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Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di VC USD for Nikon

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The Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD for Nikon lens has both vibration control and ultrasonic (USD) focusing motor. The vibration compensation (VC) claims to allow you shoot up to four stops slower than would be possible with a non-VC lens. The SP 70-300mm is constructed with one LD (low dispersion) and one XLD (extra-low dispersion) lens to minimize aberration and distortion.

Roger Cicala

Roger's Take

Roger Cicala

President of LensRentals.com

This is quite a nice lens if used for the right purpose. It’s extremely sharp (competitive with any 70-300mm lens on the market.) The vibration control is a full four-stops and functions very well. But it does not have a panning mode, and you’ll have to turn it off if you want to pan or follow a moving target.

Autofocus is slow. Not unusably slow by any means, but certainly too slow for action sports. But then, that’s not what this type of lens is for. You might miss a shot or two if you’re trying to follow the kids around the yard or shoot a hummingbird, but it’s certainly not terrible.

So, we’ve covered the USM and VC initials. For those left wondering, the Di stands for “digitally integrated.” This means the lens elements are coated to minimize reflections. Of course, all lenses made after 1935 have coatings, and everything made in about the last decade has digital coatings. Mostly I think Tamron looked over at the the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 II EX DG APO Macro HSM AF and had an acute case of initial envy, so they slapped a Di on there.

Filter Size
62mm (nonrotating front element)
Aperture
f4-45
Length
5.9”
Diameter
3.2”
Weight
1.6 lb
Hood
HA-005
Minimum Focusing Distance
4.9 feet
Maximum Magnification
.25x
Angle of view: (full frame)
8 to 34 degrees
Zoom method
Barrel extending
Image Stabilization
4 Stop, NO panning function
Focusing System
Ultrasonic Motor, internal (forward) nonrotating front element
Aperture Blades
9, curved, circular
Max Aperture@focal length
f/4<90mm; f/4.5@90-150mm; f/5@150-190mm; f/5.6 > 190mm
Groups/Elements
12/17
Low Dispersion Elements
2
Aspherical Elements
0
Weather Resistant
No
Flare resistance
Moderate ghosting, mild contrast loss
System
Nikon F
Compatibility
DX
Autofocus
Yes

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  • Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di VC USD for Nikon Diagram
  • Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di VC USD for Nikon Diagram

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