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Tamron SP AF 70-300 F/4-5.6 Di VC USD Lens for Canon

by Tamron
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RRP: £439.14
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For Canon
  • USD mechanism delivers precise and noiseless focusing at turbo speed
  • XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) lens element for sharper image contrast and definition
  • VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization
  • Perfect telephoto zoom choice for photographing sports, racing, or other fast-moving subjects
  • Dual format Di design for use on full frame and smaller sensor cameras

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Style Name: For Canon
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 8.1 x 14.3 cm ; 767 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Item model number: A005E
  • ASIN: B003YUBTIU
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 17 Aug 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By D. Harden on 13 April 2012
Style Name: For Canon Verified Purchase
I'd been trying to get some decent results out of a Canon 70-300 non-L IS for the last 2 years but it really isn't that nice a lens at 300mm, and the colours have a nasty yellow tinge that's hard to remove in post processing as well. Maybe using L lenses has spoiled me for that one and I expected too much?

Anyway, I read good things about the Tamron, was doing some kit upgrading and decided to give this a go. I've now tried it on a 7D, 50D and 20D and it has worked impeccably, with no adjustment required, on all three bodies. Colours and contrast are very good indeed. Not just for the price, but for a 70-300 zoom in general!

The good: AF is fast and quiet - very similar in performance to a USM L lens, and streets ahead of Canon's 70-300 IS (non L). Full time manual focusing is implemented too - you can turn the AF ring at any time without having to disengage the AF mechanism. Focusing is also internal - nothing rotates on the lens body. There's a distance scale too, which the Canon doesn't have. Image resolution is impressive at all focal lengths. 300mm is perhaps slightly less sharp than 250mm down is but it's not like most other "consumer" 70-300 models - this time the 300mm images are actually very good, even at f5.6. In fact stopping down, whilst it does improve sharpness, doesn't make a huge difference. Chromatic Aberrations are very well controlled. I've seen minor fringing on some highlight edges but it's very thin indeed. The "bokeh" (i hate that term but it's the one people know) is very nice indeed and so natural looking you take it for granted. By comparison, backgrounds from the Canon model are "jittery" and messy. VC works well and also doesn't need switching to mode 2 for panning like the Canon does. I managed to get a usable shot at 1/8s in testing.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By curiousyellow on 18 Feb 2012
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Can't argue with this lens, it does what it's supposed to, and it does it admirably.
What i would like to point out is about the warranty issues other buyers have mentioned.
This lens IS eligable for the extended 5 year warranty.
When i tried to apply online it said my lens was sourced from another country and i couldnt complete the form.
I found out it was also sourced from France, but all was not lost.
I rang Tamron and explained, and was told it was eligable for the 5 yr warranty and it was just a problem with the online form.
What you have to do is go to the Tamron website, click the 5yr warranty link and scroll down until you get to the download form link near the bottom of the page, print it out, fill it in, and send it off and your lens is covered!
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Ron E Reagan on 25 Jan 2011
Style Name: For Nikon
First, the lens is certainly not unobtrusive - people will look at you if it's attached to a camera round your neck. You may get used to the loss of anonymity/embarrassment, but I haven't yet. You may even get a twitcher speak to you, as happened to me, though I feel he just wanted to make me feel inadequate with his huge 150-500 zoom.

The lens is also heavy, but not quite as heavy as it looks.

It can be used on full-frame (FX) cameras, but I've only tried it on APS-C (DX) cameras.

In the couple of weeks since I've had it I've swapped between a D80 and a D7000, so I'll review the optical performance against each camera. And yes, the performance is different. I'll only review it at the long (300mm) end, as this is what the majority of people are most interested in. As you'd expect, the lens seems a little better at the short end.

On the D80: for subjects at long distances, I was amazed at how sharp it was fully open (F5.6), and it was even a little sharper at F11. However, closer in was much less impressive. Between 5m-20m, a critical distance for pictures of small birds, it was soft at F5.6 and still fairly soft at F11. Very disappointing.

On the D7000: I did some test shots, and found it was back-focusing. I dialed this out using the D7000 lens micro adjust feature (-7, but this is a compromise as it doesn't behave completely consistently at all distances), and the lens is performing much better. Its distance performance is again excellent at all apertures. Its near performance still doesn't match its performance towards infinity, but it is now very good. However, I still don't trust it to consistently focus with complete accuracy on closer shots at F5.6. It's best to keep it at F11, where it's excellent.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Horneteer on 23 Aug 2011
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I have used this lens extensively over the past few days and I would have to say I am impressed. It is sharp across the entire focal length range and yes I have been pixel peeping. The focus is fast enough for my needs in most situations and minimum focus distance is usefully close. Focus can sometimes hunt in low light and low contrast situations, but this does not happen often. The only minor niggle becomes evident when using the lens at full range over a long distance, (about a mile). IQ tends to suffer some at greater distances but in my experience, most zooms do so I can't complain. All in all, a good buy and I would recommend it wholeheartedly.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By The GM card on 4 Dec 2012
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I am very much a beginner at photography and recently bought a canon 600D camera with canon's basic lens and also a Tamron 70 - 300 telephoto lens for use capturing images of wildlife. The original lens I purchased did not have VC and I immediately regreted the decision - hand held shots were disappointing. I very quickly upgraded to this lens and the improvement is instantly obvious with very pleasing photos. I am not qualified or experienced enough to talk about whether the lens is "soft" at full focal length or to give any other objective comments - simply that it appears to be an excellent lens for the money and has so far made me very happy with my choice!!
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