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Tamron SP AF 70-300mm F4-5.6 Di USD lens for Sony/Minolta

by Tamron

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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
  • 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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  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 8.2 x 14.3 cm ; 767 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.1 Kg
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  • Item model number: A005S
  • ASIN: B003YUBTJ4
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 17 Aug 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Product Description

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 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 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.

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Tamron 70-300mm USD Lens
Lens hood
Dust cap
Lens cap

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A. Styles on 23 Feb 2012
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I bought this lens as a replacement for the Tamron 70-300mm LD Macro lens that I have had now for about two years. I bought an Alpha 850 a few months ago (full frame) and wanted better glass to make the most of it's potential without being able to afford one of the Sony G series lenses. After reading reviews on this site and others I decided to purchase this lens.

The first thing you notice when you open the box is the size and weight of the thing. It is solid and well made. The zoom and focus rings have good grips on them and there is no play on either ring. They are also impressively smooth in operation.

On the side of the lens there is an AF/MF switch which functions fine and you will see from the picture I have added that there is no vibration control logo or switch on this version as it doesn't need it. The USD motor this lens is fitted with is very quiet and fast. My old Tamron relied on the body's motor and was quite slow and noisy in operation. The AF metering is fast and accurate and works in all but the poorest of light conditions.

One thing to be aware of on the subject of focus is that the manual focus ring is still movable even when the auto focus is in use and if you touch it it will move your focus off. It is not locked off when the AF switch is used so it is something to be aware of when taking a shot. I don't find it a problem though myself.

The hood provided with this lens is deep and does a good job of blocking out stray light. As it is an internal focusing lens it is of the petal variety as it doesn't rotate of course. The one problem with the hood is that it is difficult to replace the lens cap on after you have taken a shot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave G TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Jan 2012
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Over the years I've tried countless long range zoom lenses, be they 55-200 or 70-300, and from different manufacturer's, having used the supposed best under the £200 mark I opted to buy one of these usd lenses, which only came in Sony, Nikon & Canon mount, like many I wasn't happy that the Sony version didn't have VC and that it was still the same price as the other 2 fitments, in a nut shell we have SSS so don't need it, yes in lens camera anti-shake is a tad batter but anti-shake is anti-shake ;-), as for the cost, I'd rather pay the same as NikCan owners if it meant having the lens anyway, Tamron didn't have to produce a Sony mount version ;-).

Right, believe the hype, this lens is easily the best 70-300 lens you'll buy below £350, put it alongside Sony's much dearer SSM version and the Sony's sweating rather a lot, it's sharp wide open, the colours, build quality, looks and feel are a cut above, it looks great when mounted on an A77, it does look a little silly on an A55 though (big lens - tiny camera), it's fast & quiet locking on with no difficulty in good light, in poor light it does take a fraction longer.

Downers; that huge hood is enormous and either has to be mounted or removed in order to use the lens.

If you're on a budget and want the best zoom lens you can get, this lens is it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Barton on 24 Jan 2013
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I recently upgraded from the cheaper DI LD version of this lens
and am amazed at the difference,
I used it at a local woods i often go to and managed some
of the best wildlife shots i'v ever got,
and that's just my first outing with the lens!
Even at the 300mm end i found little drop off in sharpness,
Focusing is very quiet and the zoom ring smooth,
I use it with a Sony A57.
I highly recommend this lens and believe you would
need to spend a hell of a lot more money to better it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Liam-aberdeen on 15 Jun 2013
Wow what an astonishing piece of photography equipment for that price as I write this review I'm at knockhill racing beside Perth and omg I must say that me being a 21 amatuer photographer it is certainly an amazing lens for the price your paying the zoom is second to none no fuzzy or pixelated photo brill and it's good for a twentyish foot photo I've got some cracking photos with the motor bikes (no they weren't standing) haha 100 plus ;) haha but overall would recommend this to anyone who is willing to get a decent price for an amazing lens :-)
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I agree with most other reviews, it has quick crisp quite focusing and the picture quality is great...

However I have a few little niggles which has stopped me from awarding 5 stars.
1. The lens hood is so large it's hard the replace the lens cap.
2. The lens cap "pops" off too easily
3. The manual focus ring has no "stop" point, it just keeps spinning, which is annoying when trying to find infinity focus in the dark.
4. The price. Yes its very good value for money but why is it more expensive than the equivalent Nikon or Canon version?

All minor issue's granted but still I’m just offering my personal opinion.

Just one more thing, the lens is pretty heavy (which for me is a good thing) but if you’re intending to carry this around affixed to your camera you may want to think about a neck strap or monopod!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By luke997 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Feb 2013
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This is great lens, fantastic alternative to £700 Sony's 70-300 SSM G lens.

1) Build quality:
Build quality is excellent, feels really solid and the zoom has spot on stiffness.
Focus ring is a bit on the loose side but I use AF mostly so not an issue at all.

On a side note, with extended zoom and hood on lens look real business :-)

2) Operation:
AF is very fast and rarely gets confused, due to being quiet it is perfectly suitable for shooting videos.
That + nice zoom feel makes it real joy to use when you need that range of zoom.
Provided lens hood is fairly long and blocks light very well.

3) Image quality:
Using lens on the APS-C I get the best, sharpest part of the glass so can't complain.
Detail is very sharp wide open up to the 200mm, but stopping to F8 makes it even better.
200-300mm I would recommend stopping it down to F8 every time for the best results.

Colour and bokeh is very nice.
CA and distortion is not too much and if desired can be easily corrected in Lightroom.

4) Conclusion:
Unless you have money to burn, I would recommend this lens over the Sony's 70-300mm SSM G which costs more than twice than the Tamron.

It is practically the same glass, so I would say 95% IQ of the Sony for 40% of the price is a great trade off (if any really as only pixel peepers will notice difference.
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