At 765g, the Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SP DI VC USD is a heavy and chunky telephoto zoom lens.
The Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SP DI VC USD features both Low Dispersion (LD) and Extra Low Dispersion (XLD) lens elements to help correct chromatic aberration and is also fitted with an Ultrasonic Silent Drive (USD) motor, as well as Tamron’s Vibration Compensation (VC) mechanism to reduce the effects of camera shake.
Though its weight and stocky build may be a turn-off for some, we found it pleasantly sturdy and robust in the hand, with a pleasing smooth action to the zoom. That said, when married to our Nikon D5100 D-SLR, its heavy weight really began to show, making the test camera feel noticeably front-heavy.
During our testing, the AF proved to be fast and accurate, locking onto targets without any signs of hunting. The USD motor was whisper quiet, too, though the silence was somewhat disrupted by the VC system, which made a crunching sound when activated by half-depressing the shutter button.
- Price: £239 (As of July 2016)
- Maximum aperture: f/4-5.6
- Minimum focus distance: 1.5m
- Filter size: 62mm
- Weight: 765g
- Verdict: www.tamron.eu/uk
This review was first published in the August 2011 issue of Digital Photo - download back issues here.