Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD Lens


I dont normally look at 3rd party lenses for my Nikon but lucky for me the little woman did. For my birthday she bought me a Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD Lens for my Nikon. It’s about $200 cheaper than the Nikon equivalent but there is also a $100 rebate which makes this lens a steal with an after rebate price of $349.

Build quality seems on par with the low end Nikon lens. It’s good but you know it’s not an $1800 lens. This lens is pretty substantial, large diameter and pretty heavy. Not as long as one would think IMO. The lens also has Tamron version of vibration reduction.

Well I went in with low expecatations and was pleasantly surprised. In a day of shooting offhand I took some fantastic pictures. I do struggle a bit with the size and weight because of my lack of fingers but I have ther d800 set to shoot as long as I hold the shutter down. I typically do 4 or 5 shot bursts. One of those shot’s is usually a keeper.

This big lens likes a lot of light and on a bright day moving from bright sunlight to the dark of the forest or a tree top does require some adjustment but it’s no big deal.

A nice surprise was shooting macro from a distance. Great sharpness and perrfect popping colors.

All in all Im very pleased and having a blast with this lens. I will upload some pictures later and post them here.

Yesterday I was at the old ladies house and a military type helicopter flew over. I did not have much time but I managed a pretty good picture. Also sitting on a bench I heard a funny noise. I didnt think about it at the time but I was seated 3 feet from a hummingbird feeder. Not wanting to scare it off I managed to turn the camera on and record some video with the camera hanging off my neck… It’s a little over exposed because the camera was setup for something else but Ill post that video too.


Here’s the video


Cool!!! Bird porn!


Hummingbirds are pretty cool…but you gotta cook em slow or they’re chewy…


Nice :thumbsup:

I saw a Hummingbird Moth the other day. I didn’t even know such a thing existed until then.


[quote=“BasTod, post:5, topic:6400”]Nice :thumbsup:

I saw a Hummingbird Moth the other day. I didn’t even know such a thing existed until then.[/quote]

A lot of people think those are hummingbirds. Used to see a lot of the moths in the Adirondacks of NY


Here is a helicopter that few over just before the hummingbird video. Fine details were not visible by eye. It was hazy as hell.



I want to know where the hell are our “neighbor in a bikini” pics!!!


Yeah!!! and not those fat girl in bikini pics that my buddy “Rodent” posts on your other site… :smile:


She hasnt been cooperating… But Im hunting Camels…toes that is.


Hummginbird Moth

Click the pictures for full size


Man I love this lens!

Crab Spider


Getting ready for the full moon in a few days. This was my first time photographing the moon. Came out pretty neat.


Yeah, that’s just like the moth I saw. Very cool :thumbsup:


Got some nice images with this lens today at the West Haven beach. Uploaded a few here.