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Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens for Pentax AF

You Pay: $199.00
Product Highlights
  • For Pentax Auto Focus (AF) Cameras

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 Pentax K
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Pentax Digital (APS-C)
Angle of View 34° - 8°
Minimum Focus Distance 4.92' (1.5 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 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens for Pentax AF
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    Tamron70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens for Pentax AF
     
    4.0

    (based on 29 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easily interchangeable (15)
    • Consistent output (12)
    • Durable (9)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (9)
    • Lightweight (9)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (5)
    • Heavy (4)
    • Poor in low light (3)

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife photos (10)
    • Landscape/scenery (9)
    • Macro photography (8)
    • Sports/action (8)
    • Wildlife (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (7), Enthusiast (5), Casual photographer (4), Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Value Lens!

    [...] This lens is plain neat for outdoors, especially against dark backgrounds. Color fringing is an issue in high contrast and bright background situations, but be controlled, worked around, or...Read complete review

    [...] This lens is plain neat for outdoors, especially against dark backgrounds. Color fringing is an issue in high contrast and bright background situations, but be controlled, worked around, or at least partially taken care of in software edits. I prefer this one by far over the Pentax DA 50-200mm, despite the occasional fringing, because it is so sharp.If anything, the fringes help to define the subject. It is probably a matter of taste, but I'll take a fringed but tack sharp picture over a mushy one any day!Despite the rotating front element I can hold and support the lens fairly well forward and with my K100d shake reduction it is completely usable for hand held shots fully zoomed in to 300mm.Hint: to switch back from macro to regular mode some have complained they have to unmount the lens. Instead, on my K100d I simply hold the lens release button with my right index finger and turn focus with my left hand until it is out of macro range and then switch to regular mode. I find this quicker and more convenient than fiddling with the body's AF/MF switch, which will accomplish the same.Talking macro: it works!Is this beasty perfect? No! The CA can get heavy, but as long as you watch your background and avoid extreme light situations, you get a reasonably hefty lens that balances nicely on a K100d (or similar, like maybe Canon XTi, Sony A100, or Nikon D50, if available for those mounts) and makes teleshots more stable, as well as a usable macro lens for situations where you cannot get closer than about 1 meter / 3 feet.It only gets sharper than this little budget secret with my Pentax F50mm f/1.7, which also has no CA issues. But that is a prime lens and a lot shorter :)Well, there is the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8, but hush, don't tell everybody, so the price doesn't skyrocket ;)Oh forgot - surprisingly good at low light photography, better than I expected for a f/5.6 lens, because at 70mm end it is an f/4 - hey, just as fast as Canon L glass - HAH!

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    Just one problem... maybe two

    The lens produce great images. Very high quality piece of equipment for a low price. My biggest complaint is that the zoom ring is terribly stiff. If you're shooting at a fixed length,...Read complete review

    The lens produce great images. Very high quality piece of equipment for a low price. My biggest complaint is that the zoom ring is terribly stiff. If you're shooting at a fixed length, it's no problem, but I shoot mma events and fighters move a lot and require varying lengths, so it is an annoying issue. It could just be the particular lens I got. Other than that, auto-focus is loud, but I can live with that.

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    4.0

    Nice inexpensive lens

    By Toolman855

    from Cincinnati Ohio

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easily Interchangeable

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    Works great in macro with 1:2 and a generous 3.1 ft working distance

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    • No

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    4.0

    Quality lens on the cheap

    By bobrapp

    from Grand Junction, CO

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      I needed a long zoom for occasional use but still required one of decent optical performance. This lens meet and exceeds my expectations.
      Since I shoot only RAW, it was important that Adobe had a profile for the lens I selected. I was not disappointed.
      Lens has very good sharpness out to 180mm and then deteriorates to good. Different reviews I have seen point this out, however this lens outperforms others costing much more.
      Very happy, indeed!!

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      • No

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      4.0

      I would buy this lens again

      By wing rider

      from daytona beach,fl.

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • A little Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      this lens is great, it is a little on the heavy side but once you are use to it you will have no trouble using it, my nature pics are coming out awesome

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      • No

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      3.0

      Just one problem... maybe two

      By New Territory

      from Virginia

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Stiff zoom ring

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography

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

      The lens produce great images. Very high quality piece of equipment for a low price. My biggest complaint is that the zoom ring is terribly stiff. If you're shooting at a fixed length, it's no problem, but I shoot mma events and fighters move a lot and require varying lengths, so it is an annoying issue. It could just be the particular lens I got. Other than that, auto-focus is loud, but I can live with that.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Can't beat it for the money

      By Trevor

      from San Diego, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Wildlife Photos

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

        This is the best telephoto zoom lens you can get for the money. This is my second of this lens, so now my wife and I both have one. My mom also has this lens, so I have seen three of these lenses and they are all great. It's light and easy to use, and the results are wonderful. I would recommend this lens first to anyone looking for a zoom telephoto to go with their Pentax.

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        5.0

        70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD for Pentax

        By CTR01

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography
        • Sports/Action

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

        Added a lot of range to what I can take pictures of. The 'macro' feature is 1:2 so not true macro but still decent. Love using this to take pictures of the moon or of animals from a decent ways away.

