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Tamron 70-300MM F/4-5.6 LD Macro AF

70300mm
Review Date: Apr 3, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $170.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Good size, but light. not too heavy. Nicely balances is held under back zoom ring. Sharp at all Focal lenghts from 1-2 stops down. But best at F/8-11 on my copy.
Cons:
A little soft wide open past 200mm. close down to F/10 to F/16 with a high ISO like 400 or 800.

I bought the 'Promaster Label" (it has a lifetime warranty over the Tamron warranty.

I found this lens a blast to use at Little League games. that was my first outing with it. I had a Canon D60 at the time. I used ISO 400 for the test behind 1st base. I have some very sharp Batter shots and a few nice 2nd base action shots too. I used the zoom between 200-300 most of the time at around F/6.3 - F/11.

And the results were fabulous see http://www.pbase.com/peterarbib/sports for the samples.

If you pay attention to some basic guide lines with telephoto zooms for shutter speed and use a middle F/stop. You will obtain some nice sharp pictures. Remember to use no less than 1/320s with this or any long zoom tele lens.

I see no reason to "up-grade" to a Canon EF, unless I get a 70-200 F/4 L.