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Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon

The SP AF70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD (Model A005) - utilizes an advanced optical design that features an LD (Low Dispersion) and an XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) lens element to prevent chromatic aberrationand boasts sharper contrast and greater descriptive performance than all others in its class. The lens also sports a USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) that delivers fast focusing, making it a perfect telephoto zoom choice for photographing sports, racing, or other fast-moving subjects. Tamron's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization assists in hand-held photography, not only at long focal length ranges but also under low-lit conditions, dramatically enhancing photographic freedom. This comnbination of best in class image resolution, Ultrasonic Silent Drive and Vibration Compensation culminates in the production of a Tamron's Anniversary 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens.Tamron lenses come with a Six-Year Limited WarrantyThis Tamron lens is warranted against defective materials or workmanship for Six Years from the date of original purchase, and is limited to repair, adjustment and/or replacement of defective parts. This Warranty covers all defects encountered in normal use of the lens. This Limited Warranty does not cover normal wear and tear such as scratches, etc. (read more...)
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Review 1 for Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon
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5 / 5
Spectacular Bargain
PostedDecember 12, 2010
Nikonfan
from Chicago
Age: 45-54
Gender: male
Features
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This lens was purchased for use with a crop-sensor Nikon D7000. Out of the box, my sample was sharp from center to corners from 70 to 300mm (f/5 at 70mm, f/7.1 at 200mm and f/9 at 300mm for best results). Finding that I almost always used the 70-300mm VC at the long end, I micro adjusted the D7000 to -10 while shooting a test target at 300mm and f/5.6 and the result is superb sharpness. All potential faults, from color fringing to vignetting to distortion, are negligible. AF is fast and accurate; Vibration Compensation almost miraculous in its ability to stabilize stationary subjects. Beefs: the VC does not work nearly as well when panning moving subjects, the small switches are easy to accidentally flip when wearing gloves, there is no weather sealing (although tolerances are very tight) and there is no tripod ring. This lens is way too heavy to safely attach a tripod to the camera, so I bought a Manfrotto Long Lens Support and, with the addition of a bit of extra rubber to the V-shaped rest, now have a rock-solid platform with quick-release capability (sans the provided strap). This in turn has made it possible to add a Kenko 1.4x teleconverter, yielding 630mm worth of reach with next to no problems with CAs, distortion or loss of contrast, and very sharp results as long as the aperture is stopped down to f/10 (bokeh suffers at such small aps, but you can't have everything). What a versatile package! What an incredible deal!
Pros: Fast Auto-Focus, Vignetting, Beautiful Colors/Contrast, excellent ca control, excellent distortion control, sharp through out, 3-4 stop vibration compensation, 1:4 max. magnification
Cons: Heavy/Bulky, no tripod ring, not weathersealed
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