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Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2 for Pentax (A17)

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  • Compact top tele-zoom lens with macro 1:2 function
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Dimensions 7.7 cm x 11.7 cm x 7.7 cm 7.7 cm x 11.7 cm x 7.7 cm 10.6 cm x 8.4 cm x 10.8 cm 10.3 cm x 18.3 cm x 13.4 cm
Item Weight 435 g 435 g 399 g 730 g
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  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 7.7 x 7.7 cm ; 435 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 699 g
  • Item model number: AF017P-700
  • ASIN: B000HP7L6E
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 8 Jun. 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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TAMRON AF 70-300 F/4-5,6 Di LD IF Macro 1/2 Pentax GARANTI 5 ans


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Once I'd chosen the dSLR that was best for me, which after much consideration turned out to be the K-r, I had to choose between getting the body with two kit lenses (18-55mm and 50-200mm) or just the 18-55mm kit and a budget long zoom.
Checking out all the reviews for the Sigma 70-300mm (non-APO) and this Tamron 70-300mm, since they were so similarly priced and within budget, I settled on the Tammy for a couple of reasons:
1) The sample photos (here on Amazon, and on Pentaxforums) seemed to demonstrate that through the lower focal lengths there was more sharpness from the Tammy. While the long end looked soft on both lenses, the Sigma seemed to just win out, but only just (I'm referring to the standard Sigma 70-300mm: the pricier APO coated Sigma lens wins by a greater margin, but it should since you're paying for it).
2) The macro functionality was my main reason for not choosing to spend a bit extra on the clearly superior optics of the Pentax 55-300mm. While both the Sigma and the Tammy had long macro ability, the macro shots I saw from the Tammy appeared to have a lot more "pop", and looked far sharper with what seemed like better DoF control.

While this lens definitely does suffer from CA (purple fringing mostly), some pretty wild flaring at times, and can be very tough to focus in lower light when at the long end, these difficulties are not at all insurmountable, and the strengths of the lens: the surprisingly good long macro performance, long portrait capability and excellent depth of field control (with smooth, pleasing bokeh being easy to get) well outweigh the limitations.
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After reading many reviews on lenses i went for the tamron over the sigma apo. i tested the tamron over 200 shots and was suprised at how sharp the images turned out. Generally for good hand held shots you want to be at f-7 to f-11 and from 1/400th of a second upwards shutter speed for max sharpness. its usable right up to 300mm at these settings.I have seen purple fringing in 3 shots at max focal lenght but nothing like as bad as some people say online at just over 1% of shots taken i can live with that. taking every thing into account this lens is a real bargain.
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This is not the best lens in the world, and no-one would ever try to claim that it is.
But for the money, this is probably one of the best value lenses you could own.
If you buy this as your second lens (after the kit lens) you will not be disappointed! Highly recommended.
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I read a lot of reviews of 70-300 lens before i purchesd this,i was after a fair priced lens with decent results for my pentax kr slr.Iwas well pleased with the performance of the lens in AF zoom and manual setings, i took the lens to the british superbike meeting at brands hatch,and the pictures was great. the AF seting was fast to focus on the bikes, the maual seting was just as good as AF setting with the picture out come. yes i agree with other reviews that its not the smoothest when you are zooming in an out,and some people say that at max zoom there is a hint of purple in the photo,i was always told you should back off a fraction at max zoom with any lens,that how i used it and the pictures was sharp and great colour.Macro seting no problem, just read the instructions. for the price and overal feel the lens is good,the manuall focus ring is a good size and the zoom ring,it feels good in your hand,the hood reverse aswell for storage.it works for me and my pentax KR
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Arrived on time, works great, a fair bit of fringing once you get past about 200mm, but then again it's not a £1000+ lens & the fringing can be removed if you use the correct tools.
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I bought this lens to use with my Pentax k5 but soon regretted it. at first I was pleased with it, while using it on holiday in Cornwall. \however after a while it's weight became an issue. when I got home and had more time to go through my photos I found that when using it towards the top end of the zoom there was a tunnelling effect. I also started to notice colours were not as bright as I would expect and the images seemed soft. It got to the point where I stopped using it beyond 200mm. As to colours etc.. I tested it against my Pentax lens and soon noticed the photos were not as crisp and clear compared to my pentax 50-200 mm lens and the 50 to 300 mm Pentax lens that has taken its place in my outfit.. Needless to say it hasn't come out of the cupboard for a very long time.
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