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Tamron Zoom Telephoto AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Digital SLR Maxxum

You Pay: $164.95

The Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro lens is a quality compact ultra tele zoom lens which covers the 70mm to 300mm telephoto range, with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2 at the tele end.

This lens delivers ultimate handling ease and portability in the field due to its lightweight size and mechanical operation. Best suited for shooting outdoors to make full use of the real telephoto of 300mm as well as providing diversity in portraiture using the medium focal length ranges of 70mm to 135mm.

Di (Digitally Integrated Design) is a designation Tamron puts on lenses featuring optical systems designed to meet the performance characteristics of digital SLR cameras.

Di Design
Digitally Integrated is a designation Tamron puts on lenses featuring optical systems designed to meet the performance characteristics of digital SLR cameras. By employing "Internal Surface Coatings" and multiple-layer coating technology on ordinary elements, ghosting and flare due to reflections that occur when light enters through the front element and reflections caused by the imagers themselves are reduced to the absolute minimum.
Macro Effect of 1:2 in Telephoto Zoom Range
Flipping a macro switch in the focal length range of 180mm to 300mm allows entry into the macro range, for photography as close as 37.4" (95 cm) from the subject. In the macro range, one can take advantage of the telephoto effect and a maximum magnification ratio up to 1:2. In addition, since the focal length in the macro range spans from 180mm to 300mm, zooming can also be used to adjust composition.
LD Glass
LD glass elements reduce various aberrations while minimizing the fall-off of light at the corners.
Performance
Focal Length 70 - 300mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4 - 5.6
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Angle of View 34° - 8°
Minimum Focus Distance 37.4" (.95 m)
Magnification 0.5x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:2
Elements/Groups 13/9
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 62 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.0 x 4.6" (7.62 x 11.68 cm)
Weight 15.34 oz (435 g)
Tamron Zoom Telephoto AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Digital SLR Maxxum
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    Tamron70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens
     
    4.4

    (based on 51 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (24)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (23)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

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      (1)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easily interchangeable (31)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (28)
    • Consistent output (26)
    • Strong construction (21)
    • Durable (20)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (14)
    • Heavy (9)
    • Blurry focus (4)
    • Poor in low light (4)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (20)
    • Sports/action (19)
    • Wildlife photos (19)
    • General purpose (13)
    • Macro photography (12)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (14), Casual photographer (11), Enthusiast (10), Semi-pro photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (17), Yes (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Tamron Lens meets my needs

    I bought this lens to be able to take pictures at sporting events at distances of up to 70 yards. The results are as expected, this being my second Tamron Lens of AF...Read complete review

    I bought this lens to be able to take pictures at sporting events at distances of up to 70 yards. The results are as expected, this being my second Tamron Lens of AF 70-300M.

    The pricing is such that this is the perfect lens for novices like myself. It's a nice addition for what I needed.

    Granted, this is not what a professional might use, but it gives you an idea of what could be.

    The only negatives are that the lighting inside can greatly differ picture quality. I had few problems taking pictures in Cameron Indoor Stadium of the Duke Basketball team. I am able to use several each time out for my web site.

    The plus is the price and service from B & H rendered in getting this to me in a timely fashion.

    Other than UPS not finding my house for delivery and having to pick the unit up 30 miles away, it was a pleasant experience.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not as good as it used to be

    Had this lens LESS than THREE MONTHS when it broke inside and the apreture blades quit working. Tamron fixed it free BUT I was without my lens for four weeks as they do not...Read complete review

    Had this lens LESS than THREE MONTHS when it broke inside and the apreture blades quit working. Tamron fixed it free BUT I was without my lens for four weeks as they do not replace, only repair. It still flexes when focusing and overall still feels like it will fail again at any minute. AND if it does it is my problem as Tamron will only repair your lens ONCE with the repair having a 30-day warranty only and after that it is all your problem. These lenses used to be well made but now have a plastic mount and from my experiance, looks to be mostly made of cheap plastic. You can buy better for nearly the same money. If you buy this one I wish you luck!

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    4.0

    pretty good tele zoom lens

    By nik alpha

    from UK

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Comments about Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens:

          lens cover is a bit finnicky;
          zoom twist a wee bit stiff.

