Tamron 70-300mm F4/5.6 DI LD Macro (Pentax /Canon/Nikon/Sony) £89.99 @ Jessops
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Tamron 70-300mm F4/5.6 DI LD Macro (Pentax /Canon/Nikon/Sony) £89.99 @ Jessops

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Found 22nd Nov 2012
Just got an email from Jessops. Lens fit for Canon/Nikon/Pentax/Sony DSLR's. Apart from the Pentax (store collect only) the price includes Home delivery or collect from store.

The Tamron 70-300mm F4/5.6 DI LD Macro lens is a lightweight, compact, high-image-quality telephoto zoom lens with macro capability of 1:2 that can be used with digital cameras. This lens is a Di type lens using an optical system with improved multi-coating designed to function with digital SLR cameras as well as film cameras.

With this 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens, flipping a macro switch in the focal length range of 180mm to 300mm obtains a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2 at a minimum focus distance as short as 37.4", enabling close-up shots of flowers, insects, and other objects that normally require the use of a specially designed macro lens. Moreover, this is a zoom lens that casually offers the distant capture and foreshortening effect pleasures of the 300mm ultra-telephoto world.

Visit Tamron's interactive site for more information on focal length and depth of field

Specifications:

• Lens Construction (Groups/Elements): 9/13
• Angle of View: 34°21'-8°15'
• Type of Zooming: Rotation
• Diaphragm Blade Number: 9
• Minimum Aperture: F/32
• Minimum Focus Distance : 59in.(1.5m) in normal setting/ 37.4" (0.95m) in macro mode (f=180mm-300mm range)
• Macro Magnification Ratio: 1:2 (at f=300mm MFD 0.95m)
• Filter Diameter: 62mm
• Weight: 435g

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Really good lens for the money, got one of these for my D3100.

Original Poster

I have a Nikon D3100 as well, I see from theTamron Nikon fit description it says; Focus system: Auto/ Manual (built-in motor). So must work with the D3100 quite well.

Amazon price for same lens £120.00
Edited by: "Wowhats" 22nd Nov 2012

Just a heads-up, it is the older non-USD model. Good price.

Is this a good lens for canon 650d? Reviews are so so...

What's the difference between this and the usd model?

At Wow hats, yes this has the motor needed for the D3100 to auto focus. It's not the fastest at focusing but produces good pictures, only losing it a bit on full zoom, 450mm in old money on the D3100.

I had one with my 450d it hunts like mad in low light, good outside when sunny, no good inside.Macro is a plus.

wakkaday

What's the difference between this and the usd model?



They are tested here:
Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SP Di VC USD (FX): Test

Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 LD Di macro: Test

In short,
1. The USD model belongs to Tamron's premium SP line, and is aimed to provide pro/semi-pro result. While the non-USD model is more mass-market aimed.
2. The USD model can be used on full-frame body, whilst the non-USD model belongs to the Di line and can only be used on cameras with crop-size sensors (officially speaking).

Original Poster

Shezza 1971

At Wow hats, yes this has the motor needed for the D3100 to auto focus. … At Wow hats, yes this has the motor needed for the D3100 to auto focus. It's not the fastest at focusing but produces good pictures, only losing it a bit on full zoom, 450mm in old money on the D3100.



Okay,thanks

hmm.. tempted for my Sony A37, already got the 18-135, want to get the Sony 35mm.. but waiting till after Christmas.

now tempted by this, as an extra zoom kit..

Shock

hmm.. tempted for my Sony A37, already got the 18-135, want to get the … hmm.. tempted for my Sony A37, already got the 18-135, want to get the Sony 35mm.. but waiting till after Christmas.now tempted by this, as an extra zoom kit..



If you want the A-mount 35mm/1.8, get it now from Amazon. Sony is doing a £30 cashback for this lens, so you will end up with paying £119.99 effectively, which is not bad.

Edited by: "qinyanggl" 22nd Nov 2012

Thanks

Any good

Not a bad lens and voted hot, but I'm still holding out for the Canon 55-250mm IS II to drop in price because the IQ is noticeably better than the Tamron.

Astea nu-s bune pt camera...cica is £120 pe amazon xx

Oh good god, I paid £129 at Jessops 2 weeks ago for this, dammit!

The reviews are not encouraging. The whole point of a 300mm lens is to get better resolution in the details - which it does not deliver. I have a nice 200mm lens, and I can still use digital zoom at the long end if I have to.

the-digital-picture.com/Rev…spx

> By 300mm, this lens delivers poor image quality across the frame (except on the far left side of the frame). Stopping down at 300mm helps, but even f/11 image quality is only marginal. If you consider this a 70-200mm lens, you will be more happy than if you are counting on getting great 300mm image quality.

I'm very surprised the 'cheap lens haters' aren't out in force already! This is a great lens for the money.

It's perfect for a cheap way into zoom photography and gives fantastic results given the proper conditions - not for full zoom motorsports on a rainy day...

If you take some time to learn what it can do - you will not be disappointed.

nice, still waiting on d5100 to lower so not worth buying before i actually get a camera, voted hot anyway

zermattbusby

I cant honestly see anyone beating the Currys £315.00 deal tbh

you mean after cashback?

qinyanggl

In short, 1. The USD model belongs to Tamron's premium SP line, and is … In short, 1. The USD model belongs to Tamron's premium SP line, and is aimed to provide pro/semi-pro result. While the non-USD model is more mass-market aimed.2. The USD model can be used on full-frame body, whilst the non-USD model belongs to the Di line and can only be used on cameras with crop-size sensors (officially speaking).



Not quite true. Di is for full frame, Di-II is for cropped sensors.

This is a terrible lens.

Spend the extra money and buy the VC version of this lens. The VC version is actually better than the branded lenses, the non-VC version (aka this version) is a horrible lens that is barely worth the £90 being charged here.

If you cannot afford the Tamron 70-300 VC then get the Canon cheap zoom lens (50-250mm) or the other manufacturer's versions.

just wondering about store pick up...will it be the same price?

""Exclusive online discounts CANNOT be matched in-store or used in conjunction with any other offer""

just wondering if i can spend my tesco deals vouchers that i had exchanged to jessops vouchers when i collected ?

kittypink81

just wondering about store pick up...will it be the same … just wondering about store pick up...will it be the same price?""Exclusive online discounts CANNOT be matched in-store or used in conjunction with any other offer""just wondering if i can spend my tesco deals vouchers that i had exchanged to jessops vouchers when i collected ?

Yes order online for collection in store and bring your vouchers.

I have a Sony A65 which lens would you recommended for airshows, we go to many shows and the frames per second was the deciding factor to buy a Sony but hubby is buying me a new lens for Christmas and I want one that is going to give me the best results, still learning about it all at the moment, the lens I have is the standard one that they offered with the camera when we bought it

Welsh Bird

I have a Sony A65 which lens would you recommended for airshows, we go to … I have a Sony A65 which lens would you recommended for airshows, we go to many shows and the frames per second was the deciding factor to buy a Sony but hubby is buying me a new lens for Christmas and I want one that is going to give me the best results, still learning about it all at the moment, the lens I have is the standard one that they offered with the camera when we bought it



What is your budget? Without knowing that people could suggest lenses up to £10,000.

If you say £100 then just don't buy anything. There are no lenses for an airshow worth while under £100 that I have seen. Even fixed length primes are more than that (and so are the 50-250, 50-300 lenses typically sold by the manufacturers).

Mark NS

Not quite true. Di is for full frame, Di-II is for cropped sensors.



I stand corrected. This lens can be used on full-frame bodies as well.

thought it said Tampon

Sorry not sure how to quote on my I phone unoriginal guy, we was looking at the Sony 70-300 for 180 quid on amazon, our max is 300/400 don't get me wrong I ain't no professional, I am a beginner and my first camera in the slr world but we love airshows and obviously we use it for the normal family days out etc but looking at one that I can use at airshows that is the next step up from the standard lens we had with the camera when we purchased it x

UnoriginalGuy

This is a terrible lens. Spend the extra money and buy the VC version … This is a terrible lens. Spend the extra money and buy the VC version of this lens. The VC version is actually better than the branded lenses, the non-VC version (aka this version) is a horrible lens that is barely worth the £90 being charged here. If you cannot afford the Tamron 70-300 VC then get the Canon cheap zoom lens (50-250mm) or the other manufacturer's versions.


I bought the Canon 55-250IS lens for £110 on eBay for my 450D and I am delighted with it. Great lens for the price. Haven't voted either way on this deal.

Welsh Bird

Sorry not sure how to quote on my I phone unoriginal guy, we was looking … Sorry not sure how to quote on my I phone unoriginal guy, we was looking at the Sony 70-300 for 180 quid on amazon, our max is 300/400 don't get me wrong I ain't no professional, I am a beginner and my first camera in the slr world but we love airshows and obviously we use it for the normal family days out etc but looking at one that I can use at airshows that is the next step up from the standard lens we had with the camera when we purchased it x



Might be able to help you out there, if you can pm me the link to that one I'll check against mine. Have a bnib (used for 3 test shots) Sony - got it packaged with my sony but then found a fab Tamron beercan when Jessops shut a local shop - so the Sony lens has never been 'used' or taken out of the house.

Welsh Bird

Sorry not sure how to quote on my I phone unoriginal guy, we was looking … Sorry not sure how to quote on my I phone unoriginal guy, we was looking at the Sony 70-300 for 180 quid on amazon, our max is 300/400 don't get me wrong I ain't no professional, I am a beginner and my first camera in the slr world but we love airshows and obviously we use it for the normal family days out etc but looking at one that I can use at airshows that is the next step up from the standard lens we had with the camera when we purchased it x



I don't see a Sony 70-300mm for £180. Do you mean the Sony 75-300mm for £180? Here is some samples from the 75-300mm:
pixel-peeper.com/len…011

Just having a quick look around I'm going to say the bigger-brother of the lens linked to in this thread:
Tamron SP AF 70-300mm F4-5.6 Di USD lens for Sony/Minolta

(note the "USD" that is the more expensive version of the £90 lens linked in this thread and optically different)

Here is a comparison of the Sony 75-300 and the Tamron 70-300 USD:
techradar.com/new…/11

It is £294.72 on Amazon. You can view examples of it's output here (*although many of those are taken with a Canon or Nikon variant, the optics are identical):
flickr.com/gro…vc/

Oh okay, will have to do it a bit later once on laptop as on iPhone at the moment, thank you in advance to anyone who can offer advice on the next best lens for my camera x

Hi there, I have a Sony Alpha A290 18-55mm & 55-200mm kit, interested in this as it provides a better zoom and I would use outside only. Would it be a good fit for the Sony? Not really an expert in these.

Thank you so much for that information, you have been so much help, x

R1cbm

Hi there, I have a Sony Alpha A290 18-55mm & 55-200mm kit, interested in … Hi there, I have a Sony Alpha A290 18-55mm & 55-200mm kit, interested in this as it provides a better zoom and I would use outside only. Would it be a good fit for the Sony? Not really an expert in these.



It would provide more zoom but it is worse than your 55-200mm within the range that they overlap (i.e. up to 200mm your Sony lens will win, and then from 200-300mm this will obviously work where-as your Sony won't).

It isn't a great £90 investment. You're better off sitting on your £90 and waiting until you can afford a better lens. It has little re-sale value.

I have this lens. It's ok on bright days or other opportunities you can use a small aperture, but the quality and chroma etc isn't very good when wide open, and no IS makes the telephoto end not the best to use. Focus times in non-perfect conditions aren't great either, and contrast is pretty poor, especially at the telephoto end. Also to note, this lens is NOT macro, it just focuses quite close to it
I didn't actually use it much before I got the Canon 70-200L IS, which I leave on the camera unless I have a reason to change.

Edited by: "dreamager" 23rd Nov 2012

UnoriginalGuy

It would provide more zoom but it is worse than your 55-200mm within … It would provide more zoom but it is worse than your 55-200mm within the range that they overlap (i.e. up to 200mm your Sony lens will win, and then from 200-300mm this will obviously work where-as your Sony won't). It isn't a great £90 investment. You're better off sitting on your £90 and waiting until you can afford a better lens. It has little re-sale value.



Thanks, it was that extra 200-300 that got me thinking for 90 that's not bad. I think the next investment will be the flash as the build in one is pants. Stay with the current lenses and go for an external flash

I used to have this lens for my D60, yes its not amazing but in good light its great. Ive never added a picture on here, anyone know how to do it as I can put a pic at 300mm from an airshow on here that I have??

I ended up getting the Nikon 55-300mm and the results are far better but of course its double the price. £ 90 for this reach is great if you have a low end Nikon (I have a D5100 so still low end) Anything above my camera I doubt you would bother with this lens though

Seandaytona

I used to have this lens for my D60, yes its not amazing but in good … I used to have this lens for my D60, yes its not amazing but in good light its great. Ive never added a picture on here, anyone know how to do it as I can put a pic at 300mm from an airshow on here that I have??I ended up getting the Nikon 55-300mm and the results are far better but of course its double the price. £ 90 for this reach is great if you have a low end Nikon (I have a D5100 so still low end) Anything above my camera I doubt you would bother with this lens though



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