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Tamron75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 LD Macro AF Zoom Lens for Nikon
 
4.4

(based on 12 reviews)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (6)
  • Consistent output (5)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (5)
  • Easily interchangeable (4)
  • Strong construction (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General purpose (4)
    • Landscape/scenery (4)
    • Wildlife photos (4)
    • Sports/action (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Sharp Pictures for a Low Price

    I was quite disappointed that the lens which came in the D80 kit I purchased (from another vendor) was a Tamron and not a Nikkor - until I used the lens. I don't...Read complete review

    I was quite disappointed that the lens which came in the D80 kit I purchased (from another vendor) was a Tamron and not a Nikkor - until I used the lens. I don't think you can find higher quality for anything close to this price. Taking pictures of flowers close up (5 ft away at 300mm) gives me very clear images with wonderfuly blurred backgrounds. Shooting far away delivers clear and usable images too. This is just a case of getting more than you pay for.
    This lens does have some weaker qualities, such as the feel of the zoom ring, which to me is not as smooth as I think it should be, and when zoomed it grows in length quite a bit. It is very plastic, but then again so is my camera body. They work well together.
    My initial disappointment has turned to joy and happiness, and I enjoy using this lens. Time will tell if it lasts for the long haul, but so far the image quality (jpeg fine and above) is outstanding.

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    Cheap, but...

    I picked up this lens for taking to the beach for surfing and whale shots. The obvious "pro" for this lens is the price. Even if you buy it and...Read complete review

    I picked up this lens for taking to the beach for surfing and whale shots. The obvious "pro" for this lens is the price. Even if you buy it and hate it, it's probably still worth its sticker price just for taking snapshots. Having said that, I think that's about all its good for..snapshots. I know it's hard to have pro expectations with such a low price, but I thought I'd be getting better results than about 1 in 500. So far, I have used this lens for a polo shoot, as well as a day at the beach shooting surfing. I didn't get a single photo that I didn't think had soft focus. Some of this can be blamed on manual focus (auto-focus doesn't work on D40,D40x, or D60), but I'm even talking about using a tripod for multiple images of still objects with minor adjustments to the focus after each shot to cover a wide range. What happens is you reach a point of "maximum focus" where you realize that the focus was as dead-on as it can be, but details are still very blotchy. At 250 yards, facial features are basically lost in a mess of pixel bunches. Chromatic Abberation is also a constant problem, even while shooting in F8 with good light.

    Having said that, I think this lens is probably still fine for snapshots of children's basketball games, family outings, days at the lake, etc.. While not razor-crisp, the results with this lens at distance are still going to be way better than with point-and-shoot handycams. Downsizing pictures from 100% to 30% (or so) will help out a lot with crispness. If you are an advanced amateur or a semi-pro, I would recommend dropping a healthier chunk of change on a beefier lens. If cash is an absolute roadblock, I would probably recommend an entry-level Nikon DX lens. At least the auto-focus would work with the entry-level Nikon camera bodies; I've seen a handful of shots from the 55-200mm AF-S DX lens, and I felt the quality was much better than the Tamron. This would be a fun "first zoom lens," but for a little extra money, I think a person could do much better..and have auto-focus.

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    5.0

    Great lens

    By FussyWren

    from Odessa, Texas

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Tamron 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 LD Macro AF Zoom Lens for Nikon:

    I use this lens to shoot just about everything. I haven't got any complaints about it's performance. It is a nice, responsive lens. i would recommend it's purchase.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Good

    By mike

    from palmdale, ca

    About Me Pro 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 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 LD Macro AF Zoom Lens for Nikon:

      Good product

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      decent lens for the price

      By dreamersb

      from adamsville, tn

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Price

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light
      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Tamron 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 LD Macro AF Zoom Lens for Nikon:

      I bought this lens thinking that I was buying a replacement for the lens that I previously owned. I was looking for an inexpensive lens to go with my Nikon teleconverter for wildlife photography. Unfortunately, I realized that this was not the correct lens. I was actually planning to return it. After some consideration, I decided to give the lens a chance and kept it. It gives me another choice in a long lens in case my Tamron 70-200 is too heavy to use.
      I haven't done a lot of research but it seems to me that the Nikon version is sharper.

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      4.0

      bang for the buck

      By eye from the sky

      from Bellingham, Wa

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Tamron 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 LD Macro AF Zoom Lens for Nikon:

          For the price... you cant beat it. I am rough with my stuff, outdoors/backpacking and it does what it is intended, tripod reccommended.. decent quality ..Great for beginners!!!!

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          4.0

          Buy Cheap Buy Good

          By Louis

          from Carnarvon WA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action

            Comments about Tamron 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 LD Macro AF Zoom Lens for Nikon:

            I must admit I did not expect much from this lens as it was a fairly budget price. Having just been up the coast and put it though it's paces I am impressed. I captured some great surfing shots from 300 metres. The lens was equally at home recording the closer scene of the dog waiting for owner to return. Loved it for the money.

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            5.0

            Really good value

            By Roger

            from Arroyo Seco, NM

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Lightweight
            • Sharp Focus

            Cons

            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

            • General Use

            Comments about Tamron 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 LD Macro AF Zoom Lens for Nikon:

            I've used this lens for learning to shoot motorsports and it's actually exceeded my expectations. The focus is very accurate, but it is also slow. It has limited the angle of shots I have taken, but I have many that were good enough to sell. My keeper rate has improved with the knowledge of what I can actually shoot with the focus speed limitations, and it's now about 3 out of 5.

