Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SP Di VC USD

Last Updated (18 October’12):
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The Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SP Di VC USD features 70-300mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/4-5.6. The lens construction has 17 elements in 12 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 34°21′. Closest focusing distance at 1.5m (59.05 in) and has a filter size of 62mm. The Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SP Di VC USD lens weighs 765g * (26.98 oz) and it measures 3.21 inches in diameter and 5.9 inches long.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SP Di VC USD Reviews

Techradar reviews the Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SP Di VC USD and writes;
“The first Tamron lens to feature ring-type, ultrasonic focus, the Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD is a major step up from the company’s older, non-stabilised 70-300mm Macro lens. Build quality is vastly superior, and Vibration Correction works extremely well. Sure, you lose the 0.5x macro facility offered by the older lens, but in every other respect, the VC USD is a much better choice.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photozone reviews the Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SP Di VC USD and writes;
“The Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SP Di VC USD is a very welcome new option in the tele zoom lens class. The lens is capable of delivering a very good to excellent center quality combined with good to very good borders/corners. Lateral CAs are low and not objectionable from a field perspective.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Photoreview reviews the Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SP Di VC USD and writes;
“Although backlit subjects were mostly handled well, veiling flare was quite obvious in some test shots taken with the 300mm focal length when the sun was low in the sky. However, at the 70mm focal length setting flare was negligible, even when the sun was just out of the frame.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Lenstip reviews the Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SP Di VC USD and writes;
“The Tamron SP 70–300 mm f/4–5.6 Di VC USD is a very well-done device with only one major flaw which we can point out – the chromatic aberration. It really could have been at least momentarily lower. The tested lens didn’t have any problems with competing with rival constructions from Canon and Nikon, winning in many categories.”
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Photo.net reviews the Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SP Di VC USD and writes;
“Similar to all other 70-300mm lenses, the long end is on the slow side at f/5.6. It is not an issue under bright sunlight, but at dawn and dusk as well as indoors, it is frequently necessary to turn up the ISO. In other words, this lens is good for outdoor telephoto photography such as family, children sports, and casual wildlife photography. For those who are interested in a telephoto zoom on a budget, the new Tamron 70-300mm is an excellent choice.”
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Ephotozine reviews the Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SP Di VC USD and writes;
“Overall, I found this lens to be a very good performer representing good value when compared like-for-like with manufacturers’ lenses, due to the slightly cheaper price. However, even though it costs less, Tamron haven’t compromised on quality, which is commendable.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Shutterbug reviews the Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SP Di VC USD and writes;
“This lens blew me away. I found edge-to-edge sharpness very satisfying, especially for a lens easily under $500. And I loved this lens’s responsiveness when confronted with challenging subjects, like ducks and gulls whizzing past me. I quickly learned to appreciate the USD mechanism as I began paying attention to how beautifully and quietly the lens was working.”
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User Opinions

Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SP Di VC USD User Reviews

Get this over the Nikon 70-300mm
“Compared to the Nikon 70-300mm, the Tamron starts at f/4 vs f/4.5. Images are sharp and full of contrast using the Standard picture control on my Nikon D90 (and even more so with the Vivid PC). Backgrounds are nicely defocused at longer focal lengths providing pleasant bokeh.” – By S Capo
Rating: ★★★★☆

Tamron’s AF 70-300mm Di VC USD XLD beats Nikon, finally
“I took some shots all the way out at 300mm and this lens produced very sharp results with great depth-of-field and Bokeh. This lens works with full frame FX and cropped frame DX cameras, so the zoom on my D90 is fantastic. Rarely did I have any results that weren’t excellent.” – By GloryGuide
Rating: ★★★★★

Stunning! Image Quality on par with Canon 70-200mm F4 IS
“Besides using it for travel, this will be my primary lens to replace the Canon 70-200mm 2.8 IS for my studio work. Because of its narrow view angle, I am able to place my light extremely close to my subject to create the dramatic lighting that I like. This lens comes with all the features that I will need for my work. The VC will reduce blur and provide more sharp photos. The USD provides a fast and silent focus to ensure a moment is well captured.” – By lost-a-toe
Rating: ★★★★★

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Features & Specifications

Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SP Di VC USD Specifications

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 – utilizes an advanced optical design that features an LD (Low Dispersion) and an XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) lens element made from specialized materials that prevent chromatic aberration. As a result, the SP AF70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD (Model A005) boasts sharper contrast and greater descriptive performance than all others in its class.

In addition, it is the first Tamron lens sporting a USD (Ultra Silent Drive), Tamron’s very own auto-focus drive mechanism This USD mechanism delivers fast, 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 stabilization to assist in handheld 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, Ultra Silent Drive and Vibration Compensation is a new achievement of Tamron technology culminating in the production of a premium 70-300mm lens.

Tamron SP AF 70-300mm Di VC USD Features

* Best-in-Class Optical Performance
* High resolution thru use of XLD glass
* New USD (Ultra Silent Drive) motor for fast and quiet AF
* VC anti-shake mechanism for steady shooting
* SP class specifications
* Dual format Di design for use on full-frame and smaller sensor cameras
* 109-465mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras

Super Performance (SP) for Discriminating Shooters
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.

