Tam­ron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro

A fairly close match to the Sigma in de­sign, build and qual­ity, as well as in UK price

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Al­most ex­actly the same phys­i­cal size as the more ba­sic of the two Sigma 70300mm lenses, the Tam­ron has a slightly larger fil­ter thread of 62mm com­pared with 58mm, yet is more than 100g lighter in weight, at 435g. As such, it’s the light­est FX-com­pat­i­ble lens in the group. How­ever, its build doesn’t feel quite as sturdy as that of the Sigma lenses and the mount­ing plate is plas­tic rather than metal.

The Tam­ron shares the Sigma lenses’ 0.5x macro fa­cil­ity, which in this lens is avail­able be­tween a more gen­er­ous 180300mm sec­tion of the zoom range. The zoom ring feels a bit sticky in oper­a­tion but the fo­cus ring is ex­tremely smooth and pre­cise. One thing to watch out for, if you’re think­ing of buy­ing sec­ond-hand, is that edi­tions of the lens made be­fore 2008 lack a built-in aut­o­fo­cus mo­tor, and can’t aut­o­fo­cus on bod­ies like the D3300 and D5300.


This lens does rather bet­ter than Tam­ron’s newer, sta­bilised and al­to­gether pricier 70300mm at con­trol­ling chro­matic aber­ra­tions, and con­trast in low­light shoot­ing is slightly bet­ter than from both Sigma lenses. It also out­strips the Sigma lenses for sharp­ness at short to medium fo­cal lengths, but drops off more at the long end.

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