Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD review

The Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD is a modern classic of a lightweight, budget telephoto zoom

Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD
(Image: © Tamron)

Digital Camera World Verdict

No longer in production, this Tamron lens is an excellent second-hand buy for Canon and Nikon DSLRs, although it’s not compatible with Nikon Z system cameras via an FTZ or FTZ II, and the Canon-mount version needs a Tamron service update for compatibility with EOS R cameras via an EF-EOS R adapter. Even so, it’s a high-performance lens for both makes of DSLR with fast autofocus and effective optical stabilization.


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    4-stop optical stabilization

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    Fast ring-type ultrasonic AF

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    Good overall image quality


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    Sharpness could be better

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    Mirrorless incompatibility issues

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    Lacks weather seals

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Having lost ground to Sigma and Tamron 100-400mm lightweight telephoto zooms, the Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD was the last man standing. It was still in production long after Sigma had given up with 70-300mm zooms, and was superior to Sigma’s last offering in every way. You’d be hard pressed to find a new one but it makes a very good used buy for Canon and Nikon DSLRs.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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