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

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

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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The Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro is quite an old design and is now outclassed and outdated by most of the newer competition.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
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 Addresshttp://www.tamron.com
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