The zoom lens is one of the important lenses for professional photography. They are used to capture wildlife, sports, sceneries and much more. The Tamron SP AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD Lens is the Tamron anniversary edition lens and utilizes several modern technologies like Extra-Low Dispersion, Ultra Sonic Drive, Vibration Compensation and Low Dispersion. The combination of these technologies gives us some astonishing results and the lens can be used anywhere regarding the condition.
Tamron is a renowned company worldwide and is known for its high-built quality and performance. The company started its operation back in the 1950s and is making some standard photo lenses and optical components. The best thing about the brand is its price. Although the components manufactured by Tamron are of low price, they are always same in terms of performance and quality.
The Tamron SP AF 70-300 mm is similarly of high-built quality. The focus ring and the zoom rings are quite smooth and are covered with rubber. In addition, there are two on/off buttons for image stabilization and autofocus on the lens. I tested the lens for the first time a couple of weeks ago and find it quite interesting and comfortable to use.
Another improvement in the Tamron SP AF 70-300 is the flare performance. As compared to the Tamron’s 28-75mm F2.8 RXD, its flare performance is quite good. You will notice minimum or negligible flare while shooting in the bright condition. You will only notice the flare while directly capturing the light coming from the sun or any other sharp source. Otherwise, its performance in terms of flare is improved. There are few lenses today that have this improved feature.
The image quality and the sharpness of the lens are really impressive. It competes for some of the top lenses made by the Nikon and Canon according to my experience. Even if you take snaps at the longest focal length of the lens, i.e. 300 mm you will still notice that the image is quite sharp. In addition, the built-in image stabilization of the lens gives you some effective results even in the long-range or full zoom.
In terms of bokeh, the lens somehow lags behind. If there is a hard contrast in the background or bright light source, then you will notice a clear bokeh. But is not effective at long ranges as we expected.
Technologies used by the Lenses
The Tamron SP AF 70-300 utilizes some advanced technologies as described in the introduction. Now, we will precisely discuss them, so you may know their importance and effectiveness.
- USD (Ultra Sonic Drive): This is one of the latest technologies offered by the Tamron and is found only in some of its newest lenses. The USD incorporates an advanced motor synchronized with the latest software that enables you to take pictures instantly, accurately and in a silent manner. This will be really useful while you are taking wildlife photographs which demand minimum noise. In addition, as the lens is really fast, you will have no difficulty in taking photos of fast-moving cars or objects.
- IF (Internal Focusing): This is one of the best features of the lens according to my experience. The feature will minimize the loss of corners and suppress the aberrations. This will help you to get the best images at any certain range.
- VC Image Stabilization: This feature will ensure that the images are stabilized or shake-free in any condition. Either you are taking photos of fast-moving object or using the camera in hand, the result will be quite effective and stable.
- XLD (Extra-Low Dispersion): The optical elements of the Tamron SP 70-300 are quite advanced and in combination with the XLD technology, they feature really low dispersion and refractive index.
- Model: A005
- Focal Length: 70-300mm
- Maximum Aperture: F/4 – 5.6
- Angle of View (diagonal): 34゜ 21′ – 8゜ 15′
- Lens Construction: 17 elements in 12 groups
- Minimum Focus Distance: 1.5m (59.05 in)
- Max. Magnification Ratio: 1:4 (at f = 300mm: MFD 1.5m)
- Filter thread: 62mm
- Length: 142.7mm (5.61 in)
- Full Length: 151.1mm (5.9 in)
- Diameter: 81.5mm (3.21 in)
- Weight 765g: (26.98 oz)
- Diaphragm Blade Number: 9
- Minimum Aperture: F/32 – 45
- Standard Accessory: Flower-shaped lens hood
Many people love to take photos with wildlife. As you know, to take photos of animals, you need to be really calm, stealthy and more distance is needed. Examining these factors, the Tamron SP 70-300 mm will be quite good enough as it will provide you a safe distance followed by sharp and blurred free images. Also, if the animal or object is moving with fast speed, the technologies incorporated by the lens will give you an amazing result.
Let’s have a look at some of the Pros and Cons of the Lens:
- High Built Quality
- Valuable Price
- Stabilized and Sharp images
- Several in-built technologies, including the Image Stabilizer
- Expected performance of Bokeh is average
- At 300 mm, separation efficiency lags a bit.
If we look at the overall performance of the Tamron SP 70-300mm, the lens is really efficient, stable and is built of high-quality materials. In addition, the several advanced technologies inducted by the lens make it quite effective. There is no difference between this one and some of the other expensive lenses made by renowned brands like Nikon or Canon. You can use this lens also on the Nikon, Canon or Sony cameras.
This low-price tag of this lens also makes it easy for the photographers that have a limited budget. Now they can have the performance and results of expensive lenses with the help of Tamron SP 70-300.