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

70300mm
Review Date: Mar 23, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $160.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Image Quality, Construction, Included Hood, Value for Price
Cons:
Focus Slow and Hunts a bit, especially in MACRO mode

All in all I am very happy with this lens. I've been able to capture some incredible shots even at the longest focal lengths. It has worked well for me doing psuedo Macro work as well as night moon and star shots. The sharpness has been right on, my pictures are very crisp and I've found that the only limitations I've run into with this so far are my own mistakes. I have not found any detectable distortions or aberration with this glass.

The downside is definitely the auto focus performance. The focus ring has such a long turn that focus speed is slow. The motor is not as quiet as a USM Canon but not bad and certainly not over-bearing.

For the price I don't think this lens can be beat. It is an incredible value and I'd recommend it to anyone.