Tam­ron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC US D

What price an FX-for­mat, sta­bilised, fully re­fined tele­photo zoom? It may be cheaper than you think!

NPhoto - - Test Team -

The fea­ture-rich Tam­ron 70-300mm VC USD is as up­mar­ket you can ex­pect a ‘budget’ zoom lens to be. It matches the Nikon 70-300mm VR in most re­spects. At­trac­tions in­clude USD (Ul­tra­Sonic Drive) aut­o­fo­cus (es­sen­tially ring-type ul­tra­sonic by an­other name). It’s won­der­fully quiet and quick in oper­a­tion, and comes with full-time man­ual fo­cus over­ride. Sim­i­larly, there’s Tam­ron’s pro­pri­etary VC (Vi­bra­tion Com­pen­sa­tion) sta­bil­i­sa­tion built in, which goes head-to­head with Nikon’s VR sys­tem.

The build feels tougher and more re­fined than that of Tam­ron’s more ba­sic 70-300mm. Again, the rel­a­tively heavy weight of 765g is on a par with Nikon’s 70-300mm lens. Both are al­most ex­actly the same size, al­though the Tam­ron has a smaller fil­ter thread of 62mm, com­pared with the Nikon’s 67mm. Han­dling is aided by the fact that the fo­cus ring doesn’t ro­tate dur­ing aut­o­fo­cus, and there’s a fo­cus dis­tance scale be­neath a view­ing win­dow.

Per­for­mance

There’s lit­tle to choose be­tween this Tam­ron and the Nikon 70-300mm when it comes to im­age qual­ity, apart from colour fring­ing be­ing more no­tice­able from the Tam­ron. Aut­o­fo­cus isn’t quite as fast as in the Nikon, but it’s not far be­hind.

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