Tamron Zoom Telephoto AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS

Model #AF017C-700

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Tamron af017c 700 1
Tamron af017c 700 1
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Weight 15.34 oz (435 g)
Filter thread 62 mm
Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 3.0 x 4.6" (7.62 x 11.68 cm)


Angle of view 34° - 8°
Groups/elements 9/13
Magnification 0.5x
Camera mount type Canon EF
Diaphragm blades 9
Maximum reproduction ratio 1:2
Minimum focus distance 4.92' (1.5 m)
Aperture Maximum: f/4 - 5.6
Minimum: f/32
Focal length 70 - 300 mm
Format compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)


Image stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod collar No
Expert Reviews
What digital camera.32818507
1 November 2010

This budget superzoom option boasts close focusing and low-dispersion glass, but what do we think of it overall?

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    Close-up facility

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    No image stabilisation

12 July 2009

Lens guru, Gary Wolstenholme tests the Tamron 70-300mm zoom lens. Is it worth the relaively low price or should it be relegated to the bargain bin? Often after purchasing a camera complete with standard kit lens, many will look for a telephoto zoom to extend their reach when photographing distant...

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    Lightweight, Resolution at shorter focal lengths, Macro feature, Good value for money, Good resistance to ghosting and flare

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    Slow autofocus, Rotating front element may make it difficult to use a polariser

Techradar uk.32817471
20 November 2011

One of Tamron's Digitally Integrated (Di) lenses, the AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro is designed for use on both full-frame and APS-C-sized cameras. It's available in Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony fit and, on APS-C bodies, the effective zoom range is 105-450mm or, for Canon cameras, a slightly...

16 March 2010

A telephoto lens covering the popular 70-300mm range with Low Dispersion glass and a built-in 1:2 Macro feature.

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    Lightweight, Resolution at shorter focal lengths, Macro feature, Good value for money, Good resistance to ghosting and flare

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    Slow autofocus, Rotating front element may make it difficult to use a polariser

Photozone de.34752480
27 December 2007

Regarding its extremely low price tag you can't really expect a stellar performance from the Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 LD Di macro but from a value perspective it is fairly amazing what it can give you. The resolution is very good till 200mm. At 300mm there's a drop in quality especially at f/5.6.

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
27 June 2016

This lens does everything I want it to do at a reasonable price. Its macro feature is easy to understand and use despite some complaints I have seen in other reviews. It has decent bokeh and although the autofocus is a slower than my Nikon lenses it is not a handicap 99% of the time.

14 July 2017

Love this lens, but recommend getting a monopod or bipod for the longer shots. Longer shots are too blurry if you don't have a stable camera with this lens.

15 September 2015

Camera is a quality seller of camera equipment. I have always had great service. <br /><br />This lens is an incredible bargain.

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    Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Strong Construction

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30 August 2011

I bought Tamron over Nikon due to the price and the bonus of the Macro functionality. Only negative point...sometimes the lens seems to hunt and be slow in focusing compared to my Nikon 55-200. I use it mostly for wildlife and macro. The Tamron lens has worked out well and I am very happy with it.

Photography review.34752477
8 June 2010

*using it on a Nikon (D40) Summed most of it up in the pros and cons. I love it, and yeah, any beginners I'm sure would be fine except the note I put below (regarding VR) but I think most people should be fine.

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    Zoom. The 300mm get's right in your face every time! Highly recommend it if tossing up between a 200mm and a 300mm, Simplicity (I looked at many reviews before purchasing this lens and alot of people complained of difficulty in using it, but I found this to be extremely easy, other than the macro...

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    Can be a bit soft on the macro. Only noticeable if blown up, but yeah, can be a bit., The AF. I know it is often mentioned, but it really is quite laggy. I don't mind and often will do a whole shoot on MF, you just have to be prepared to at times.

1 week ago

Amazing performance, using it for Nikon D5200. This lens justifies its purpose of a telephoto lens. Reviewing it after using for almost 1-2 weeks. The only problem is that it a has a slow autofocus. Other than this lens is amazing.

1 week ago

Awesome focus and zoom fits my Sony slt a58 greatly..... Wen combined with the camera it's kinda heavy to hold in handsif using tripod it's fantabulous.....

1 week ago

Auto focus motor too slow and hunt a bit

2 weeks ago

Best service quality best yrr

2 weeks ago

Its a good lens but Will that work in d3200??

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    In The Box
    • Tamron Zoom Telephoto AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Autofocus Lens for Canon EOS
    • 62mm Snap-On Lens Cap
    • Rear Lens Cap for Canon EOS
    • Lens Hood
    • 6-Year Warranty
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