Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD review

Tamron's feature-rich new 70-300mm telephoto lens aims to go top of the class

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Tamron sp 70 300mm f 4 5 6 di vc usd review

The first Tamron lens to feature ring-type, ultrasonic focus, the Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD is a major step up from the company's older, non-stabilised 70-300mm Macro lens. Build quality is vastly superior, and Vibration Correction works extremely well. Sure, you lose the 0.5x macro facility offered by the older lens, but in every other respect, the VC USD is a much better choice.

We liked

Ring-type ultrasonic autofocus and Vibration Correction are well implemented and work very well.

We disliked

The lack of sharpness when shooting at 300mm with an aperture of f/5.6 is disappointing.

Final verdict

The only disappointment with the Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD is a lack of sharpness at the longest telephoto zoom setting, at anything outside an aperture range of f/8-16.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLens
Maximum Focal Length300 mm
Minimum Focal Length70 mm
Lens Mount TypeNikon F
Maximum Aperture Wide4
Maximum Aperture Tele5.6
Optical Zoom4.2x
Brand NameTamron
Filter Attachment Diameter62 mm
Lens TypeTelephoto Zoom
Depth142.7 mm

Nikon DSLR Cameras

ManufacturerTamron Co., Ltd
Product ModelA005
Product NameA005 Lens
Manufacturer Part Number5658
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.tamron.com
Marketing Information

This premium, state-of-the-art, telephoto zoom lens is the culmination of decades of outstanding innovation in ultra-long-range zoom optics by Tamron. It provides professional and enthusiast users of full-frame and APS-C format digital SLR cameras with the ultimate in image quality and handling in the telephoto zoom class. Built to exacting SP (Superior Performance) standards, it delivers ultra-high resolution across the image field at all focal lengths, along with the first-ever USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) for extraordinary auto-focusing speed and responsiveness. To assure razor sharp imaging when shooting handheld, the SP 70-300mm incorporates VC (Vibration Compensation), Tamron's exclusive low-friction tri-axial image stabilization system acclaimed for its unsurpassed anti-shake performance.

Weight (Approximate)765 g