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

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  • 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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Dimensions 14.3 cm x 8.1 cm x 8.1 cm 7 cm x 11.1 cm x 0.2 cm 10.4 cm x 13.5 cm x 10.4 cm 7.4 cm x 8.8 cm x 7.4 cm
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Style Name: For Canon
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 8.1 x 14.3 cm ; 767 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Item model number: A005E
  • Date first available at 17 Aug. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,297 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

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Precise descriptive performance

In the pursuit to achieve the most outstanding image resolution in the 70-300mm class, Tamron’s Anniversary lens - the SP AF70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD - utilises an advanced optical design that features a LD (Low Dispersion) and an XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) lens element made from specialised materials that prevent chromatic aberration. As a result, the SP AF70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD boasts sharp contrast and great descriptive performance.

In addition, it is the first Tamron lens to include a USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive), Tamron’s very own ultrasonic auto-focus drive mechanism. This USD mechanism delivers fast focusing, making it a perfect telephoto zoom choice for photographing sports, racing, or other fast-moving subjects. The lens also boasts Tamron’s proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilisation to assist in hand-held photography, not only at long focal length ranges where blurring is common, but also under low-lit conditions, dramatically enhancing photographic freedom.This combination of best in class image resolution, Ultrasonic Silent Drive and Vibration Compensation is a new achievement of Tamron technology, culminating in the production of a premium 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens.

Design Features

A new optical system optimised for digital SLRs achieves top resolution in the 70-300mm class with specialised glass elements. The advanced optical design employs a sophisticated XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) lens element made from a special high-grade glass that has dispersive properties (i.e. where refraction causes the dispersion of white light into spectral hues) even lower than standard LD lenses. The dispersive properties of the XLD lens are similar to those of fluorite; in combination with the LD elements, these make for an optimal optical design that delivers best-in-class resolution with advanced axial chromatic and magnification aberration correction – major inhibitors of image quality enhancement. The result is a lens that delivers sharp contrast and better descriptive performance throughout the entire zoom range. The lens also looks good as Tamron has adopted a streamlined silhouette to ensure that the lens fits in with a variety of SLR cameras. The subtle texture of the paint gives a well-crafted finish to the exterior.

VC Off / VC On

Vibration Compensation (VC): Image Stabilisation

The SP AF70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD employs Tamron’s excellent image stabilisation mechanism – the VC (Vibration Compensation) seen in both the AF18-270mm Di II VC (Model B003) and SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II VC (Model B005). With VC, the photographer has the freedom to shoot at a shutter speed that is an extra four stops slower without having to worry about image blurring. This makes handheld capture of evening, night and interior shots much more spontaneous, as a sharp image can be obtained more easily without having to mount the camera on a tripod.

Full-Time Manual Focus

Autofocus has many benefits but sometimes the photographer needs the control of manual focus. Full-time manual offers just that: the crossover from autofocus to manual focus by simply adjusting the focus ring, allowing the photographer to make adjustments on the fly. This feature helps the lens produce impressive results even in telephoto situations where the depth of field is shallow.

Enjoyable Photography

With a full-frame digital or 35mm SLR, portrait and medium telephoto shots can be achieved on the wider 70mm end of the range and spectacular telephoto shots at the longer 300mm. When using an APS-C sensor camera the angle of view narrows, giving it the equivalent range of 109-465mm* for bold ultra-telephoto shots. And with its maximum magnification ratio 1:4, the lens can be used to explore the realm of semi-macro photography.

Uncompromising Countermeasures Reduce Ghosting and Flare

Digital photography requires extreme precision, which is why Tamron incorporates new BBAR (Broad-Band Anti Reflection) multilayer coatings that reduce reflection into the lens elements. This ensures excellent performance in all photographic conditions and enhances light transmission on both long and short wavelengths. Also, Tamron applies internal surface coatings on cemented surfaces of lens elements to make images sharper with better colour balance and reproduction.

Flower-Shaped Hood

Included as a standard accessory, the flower-shaped hood matches the rectangular shape of the image sensor to most effectively block the interference of superfluous light rays entering from outside the borders of the image area, helping to ensure sharp, clear, flare-free images with crisp detail in the shadow areas.

Super Performance

Super Performance for Discriminating Shooters (SP)

Tamron SP (Super Performance) series is a line of ultra-high-performance lenses designed and manufactured to the exacting specifications demanded by professionals and others who require the highest possible image quality. In creating SP lenses Tamron’s optical designers put their foremost priority on achieving superior performance parameters—they are all designed to a higher standard with little regard for cost constraints. As a result, Tamron lenses bearing the SP designation feature impressive and innovative designs that have established an enviable reputation for excellence among those knowledgeable photographers that demand the very best.

Internal Focusing System (IF)

Internal focusing provides numerous practical benefits to photographers, including a non-rotating front filter ring that facilitates the positioning of polarising and graduated filters, and more predictable handling as 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 minimising illumination loss at the corners of the image field, and helps to suppress other aberrations that become more troublesome at different focusing positions.

Ultrasonic Silent Drive

Ultrasonic Silent Drive (USD)

Tamron’s USD works with the high-frequency ultrasonic vibrations that are produced by a ring called a ‘stator’. Energy from the vibrations is used to rotate an attached metallic ring known as the ‘rotor’. Piezoelectric ceramic, an element that produces ultrasonic vibrations when voltage of a specific frequency is applied is arranged in a ring formation on the stator. This electrode configuration of piezoelectric ceramic causes two ultrasonic vibrations to occur in the stator.

By effectively combining these two ultrasonic vibrations, it is possible to convert the energy from the vibrations that produced simple motion into energy known as ‘deflective travelling waves’, which then moves around the circumference (rotation direction) of the ring. With the USD, the friction between these deflective travelling waves created on the metallic surface of the stator and the surface of the rotor produce force, causing the rotor to rotate. The focusing ring lens, which is linked to the rotor, is thus moved, creating a fast and smooth auto-focus drive.

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84 of 85 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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17 of 17 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr JJ Howell on 11 May 2014
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Brilliant lens. I used this lens briefly in the shop against the Nikon equivalent and went for the Tamron. The quality of the images produced from both lenses is excellent but, I think the Tamron just pips the Nikon to the no.1 slot for me. VC on the Tamron is also MUCH better than the Nikon, there is a quiet click/clunk and it just grabs the image through the viewfinder and just holds it there. I have used this lens for a full day of shooting, scenery, portrait and my 2yr old daughter running around. My next challenge is Fairford Air Show in July. I would definitely recommend this lens to anyone trying to make up their mind whether to go for this or the Nikon, go for this! It's £120 or so cheaper and you can't tell the difference. The only thing I would say the Nikon has over the Tamron is a slightly better build quality but, the Tamron is still very solid. Also, the Nikon has a rubber weather resistant seal around the lens mount. I say resistant because, that's all it is, it's not going to stop a few drops of rain. I cant comment on the other fits but, the Nikon version of the Tamron lens has a big thumbs up from me!
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54 of 58 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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24 of 26 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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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Ron E Reagan on 25 Jan. 2011
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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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