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Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro review

Light in weight and price for a full-frame telephoto zoom lens

Tamron af 70 300mm f 4 5 6 di ld macro review

One of the cheapest telephoto zoom lenses on the market, the Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro feels like it's built down to a price, with a flimsy feel to it. Optical performance is pretty reasonable through most of the zoom range, but there's a lack of sharpness at 250-300mm.

We liked

It has a good telephoto zoom range and it's one of the cheapest lenses on the market.

We disliked

It comes with a basic feature set and low-budget build quality, along with unimpressive optics at the long end of the zoom range.

Final verdict

The Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro is quite an old design and is now outclassed and outdated by most of the newer competition. It may be cheap, but it's not a particularly good buy.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLens
Maximum Focal Length300 mm
Minimum Focal Length70 mm
Lens Mount TypeNikon F
Maximum Aperture Wide4
Maximum Aperture Tele5.6
Brand NameTamron
Filter Attachment Diameter62 mm
Lens TypeTelephoto Zoom
Minimum Focus Distance950 mm
Diameter76.6 mm
Depth116.5 mm
CompatibilityNikon DSLR Cameras
ManufacturerTamron Co., Ltd
Product ModelA17
Product NameA17 AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Telephoto Zoom Lens
Manufacturer Part NumberAF017NII-700
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

With this 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens, flipping a macro switch in the focal length range of 180mm to 300mm obtains a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2 at a minimum focus distance as short as 37.4", enabling close-up shots of flowers, insects, and other objects that normally require the use of a specially designed macro lens. Moreover, this is a zoom lens that casually offers the distant capture and foreshortening effect pleasures of the 300mm ultra-telephoto world.

Weight (Approximate)435 g