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The Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 SP Di VC USD Lens offers unparalleled optical performance in a fast and steady telephoto zoom. Its advanced design features an LD (Low Dispersion) and an XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) lens element to help prevent chromatic aberration and provide sharp contrast. The 70-300mm f4-5.6 SP Di VC USD is the first Tamron lens to be equipped with a USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive), Tamron's very own ultrasonic auto-focus drive mechanism for faster focusing, making it a perfect telephoto zoom choice for photographing sports, wildlife, or other fast-moving subjects. In addition, Tamron's VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization assists hand-held photography, not only at long focal length ranges where blurring is common, but also under low-lit conditions. This combination of technology and quality optics makes the Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 SP Di VC USD Lens a premium telephoto zoom lens for both professional and enthusiast users of full-frame and APS-C format digital SLR cameras. More
VC (Vibration Compensation)
In lens stabilisation - The proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism features a triaxial configuration using three pairs of driving coils and slide balls around the compensator group of the lens' optical system. The lens incorporates a highly accurate gyro sensor for detecting hand-shake, and offers comfortable anti-vibration effects.
SP (Super Performance)
Professional class lens; currently the best lenses made by Tamron for the consumer market.
Di (Digitally Integrated)
Is the designation Tamron puts on lenses featuring optical systems designed to meet the performance characteristics of digital SLR cameras as well as film cameras. These lenses may be used on cameras with full format (FF) or APS-C sensors (with a crop factor relative to the camera).
USD Ultrasonic Silent Drive
Tamron’s USD works with high-frequency ultrasonic vibrations which are produced by a ring called a ‘stator’. Energy from the vibrations is used to rotate an attached metallic ring known as a ‘rotor’. Piezoelectric ceramic, an element that produces ultrasonic vibrations when voltage of a specific frequency is applied is arranged in a ring formation on the stator. This electrode configuration of piezoelectric ceramic causes two ultrasonic vibrations to occur in the stator. By effectively combining these two ultrasonic vibrations, it is possible to convert the energy from the vibrations that produced simple motion into energy known as ‘deflective traveling waves’, which then moves around the circumference (rotation direction) of the ring. With the USD, the friction between these deflective traveling waves created on the metallic surface of the stator and the surface of the rotor produce force, causing the rotor to rotate. The focusing ring of the lens, which is linked to the rotor, is thus moved, creating a fast and smooth auto-focus drive.
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Excellent quality lens
from Northants, UK
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Comments about Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 SP Di VC USD Lens - Canon Fit:
I was a bit sceptical of buying a third party lens for my Canon Eos SLR but after reading a lot of reviews across the web I took a chance. I am glad I did as I think it's a fantastic lens for the price. I had a budget which couldn't reach the professional L Range of Canon lenses but this is certainly up there in terms of quality. I use the lens primarily for ship and aircraft photography along with adhoc photos on my travels. The out come is crisp photos that are certainly better quality than the standard 55-250 Canon lens I was replacing. I will agree with a few reviews that at the full 300mm, which I have used a lot for ship photography, the picture is not quite as sharp as lower down the scale but nothing that a bit of post processing can't cure.So what's good? The photos are sharp and have not too much distortion at extremes. The Autofocus and image stabilisation works very well although it can struggle on fast moving items. Saying that maybe tweeting the settings on the camera would solve that. I also miss a bit of extra focal length at bottom end as a number of occasions I could have done with the 55 focal length, but I suppose you have to compromise a bit.What's okay? The build quality is okay but it's obviously not going to be as solid as a L Range lens at twice the price. It does feel a bit plasticky but does that matter? It the outcome of the pics that matters. As I said earlier the autofocus can be a bit hit and miss on fast items like aircraft but again the settings on the camera may solve that.What's bad? I wouldn't say anything was bad but the lens is a bit on the bulky size and does have a bit of weight to it. Holding the camera for long periods of time does feel like you are carrying a weight but it's a small niggle. The lens is also very long with the hood attached at full zoom and l was a bit self aware that I looked conspicuous. However I soon was put at ease when a man stood next to me with a 400mm L lens that he could hardly hold.Overall a great lens that I think Tamron have done a fantastic job on. Yes you get what you pay for at the end of the day but I think Tamron have upped their game recently and produced a great lens.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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i would recommend this lens
By granny snaps
About Me Getting started, Hobbyist/Enthusiast
before buying I read the reviews, I expected it to be on the heavy side, but I cant find any other fault, once you get used to it... its fine. I am a beginner with an slr, coming from a bridge camera and have had no problems! Pleased so far with this product, saved money not buying a canon brand name item.People at Wex very helpful and TONS of protective packaging when it came, and that was prompt too.
Great For The Money.
By PJB 32.
Never having had really expensive lenses I can only compare this lens to an older Canon version with no IS - and that's no comparison at all. The stabilisation on this lens is fast and effective - I went down to 1/20 of a second and still got a reasonable hand held shot - and the picture quality is fine. My one criticism is that it's very easy to knock the VC switch to 'off' when taking the lens from the bag. A great lens for the money.
I would buy Tamron again
General use, wildlife and sports
Fantastic lens for the price.
Another amazing product from Tamron that belies the cost. Images great and operation and performance of the lens superb. The focusing is fast, accurate and quiet. As my interests are predominantly landscapes and buildings I did not feel inclined to buy a Canon telephoto as they are expensive and would not be used enough to justify the cost. This lens therefore completely fits the bill of reasonable cost and super performance.
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Cracking lens love it
Great for taking pics at sporting events or out on the water with dolphins
Good lens for the money
Great lens for the money
I bought this to replace Tamron's cheaper 70-300mm lens, and so far (after a a couple of months' use) I haven't been disappointed.The general picture quality is a massive step up, the Vibration Control seems to do its stuff, and the lens is very quick to focus.The only real downside for me is that the lens is noticeably heavier and chunkier than the lens it replaced, although it still isn't ridiculously heavy or large.
best telephoto zoom for the price
This is a very sharp lens even wide open,it is well built , if slightly bulky (well it is a big telephoto )I am delighted with it.
More bang for the buck than canon
Great lens, costs less than its canon equivalent but out performs it in every way. Sharper, less chromatic aberrations and flaring, the VC is simply excellent, one might even say it is too good! only negative (which is a minor thing) i have noticed is the zoom ring rotates the other way compared to canons (but same way as nikons) so that will take some time getting used to. Would recommend whole heartedly!
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