Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD MACRO 1:2 (for Canon)

Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD MACRO 1:2 (for Canon)

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Shot with the Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD MACRO 1:2 (for Canon):

Fire spinning show  (114mm / 182mm eff., f/4.5, 1/13s, ISO 100, APS-C)  © Gil De Sousa



AF 70-300mm
F/4-5.6 Di LD MACRO 1:2

The AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD MACRO 1:2 is one of the lowest cost lenses available. It's made of plastics but looks nice and feels pretty solid. It has a very popular focal range but no image stabilizer which is problematic if you'd like to use the long end of the focal range without a tripod. The lens is compatible with both APS-C and full frame type cameras (the effective focal length with APS-C is 112 mm to 480 mm) and has a macro mode that allows close-ups at a magnification of up to 0.50 x. When considering image quality the AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD MACRO 1:2 has its ups and downs. The focal plane is straight as it should be and corner shadows are minor. Distortion is well under control but only if the lens is set to 70 mm and that's also where the lens is most capable of producing sharp images. At other focal lengthes it requires high f-stops to gain sharpness. Another obvious weakness of this lens are the color fringes that occur both in sharp parts of the image and in out-of-focus parts of the image.

Though the AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD MACRO 1:2 certainly doesn't excel at image quality it's not totally bad or unuseable and I've seen lenses that are a lot worse and cost much more. So you'd definitely not buy this lens for its image quality but to extend your focal range at an acceptable image quality, a compact size and a very affordable price.

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Further Information


-Data table

NameTamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD MACRO 1:2 (for Canon)
Model year?
Market price (Germany)€ 120
Market price (USA)$ 160
CompatibilityCompatible with full frame cameras
Lens typeZoom
Aperture range at shortest focal lengthf/4 to f/32
Aperture range at longest focal lengthf/5.6 to f/45
Model No.A17
Number of aperture blades9
Aperture blades are circular??
Has image stabilization?No
F-stop gain of image stabilizern.a.
Number of image stabilizer modesn.a.
Allows manual override during autofocus?No
Has filter thread?Yes
Filter size62 mm
Officially compatible with extenders?No
Has a metal lens mount?No
Weight16 oz
Diameter3.0 "
Length (mount surface to front end)5 "
Length - fully extended8 "
Length - fully extended with hood6 "
Shortest focal length70 mm
Longest focal length300 mm
Effective shortest focal length on cameras with APS-C sensor112 mm
Effective longest focal length on cameras with APS-C sensor480 mm
Minimum focus distance3.12 '
Maximum magnification0.50 x
Front element rotates when focusing?Yes
Front element rotates when zooming?No
Extends when focusing?Yes
Extends when zooming?Yes
Zoom lockable?No
Number of AF ranges2
Number of AF presets0
Length of AF preset recall ringn.a.
Sealed against dust and moisture?No
Seal requires filter to be present?n.a.
Has AF stop switch?Yes
Has AF stop button?No
Has distance indicator?Yes
Distance information is in EXIF data?No
Uses drop-in type filters?No
Drop-in filter sizen.a.
Length of zoom ring1.1 "
Length of focus ring0.6 "
Number of lenses13
Number of optical groups9
Lens Hood
Weight1.0 oz
Maximum diameter3.4 "
Length1.8 "
Model No.DA17
Lens Cap
Weight0.5 oz
Length0.3 "
Model No.CP62
Tripod Mount
Maximum diameter?
Model No.?
Case / Pouch
Model No.?



Image Quality