Photography is a form of art and a means of communication through a lens. Around 70% of the photo result depends on the quality or type of your lenses and matters a lot. There are thousands of different lens types in the market, each built for some specific purpose.
It’s been a while since I opted for photography, and I have changed many cameras and lenses for different experiences. However, in this review, I shall specifically seek to elaborate on the main characteristics and features of the Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro lens, which is used for wildlife and sports photography.
Tamron 70 300mm lens review
Whenever you buy a new camera, it is necessary to see the range of lenses that are designed/ released along with it. Recently I bought this new lens Tamron AF 70-300mm for my new project. Many passionate and professional photographers are interested in including this particular lens in their kits due to their excellent adaptability, fast constant aperture, and impressive optical quality.
The main key features of this lens include a focal length of 70-300mm, maximum aperture: F/4-5.6, minimum aperture: F/32-45, and filter size: 62mm. Its maximum focus distance is 0.95m, and the magnification ratio is 1:2. Its length is 116.5mm and weighs 458 grams, which makes it easy for a photographer to carry it anywhere. By these features, one comes to know that it is a high image quality, compact, and lightweight zoom lens. Di type lens is mostly used with digital SLR cameras and film cameras for videography.
LD stands for Low dispersion glass. Elements 9/13 in this lens helps to reduce chromatic aberration and allows the tendency of light of different colors and variations to come to different points of focus at the image plane.
As the apparent construction of the lens is concerned, it is a well-built tool and has a metal mount. There are two on/off switches on it for automatic and manual focus. Autofocus camera focuses automatically, whereas if one has to focus on a particular subject, then a manual switch is turned on, it requires the object to be placed at a certain distance. But for the telephoto lens, distance is not a problem for its use as it has an internal focusing characteristic due to which it is convenient for bingers to use in learning a gradient filter or a polarizing filter. The outer layer of the lens has a rubber coverage that allows the photographer a secure grip.
Many photographers are interested in adding the Bokeh effect and flare to their pictures to bring variations in their style. It appeals to the customers and makes the image look livelier. Telephoto lenses generally deliver the most beautiful bokeh.
Mostly costumers want blurred background pictures and demand for removal of unnecessary things. If you need this characteristic in your photographs, then this is the lens you should buy because the background blur of the Tamron 70-300 mm is one of the best lenses for this purpose.
If there is a sharp contrast transition or a bright light source in the background, you can see a bright ring formed in the bokeh. Just like other lenses, Tamron is not sensitive to backlighting, but if there is a very bright light source shining directly into the glass, then it forms a small flare in the picture and makes it look good.
The resolution of this lens, either expressed in lines or sensor height, is relatively good, practically across the board. As we know, everything good comes with its pros and cons. Advantages include high sharpness, excellent resolution, good flare, inbuilt focusing, and low chromatic aberration and reasonable price.
Whereas its cons include: visible distortion and its bokeh are not formed very well in pictures as expected. As far as these drawbacks are concerned, distortion, bokeh, chromatic aberration, and vignetting can be fixed in editing apps and using Adobe software.
Tamron 70 300mm specifications:
- Model: A17
- Focal Length: 70-300mm
- Maximum Aperture: F/4-5.6
- Angle of View (diagonal): 34°21’(for full-frame format), 8°15’ (for APS-C format)
- Lens Construction: 13 elements in 9 groups
- Minimum Focus Distance: 0.95m
- Max. Magnification Ratio: 1:2
- Filter Size: Φ62mm
- Length: 116.5mm
- Diameter: Φ76.6mm
- Weight: 458g
- Diaphragm Blade Number: 9/td>
- Minimum Aperture: F/32-45
- Standard Accessories: Lens hood, Lens caps
- Compatible Mounts: Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony
What’s in the box:
- Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF
- Tamron 62mm Snap-On Lens Cap
- Tamron Rear Lens Cap for Nikon Auto Focus Lenses (Only)
- Lens Hood
- Limited 6-Year Warranty
This lens works best for wildlife or sports enthusiast. Due to its excellent range, the lens can be easily used for long-range photos. For example, during the wildlife photoshoot, enough variety is needed as some of the animals are shy while the others are dangerous to get close. By using this lens, you will have the option to take photos from a safe distance.
The same is the case for sports events like racing cars, football, etc. The stadiums are large enough, and you don’t know where your place or seat will be. So, the zoom lens is a must. But for long ranges, you will need a tripod as the glass has no in-built image stabilizer.
In conclusion, I would like to recommend photographers to add Tamron in their lens kit if they are travelers or are interested in wildlife or sports photography. It is not difficult to use or carry. It is easily available online and on local camera shops at reasonable prices. If one knows the basic settings of a camera, then he can efficiently work with any lens.
Photography is not just about buying a costly camera or a lens; a lot of editing skills are also required to give the finishing touch to a photo. It not only hides the defects but also makes photographs appealing for the customers.