New Lens: Tamron SP 70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD

By , January 21, 2011 7:04 am
Tamron SP 70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD

Tamron SP 70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD

After spending five days in the Amazon jungle then 10 days in the Galapagos to observe animals, I finally made a decision: I need a big zoom.

I did not want something too heavy or too expensive while I was traveling, so no Canon 70-200mm F/2.8 IS II. But on the other hand, I did not want to degrade the quality of photos by buying something too cheap. For the first time, I decided to go with non-Canon lens for two main reasons. The first reason was because of cost. The Tamron lens was $150 less than the equivalent Canon. Secondly, even if auto-focus of the Tamron lens is not as fast as the Canon lens, the glass is of higher quality, image stabilization is more efficient (4 vs 2 stops for Canon), and the finish is much better (the Canon is from 2003 whereas the Tamron lens just came out in 2010).

When we arrived in the North Island of New Zealand, I added a new lens to my collection, a Tamron SP 70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD.

My new Tamron lens:
Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 SP Di VC USD XLD for Canon Digital SLR Cameras

The Canon equivalent:
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens for Canon EOS SLR Cameras

5 Responses to “New Lens: Tamron SP 70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD”

  1. Christian "Zoom Lens" Rouldan says:

    ZOOM LENS!! haha congratulations! I hope all is going well!

  2. I have something similar on my Nikon and am not too impressed
    (Nikkor 70-300mm). Light has to be almost perfect to get a good
    result out of it on the 300mm end. It is hardly comparable to
    competition with f2.8 and I also feel I could use a hundred more
    mm. How are you satisfied with it (if you still own it)?

  3. Boris says:

    I think it is a good travel lens for the price but I am definitely
    not super happy with the picture quality.

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  5. Hussain says:

    OMGosh! What could I do with this lense? ha, this is only the most
    amazing thing I’ve heard of in a lnoooog time! I have just recently
    (about a yr ago) started to work on my photography and I have
    learned alot and I know that this lense is the lense of all lenses
    hehe. This lense would allow me to get the pictures of my family
    that I have always wnated! angled, black and whites, but not so
    much those things will be clear and almost perfect but that I will
    be able to catch them in almost any posistion and/or area that I
    can imagine. Not having to run and trip over my flip flops anymore
    to try and get closer to get really cute pictures would be nice. :
    ) I know it’s a long shot but winning this lense would make me the
    happiest person this side of the US heheThanks for chance and I
    can’t say enough about CK’s magazine. I am always eagerly awaiting
    the next issue. So many creative people, so many instances for
    inspiration!

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