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

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

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

B&H # TA70300MM MFR # AF017M-700
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Tamron 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 overview

  • 1Description

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.
UPC: 725211177128
In the Box
Tamron Zoom Telephoto AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Digital SLR Maxxum
  • 62mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum Lenses
  • Lens Hood
  • Limited 6-Year Warranty
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    Tamron 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 specs

    Performance
    Focal Length 70 - 300mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/4 - 5.6
    Minimum: f/32
    Camera Mount Type Sony A
    Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
    DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
    Angle of View 34° - 8°
    Minimum Focus Distance 37.4" (.95 m)
    Magnification 0.5x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:2
    Elements/Groups 13 / 9
    Diaphragm Blades 9
    Features
    Image Stabilization No
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar No
    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)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.3 x 4.4 x 4.1"

    Tamron 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 reviews

    70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 53.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as it used to be Had this lens LESS than THREE MONTHS when it broke inside and the apreture blades quit working. Tamron fixed it free BUT I was without my lens for four weeks as they do not replace, only repair. It still flexes when focusing and overall still feels like it will fail again at any minute. AND if it does it is my problem as Tamron will only repair your lens ONCE with the repair having a 30-day warranty only and after that it is all your problem. These lenses used to be well made but now have a plastic mount and from my experiance, looks to be mostly made of cheap plastic. You can buy better for nearly the same money. If you buy this one I wish you luck!
    Date published: 2009-08-22
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great micro shots for a small price For the price you cant really complain about anything this lens does or doesnt do. My micro shots are great flowers/bugs/etc turn out crisp and vibrant. Now the down side, as a telephoto is so Blah don't plan on using this on wild life thats over 50-75yds away. Even with optimal camera settings and manual focusing the lens has a tough time. Again for the price really not bad, but with a comparable lens that maybe double the price is well worth the money if you plan on shooting anything but landscapes. If your looking for a cheap capable lens for shooting good shots of your kids at a game or your dog in the back yard or want to get into some macro for a cheap price go for it.
    Date published: 2011-11-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT lens I use this lens aggressively and it never lets me down. I'm a wedding photographer and this lens gets the kiss every time. It's fast, precise and sharp. Aperture is really nice for and versatile for how short the range is. Yes, this lens is cheap. But I can honestly say it is great investment to any gear collection, no matter what level photographer you may be.
    Date published: 2012-10-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not for NEX There is no lens above 200mm currently available for the NEX cameras. So I got 70-300 Tamron with Sony Alpha mount and the Sony Alpha/ E mount adapter. What I did not realize is that Sony SLR's have camera based image stabilization systems. Therefore, Alpha mount lenses do not have the OIS built in. Even those by other lens manufacturers. NEX cameras rely on lenses to provide IS. Well, 300mm is just too much for the hand held pictures without IS. I had no choice but return the lens. I would get the OIS lens with different mount and E mount adapter, but only Sony makes the model which transfers all lens functions to the body. I will just have to wait for somebody to make the E mount equipped long tele lens with the built in OIS.
    Date published: 2013-01-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Would buy again I purchased this lens about 3 weeks ago. I already owned a Tamron lens so I knew I would be getting a great lens. I was looking for a macro lens, one of good quality that did not cost a lot, as our youngest is in college and not a lot of spare money floating around. This lens has become the one I keep on my camera at all times. I am constantly outside around the flowers looking for insects and bugs to photograph. I also get great shots of the flowers. This is a great lens that will get you up close and take great close ups. We have hummingbird moths that come out after sunset and this lens has been the only one I own that has allowed me to get good pictures of them. I use this lens on a Sony A700.
    Date published: 2009-08-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from just what I wanted I am a hobby photographer but i like having equipment that works well. This lense was a gift, but I can't spend on the cadillac versions but i want a reliable Chevy! I love outdoor nature photography but I'm also a mom with kids in sports, ice hockey and soccer at the moment. I like the durability and heft of this lens. it feels like you can handle it, no need to baby it. I feel the same way about my Tamron 18-200 lens. So far it's doing what I expect. It's been a while since I've had a 300mm so i'm getting used to it again. The macros funcion was a draw for me but it's not working the way i expected. I do need a bit more practice however! I'd recommend this lens as a good value, and a worth while addition to one's gear.
    Date published: 2012-01-03
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from So Sad - Too Bad I'm an amatuer nature photographer. I love having the tele-macro option to avoid having to change lenses in the field. The lens is light but I am not concerned about that as much as performance. I bought it to replace a broken Sigma telemacro lens and was not pleased with the clarity either in the Macro or Zoom settings (just slightly off). It was REAL slow on AF which made capturing birds in flight difficult. Seems to require a good amount of light for it to reproduce color well. I am returning it and returning to Sigma. I'm happy for others who love the lens (whose raving reviews lead me to try it) but I was personally very disappointed expecting more out of Tamron. Definately would NOT recommend it to a friend.
    Date published: 2009-11-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Satisfied with it I'm an amateur but like to make photos. Bought this lens before having a weekend gateway in mountains. Was happy with picture qualities. If you have a panoramic view and want to get everything in one picture or zoom it closer without changing quality this lens does a good job. I used manual zoom and focus because automatic settings are quite annoying as it takes a lot longer to make a photo. Overall, I'm satisfied with my purchase. Keep learning it's features. If you want to have a nice lens but not spend lots of $$$ this one is great.
    Date published: 2010-11-10
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