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Tamron AF70-300mm F/4-5.6 LD (2000 model) 35mm Zoom

4.29/5 (38 Reviews)


  • Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Lens TypeZoom Lens
    Focal Length75mm - 300mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/4-f/5.6
    Min Aperturef/32
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Macro LensWith Macro Lens
    MountCanon EF
    Closest Focusing Distance59 in
    Diaphragm Blades9 Blades
    Picture Angle8 - 33 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size62 mm
    Groups / Elements13 Elements in 9 Groups
    Diameter3 in
    Length4.7 in
    Weight15.3 oz
    MPNaf276c700
    Product ID20724436

Product Description

This ultra tele-zoom lens, which inherits its optical configuration from the previous TAMRON 70-300mm, employs an entirely new mechanical design and construction aimed at achieving its lightweight convenience and 1:2 macro feature.


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jhodges a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: May 31, 2005

Strengths:    Zooms up to 300mm
Inexpensive
Seems solid
Plenty sharp


Weaknesses:    Autofocus is loud, slow
Apertures not good for most indoor events


Bottom Line:   
I bought this lens in 2002 when I felt I needed a longer lens for my new camera. Up to that point I only had a 28-80 that came with my Rebel 2000. That didn't get me close enough to some subjects, like animals, birds. I didn't do much research before I bought, just took some salesmen's advice. Some people I knew recommended a Quantaray lens of the same length, and the Canon lens was too expensive for me then. I saw this one and it came with a free 1.4X TC at the time, so I decided to go with it. It has been great. I've used it a lot the past 3 years.

I won't go into how sharp or colorful the lens is vs. other lenses. I will say it has worked exactly like it's supposed to since I got it. The macro has been nice for a few things. Plenty sharp for close-ups. The zoom range is good for arenas, but you have to be aware of how much lighting you have. Focus is slow and loud compared to Canon USM lenses, but manual focus is smooth and easy. Generally, this lens is good for outdoors, large amounts of light, or tripod or monopod mounting otherwise. The long focal lengths are good for portraits, but you don't get the thin depth-of-field of lenses with wider apertures.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $230.00

Purchased At:   Valley Fair Camera

Similar Products Used:   Canon EF 28-80 II, 200mm f2.8, 100mm f2



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Benfica44 a Casual

Date Reviewed: February 23, 2005

Strengths:    Price
quality of pictures taken( yes you will need a tripod in low light at 300mm)


Weaknesses:    A bit load motor but i dont care i dont shoot in a library.

Bottom Line:   
This camera , regardless of other reviews I have read, has no faults what so ever when you consider the quality of shots you get to the amount of money you paid. There is not one review or test out there that shows me that an L series lens has 3-4x the optical quality that the tamron lens has, yet they cost 4-10x higher. Is it the best lens, of course not, but it gives you superb quality photo's, and lets be real it only cost you less then 200 bucks. People stop writing reviews comparing it to other lenses that cost 2-5x more unless you can prove there image quality is that much better, and all the independent test will show you that the expensive lens are better but not by much. If you need a pro lens then for sure buy the best lens (Canon L's)but for the majority of photographer that rely on these reviews this lens is a great purchase. Too loud some say then wear ear plugs the noise level really is not that bad. Sorry but i needed to vent. Hate to see people who knock a lens but then tell you the only alternative is to spend over 1000 bucks, give me a break

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Canon 18-55
canon 28-135 is usm


Type of photography:   People


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bananaman a Expert

Date Reviewed: December 27, 2004

Strengths:    Useful macro ability.
Light and relatively portable.
Autofocus is accurate and rarely hunts (unless used for macro)


Weaknesses:    Autofocus is noisy and slow
Colour seems lacking


Bottom Line:   
A good lens at the price. Reasonable sharpness, especially stopped down sligthly. Light and easy to handhold, but whatch shutter speed at long lengths. One review said to use a shutter speed of 1/750th at 300mm but I have no trouble at 1/350th or 1/250th.
Colour is OK but does seem a little flat compared to my old Tamron 28-200 which it replaced. Macro function is useful but fast film is advisable if you want to hand hold as its at the 180-300mm zoom setting. I have had great macro results with this lens and extension tubes.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $370.00

Purchased At:   Stallards Camera Hou

Similar Products Used:   Nothing with a similar range, a few different 'super-zoom' 28-200's would be the closest

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Christiano a Professional

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2004

Strengths:    very versatile....MACRO function....manual function...range from 70-300......good with a tele converter(on tripod) and WEIGHT! and sharpness and non distortion..
ITS TRULY A BEST BUY!


Weaknesses:    The price

Bottom Line:   
I have the 572 DE model(it seems theres to models of the same product out there)
well,all in all im quite happy with this tamron 70-300 LD and i find it very good considering the prize and weight.
Sometimes i hate to bring The heavy >L>glass from Canon with me,or when i travel for joy i bring this Tamron and the Canon 18-55 with me as the only lenses covering a range of 18-300 mm!
I either put it on a Digital rebel or Canon EOS 100(lovely machine..both are!)and GET the pictures,of course none of them are in the hight end class but please note the price !
Anyway often when i concentrate and remember to put it on my Manfrotto travel Tripod i get surprisingly good results,and satiesfied with the results.
Also remember to put on a good 62 mm filter!

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $175.00

Purchased At:   bingo foto

Similar Products Used:   many from canon and nikon minolta of very pro class!

Type of photography:   People


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by darylehret a Casual

Date Reviewed: January 30, 2004

Strengths:    Model 572D is great in the 70-300mm range for distant and close subjects. I prefer the 472D for action/distance shooting, when using a teleconverter.

Weaknesses:    Model 572D tends to hunt ALOT in low-light closer subject conditions when using a teleconverter.

Bottom Line:   
I own both the 572D 1:2 macro and the 472D 1:3.9 macro models. One thing I have noticed, is that when using the Tamron 1.4 teleconverter with these lenses on my N90, the focus speed is much better on the previous model, especially in low-light conditions.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Similar Products Used:   Tamron 70-300mm (Model 472D)

Type of photography:   Outdoor



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