Reviews and Problems with Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD
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Nice lens for casual use
SithTracy, B&H Photo
27 March 2014
Excerpt: I wanted something a little longer and to use with filters. The Canon 70-300L was out of my price range for my needs. Overall it is pretty darn sharp but slow to focus. As a Canon shooter, the zoom ring is a little awkward to use. This is my only Tamron lens. I really like that the front element does not spin. This is why I did not go for the cheaper Sigma option. Also, the Canon non-L 70-300 has a spinning front element on focus. This lens is mainly for outdoor use.
Excerpt: The inexpensive telephoto zoom market is filled with several fatally-flawed competitors. On an APS-C (crop) camera, the Canon 55-250mm EF-S is revered for its strong optical performance for the price, but sports a cheap plastic lens mount. The more expensive Canon 70-300mm performs poorly at 300mm and still features cheap micro-motor USM, which is neither silent, durable, nor capable of manual override.
Pros: Good sharpness, Inexpensive, Silent autofocus
Summary: I purchased this lens with mixed feelings, but really wanted to love it. I needed a zoom with a longer reach for a zoo photography class I was taking, and had narrowed the field to this lens, the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM , and the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM . While the L lens was appealing, especially at Amazon's price point, I really wanted IS (or VC as Tamron calls it); I didn't want to always feel like I'd need a monopod/tripod if I wasn't at the widest...
Excerpt: I was happy to get this lens, it takes great photos. Focus is nice and fast, the image quality is great.BUTAfter less than two weeks the lens stopped working. Now I have to send it in for repairs. Not happy. We shall see what the turn around time is, and how much hassle the future holds.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh
Excerpt: I bought this lens to replace my Canon 75-300mm budget lens. My Canon had no extras at all- the cheapest one you could buy. I was really expecting to see a major improvement and better picture quality. I honestly did not notice much improvement. The pictures were extremely compressed and the focus was slow. When you did get a picture focused properly, they were pretty sharp, but a picture with the slightest amount of motion would be blurry even with the VC on.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable
Cons: Blurry Focus, Heavy, Poor in Low Light, Slow Focus
For the money, it is a bargain! but needs some learning...
30 September 2011
Summary: Pros: 1. Price! 2. Great VR (image stabilization) 3. Very quite (USD works very well - as claimed). 4. Excellent image quality (bokeh is great too, while you zoom; colors seem fine all across the range and across the frame, though I didn't verify at 300mm) 5. Very light for the zoom range and features Cons: 1. slow AF focus; have to wait a few seconds some times! 2. AF hunts a lot, even in broad day light, for macro/closeups, with lot of detail in the background.
Excerpt: This is an ok lens. Not knowing ahead of time that is a slow lens and not good for low light or Sports shooting. The auto focus is too slow for action and if the light isn't correct it will take dark pictures no matter how much you adjust for light. However, this is a good lens for daytime use and landscape. Wildlife and still photos it's average.
Excerpt: I was really excited about this lens when I read the reviews, but was disappointed when I finally got my hands on it. In its credit, the quality felt good and it focused fast. Things looked really promising at shots over f/8, but I shoot a lot below that and could not get a clear picture, especially at 300mm, which I use a lot for wildlife. I took some test shots of a doe and fawn that came onto my back yard and could not get a crisp shot of them.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged, Strong Construction