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Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD Macro Zoom Lens for Konica Minolta and Sony Digital SLR Cameras (Model A17M)

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  • 70-300mm macro lens with f/4-5.6 maximum aperture for digital or 35mm cameras
  • Easy-to-use macro switch lets you alternate between 180mm and 300mm focal lengths
  • Minimum focus distance of 59-Inch from subject (normal) or 37.4-Inch (macro)
  • 9-blade circular diaphragm provides beautiful soft-focus imagery; 62mm filter diameter
  • Measures 3 inches in diameter and 4.6-Inch long, weighs 15.3-Oz

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 7.7 x 7.7 cm ; 435 g
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Item model number: AF017S-700
  • ASIN: B000EXT5AY
  • Date first available at Feb. 2 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,844 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

Designed for optimum handling ease and portability, the Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2 AF Lens is ideal for handheld shooting with full-frame and APS-C format SLRs. Its unsurpassed close-focusing ability makes it perfect for nature and portrait photography. Picture takers eager to bring distant sports or wildlife subjects closer, as well as bringing tiny, close range subjects into clear focus will appreciate the standout macro function, available at focal lengths between 180 and 300mm, with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2 (one half life-size).

From the Manufacturer

Designed for optimum handling ease and portability (it weighs only 458g <16.2oz.> ), it’s ideal for handheld shooting with full-frame and APS-C format SLRs. Its unsurpassed close-focusing ability (down to 0.95m (3.1 feet ) or 1:2 in macro mode) makes it perfect for nature and portrait photography.

>SP70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC
Zoom in to 300mm from a distance

AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD Macro Zoom Lens Features

Low Dispersion (LD) Glass for Greater Lens Sharpness
Low dispersion (LD) glass elements in a lens help reduce chromatic aberration; the tendency of light of different colors to come to different points of focus at the image plane. Chromatic aberration reduces the sharpness of an image, but glass with an extremely low dispersion index, has less of a tendency to separate (defract) a ray of light into a rainbow of colors. This characteristic allows the lens designer to effectively compensate for chromatic aberration at the center of the field (on axis), a particular problem at long focal lengths (the telephoto end of the zoom range), and for lateral chromatic aberration (towards the edges of the field) that often occurs at short focal lengths (the wide-angle end of the zoom range.)"

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Graeme Kelln on Aug. 26 2014
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Not as clear or as quick as I had originally hoped for distance photography. The macro function however makes up for it by allowing a superb up close view.
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By Don on Aug. 13 2015
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ok but macro focus is not good
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165 of 169 people found the following review helpful
Very good lens with some nice extras July 23 2006
By Hiram Grant - Published on
The new Di lenses from Tamron are designed to work well with digital cameras, although those with the Di will work for 35mm as well (Di-II only work with smaller, APS-C chip size digital cameras). This is an improvement on the fine 70-300 LD (Low Dispersion glass) design. The major improvements in this lens are in the coatings, to help reduce any color bias, and minimize reflections. Additionally, lens manufacturers are doing more inside the barrels to reduce reflections.

Like the older LD design, the new lens has a close-up mode (not strictly "macro") position that allows images 1/2 lifesize on the negative. That's about twice the size of most 300mm zooms lacking this feature.

Compared to the Canon lenses, it includes a lens hood ($$ from Canon) and a six year USA warranty (vs. 1 year). It's a bit noiser than the Canon lenses in autofocusing. Additionally, the Canon 75-300 III is a considerably older design, which came out well before the needs of digital cameras were known. One slight drawback is that the Tamron uses 62mm filters vs. 58mm for the Canon (which is the same size as the popular 18-55 kit lens).
109 of 112 people found the following review helpful
Great Lense for the Money Sept. 17 2009
By J. Lambert - Published on
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This is great lens for the money. Actually, an incredible deal. It is worth the price just for the macro mode. The pictures I have been taking of flowers are excellent.

Comparing this lens to it's competition - the Nikon 70-300 & Sigma 70-300:

The 3 lenses are comparable in length (4.6"), diameter (3"), & weight (1#). They each have 9 bladed apertures. They are all about the same price. None have VR - you have to spend 400 more bucks to get this for a Nikon.

The Sigma and Tamron are superior to the Nikon, because

- they have LD glass,
- they are Digital Integrated,
- they have focus motors,
- they have Macro modes (1:2),

The Tamron is superior to the Sigma, because

- it is a newer design (introduced 1/08 as opposed to 10/03),
- it has a 6 year Warranty, as opposed to only a 1yr for the Sigma.

Notes: The Tamron and Nikon use 62mm filters, the Sigma uses 58mm.
Buy a monopod [ASIN:B0002YE6EU Canon Monopod 100 for SLR Cameras & Lenses]]
259 of 275 people found the following review helpful
Surprisingly good lens for just over a $100 March 3 2009
By D. Brodsky - Published on
I own both Canon gear (Canon 40D) and Nikon gear (D40). Since Nikon is my cheaper lighter gear, I am not to invest a lot of $$$ into it. While D40 is light and cheap, it is an excellent camera which I use all the time for many reasons. I needed a tele lens to compliment my kit 18-55 lens (which is excellent in itself and gets great reviews). I was between Tamron 70-300 and Sigma 70-300 APO since Nikon's 70-300 is 4 times more expensive than Tamron and Sigma. After reading tons of reviews and playing with both Tamron and Sigma, I chose Tamron and I am very happy I did. There are several versions of Tamron's 70-300, however this one is the latest, 2008 version, which autofocuses on D40, 40X and 60. This lens is remarkable for the amount it is sold for. I've taken many great photos with it on vacation and around town. It is also very compact and light. While it is not an ideal lens to shoot Birds in Flight (neither is D40 with its 2.5 fps) due to its slow autofocusing mechanism, it is great for general photos and portraits. As you can see from samples I even took some bee shots with it. I took a star because of slow autofocusing, but hey, you are paying $130 for it, realize it. I recommend this lens over Sigma for budget shooters who want 300 tele, but don't want to pay $450 Nikon wants for its version. I am happy with it
91 of 97 people found the following review helpful
very good!! Nov. 1 2006
By Mgr Martin Macura - Published on
I just bought the lens and it seems VERY good for the price. The two parameters that matter most to me are aberration and sharpness.

- The lens has practically zero aberration, which is a great surprise (I admit I expected it for the bucks). I tried taking sample pictures in high contrast outdoor environments - the contours are just fine!

- What is kind of shocking is its sharpness, even the images taken at 300 mm without a tripod came out sharp.

- The lens is BIG.

- The motor is a little noisy and slow - switch to manual focus if you mind.

On the whole, a very good product.
71 of 75 people found the following review helpful
great! May 4 2007
By billsirinek - Published on
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For the price, this is simply an amazing lens. You'll have to spend AT LEAST 3x as much to get a better quality telephoto.

I was originally leery of purchasing a 3rd party lens (this was my first), but figured I'd give this a try since I knew a couple other people with this lens who liked it, plus I had read some not-so-good reviews about the Canon equivalent.

This lens is much sharper than my Canon 28-135 IS lens which cost twice as much used on that big auction site. I'm about to replace that with Tamron's 28-75 f/2.8 lens based upon my favorable experience with this lens.

The lens comes with a hood too, which was a nice touch, one that Canon does not provide with their consumer-level lenses.

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