQXC
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 9 Dec 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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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-long telephoto zoom 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.

AF18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II
Zoom in for a macro shot

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 colour 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 easier.

AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC Features

Di II
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


  • Tamron 18-270mm lens highlights at Amazon.com
    VC Off - VC On

    Low Dispersion (LD)
    Low dispersion (LD) glass elements in a lens help reduce chromatic aberration; the tendency of light of different colours 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 colours. 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.)
    Tamron AF18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II Low Disperson example at Amazon.com
    Low Dispersion (LD) Glass for Greater Lens Sharpness

    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.

    Tamron AF18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II at Amazon.com
    Special glass for better performance and more compact lens designs


    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 these 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 element can 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.

    Tamron AF 18-250 AASL Image 2
    Achieve the ultimate in image quality with Asperical (ASL) lenses

    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 importantly, 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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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value all rounder. 6 Sep 2009
By PG Williams VINE VOICE
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This lens was EISA best consumer lens 2008-9, a redesign of the long standing full frame non stabilised lens. Sigma and Tamron have done a great job with their wide range superzooom lenses. This is one of the best. I hve tried it on a Canon 40D and a 5D Mark 2 and it gives exceedingly good images on both. It is a little slow and soft at the 300mm end, but still very good. A light weight of 500G is excellent for a large IS zooom lens, and it is pleasantly small when not extended. It will take acceptable macros, I recommend looking at the groups for this lens on Flickr. Well, I was impressed!

For a walk around lens with such versatility it is a reasonable price and excellent quality. Suitable for the enthusiastic amateur for most purposes, but it is a jack of all trades, so shorter zooms or primes will be better, but at what price? The image stabilisation works very well, up to 4 stops improvement.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Jo
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Tamron AF 28-300mm F3.5-6.3 XR Di VC Vibration Compensation LD-IF Macro for Canon AF

A very good lens (some barrel distortion, but acceptable) with a superb zoom range, and capable of macro photography all without having to change lenses.
The image stabilisation is good, although it has its limitations - exposures >1sec may or may not be acceptably sharp when hand-held - but photos from the deck of a ship at sea were all very good.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the hands of a PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER..... 18 Oct 2008
By PMG
....this lens is a CRACKER!! - I use Canon L series lenses (16-35mm Mk2, 27-70mm f2.8 and 70-300 DO IS) which all have incredible quality with stunning optical performance, and the quality of this lens is really not too far behind and definitely worth the price difference (approx 450 against 1000+). Terrific for compactness and travelling, with such a zoom coverage. Absolutely no problem with focus tracking, providing you know what you are doing with auto focus points and set your CAMERA up correctly!!! - HIGHLY RECCOMMENDED!!
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