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

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

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

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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: 725211177142
In the Box
Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens for Pentax AF
  • 62mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap for Pentax AF
  • Lens Hood
  • Limited 6-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Tamron 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 specs

    Performance
    Focal Length 70 to 300mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/4 to 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° to 8°
    Minimum Focus Distance 4.92' / 1.5 m
    Magnification 0.5x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:2
    Optical Design 13 Elements in 9 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9
    Features
    Image Stabilization No
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar No
    Physical
    Filter Thread 62 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 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) 7.2 x 4.4 x 4.0"

    Tamron 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 reviews

    70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens for Pentax AF is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 33.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Value in a Moderate to Long Zoom Versatile in the field, with Pentax's Shake Reduction this well-built lens is very usable hand-held at maximum zoom and aperture, making much bird and butterfly photography within reach, and yielding excellent images.
    Date published: 2008-01-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pleased with the Performance I use this lens on my Pentax K100D. I love it almost as much as my new Pentax F1.4 50mm. (I don't even touch my Kit 18-55 any more). I use the 70-300 mostly outside for nature and wildlife. I recently took some decent shots of a Coopers Hawk from 200-300ft. It performs best with good light(as expected for the price). The Macro setting gives me sharp crisp images suitable for larger prints. It gets a little heavy and Focus isn't as sharp when zoomed all the way out.
    Date published: 2008-04-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great buy! I've been a shutterbug for about 40 years. I am amazed how the price of lenses have come down in relative and absolute dollars but up in quality over the years. This lens is no exception. It is a great buy, period! I get many compliments on my photography but I'll be the first to admit that many of the camera/lens reviews go into more detail about performance than is of interest to me. I coupled a Kenko 1.5 teleconverter and it is fabulous. While rafting down the Snake River in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, it made some outstanding shots of eagles in flight and one eagle in the nest. I went to an outdoor concert (at night) and got some great shots (with the teleconverter attached)...great exposure/contrast, etc. (The Doobie Brothers and Chicago never looked better). Much of this is due to my Pentax 100D w/ image stabilization....this feature saves a lot of money in that you don't have to buy a VC lens. OOPS, this isn't a Pentax review, so I'll move on. There's nothing really negative about the lens that I have found so far. If you are into Photoshop Pro software and the prosumer market, you will feel better if you spend $500-600 for that high-end lens.
    Date published: 2008-06-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best starter long zoom you can get. 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.
    Date published: 2011-04-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DI LD MACRO f/PENTAX Spring football practice was starting up, and I needed an inexpensive telephoto zoom to shoot my player and his friends. I read all the reviews and bought this lens because the first lens I got for my Pentax K10 was the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 and I've been very pleased with it. I've likewise been pleased with this lens for sports and action. Sometimes the autofocus seems a little slow, but I'm not sure how it compares to lenses from other manufacturers. Now that football is over, I've been playing around with shooting flowers using the macro, and I've gotten some good photos. I'm a hobbyist who prefers shooting travel and nature photos, but I have enjoyed getting started on sports.
    Date published: 2008-05-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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 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!
    Date published: 2008-02-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good buy for the price- 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.
    Date published: 2010-06-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't beat it for the money 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.
    Date published: 2011-10-02
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    Tamron 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 accessories

    Designed for use with:

    • Pentax K-1
    • Pentax K-1 II
    • Pentax K-3 II
    • Pentax K-70
    • Pentax K-S2
    • Pentax KP
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