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

by Tamron
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 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 for Pentax (A17) + Hama Economy UV Filter 62mm
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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: AF017P-700
  • ASIN: B000HP7L6E
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 8 Jun 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Product Description

Tamron now offers a lightweight, compact, high-image-quality telephoto zoom lens with macro capability of 1:2 that can be used with digital cameras. This lens is a Di type lens using an optical system with improved multi-coating designed to function with digital SLR cameras as well as film cameras.

With this 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens, flipping a macro switch in the focal length range of 180mm to 300mm obtains a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2 at a minimum focus distance as short as 37.4", enabling close-up shots of flowers, insects, and other objects that normally require the use of a specially designed macro lens. Moreover, this is a zoom lens that casually offers the distant capture and foreshortening effect pleasures of the 300mm ultra-telephoto world.

- "Best in Class" Tele-Macro Zoom Lens.
- Perfect 2nd lens for your DSLR kit.
- 22% lighter and 4% shorter than other makes.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By AndrewS
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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb value for money 27 July 2009
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy 20 Jan 2012
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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