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TamronSP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLRs & 35mm Film Cameras
 
4.5

(based on 220 reviews)

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    (135)

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    (72)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (121)
  • Easily interchangeable (97)
  • Consistent output (93)
  • Strong construction (91)
  • Durable (68)

Cons

  • Heavy (45)
  • Poor in low light (25)
  • Slow focus (18)
  • Blurry focus (8)
  • Lens creep (5)

Best Uses

  • Wildlife photos (126)
  • Landscape/scenery (95)
  • Sports/action (86)
  • Weddings (38)
  • Macro photography (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (92), Semi-pro photographer (45), Casual photographer (31), Pro photographer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (165), Yes (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Quite a run for the money

I've been around cameras since I was 11 starting out with a Kodak Duoflex II. And have accumulated quite an array of cameras and photographic equipment.

A fan of Nikon since...Read complete review

I've been around cameras since I was 11 starting out with a Kodak Duoflex II. And have accumulated quite an array of cameras and photographic equipment.

A fan of Nikon since the Nikon FM (for younger readers not a radio station but a manual film SLR). My Nikon SLRs and most of my lenses sit quietly inside of camera bags & backpacks using nothing but digital these days. All Nikon.

Not sure what got me to buy the Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Telephoto Zoom but I am glad I did. For testing purposes, I mounted it on a DX body (the D90), my favorite run-about camera (light, sturdy and capable of holding its own) and a week later I haven't taken it off yet.

First the ugly: it does NOT seem as sturdy as some Nikon zooms but some of the Nikon lens are built like tanks (if tanks were made of glass inside).
So I do worry about banging the lens around. Enough so that I ordered a camera/lens holster bag (I usually walk around with the naked camera & lens unless I'm on a shoot and then I carry a bag with accessories).

As others noted, it does "jump" sometimes, a combination of the autofocus and the VC system (VC is the Tamron anti-vibration equivalent of Nikon's VR & VRII). But don't let it bug you, because it focuses as fast or faster than any other lens I've used. Press the release half way and the lens snaps to attention sharply focused.

Now for the good: I just love the bokeh. It shows up unexpectedly on shots where I wouldn't expect any because of the aperture. Somehow it often surprises you with good subject to background isolation that while I don't quite get why, I do love it.

The so called Tamron Anniversary lens it is the first Tamron optic that incorporates an Ultrasonic Silent Drive (USD) for fast, quiet and precision autofocusing.

Second the VC (think VR / VRII ) while not as "civilized" it sure works fine. I've taken handheld low-light shots with this lens at 1/10 that are pretty sharp. They advertise it you can go 4 stops lower. It is sharper than humanly possible at such a slow shutter speed (handheld).

On top of that I was pleasantly surprised to find there is a $100 rebate from Tamron this month (Sep 2012) - makes this lens a bargain.

I took one star off because it doesn't seem as sturdy as other lenses. But to be fair I should've put it back because of the great price. I didn't.

All around I haven't stopped taking photos yet with this. I keep thinking of situations where it may fail and it ends up pleasantly surprising me.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Check out the 2 photos below.
I chose them to try to illustrate the strengths of the lens. If you want to see more shots taken using the Tamron, visit the website, click on "Galleries" / then "Animals" then "Summer Horses".

I'm having a lot of fun with this 300mm.

Quite a gem.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Winner of the Budget-Zoom Blunderbowl?

The inexpensive telephoto zoom market is filled with several fatally-flawed competitors. On an APS-C (crop) camera, the Canon 55-250mm EF-S is revered for its strong optical performance for the price, but...Read complete review

The inexpensive telephoto zoom market is filled with several fatally-flawed competitors. On an APS-C (crop) camera, the Canon 55-250mm EF-S is revered for its strong optical performance for the price, but sports a cheap plastic lens mount. The more expensive Canon 70-300mm performs poorly at 300mm and still features cheap micro-motor USM, which is neither silent, durable, nor capable of manual override. Enter the Tamron 70-300 SP, which for a very reasonable price promises excellent performance - at least on paper.

This China-made lens sports true ring-type USM for fast, silent autofocus, VC for image stabilization, a metal mount, solid-feeling build quality, and an included lens hood. It seems to be a winner, but alas the lens' real world performance doesn't quite live up to its potential. Like most budget tele-zooms, the Tamron is sharp from 70-200mm and softens noticeably by 300mm. However, I would not hesitate to use the lens past 200mm as image quality and sharpness remain adequate, especially at f/8. Bokeh (blur) quality is mediocre, a bit harsh for my taste. Autofocus is fast and quiet but a bit unreliable. Unfortunately, VC on my lens is horrendous. I consistently obtain sharper results with VC off than with it enabled. VC "activation" is loud and causes the image in the viewfinder to jerk noticeably. In a quiet setting such as a church, the sound of VC activating would likely be as annoying as the AF whine of old DC-motor lenses. Finally, while VC does seem to stabilize the viewfinder picture, it does nothing or worse to the actual image. I have consistently noticed a softening effect in images taken with VC on, as well as reduced focus accuracy (on static subjects!) Therefore I just turn VC off and may send the lens in to Tamron for repair.

