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Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2 Lens for Canon

by Tamron
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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  • Compact top tele-zoom lens with macro 1:2 function

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Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2 Lens for Canon + Tiffen 62mm UV Protector Filter + DIGIFLEX 58mm Dual Thread UV Filter for Canon 18-55mm EOS 500D 1000D XS, T1i, XTi, XSi, XT, T2i, T3,T3i, or any lens with a 58mm front thread for Canon, Nikon, Sigma, Tokina etc
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 10.4 x 10.4 cm ; 567 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: AF017C-700
  • ASIN: B000HDZAUA
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 8 Jun 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,579 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Compact top tele-zoom lens with macro 1:2 function. A high mechanical quality combined with excellent optical qualities are the characteristic features of this telephoto lens. This Di lens can be used on a digital APS-C sized or full frame camera. This lens ideally complements standard kit lenses. A 'Macro Switchover' mechanism allows a minimum focus distance of 0.95m within the focal length range of 180-300mm. You can fill the entire frame with subjects of apx. 5 x 7cm size, at a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2, ideal for capturing images of flowers, insects and objects of similar size. With its 300mm tele-end the lens guarantees ultimate photo fun. The designation "Di" (Digitally Integrated Design) marks a generation of lenses, which have been specially adapted to the higher requirements of digital SLR cameras (APS-C and full frame). Please note: The 70-300mm is available with a built-in motor for the Nikon D40, D40X and D60 (Model A17NII) from apx. February 2008. The A17N model which had been available up until February 2008 is only compatible with the D40/D40X/D60 in the MF mode due to the fact it doesn´t have a built-in motor.


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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than what the price tag suggests 13 July 2012
Please don't take the Amazon star rating too serious - every lens has its pros and cons that I wouldn't want to squeeze into a single one-dimensional figure...
A quick note about me: I have been into SLR cameras and lenses for more than 20 years - as a hobby in the beginning and professionally later. Maybe because of my technical background I started testing my own lenses quite a while ago. I have a (no longer so) little test lab of my own where I do 6 different image quality tests (after taking a lens out for a while).

The AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD MACRO 1:2 is one of the lowest cost lenses available. It's made of plastics but looks nice and feels pretty solid. It has a very popular focal range but no image stabilizer which is problematic if you'd like to use the long end of the focal range without a tripod. The lens is compatible with both APS-C and full frame type cameras (the effective focal length with APS-C is 112 mm to 480 mm) and has a macro mode that allows close-ups at a magnification of up to 0.50 x. When considering image quality the AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD MACRO 1:2 has its ups and downs. The focal plane is straight as it should be (no "curvature") and corner shadows ("vignetting") are minor. Distortion is well under control but only if the lens is set to 70 mm and that's also where the lens is most capable of producing sharp images. At other focal lengthes it requires high f-stops to gain sharpness. Another obvious weakness of this lens are the color fringes ("chromatic aberrations") that occur both in sharp parts of the image ("transverse CA") and in out-of-focus parts of the image ("axial CA").

Though the AF 70-300mm F/4-5.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Long reach lens for pocket money 27 July 2013
Most amateurs think that pros always use pro quality lenses. This is far from the truth - especially for lenses we would not use everyday. This lens could earn you serious money. My review is based on just an afternoon's work at a gliding club shooting gliders and their tow planes- both static and flying, and the gliders being winched launched and of course landing. I particularly wanted to shoot at 300mm handheld and shot at 200 ASA at 400th second in shutter priority mode on a Canon 550D plus battery grip..
I should add that I got my lens second hand on ebay for £62 including postage and the lenshood. The lens is mint so I was not upset when a rear lens cap was not included as it should have been!
The autofocus is not loud and screechy; in fact I did not notice it whilst working. Yes the lens will sometimes hunt a little with a moving object but the amount of keepers I got meant that usually the lens could focus a heck of a lot more rapidly and surely than I could. For a non sports lens this was terrifically good. Some reviewers say the lens is soft at 300mm. Well of course it will not compete with a good quality prime normal lens but I can assure all the doubters that it is more than good enough for photolibraries like alamy which (usually) asks for critically sharp material at least in one plane if you will pardon the pun.
If I could have shot a 500th of a second if the weather had been brighter then I would have got more keepers still. As a pro I can shoot at a 400th and get a good batting average but a 500th shutter speed would have been better if I could have managed it without going up to 400 ASA.
I haven't tried macro and I wish the lens mount was all metal but the lens does mount easily and does not seem to put much strain on whatever plastic is used.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tamron 70-300mm Lens 29 Dec 2009
This is a great lens for the money. The build quality is very good and does have quite a sturdy feel. Like other reviewers have said it does get a bit soft after 200mm but if you go down to f/8 or so the quality and detail is still there, as you can hopefully see in the pics I uploaded. The AF does sometimes hunt for something to focus on but that is only in darker conditions. As long as there is sufficient light the AF should work perfectly.
Overall this is a very good lens for the money and I am very pleased with it and would definitely recommend it to any starting out or anyone who can't afford the canon alternatives.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By tomsk
Excellent lens, ideal for a casual user, does all I want from a zoom lens at the moment. excellent value for money
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value lens 24 Nov 2009
I have been pleasantly surprised by this lens. It takes great photos - for example it captures amazing detail on wildlife shots, as well as macro. But it is not the fastest lens, so make sure there is plenty of light around.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good entry level lens 3 Jan 2013
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Bought for my teenage daughter who wanted a telephoto and a macro lens. This does both. Quite a big lens and max aperture on the high side. That said it takes perfectly acceptable photos. A competent entry level lens
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the amatuer photographer 28 Sep 2009
This is great, I wouldn't be without it when using my Canon EOS 450D. I've compared this lens with a higher spec yet similar lens. Although there were subtle differences in the results (slightly more natural colours with the other), mostly the pictures were barely noticably from different lenses. So, if like me you love photography, and want a macro/zoom lenz to augment the standard 450D lens, this would be a good choice.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and versatile lens
For the price this is an excellent lens. Cheaper than the Canon equivalent but has provided me with superb quality images. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Mark H
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Does all that it says it dose very pleased with th results that I got from it.
Published 8 days ago by mr p j skews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not very sharp but better than the Sigma it replaced
Not very sharp but better than the Sigma it replaced. Adequate mid-range zoom if you can't afford Canon's ridiculous prices!
Published 15 days ago by Mr
4.0 out of 5 stars Value for money
Ok so not the best lens you can buy, but if used correctly brilliant value for the money, great
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Published 2 months ago by Bj Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for
Good lens, infact its great for the price! It has a dedicated macro function and is very good for the type of lens and the price.
Published 2 months ago by Paul G
4.0 out of 5 stars great lens for a beginner
as i don't know the difference its hard to compare this with anything but its a great addition to my kit. zoom is great and the picture quality is good. Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. F. Joseph
5.0 out of 5 stars good for the price.
This is a really good lens for a beginner like me. It's simple to use, easy to put on and take off. You get some amazing pictures in the Macro setting (would recomend a tripod or... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Glenn Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value.
I have had this lens for a few months now and have found it to be a good piece. I have used it in freezing cold and damp conditions up a mountain and it didnt give me any problems. Read more
Published 3 months ago by raouldrake
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely lens
It's a bit slow with autofocus, but that is to expect when it's so cheap.

And that's about the only negative thing I have to say. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kathrine Høgh Pedersen
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit slow when autofocusing, but does its work!
The quality of the photo is high even if it is a bit slow when autofocusing.
For its price it does its job!
Published 5 months ago by Mircuz
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