Reviews and Problems with Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD
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A whopper of a lens
NKC Randy, Adorama
22 April 2014
Excerpt: Although this was a refurbished lens I am very impressed with the overall condition - no evidence of any use at all. Delivery was quick and the packing was excellent. So far I'm liking the lens performance. The focus is very quick and very quiet. Looking forward to getting to know this lens better.
Excerpt: What I was looking for was an IS (or for Tamron VC) lens that would zoom to 200 or so. Looked at this lens as a new purchase (about 600) and then found it used here at Adorama....for half that price. For what I intend to use it for, this works nicely. Have run some tests on the lens and it's nice and sharp up to about 200mm. Beyond that, it gets a little sloppy...but...I only really need critical to 200mm.
Excerpt: Noticiably sharper than the Canon 55-250IS lens. I bought this for the USM focusing. That part doesn't seem to be much faster or more accurate than my Canon lens. The build feels strong and well made. Down side of this is that the lens feels about twice as heavy as the Canon. It is also much "fatter" in diameter. Haven't put it through its paces at the downhill ski races....yet.
Great zoom lens with great image quality for those on a budget!
10 December 2013
Summary: I have had this lens for about two years now and have been using it almost exclusively for wildlife photography. Sometimes I wish I had more reach, but unfortunately an extender cannot be used with this unless you want to sacrifice image quality. And trust me, you don't. It would be a shame to ruin the sharp quality of this lens.
Excerpt: good bargain. good stabilization. pretty fast AF. also you can override AF with manual focus.<br /><br />shooting video is not as smooth compared to 70-200mm 2.8 is, but still pretty good. a bit jerky. Solidly built.
Excerpt: This is my first telephoto lens. It's my least expensive. I bought it to essentially play around. It's best on Auto. For whatever reason, I try to recreate Auto settings Manually but there's no comparison. Most likely I'm doing something wrong and haven't figure out what yet. That said, it's a great buy for the money. Seriously!
Summary: Why I own the Tamron 70-300 and the Canon 70-200 f/2.8L Mark II with 1.4x/2x Mark III: I am a professional nature photographer. In the 70-300 range I usually use the ridiculously expensive and heavy Canon 70-200 Mark II with 1.4x/2x Mark III. These recent versions are a significant improvement over their predecessors and are the best for me and my Canon 5D Mark III.
Excerpt: I love this lens. While it's not a PRIME lens, it does allow me to get in there UP CLOSE & PERSONAL to some things that I'd not get a chance to get close to! You can't beat the price, especially when there's a rebate as well.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh