Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2 Nikon+Motor £89 @ Amazon - HotUKDeals
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Thanks to the AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD MACRO 1:2 Lens from Tamron, you can take photos in macro mode with a traditional or digital SLR and still get the same effect as with a telephoto zoom (maximum magnification ratio of 1:2). Simply position the button between the 180 and 300 mm focal distances. Made from elements designed to increase image definition and reduce chromatic aberrations, the AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD MACRO 1:2 Lens also boasts internal surface processing for impressive, anti-glare results.
With the AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD MACRO 1:2 Lens, you get unbeatable value for money with multiple photo possibilities.

Content:

Compatibility : All Nikon D series SLR

Optical : lenses/groups : 13/9

Minimum focusing : Normal mode: 1.5
Macro mode: 92 cm

Filter diameter : 62 mm

Included accessories : lens shield

Dimensions : 76.6 x 116.5 mm

Weight : 435 g
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#1
Got one right next to me. I used it 3 times over the last 6-7 years and got 1 keeper out of it. It is slow to focus and the 1:2 is not really a macro.

Edited By: Athonline on Jul 15, 2014 23:39
#2
This lens is a false economy as this guy states ^
Pay your dues.
1 Like #3
I'll third these comments. It's ok as a casual lens if you're starting out, but you'll soon find yourself getting annoyed with the limitations.
slow AF, 'hunts' a lot making some shots impossible without going manual.
as said, macro really isn't - you have to be quite a distance, and definitely on a tripod to get anywhere near good results.
'slow' lens, shots between 200-300 give mediocre results.
I've found that I'm able to get better,crisper results from cropping shots from my 55-200, than 'native' shots with this lens at the end of the zoom range.
#4
I'd disagree with most of the comments on here (at the time of posting this comment). I have two of these lenses, one a Sony mount and the other a Nikon mount. If you know what you're doing you can get some satisfactory results.

My advice would be to check out the many photos taken with it on Flickr.

The focus can be slow with fiddly subjects, and even more so if you leave macro set to on and allow the lens to hunt through its entire range. At 300mm its a little soft, but you can sharpen this up easily enough in post processing.

At the end of the day it's £89, not £400+ as the other commenters seem to be expecting.
#5
So what would you guys recommend so I dont waste my money then?
#6
pablomozza
So what would you guys recommend so I dont waste my money then?

No VR is a big put-off i have this for last 2 years.........i use it a lot but images are not that crispy because of non existent vibration reduction......buy a nikon 55-200 instead although its double the price :D !
#7
NRE123
pablomozza
So what would you guys recommend so I dont waste my money then?

No VR is a big put-off i have this for last 2 years.........i use it a lot but images are not that crispy because of non existent vibration reduction......buy a nikon 55-200 instead although its double the price :D !

well, the 55-200 can be got (non grey-import) for £149 with, i think currently, £20 cashback, so 'only' £40 more. or £100 new from ebay sellers.
i normally have a go at the people who say ”oh yes, but x can be got for this much more” as the price generally creeps up as you then spot something better for just a little more than that. so, as smillie says, it's only £89 so just temper your expectations and it's ok. but 'satisfactory' results are all you'll get with effort on this; better, easier results with something like the nikkor (in my opinion)

i bought the 55-200 and this 70-300 at the same time thinking the extra 100 would come in useful... plus that macro feature. i can honestly say the 70 never sees the light of day. cropping the 200 gives (me) better results than trying to sharpen the same photo at 300. so, both need post production for those kind of shots but, for me, cropping is easier than sharpening, with better results.

as for the 'macro' i have achieved better results with either a basic 35mm or the 200 again. only the other day i tried with some damselflies and the 70-300 were all straight in the trash - the nikkors success rate was prob 75%.

one final thing to say, it's really a lot about what photos and subjects - this lens might suit you perfectly for your preferred style and ability. i don't doubt that smillie has got very good results and is very happy so don't think that either one of the commenters here is 'right' as we all work differently. if you can, take your camera to a local jessops or currys and ask to try out the lens and take lots of shots and see what you think.



Edited By: tapi on Jul 16, 2014 12:42: spelling
#8
tapi
NRE123
pablomozza
So what would you guys recommend so I dont waste my money then?

No VR is a big put-off i have this for last 2 years.........i use it a lot but images are not that crispy because of non existent vibration reduction......buy a nikon 55-200 instead although its double the price :D !

well, the 55-200 can be got (non grey-import) for £149 with, i think currently, £20 cashback, so 'only' £40 more. or £100 new from ebay sellers.
i normally have a go at the people who say ”oh yes, but x can be got for this much more” as the price generally creeps up as you then spot something better for just a little more than that. so, as smillie says, it's only £89 so just temper your expectations and it's ok. but 'satisfactory' results are all you'll get with effort on this; better, easier results with something like the nikkor (in my opinion)

i bought the 55-200 and this 70-300 at the same time thinking the extra 100 would come in useful... plus that macro feature. i can honestly say the 70 never sees the light of day. cropping the 200 gives (me) better results than trying to sharpen the same photo at 300. so, both need post production for those kind of shots but, for me, cropping is easier than sharpening with better results.

as for the 'macro' i have acheived better results with either a basic 35mm or the 200 again. only the other day i tried with some damselflies and the 70-300 were all straight in the trash - the nikkors success rate was prob 75%.

one final thing to say, it's really a lot about what photos and subjects - this lens might suit you perfectly for your preferred style and ability. i don't doubt that smillie has got very good results and is very happy so don't think that either one of the commenters here is 'right' as we all work differently. if you can, take your camera to a local jessops or currys and ask to try out the lens and take lots of shots and see what you think.

Cheers thanks for that and thanks all of you for your input
#9
pablomozza
So what would you guys recommend so I dont waste my money then?
At this focal-range VR/IS is necessary, unless you up your ISO and shoot in high-FPS. The lens is sharp, I will give it that; but the AF is really slow -which again at this focal range, is a bad thing. Wouldn't trust it for MF either.
The macro mode is plain-marketting. Real macro lenses are always 1:1.

Which camera do you have?
#10
Athonline
pablomozza
So what would you guys recommend so I dont waste my money then?
At this focal-range VR/IS is necessary, unless you up your ISO and shoot in high-FPS. The lens is sharp, I will give it that; but the AF is really slow -which again at this focal range, is a bad thing. Wouldn't trust it for MF either.
The macro mode is plain-marketting. Real macro lenses are always 1:1.

Which camera do you have?

I have a Nikon D3200 just really starting out in the world of DSLR
#11
pablomozza
I have a Nikon D3200 just really starting out in the world of DSLR
First: Do you need a tele-zoom? Most newbies believe that more reach is good, as they can zoom into action. If you believe that, maybe you should try learning cropping? If you really want a tele-zoom cause you are doing sports/portraits/wildlife then you usually have to pay a lot more than £90... In any case, for a beginner the 55-200mm isn't that bad at all and the non-VR goes around £100, with a used-copy of the VR version for a bit more. :-)
#12
Athonline
... then you usually have to pay a lot more than £90... In any case, for a beginner the 55-200mm isn't that bad at all and the non-VR goes around £100, with a used-copy of the VR version for a bit more. :-)

Forgot the link in my post above for the VR.
£149 from http://www.mathersoflancashire.co.uk/prodDetail.html?intProductID=849&intCategoryID=84
£20 cashback http://www.nikon.co.uk/sites/promotions/summer/products_uk.html

so not too bad

Edited By: tapi on Jul 16, 2014 19:28
#13
tapi
Athonline
... then you usually have to pay a lot more than £90... In any case, for a beginner the 55-200mm isn't that bad at all and the non-VR goes around £100, with a used-copy of the VR version for a bit more. :-)

Forgot the link in my post above for the VR.
£149 from http://www.mathersoflancashire.co.uk/prodDetail.html?intProductID=849&intCategoryID=84
£20 cashback http://www.nikon.co.uk/sites/promotions/summer/products_uk.html

so not too bad

Cool and £5 cheaper on amazon might just get that
cheers
#14
pablomozza
tapi
Athonline
... then you usually have to pay a lot more than £90... In any case, for a beginner the 55-200mm isn't that bad at all and the non-VR goes around £100, with a used-copy of the VR version for a bit more. :-)

Forgot the link in my post above for the VR.
£149 from http://www.mathersoflancashire.co.uk/prodDetail.html?intProductID=849&intCategoryID=84
£20 cashback http://www.nikon.co.uk/sites/promotions/summer/products_uk.html

so not too bad

Cool and £5 cheaper on amazon might just get that
cheers

what you think to this

http://www.digitalrev.com/product/nikon-af-s-55-200mm/MTkzMA_A_A?googlebase=1&country=GB&gclid=Cj0KEQjwxZieBRDegZuj9rzLt_ABEiQASqRd-mwohVqsKebRZ8mMloPdNKovtghVs_of5Uq2ptKaQOUaAq4-8P8HAQ
#15
pablomozza
tapi
Athonline
... then you usually have to pay a lot more than £90... In any case, for a beginner the 55-200mm isn't that bad at all and the non-VR goes around £100, with a used-copy of the VR version for a bit more. :-)

Forgot the link in my post above for the VR.
£149 from http://www.mathersoflancashire.co.uk/prodDetail.html?intProductID=849&intCategoryID=84
£20 cashback http://www.nikon.co.uk/sites/promotions/summer/products_uk.html

so not too bad

Cool and £5 cheaper on amazon might just get that
cheers

careful, if you're considering the cashback, t&c's - "4.Nikon UK Ltd cannot accept claims against products purchased from ebay (whether listed as new or used). Purchases from Amazon will only be accepted when made directly from amazon.co.uk and not from 3rd party sellers on Amazon Marketplace, whether fulfilled by Amazon or not. "

this is sold by 'marble arch' and fulfilled by amazon, so ineligible.

Hong Kong based, so grey import (but cheaper than UK stock with cashback) - I personally haven't bought from digitalrev, but I believe the general consensus is they're one of the more reliable importers, others will no doubt have more relevant experience.


Edited By: tapi on Jul 16, 2014 20:22
1 Like #16
tapi

Hong Kong based, so grey import (but cheaper than UK stock with cashback) - I personally haven't bought from digitalrev, but I believe the general consensus is they're one of the more reliable importers, others will no doubt have more relevant experience.
Indeed they are a grey import. I heard good things about them; they used to be MUCH more cheaper than now. After they got their names up, they increased their prices and expanded into "social networking" within their webpage and run a Youtube channel with product reviews -the worst review channel out there imo.

Import-taxes are the main "gamble" with grey-imports; usually DigitalRev, T-Dimension (another popular HK-based camera reseller)., etc declare your item for less to avoid or reduce them, but you never know...

Personally I buy grey imports, but I am using: hdewcameras.co.uk. They are UK-based and prices aren't that far away from DigitalRev and T-Dimension. HDew offers a UK-based warranty and no import-taxes. If they don't have what you want, email them. I had them "sourced" me three lenses this year for my m4/3 set-up, all of them came within a week after ordering saving over 25% off the "UK-stock" price.


Edited By: Athonline on Jul 17, 2014 10:36

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