          But, otherwise, very nice. Only had a week or so,
          but the pics look good. Nice Macro function, but
          can only be used at long lengths.

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          4.0

          Good lens at a reasonable price

          By MEC

          from Alvarado, TX

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens:

            I wanted a full frame lens to use on my Sony A99 which I recently upgraded to. While my finances recouped a bit from this upgrade I decided to try this lens due to the reasonable price and have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the pictures I am getting.

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            4.0

            Not for NEX

            By Enthusiast

            from new York

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Cons

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                  Comments about Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens:

                  There is no lens above 200mm currently available for the NEX cameras. So I got 70-300 Tamron with Sony Alpha mount and the Sony Alpha/ E mount adapter. What I did not realize is that Sony SLR's have camera based image stabilization systems. Therefore, Alpha mount lenses do not have the OIS built in. Even those by other lens manufacturers. NEX cameras rely on lenses to provide IS. Well, 300mm is just too much for the hand held pictures without IS. I had no choice but return the lens. I would get the OIS lens with different mount and E mount adapter, but only Sony makes the model which transfers all lens functions to the body. I will just have to wait for somebody to make the E mount equipped long tele lens with the built in OIS.

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                  5.0

                  GREAT lens

                  By Sandlivony

                  from Harrisburg, PA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens:

                    I use this lens aggressively and it never lets me down. I'm a wedding photographer and this lens gets the kiss every time.

                    It's fast, precise and sharp. Aperture is really nice for and versatile for how short the range is.

                    Yes, this lens is cheap. But I can honestly say it is great investment to any gear collection, no matter what level photographer you may be.

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                    4.0

                    Great Lens For A Photographer

                    By Dan The Man

                    from Jersey City, NJ

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Focuses quickly
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Blurry Focus
                    • Heavy
                    • Poor in Low Light

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens:

                    I use the product for my photos.
                    I can zoom and focus quickly on he object I'm shooting.
                    It makes a loud noise when focusing.
                    I like it though. Its cool.

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                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    Great Quality for the price.

                    By Dan The Man

                    from Baltimore, MD

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens:

                    These lens are good quality for a great price! The lens has a durable body and is very easy to get used to and easy to use. The lens automatically focuses fast enough to capture great photos at the right time. I own a Sony a55 and these lens compliment my camera with great quality photos. The quality of the photos from the lens are comparable to the Ziess lens or any other higher end lens.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Great ! For the cost.

                    By griffon

                    from NC

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Video
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens:

                      I have had several lenses.But this one is a great buy because it takes awesome pictures and is not to exspensive.And when you shoot Freehand with it.The quality of the pictures still come out clear.I do suggest using a tripod if you want crystal clear shots.But thats true of any big lens..

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                      5.0

                      Great Beginner Lense

                      By MoHook

                      from Oak Park, Ca

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery

                        Comments about Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens:

                        I'm new to photography and this lense is very fun and easy to use for those startling closeups. Haven't used the macro feature yet, but it looks easy enough!

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                        4.0

                        just what I wanted

                        By Karin

                        from Reading, PA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens:

                            I am a hobby photographer but i like having equipment that works well. This lense was a gift, but I can't spend on the cadillac versions but i want a reliable Chevy! I love outdoor nature photography but I'm also a mom with kids in sports, ice hockey and soccer at the moment.

                            I like the durability and heft of this lens. it feels like you can handle it, no need to baby it. I feel the same way about my Tamron 18-200 lens.

                            So far it's doing what I expect. It's been a while since I've had a 300mm so i'm getting used to it again.

                            The macros funcion was a draw for me but it's not working the way i expected. I do need a bit more practice however!

                            I'd recommend this lens as a good value, and a worth while addition to one's gear.

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                            • Yes

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                            3.0

                            Great micro shots for a small price

                            By Joethed00d

                            from Iowa

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Pros

                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Lightweight
                            • Macro

                            Cons

                            • Blurry Focus
                            • Lens Creep
                            • Slow Focus

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Macro Photography

                            Comments about Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens:

                            For the price you cant really complain about anything this lens does or doesnt do. My micro shots are great flowers/bugs/etc turn out crisp and vibrant.

                            Now the down side, as a telephoto is so "Blah" don't plan on using this on wild life thats over 50-75yds away. Even with optimal camera settings and manual focusing the lens has a tough time. Again for the price really not bad, but with a comparable lens that maybe double the price is well worth the money if you plan on shooting anything but landscapes.

