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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 251 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (156)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (82)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (141)
  • Easily interchangeable (109)
  • Consistent output (105)
  • Strong construction (103)
  • Durable (78)

Cons

  • Heavy (52)
  • Poor in low light (28)
  • Slow focus (19)
  • Blurry focus (8)
  • Lens creep (6)

Best Uses

  • Wildlife photos (143)
  • Landscape/scenery (106)
  • Sports/action (93)
  • Weddings (40)
  • Macro photography (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (105), Semi-pro photographer (49), Casual photographer (34), Pro photographer (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (183), Yes (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Solid Alternative to 100-400L

I had an EF 100-400L for the last 6 years until an unfortunate accident rendered it nothing more than a scarred paperweight. At $, I'd obviously saved up for a long while before...Read complete review

I had an EF 100-400L for the last 6 years until an unfortunate accident rendered it nothing more than a scarred paperweight. At $, I'd obviously saved up for a long while before being able to afford it in the first place. When I broke my toy, I had to have something cheap, but solid until I can again afford the real deal. The SP 70-300 is not anywhere near the L, but it has proven to be a worthy replacement while I save up to buy another Canon. I shoot trains primarily and some wildlife as well; and in any type of weather. I have had the lens for just about 2 weeks and have taken it out in sun, snow, fog, and in diminishing light conditions already. It hasn't always produced satisfactory results, but every experienced photog knows it takes time to learn the idiosyncrasies of your gear. That said, it has produced some incredible images so far--and in a package that is merely 1/5 of the cost of the Canon. Unless you're planning on selling your images [and probably even if you are], this is a solid alternative to the L glass. Once you figure out the strengths and weaknesses of the tool, you can learn how to use it to minimize the bad results.*5-Star rating is for the quality of the product as compared to the price I paid. These should be renamed "value" ratings systems because obviously a $ lens won't be a 5 when compared one worth $.**I have attached a couple of pictures to demonstrate it's capabilities of locking-on to a moving target at full extent in challenging lighting conditions as well as a test shot of the effectiveness of the VC.

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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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

SOLID PERFORMER

By Gustav Bosman

from South Africa

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

Even though I didn't buy this off of B&H, I bought a brand new copy of this lens in South Africa . I've had this lens for about 4 months now and I have to say, I'm very impressed ! Compared to the Canon 70-300mm IS this lens is a whole lot better ! The Canon lacks a lens hood and focus window and in my opinion looks uglier. According to lens reviewers on the internet, the image quality between the two are very similar. This lens has a very well dampened zoom ring. The focus ring is not dampened, but manages to remain smooth and have a constant resistance. It also has a rather long travel distance rotating 110 degrees. The lens reproduces great color and contrast throughout the entire zoom range, maintaining great sharpness up to about 250mm. The lens also comes equipped with 4-stop image stabilization, which is FAR SUPERIOR compared to other IS I've seen in lenses. With Tamron's version of IS (VC -Vibration Compensation) enabled, you can almost perfectly frame your composition through the viewfinder. The entire lens feels well built, constructed of high quality and durability plastics. The lens hood that is included in the box is a LARGE petal-shaped hood. The quality of this lens hood itself is astounding ! The inside of the hood is has a texture that reflects sunlight away and sits tightly fit on the end of the lens when attached ! There is one feature that I wish was included and that would be to attach a tripod collar. This lens is quite hefty and without a tripod collar it could cause your tripod or monopod to be very unbalanced. If you have a cheap no brand tripod you might encounter many balance problems. Finally, I've found a slight weakness of this amazing lens. I would recommend this to anybody looking for a great value, high performing, telephoto lens.

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4.0

Great for the Price

By Ashadow Photography

from Grand Rapids

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

Although that should be a the case if you plan to but a third party lens. Stabilization feature works well. When typically having a wide 2.8 aperture for tele, the 5.6 available over most of the focal distance is a bit of a shock; however, manageable with a tripod. Speaking of which the blur with the stabilization mechanism on using a tripod will ruin every shot, this feature needs to be off. This is always the case but very apparent for this lens. Everything under 250mm is quite sharp. 250 and up is OK for social media. So, despite some limitations, it's a good lens for the price. I use it as my tele zoom backpacking (replacing a Canon2.879-200L) as its about half the weight. This comes along with my Canon f4 16-35. Together they can handle most everything except macro.

