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
3 weeks ago
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 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
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. <br />However, this is a good lens for daytime use and landscape. Wildlife and still photos it's average.
Summary: Bought this on the strength of customer reviews. I use this with the canon650. Seems reasonably built. Doesn't suffer from lens creep and the auto-focus is pretty silent albeit a tad in the slow side and is prone to hunt in less than perfect lighting conditions. The VC seems to do its job well when I compared hand-held shots with it on and off. The auto focus ring is a bit of a nuisance, it's at the bottom of the lens and I tend to accidently hit it when zooming.