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        5.0

        Fantastic Product

        By Max the casual photographer

        from Seal beach California

        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
        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        I use this lens for many things. It is attached to a Pentax K-r and has been everything that I have asked for in a lens. The clarity has been excellent and the auto focus has been extremely fast. I would most definitely recommend this lens to anyone looking to buy a quality lens in today's market.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Best starter long zoom you can get.

        By TourDeForce

        from West Palm Beach, FL

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Macro
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          Great all around design. Not ideally suited to any particular type of photography, but covers the most commonly used long focal lengths.

          I'm a former professional newspaper staff photographer just getting back into photography for a hobby. This was one of my starter lenses for my kit. I know what fabulous glass is all about and I know how much they can cost. This is strictly an entry level bit of hardware, but for my money the best you buy. You can spend double and get a slightly better lens without macro, or 5x the money to get a much better lens. Unless you're a pro, why bother? I've since handed mine down to the youngest daughter, but I still borrow it from time to time.

          70-200mm range shows very well with few flaws. Certainly far less chromatic aberration than I expected from a lens in this price class, and acceptable sharpness. As a newpaper man I learned to frame wide and crop the image for the desired view, so most of my photos will be taken in this range.

          Above 200mm the sharpness begins to gradually taper off. Still, the results are acceptable for most prints.

          BONUS! It has a macro setting for getting up close & personal with some of those 'little' things you may be interested to archive. Flowers, pets, etc. The macro capability is limited, but useful in most situations.

          Focus is quick for such a long zoom, and the build quality is better than I expected.

          The bokeh is right in the middle of harsh & creamy, more toward the creamy qualities, which is the range I prefer - with a Monet feel to it.

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          4.0

          Good economic zoom

          By Leo

          from Buenos Aires

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          Good for Macro photography
          Good for General photograpy, not in low light

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          • No

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          4.0

          Well worth the cost

          By MikeR

          from Ocean City, NJ

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action

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

            Nice lens for the price. using if for sports (baseball, lacrosse, softball) and I am getting some nice shots.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Easy to use

            By SRS

            from Bellevue, WA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            light weight, quick auto focus, sharp images

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            4.0

            Good buy for the price-

            By Asiri Dissanayke

            from Colombo, Sri Lnka

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                I bought this recently and as promised got it within 5 working days. Though I read some adverse reviews regarding the weight and the auto focus function, I was impressed buy the flexibility to use and the auto focus action.When in low light the purple effect comes but manageble.I extensively use for birding etc and the shots I have taken look pretty good after cropping etc. Yese I would recommend as for this price the benifts are many.

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                4.0

                Very nice for the price

                By phto

                from Collegeville

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography
                • Wildlife Photos

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

                This was perfect for the zoo trip I went just after I got the lens. I am using it with K10D. I am a causual photo person and it fitted my requirements perfect.

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                4.0

                Versatile Lens

                By Steve the Newguy

                from Alberta, Canada

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                Cons

                • Heavy
                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Sports/Action

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

                Macro and Zoom capabilities all in one! Main downside is that the lens is big and adds to the weight of the camera.

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                4.0

                A great complement to the "kit" lens

                By Frank

                from Cleveland/Akron OH

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight
                • Rugged

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography

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

                  Have used both the tele and macro modes with good results. Relatively compact size for a 300 mm lens. A real bargain!

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                  4.0

                  A lot of bang for the buck

                  By JB Photographer

                  from Burley, Id.

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Quick Focus
                  • Sharp Focus

                  Cons

                  • Front turns when focusing

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Portraits
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                  I us the lens for portraits, flowers, birds at feeder and for landscapes. I like the way this lens works and the focus is better than I thought it would be without a built in motor. I don't like the rotating front but for the price, I don't care.

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                  4.0

                  Good Telephoto for the Price

                  By Kestrel1029

                  from Philadelphia, PA

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Quick Focus

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Wildlife

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

                    This lens gives you a functional telephoto lens for the price. Operation is smooth and the image quality is good, not great. Images are however very usable. A tripod is recommended for the longer focal lengths. Overall I'm quite pleased with this lens considering the price.

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                    3.0

                    70-120...

                    By Ilya Kazakov

                    from Ust'-Kamenogorsk, KZ

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Low Cost

                    Cons

                    • Slow Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraits

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

                    I use it like 70-120... After 120mm contrast follow down and start up aberrations.
                    Slow focus... Very loud!!!

                    Do not use it for MACRO!!! In macro mode you can use 180-300mm only, but in this case you will get terrible quality image: low contrast, low shurp, with big aberrations.

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                    2.0

                    I wouldn't get it again...

                    By vaerli

                    from colorado

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable

                    Cons

                    • Blurry Focus
                    • Heavy
                    • Slow Focus

                    Best Uses

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

                      Okay, this thing isn't too bad, except for the image quality. It focuses alright, except in low light. Its heavy.

                      Mostly, my two stars are for its picture quality, which I despise. Its not sharp enough, where my other lens does really well. Also, when you shoot something white, it gets haloing, usually violet. Decent for macro at long distances.

                      Other than the quality issues, its been an alright lens. It goes far.

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                      3.0

                      purple fringing

                      By zeandroid

                      from Denver, CO

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Purple fringing

                      Best Uses

                      • Wildlife

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

                      This is a good lens for the price. But the purple fringing is killing it for me. I'm looking into Pentax 55-300 to replace this one

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