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5.0

Awesome choice I made

By Stacy

from Mansfield, TX

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • 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:

    We did a LOT of homework before purchasing this lens. Youtube video Tamron vs Sigma, reading reviews, seeing how each of them work. We finally decided on this lens. We are THRILLED that we did.

    I hate reviews that start with "for the money/price range" etc. So I would like to say, we were set on purchasing the Canon 70-300 F1.2, nothing wrong with that lens and perhaps in the future we will go ahead and get it.

    We just felt that at this moment this lens was the one I would personally get the most out of.

    Quick to focus, appears very durable, lightweight which is a plus for me. Nice bokeh although I am still learning to use it to its potential. It has compensated for my lack of experience with it.

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    5.0

    Great lens for the price

    By Chris

    from VA

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

    I previously owned 2, Canon 75-300mm lenses, A low quality lens and I have been dissatisfied with it. I need a long zoom from time to time, but not so much that I need to invest thousands in a big clunky zoom. I really wanted one with image stabilization, and then I found this Tamron lens. It's basically the same lens but with VC. And with the current $100 rebate it was a no brainer. Some professionals are all about Canon lenses, but since I have to buy 2 of everything, buying Tamron equivalents has saved me literally thousands of dollars and I am happy with the end product.

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    5.0

    Great quality great price

    By Codeman

    from Oregon

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

    Nothing bad to say for the price. Good feel and clear optic

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    5.0

    Love this Lens.

    By Sus

    from Cedar Bluff, Iowa

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography

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

      Works like I was told it would, love it.

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      5.0

      Exceptional quality

      By Adamjandro

      from Ooltewah, TN

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • No Chromatic Aberration
      • No Vignetting
      • Strong Construction

      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:

        This Tamron SP 70-300 XLD is fantastic! I see no vignetting and no chromatic aberration and quality is quite sharp. For the price, I don't believe you'll find a better lens.

        Yes, it's heavy. Yes, it's large. But what do you expect? It's quality.

        The reverse zoom ring and the flipped zoom/focus rings are not a problem. It just takes a little bit of getting used to but within 10 minutes you should be fine.

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        • Yes

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        5.0

        Great Lens at a Great Price

        By Ron

        from St. Louis, MO

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        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:

          Based on my test shots, this lens is very sharp through the entire range. But the best capability of this lens is the vibration compensation. I can hand hold shots at full zoom and get very acceptable results whether on a full frame or cropped sensor camera. The only minor issue I have had with this lens is the switches for AF/MF and VC are to easy to accidentally move.

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          4.0

          Excellent affordable stabilized lens.

          By Pat

          from Central PA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

          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:

              I mainly bought this simply for the stabilization and it works awesome. It's so easy to get shots when zoomed in. I love it. Picture quality is pretty solid all around from what I've seen so far, too.

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              5.0

              Great lens

              By Keri

              from Florida

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • 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:

                Will use it for many things; easy to use and adjust. Decent weight. Love the results. I saved all year for this lensa and am happy with it.

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                5.0

                Great value

                By Satisfied customer

                from Springfield, Illinois

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

                Works great!! Just what I was looking for to take pics of my kids' sports (cross country, soccer)!! Love this lens!!

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                4.0

                Great lens for the money

                By Robert

                from Las Vegas, NV

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Focus Zoom Opposite

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Portraits
                • 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've had the opportunity to take about 200 photos already of wildlife, people and scenery and it seems to render the photos in sharp, crisp detail with good contrast. There are better lenses on the market I'm sure but this one seems rugged and will be able to stand up to most things I send at it. I am usually in the studio so the f/4 isn't at all bad doing portraits and outside it will of course be sufficient in the daylight and when it gets dim out even with the best lens you'll start ot need a tripod or other stable support. The f/4 hold on until about 160-180mm's then it goes to f/5, then f/5.6 at the full 300mm. One stop isn't to bad for a $ lens at that focal length. It has good bokeh at f/4 and even at f/5.6 at 300mm it isn't sabby. I got good backgroung seperation from my main subject and it was creamy smooth. Overall I think it's a very capable lens.