                            If your looking for a cheap capable lens for shooting good shots of your kids at a game or your dog in the back yard or want to get into some macro for a cheap price go for it.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Really enjoy this Lense

                            By Photography by Sarah

                            from Quispamsis, NB, Canada

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Lightweight
                            • Rugged
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Slow Focus

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Sports/Action

                            Comments about Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens:

                            This Lense for its price was a great addition to my camera gear. I love the clarity, zoom is amazing and overall its captivated some great shots!

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                            • Yes

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                            4.0

                            Great value, great results,minor issues.

                            By ikoios

                            from Houston, TX

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Heavy
                            • Poor in Low Light
                            • Slow Focus

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens:

                            I use this lens on my Sony 230a and it has worked pretty well so far. The images during the day and bright lighting are sharp and look great. However, the lens struggles in darker lighting. Some of the issues include the auto focus working too slow or not at all, image quality is not consistant, and I usually have to resort to manual focus for the flash to work correctly with the lens. I would still buy the lens since the price was so low. Perhaps I need a new flash. I would recommend a tripod for darker lighting.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            This product is perfect for me.

                            By Eric

                            from Doha, Qatar

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Slow Focus

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens:

                            The lens by itself is perfect for what i need. It gives me the zoom that i wanted, picture quality is a plus. Although the autofocus is a bit slow but its quite enough for the job.

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                            4.0

                            Excellent for the price

                            By Mamdouh the Owl

                            from Ontario, Canada

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Easily Interchangeable

                            Cons

                            • Slow Focus

                            Best Uses

                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens:

                            I use this lens mainly for wild life photography in daylight.
                            Sharpness across the frame is excellent for the most part, especially when stopped down and within the center.
                            Unfortunately, autofocus is both slow and loud; however this is the usual in this type of lens at this price range.
                            The macro mode is a neat treat.

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                            5.0

                            I would buy this product again and again

                            By Drillsgtmg

                            from Greenville, Wisconsin

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens:

                              I use this product on my Sony digital and Minolta 35mm. Works well.

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                              5.0

                              Great range to have in a lens.

                              By The lens cover is on.

                              from Corona, Ca.

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Slow Focus

                              Best Uses

                              • Macro Photography
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens:

                              This is a great lens to add to your gear, the range is awesome and with macro those far closeups are easily done with great results, this is a replcement to a 70-210 that I broke, now I can go to 300 with macro... Score...!!!

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Pleasing results

                              By Kiko

                              from NYC

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Macro Photography
                                • Wildlife Photos

                                Comments about Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens:

                                great for macro, however, must stand at some distance to subject for detailed results (macro shots). move as needed! for long distance shots, use tripod.

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                                5.0

                                Awesome

                                By Walkermom

                                from Janesville WI

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

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                                  Cons

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                                      Comments about Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens:

                                      Even though I am only a beginner, I feel very comfortable using this lense. Enjoying learning everthing it has to offer.

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                                      • Yes

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                                      5.0

                                      Satisfied with it

                                      By Laura

                                      from New York, NY

                                      About Me Casual Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Strong Construction

                                      Cons

                                      • Heavy
                                      • Tough To Attach

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Macro Photography
                                      • Sports/Action
                                      • Wildlife Photos

                                      Comments about Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens:

                                      I'm an amateur but like to make photos. Bought this lens before having a weekend gateway in mountains. Was happy with picture qualities. If you have a panoramic view and want to get everything in one picture or zoom it closer without changing quality this lens does a good job. I used manual zoom and focus because automatic settings are quite annoying as it takes a lot longer to make a photo.
                                      Overall, I'm satisfied with my purchase. Keep learning it's features. If you want to have a nice lens but not spend lots of $$$ this one is great.

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                                      4.0

                                      Great value for the money

                                      By Photo Enthusiast

                                      from Ann Arbor, MI

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Nice Bokeh
                                      • Sharpness

                                      Cons

                                      • Poor in Low Light

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Sports/Action
                                      • Wildlife Photos

                                      Comments about Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens:

                                      Lighter than Sigma, sharper @ 300mm, but with more CA in high contrast situations & hunts more in low light.

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