            The focus is WAY faster than my Nikon 55-200mm af-s. I bought the Nikon after this hoping to improve my motorsports pics because it was supposed to be quicker focusing, but after spending a couple days using the Nikon and using both on the same event I noticed my keeper rate was 50% better with the Tamron.

            Don't get me wrong, it's certainly not a pro lens, but on sunny days at around 200mm this thing is sharp. I've finally ordered a pro lens, but I'm going to keep this one for certain types of shots.

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            5.0

            Lots of Fun

            By danny

            from El Paso, TX

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Sharp Focus
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Landscape Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Upgrade

              Comments about Tamron 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 LD Macro AF Zoom Lens for Nikon:

              great lens, lots of fun at a great price. highly recommend. great for getting good action shots without putting your camera in danger

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              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Cheap, but...

              By Mikey

              from Jalisco, Mexico

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Blotchy
              • Blurry Focus
              • Chromatic abberation

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Snapshots

              Comments about Tamron 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 LD Macro AF Zoom Lens for Nikon:

              I picked up this lens for taking to the beach for surfing and whale shots. The obvious "pro" for this lens is the price. Even if you buy it and hate it, it's probably still worth its sticker price just for taking snapshots. Having said that, I think that's about all its good for..snapshots. I know it's hard to have pro expectations with such a low price, but I thought I'd be getting better results than about 1 in 500. So far, I have used this lens for a polo shoot, as well as a day at the beach shooting surfing. I didn't get a single photo that I didn't think had soft focus. Some of this can be blamed on manual focus (auto-focus doesn't work on D40,D40x, or D60), but I'm even talking about using a tripod for multiple images of still objects with minor adjustments to the focus after each shot to cover a wide range. What happens is you reach a point of "maximum focus" where you realize that the focus was as dead-on as it can be, but details are still very blotchy. At 250 yards, facial features are basically lost in a mess of pixel bunches. Chromatic Abberation is also a constant problem, even while shooting in F8 with good light.

              Having said that, I think this lens is probably still fine for snapshots of children's basketball games, family outings, days at the lake, etc.. While not razor-crisp, the results with this lens at distance are still going to be way better than with point-and-shoot handycams. Downsizing pictures from 100% to 30% (or so) will help out a lot with crispness. If you are an advanced amateur or a semi-pro, I would recommend dropping a healthier chunk of change on a beefier lens. If cash is an absolute roadblock, I would probably recommend an entry-level Nikon DX lens. At least the auto-focus would work with the entry-level Nikon camera bodies; I've seen a handful of shots from the 55-200mm AF-S DX lens, and I felt the quality was much better than the Tamron. This would be a fun "first zoom lens," but for a little extra money, I think a person could do much better..and have auto-focus.

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent Lens

              By Evol F5

              from Salinas CA

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Easy To Clean
              • Lightweight
              • Sharp Focus

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Back-Up
                • General Use
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Tamron 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 LD Macro AF Zoom Lens for Nikon:

                I did research & this is the lens that is the equivalent to the Nikon version of the 70-300 4.5 lens. It seems that everything is exactly the same quality except it's a little less because it does not say Nikon. I use this on an F5 & I would love the VR when not tripod shooting but a great lens none-the-less. Very clear, pretty balanced (even at full zoom) & extremely lightweight (good for hiking, etc). Definately would recommend this for a great 1st zoom lens or travel lens.

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                (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Sharp Pictures for a Low Price

                By KS from New Bern

                from New Bern, NC

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Excellent images
                • Good Value

                Cons

                • Plastic everywhere
                • Zoom feels rough

                Best Uses

                • Candid Photos
                • Close up work
                • On a Tripod

                Comments about Tamron 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 LD Macro AF Zoom Lens for Nikon:

                I was quite disappointed that the lens which came in the D80 kit I purchased (from another vendor) was a Tamron and not a Nikkor - until I used the lens. I don't think you can find higher quality for anything close to this price. Taking pictures of flowers close up (5 ft away at 300mm) gives me very clear images with wonderfuly blurred backgrounds. Shooting far away delivers clear and usable images too. This is just a case of getting more than you pay for.
                This lens does have some weaker qualities, such as the feel of the zoom ring, which to me is not as smooth as I think it should be, and when zoomed it grows in length quite a bit. It is very plastic, but then again so is my camera body. They work well together.
                My initial disappointment has turned to joy and happiness, and I enjoy using this lens. Time will tell if it lasts for the long haul, but so far the image quality (jpeg fine and above) is outstanding.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                just what I needed

                By None

                from Park Ridge Illinois

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Value
                • High Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Tamron 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 LD Macro AF Zoom Lens for Nikon:

                    The main purpose of buying this lens is to take pictures of my grandchildren performing what they are currently into. I was pleased with the weight of the lens, much lighter than others I have used in the past. It made it much easier to focus. Some practice is needed concerning lighting but that is really my issue and not that of the lens. I am pleased with this choice

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                    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    I love this lens

                    By Debejyo

                    from Tempe, AZ

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Full frame
                    • Good Value
                    • Has distance marking
                    • High Quality
                    • Minimum or no CA
                    • Very light

                    Cons

                    • AF not AFS type
                    • No hyperfocal scale
                    • Plastic build

                    Best Uses

                    • Macros with extension
                    • Old TC
                    • Other tele applications
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Tamron 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 LD Macro AF Zoom Lens for Nikon:

                    I use it on D40. I have sacrificed the autofocus feature and got the aperture ring. Manual focussing on this lens is not a problem. Metering works fine, CA is almost negligible. Pictures are sharp. Its one of the most useful focal length range. I needed the aperture ring (missing from other lenses of its kind in this digital era) because I mount it on my 3x TC and extension tube for macro work. Its worth the money.

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