Tamron 70-300mm Di LD Macro Zoom

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I Never Felt it Deficient.
Just Not Overly 'WOW'

Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens The Tamron compact lightweight, high-image-quality Di type zoom telephoto lens with 1:2 macro capability that can be mounted on digital cameras. This lens uses an with an improved multi-coating optical system created to work with both film SLR and DSLR cameras. This lens favors outdoors where there's lots of light.

Flipping a switch for macro while in the 180mm to 300mm focal length range gets you a maximum magnification1:2 ratio at a minimum focusing distance as close as 37.4", letting you capture close-up images of insects, flowers, and other subjects that normally require using of a specially created macro lens. Furthermore, it's a zoom lens which nonchalantly provides the distant foreshortening acquisition enjoyment of a 300mm telephoto zoom world.

If you need a low light lens, this isn't it. If your primary objective is to take pictures in poor light situations such as concerts and weddings, then get the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) lens instead. The overall contrast is only average at best, although I never felt it is deficient. Just not overly 'WOW' like a few prime lenses are. There's scarcely any lens distortion up for discussion, however chromatic aberrations beyond 200mm can be seen sometimes, although easy to fix with Photoshop and the focus speed is average to slow. Sep 19, 2011  ✓


  • Tamron macro lens series
    The Tamron macro lens series produce sharp images against soft out-of-focus backgrounds. Not limited to macro photography, these lenses cover the range from landscapes to portraiture. The Tamron macro lens series, with its wide-ranging adaptability, has achieved recognition among photography lovers around the world. 

  • DI - Digitally Integrated Design
    (to reduce ghosting, flare, CA and peripheral light fall-off along with improved resolution of the optical system to meet the performance characteristics of digital SLR cameras as well as film cameras).

  • Built in Motor for Nikon
    This version has a built-in Motor which will allow it to work with all Nikon Digital Cameras. With some Film cameras this will not work in Auto Focus mode

  • Low Dispersion lens elements
    (LD Glass to reduce chromatic aberration for sharper images) Aspherical - contains aspherical elements (compensates for spherical aberration and distortion, making for better performance with fewer elements (and As a result allowing for smaller, lighter lenses)

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Lens styleZoom lens
Max Format Size 35mm FF  
Lens focal length70 300 mm  
Stabilization type No  
Camera mount Canon EFNikon F (FX), Pentax KAF, Sony Alpha  
Aperture (lens diaphragm)
Largest aperture opening F4.0 - F5.6  
Smallest aperture opening F32.0  
Includes aperture ring Yes  
Total diaphragm blades 9  
Total Elements 13  
Number of Groups 9  
Minimum focus distance 0.95 m (37.40")  
Autofocus type Yes  
Lens motor Micromotor  
Full time manual focus Unknown  
Focusing method Extending front  
Lens distance scale Yes  
Depth of field scale Yes  
Physical features
Overall weight435 g (0.96 lb)  
Lens diameter 77 mm (3.02")  
Overall length 117 mm (4.59")  
Lens color Black  
Zooming method Rotary (extending)  
Filter thread size 62 mm  
Lens hood included Yes  
Tripod collar included No

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