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

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Expert Reviews
20 November 2011

The other standout feature is Tamron's Vibration Correction (VC) system - an optical stabiliser that offers 4-stop performance in fending off camera-shake.

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    Fast and near-silent USD autofocus, with full-time manual override, Very effective 4-stop Vibration Correction, Sharp at all but the longest zoom setting

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    Lacks sharpness at 300mm zoom setting with widest f/5.6 aperture, £50 more expensive than Sigma's 70-300mm OS lens

1 March 2011

For the first time, Tamron has incorporated an Ultrasonic Silent Drive, or USD, with full-time manual override in this zoom lens, making it a competitive technology with Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor, Canon’s Ultrasonic Motor (USM), and Sony’s Super Sonic wave Motor.

The digital picture.32823291
12 May 2010

Is the Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Lens right for you? Learn all you need to know in The-Digital-Picture.com's review!

Photo net.32822890
23 December 2009

The Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC is surprisingly good optically. It is merely a little bit less sharp compared to my Nikon 300mm f/2.8 AF-S, stopped down to f/5.6. The Tamron does have more chromatic aberration, i.e. color fringing in light-to-dark transitions.

5 November 2009

Gary Wolstenholme takes a look at Tamron's first lens to include both an Ultrasonic focusing motor and Vibration Compensation.

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    Very good optical performance, Good build quality, Ultrasonic drive, Effective vibration compensation system

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    Focusing a little slower than other silent focusing systems I've used.

Pop photo.32824722
2 November 2010

Tailor-made for wildlife and sports shooters, this third-generation 70–300mm full-frame telezoom in Tamron’s SP line adds Vibration Compensation (VC) plus two innovations: an Ultrasonic Silent Drive (USD) focusing motor for near-silent AF, and an element of what Tamron calls XLD glass, a relatively...

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
22 October 2015

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.

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

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    Focus Zoom Opposite

6 July 2015

Tamron has come a long way since my first lens from them back in the 60's. That lens was so soft in the corners I said I'd never buy another Tamron product, but Japanese cars weren't that great back then either, and look at them now. This Tamron 70-300mm VC lens does what I want it to do...

28 October 2013

I've owned 2 of the canon version of this lens & was extremely disappointed in them past 150mm. This Tamron that replaced my Canon lens simply blows them away in sharpness.

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    This is the BEST option for someone not wanting to invest a lot of $$ on a lens in this zoom range. It has excellent image quality. The VC works excellent for 300mm hand held shots.

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    Not a macro, but then again I did not purchase for that use.

10 December 2013

I have had this lens for about two years now and have been using it almost exclusively for wildlife photography. Sometimes I wish I had more reach, but unfortunately an extender cannot be used with this unless you want to sacrifice image quality. And trust me, you don't.

Product Highlights
  • For Canon DSLR & 35mm Film Cameras
  • Up to 4 Stops Vibration Compensation
  • Ultrasonic Silent Drive (USD)
  • Fast, Quiet & Accurate Autofocusing
  • Outstanding Image Resolution
  • Digitally Integrated (Di)
  • 62mm Filter Size
  • Full Length of 5.9" (151.1mm)
  • Weighs 26.98 oz (756 g)
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In The Box
  • Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLRs & 35mm Film Cameras
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • Petal-Shaped Lens Hood
  • 6-Year Limited Warranty (U.S.A. Only)
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