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                4.0

                First Tamron Lens

                By Busy Bee Photography

                from Monroe, Oregon

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Heavy

                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:

                Besides being a heavy, big diameter lens, I am able to get sharp images when I shoot at a rather fast shutter speed, hand-held.

                I find that both the image stabilizer and autofocus swithes on the lens slide a bit too easy and often they move to the opposite position that I want them to be in while handling the lens or pulling it out of my camera bag.

                I plan to print a few images soon, but have had some good sharp images from getting a hang of this lens' capability.

                I do like the lens hood and how it seems to stay on well and is easy to remove and flip over so I can fit the camera with lens in my camera bag.

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                • No

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                4.0

                First Tamron Lens

                By Busy Bee Photography

                from Monroe, Oregon

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Heavy

                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:

                Besides being a heavy, big diameter lens, I am able to get sharp images when I shoot at a rather fast shutter speed, hand-held. I find that both the image stabilizer and autofocus switches on the lens slide a bit too easy and often they move to the opposite position that I want them to be in while handling the lens or pulling it out of my camera bag.I plan to print a few images soon, but have had some good sharp images from getting a hang of this lens' capability.I do like the lens hood and how it seems to stay on well and is easy to remove and flip over so I can fit the camera with lens in my camera bag.

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                • No

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                5.0

                I'm Impressed

                By Dexter

                from Moline, Illinois

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Night 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 shoot the Canon 7D. I like nature photography. I read many reviews about this lens;compatibility with Canon; performance and price. I love it. I have a Canon 18-200mm that creeps all over the place. But this Tamron stays put. Autofocus may not be as fast as Canon in my view, but its not being experienced as a problem for my shooting type. Very Pleased.

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                5.0

                Simply the best piece of glass in my camera bag

                By simarc

                from NY, NY

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Lens Creep

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Video
                • 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:

                Takes better pictures than my Canon lenses. I took this to a softball tournament and took some fantastic pictures. It focused fast and for a 4/5.6 it was bright and sharp. I haven't shot any night games yet (maybe tonight), but I will report back when I do.

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                • Yes

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                5.0

                Great Lens!

                By RcPikiDu

                from Croatia

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                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:

                    Realy good lens, has a strong construction and photos look great!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7YmZlDo6kI

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                    5.0

                    Nice to see Tamron stepping up

                    By Inkwellish

                    from Grand Junction

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Amazing Stabilization
                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Sharp
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Poor in Low Light
                    • Zooms The Opposite Direct

                    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:

                    I chose this lens after reading many reviews and watching countless YouTube videos. I don't do tons of telephoto work, but just enough where I want a lens that's decent without being too expensive. I was also looking for something with an EF mount and stabilization. This lens fits the bill! Tamron delivers in the sharpness and contrast department too. Images look punchy and saturated. Tamron's 'VC' is unbelievably effective. I can confidently handhold shots, of nonmoving subjects, down to 1/50 of a second throughout the entire zoom range. If you only occasionally need a telephoto lense, and don't want to drop tons of money on a Canon lens, then this should be your number one choice.

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                    5.0

                    Great lense for the money

                    By JVB

                    from Miami, Fl.

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night 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 use this lens for most of my shootings. I love the zoom capabilities and the quality of the shot. The VC is magnificent and makes the shot possible when I can't use a tripod. It is a long and heavy lens to carry around but it is worth to take along due to its capabilities.

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                    4.0

                    surprising in low light

                    By Bryan

                    from San Francisco

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

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

                    I was expecting to use this solely as a vacation lens for outdoor photography, but I brought it along with a f1.4 lens to a middle school play, just to see if I could see anything in that lighting. I used it handheld. I was surprised by the quality in low light. I haven't owned a lens before with vibration control, that must be the explanation for the ability to use the lens in low light. Also, can't beat the price.

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