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A very interesting supertelephoto zoom with a marvelous range. It does not have Vibration Reduction and its widest aperture is f/5 so a tripod is recommended when the lighting is less than good, and it’s not fast enough to stop action for sports shooting. However, the Tamron is reasonably lightweight (quite a bit lighter than the Nikon 80-400), quite sharp throughout its zoom range, and can focus as closely as 2.5 meters which can be quite interesting at the 500mm length.
Please note: This lens does not have a built-in autofocus motor. Therefore, it is not fully compatible with Nikon DSLRs such as the Nikon D40, D50, D3100, D5100, etc.
Everyone forgets about this telephoto zoom, but it should be considered by all of you who are backpacking and hiking. It’s a nice sharp lens that is much lighter in weight than anything else available. You’ll need either very good light or a tripod to get sharp 500mm photos at f/6.3, but given that, it produces great images.
- Filter Size
- 86mm (nonrotating front element)
- 2.7 lb (with tripod collar)
- Minimum Focusing Distance
- 8 feet
- Maximum Magnification
- Angle of view: (full frame)
- 12 to 5 degrees
- Zoom method
- Barrel extend
- Image Stabilization
- Focusing System
- AF-M switch, USM motor, nonrotating front element,
- Aperture Blades
- 9, round
- Max Aperture@focal length
- f/5@200-280mm;f/5.6@280-420mm; f6.3>420mm
- Low Dispersion Elements
- Aspherical Elements
- Weather Resistant
- Flare resistance
- Nikon F
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