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

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Expert Reviews
The digital picture.32823291
18 January 2012

The Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Lens features a popular and useful focal length range, a nice design, USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) AF and VC (Vibration Compensation) for a very affordable price .

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.

Photo net.34752471
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.

  • +

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

  • -

    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
2 February 2016

This Tamron SP 70-300 XLD is fantastic! I see no vignetting and no chromatic aberration and quality is quite sharp. For the price, I don't believe you'll find a better lens.Yes, it's heavy. Yes, it's large. But what do you expect? It's quality.

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.

  • -

    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 Nikon 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 Nikon 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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