One final comment: Don't count on getting your rebate check anytime soon. I bought my lens last year and am still waiting for my check. After two months of waiting, Tamron informed me that I had not included the "box-top" cutout, invalidating my rebate. I did include the cutout serial number and had to jump through a bunch of "customer service" hoops to prove it. Still haven't received my check. I highly recommend taping the box cutout to the rebate form and documenting everything rebate-related.

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5.0

Super lens!

By artbsn

from Seattle

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLRs & 35mm Film Cameras:

    This lens is super sharp and the image stabilization is excellent.

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    4.0

    Sharp, accurate, great value

    By Duncan Horst Photography

    from Nijmegen, Netherlands

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLRs & 35mm Film Cameras:

      I use this lens private and professional. I is my only non-Canon lens (I did use to own Sigma's). I own a Canon 17-40L, Canon 24-105L, Canon 50mm 1.4, Canon 20mm 2.8, Canon 135mm 2.8, so I have a lot to compare it with.

      The Tamron is cheaper and longer than the Canon 70-200L f4.0. And it has IS. These were the factors why I bought the Tamron. And it does not disappoint. It is sharp, focusses fast enough and fits my needs perfectly.

      Only downside is sharpness at 300mm and sometimes weird Bokeh.

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      5.0

      Works Great

      By Renderman

      from Nevada

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLRs & 35mm Film Cameras:

      I am using a Canon T3 Rebel which is entry level of professional digital cameras. I have been taking pictures of the wild horses of Nevada and wanted some good close ups shots. I have been very happy with this lens as it zooms and makes nice clear images. I would suggest reading several reviews before making your purchase. While this is not a $ of $ lens it does a wonderful job for us that don't have the money to spend on high dollar lens.

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      4.0

      Tamron 70-300 mm

      By Joe

      from Cleveland Ohio

      Comments about Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLRs & 35mm Film Cameras:

      This lens has my vote. As long as you have good lighting the results are fantastic. Light in weight, fast to focus, and costs a lot less than its big brother 70-200.

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      4.0

      Great lens for the price

      By Bullterriere

      from Foster City

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLRs & 35mm Film Cameras:

      I bought the lens primarily for wildlife photography. The lens gets five stars on almost everything the counts, picture quality, speed to focus, weight and vibration control (VC). The only reason I dropped a star is because it really struggles to autofocus with my Kenko 2x extender. I need to use manual focus, which while not the end of the world is a little bit of a disadvantage. One other small downside is you need to turn off VC for taking video, again not a huge downside. Overall I love the lens. Take a look at my sample image to get an idea of sharpness.

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      5.0

      Tanron SP 70-300 DI VC UDS really gets t

      By Dancing Bear

      from Savannah, Ga.

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLRs & 35mm Film Cameras:

        I bought the Tamron SP 70-300 DI VC UDS telephoto lens after reviewing ever telephoto lens that would fit a Canon 70D and and decided to go for the most bang for the buck. Everything is a trade off in Photography but I am pleased with the shoots I'm getting. It's very sharp up to around 200 mm and still quite good to 300. I found it focuses best for me on single sensor, single shot modes through the viewfinder. The reviews B&H have on line about products where great and I think finally did it for me. Their prices are right in there, they stand behind there sales,
        I was out shooting gators this afternoon, see pic

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        4.0

        Ditch the tripod.

        By Irish Mark

        from Sevierville, Tn

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLRs & 35mm Film Cameras:

        The vibration control is very impressive! Focus speed and picture quality are quite good. Very happy with it.

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        5.0

        Just What I as Hoping For

        By MGreene

        from Boston, MA

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLRs & 35mm Film Cameras:

        Perfect for landscape, wildlife and sports or to just get those far-away shots you couldn't reach before with a different focal length. I great mid-range priced, full frame lens for those looking to upgrade from their kit lens.

