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||7.6 cm x 14.3 cm x 7.6 cm|
|Item Weight||767 g||376 g||567 g||200 g|
|Model Year||2010||2013||Information not provided||2007|
|Mounting||canon||Canon EF / EF-S||Canonbayonet||Canonbayonet|
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 (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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
King lens for the price,nothing comes closer to this lens,not even the 70-200 f/2.8g from tamron (Non VC)...
Pretty sharp,small for the zoom range and very stable image. Read more
Cracking lens for the price. Very sharp up to 200mm and pretty decent up to 300mm. Image stabilisation puts my Canon 24-105 to shame.Published 18 days ago by John O'Mahony
As per the usual Amazon standard, delivery was within the delivery date and well packaged. This lens replaces a hard worked eight year old Standard LD Di Tamron AF 70-300mm... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rod S
Very impressed by this. For the price, a great lens, great focal length range and amazing anti-shake. Even at 300mm in nighttime conditions I was getting sharp results. Read morePublished 1 month ago by tarangere
Fantastic lens! I'm still very much a beginner with photography but I've got some shots I really liked with this lens. Great range on it and it's nice and quick. Read morePublished 2 months ago by B. Thomas
I have umm and arred for a few weeks over which lens to buy. Got this today and I must say I am very please. VC is good and AF works well. Shots are crisp right up to 300mm. Read morePublished 2 months ago by sarat
Good value lens (I bought the Canon mount) and good image stabilisation, but like all lenses of this cost and type, very poor between 200-300mm, noticeably less sharp, lacking... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer