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

70300mm
Review Date: Jun 28, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $190.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Nice colors, strongly built.
Cons:
Noisy, lazy zoom, faded colors (of compared to Canon), some fringing at high contrast, bad focus in low light.

Considering the price of this lens, it is a very good choice. I had hard times over the last couple of years with Canon 75-300 f4-5.6 because of softness and bad focus (maybe because of too much use, who knows..). Tamron is up to my expectations if you keep some very simple rules in mind such as:
- never use it fully extended at 300 mm
- never use the largest aperture for the focal length used (stop it down as much as you can)
- try increasing ISO on the camera to get higher speeds rather than attempting at lower speeds.