Zooming In With The Tamron 70-300mm & Nikon D5000

by Klaus on January 10, 2010

in Photography

A few days ago I recieved a Tamron A17 70-300mm lens for my Nikon D5000. The full name is Tamron AF70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro. I don’t know enough about DSLR shooting to determine whether or not the lens is any good, but for the price of less than $200, I’m quite satisfied with it. It even comes with built-in motor for Nikon cameras, like the D5000, that doesn’t have a built-in focus motor but relies on the lenses to have one.

Keep in mind that the Nikon D5000 is a DX camera so there’s a crop factor of 1.5, meaning that on a full frame camera the 300mm would actually be 450mm, when talking about 35mm cameras. Or something like that, it still confuses me a bit 🙂

Tamron A17 70-300mm with built-in motor for Nikon can be bought from Amazon for around $150.

The first two pictures (below) are shot with the 18-55mm Nikkor kit lens that came with my D5000.

18mm (Nikkor 18-55mm)

55mm (Nikkor 18-55mm)

70mm (Tamron A17)

200mm (Tamron A17)

300mm (Tamron A17)

As you can see, with 300mm, you get quite close to the subject 🙂

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Apple Tablet news January 11, 2010 at 03:52

OMG That is just amazing. I can’t believe the zoom capability of this thing. In my opinion you can’t get any better. Amazing picture clarity.

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Klaus @ TechPatio January 11, 2010 at 17:54

Sure you can get better 🙂 But it’s expensive. For the price of less than $200, I’m very happy with this one.

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[email protected] January 11, 2010 at 03:52

where is this? The pictures look stunning , I know its because of the lense but give the scenery some credit =p

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Klaus @ TechPatio January 11, 2010 at 17:55

As Martin (below) guessed, it’s a picture of “Mosta Dome” located in Malta.

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Martin January 11, 2010 at 11:11

Im guessing Malta and were looking at the Mosta Dome.
Great zoom, I like the sun breaking through at the 55mm one.
300mm should be good when the bikini season breaks out 😉

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Klaus @ TechPatio January 11, 2010 at 17:55

Uhm, yeah… except I don’t have a beach nearby – and I’m not prepared to leave the comfort of my laptop @ home, to get out to the beach and take illegal pictures 😀

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Jason January 11, 2010 at 17:50

Wow, that is an excellent zoom at a fairly low price. I thought my 50-200mm had a good zoom but it’s nothing compared to this one. I have a Nikon D40 and I think this lens would be compatible with my camera too, since it has the motor built in. Where did you get it for under $200?
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Klaus @ TechPatio January 11, 2010 at 17:54

Hi Jason.

Should work with your D40 too 🙂
I got it here, it’s less than $200:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=190361851861
… but it’s in the UK so I don’t know if you have any additional tax or shipping costs, compared to what I did.

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Norah June 16, 2010 at 23:28

hello, i got this lens when i bought my d5000 but it doesn’t fit, did u have to get an adapter or something?

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Klaus @ TechPatio June 17, 2010 at 08:56

No adapter is needed. If it doesn’t fit, then you got the wrong one. Tamron also makes this lens with a Canon mount (and probably others as well), you need the Nikon mount – and the one with a built-in focus motor.

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TJ McDowell December 7, 2010 at 05:22

Seems like a decent price. The whole crop thing can be confusing at first. Basically, it helps me to think of the crop factor in terms of cropping in photoshop.

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Klaus December 7, 2010 at 10:12

Yeah the Tamron 70-300 is really cheap. Now that Nikon recently released a 70-300 VR, I’m guessing that might be better glass for most people (bit more expensive as well, I think around $500, but you get VR). I wouldn’t recommend the Tamron 70-300 unless you have plenty of light and image quality is not super important. I sold mine a few weeks ago, as well.
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Beckygtx April 3, 2011 at 19:06

Thank you so much! I have been debating this lens for my D5000 and wanted to make sure it would autofocus and have my answer with you. Off to order it and a couple of other lenses. Thanks again!

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Klaus April 4, 2011 at 10:31

I’m glad I was able to help, Becky. Hopefully you purchased the lens at Amazon through any of the links above 😉
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