BBAR lens reduces reflection
All Tamron lenses have high auto focus precision and are designed to capture subjects easily and in almost any situation, yet sometimes a photographer wants to fine-tune and make adjustments on the fly. The integration of a full-time manual focus offers just that: instead of fumbling with switches, photographers can from auto-focus to manual-focus by simply adjusting the focus ring. This feature helps the lens produce impressive results even in telephoto situations where the depth of field is narrow.

Cleaner Crisper Images without Flare or Ghosting
The new BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) reduce the lens reflection and dispersion that cause ghosting and flare. The coating enhances light transmission in both the short and long wavelength ranges, ensuring excellent performance in all photographic conditions. Additionally, internal surface coatings are applied to cemented surfaces of all lens elements to deliver sharp, high-contrast images and flawless color re-production.

Vibration Compensation (VC) Mechanism-Making Telephoto & Low Light a New Medium
The actuator and algorithms, developed in-house at Tamron, provide the power that gives VC (Vibration Compensation) it’s excellent tracking performance and smooth, stable viewfinder image. Tamron’s VC mechanism provides a three-coil system, whereby the three driving coils activate the shake-compensating VC lens groups electromagnetically via three steel balls. The VC lens elements are held in place only by contact with the steel balls, achieving smooth movement with little friction, helping to eliminate the blur from camera shakes for clean shots night or indoors, or in macro and telephoto situations, hand held has never been this easy.

Speed is Nothing if not Stable
Fast and accurate without so much as a whisper. The SP 70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD is the first to boast Tamron’s new Ultra Silent Drive (USD). USD is Tamron’s latest autofocus motor technology rotor, converting, converting ultrasonic waves into torque to quietly deliver a new level of focus precision and speed. Because it’s still built on a rotor it’s full time manual focus is as easy as ever-allowing the photographer smooth manual focusing without having to fumble with a switch. With advanced motor technology and newly developed software, Tamron’s USD delivers a practical, precise, noiseless photographic experience at turbo speed. For those dynamic sports shots, moving vehicles, or fast moving subjects, there has never been a better option.

Extra Low Dispersion (XLD) Lens
Extra Low Dispersion (XLD) lens elements made from specialized ultra-high-grade glass allow Tamron lens designers to achieve much greater control over chromatic aberration (color fringing) and magnification aberrations, the two major factors that inhibit image quality enhancement. In combination with LD elements, XLD elements are used to achieve sophisticated lenses that deliver the highest possible contrast, the finest detail, and superior imaging performance throughout the entire zoom range.

Full Frame Sensor for Ulitmate Versatility
The SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 DI VC USD is one of Tamron’s Digitally Integrated (Di) designs. The Di series is the mark of Tamron lenses that are format-versatile since they can be used on Digital APS-C, full-frame and 35mm SLR cameras.

Auto-focus/Manual-focus (AF/MF) Switch Mechanism on the Focus Ring
The ability to switch quickly between auto-focus (AF) and manual-focus (MF) is a great asset in many types of shooting, especially sports and nature photography. This is easily accomplished with Tamron’s ingenious AF/MF system. By simply sliding the focus ring back and forth between the two positions you can select either the AF or MF focusing position. In manual-focus mode Tamron lenses provide smooth, precise manual focusing by turning their wide, well-textured focusing rings.

Technical Specifications

* Model: A005
* Focal length: 70-300mm
* Maximum aperture: F/4-5.6
* Angle of view (diagonal): 34° 21′-8° 15’
* Lens construction: 17 elements, 12 groups
* Minimum focus distance: 59.1″
* Maximum magnification ratio: 1:4 (at f = 300mm: MFD 1.5m)
* Filter size (mm): Ø62mm
* Length : 5.6″
* Diameter: Ø3.2″
* Weight : 27.0 oz.
* No. of diaphragm blades: 9
* Minimum aperture: F/32-45
* Standard accessories: Flower Shaped Lens Hood

7 Responses to “Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SP Di VC USD”

  1. Luke Darma says:

    I’ve also made a full and in-depth Tamron 70-300mm VC review on my site.

    This is truly a fantastic lens.


  2. mannypr says:

    The Tamron is a great lens and it will eventually become a classic with time as the Tamron 17-50 has . Imagine a lens that is super sharp wide open at 70mm and stays like that at any aperture all the way to 300mm . That is what this lens does. I’m sure it must have some type of softness somewhere but by what I can see with my eyes it surely doesn’t . When reviewers are dumping their Nikon 70-300mm VR lens to keep this one that says alot about the quality of this lens.

  3. juraj says:

    does anybody have an idea how is this lens co-operate with old canon 350D/digital rebel XT?

  4. mannypr says:

    I don’t think you should have any problems using it with a Canon rebel series camera. Just try it , if it does not work , send it back . One word of caution . The Tamron is quite large and for what it is a bit on the heavy side . Your rebel will be front heavy with this lens.

  5. R. B. Balsara says:

    Using Tamron AF 70-300 F 4.5-5.6 DI Model A 17 with my Sony SLT A55. its GREAT. Really amazes me in every respect. So cheap yet so powerful,crisp and wonderful images !

  6. mannypr says:

    Recently as I bought a new camera I tried to Tamron to see how it performed on this new camera body . The results were so good I just had to write this up to let someone out there know how good the combination was . The Nikon D7000 with the Tamron 70-300mm USD VC lens is a great combination.

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