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        5.0

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

        By Rob

        from Winchester, VA

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Outdoors
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLRs & 35mm Film Cameras:

          Wanted to replace my Canon 70-300 EF 4-5.6 III because it didn't have image stabilization and I'm planning on trying my hand at some sports when football season comes around. The best part about this lens is probably the VC (image stabilization). You can see the image lock into place in the frame, so that you can take the picture. The lens is also pretty sharp, granted I've been experimenting with faster shutter speeds lately. Does a good job outdoors on a well lit day. Probably a half an inch larger in diameter than my other tele-zoom and weighs more as well. It feels good though, zooms smoothly and focuses silently. The only reason I would get anything else in this focal range is if I wanted a long prime of something with a larger aperture. Otherwise I'm set with this lens from 70-300mm.

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          4.0

          Great banf for the buck tele lens

          By evogt500

          from California

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLRs & 35mm Film Cameras:

            AF is quick and quiet. The lens has great optically quality and is sharp all the way to 200mm and a bit softer up to 300mm, but still usable. VC works great at stabilizing stationary subjects. Comes with lens hood. Metal lens mount.

            VC jerks when trying to follow moving subjects. Build quality is on par with other lenses in these price range.

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            4.0

            Worth The Price tag

            By MK

            from New York

            About Me Casual Photographer

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            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLRs & 35mm Film Cameras:

                  Use this for Wild Life,Fast Zoom,Have some Noice from The lens on Manual Mode.And kkrrkkk sound After the Zoom lock and shutter release.

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                  5.0

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

                  By Vladimir Malyugin

                  from Portland, OR

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLRs & 35mm Film Cameras:

                    It's a wonderful Lens! I love it. AF is fast and accurate, zooming is linear and precise. Up to 4 Stops Vibration Compensation allow to take pictures without tripod and it's very sharp all over.

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                    5.0

                    BOKEN F4!

                    By CARL

                    from Reno,NV

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLRs & 35mm Film Cameras:

                      This lens is really pleasant to use, it can produce really sharp images and surprisingly BOKEH for a F4 lens. Its mounted on my Canon T5i and it works well. Thank you B&H for all the help.

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                      4.0

                      Nice Lens

                      By Pdxblues

                      from Portland, OR

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLRs & 35mm Film Cameras:

                        I bought this lens to replace an older Canon lens with the same focal lengths. I decided to purchase this lens because it is a great value. I really like this lens. It is a quality product and works well with me Canon t3i. It is not the fastest focusing, but it is sharp and crisp. I am very satisfied and would buy it again! I have been taking photos for close to 30 years and use this lens for action and nature photos.

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                        5.0

                        You Get More for Less

                        By fototker

                        from Wooster, Ohio

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLRs & 35mm Film Cameras:

                        I read many different reviews before purchasing this lens. Many reviews stated that for full frame cameras (I use a Canon 5D MK III), this lens was 1)sharper on the edges and corners than the older Canon version, 2) the front element did not rotate making it better for CP filter use, and, 3) the VC was better by a couple of stops. I can definitely say that all the above are true. I could not be happier with this lens, and would truly recommend it to anyone with a full frame camera.

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                        5.0

                        Solid lens for the price point

                        By Johnmb1

                        from CT

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLRs & 35mm Film Cameras:

                          Love the Vibration Compensation on this lens. Not found in other lenses in this price point and look forward to many years of shooting. Can't wait to get out and use it on a shoot soon.

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                          4.0

                          Good Value Lens

                          By Larry

                          from Irvine , CS

                          Comments about Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLRs & 35mm Film Cameras:

                          Considering the price of the lens versus what this lens can do, this is clearly a high-value product. I recommended to all.

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                          5.0

                          Great Zoom Lens

                          By Amy

                          from Kannapolis, NC

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Heavy
                          • Poor in Low Light

                          Best Uses

                          • Sports/Action
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLRs & 35mm Film Cameras:

                          This lens is a very good zoom lens for the money. It has great lens compression. It is pretty sharp to be a heavier zoom.

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                          3.0

                          Nice lens for casual use

                          By SithTracy

                          from Trevor, WI

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Lens Creep
                          • Slow Focus

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLRs & 35mm Film Cameras:

                          I wanted something a little longer and to use with filters. The Canon 70-300L was out of my price range for my needs. Overall it is pretty darn sharp but slow to focus. As a Canon shooter, the zoom ring is a little awkward to use. This is my only Tamron lens. I really like that the front element does not spin. This is why I did not go for the cheaper Sigma option. Also, the Canon non-L 70-300 has a spinning front element on focus. This lens is mainly for outdoor use. I did get some usable images indoors, but I don't think I would use it for action sports (stopped players worked the best). Use this lens on a Canon 5D Mark III.

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                          4.0

                          Good quality / price

                          By davidgg

                          from Gainesville, FL

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLRs & 35mm Film Cameras:

                              It's a good quality / price telephoto zoom, slow but good definition.

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