Tamron 70-300 Di LD Macro Test Shots

2008-04-24
Flower Close up with Tamron 70-300 Di LD
Flower Close up with Tamron 70-300 Di LD
Flower Close up with Tamron 70-300 Di LD
Flower Close up with Tamron 70-300 Di LD
Flower Close up with Tamron 70-300 Di LDAll test shots are done hand-held with Pentax K10D in iso 100 with JPG setting on bright image tone with +2 on sharpness and -1 on saturation on some of them. Post processing are done in Picasa

Initial Impressions:

  • Very capable close up work with this zoom with 1:2 magnification in long end of the zoom from 180mm to 300mm
  • Amazingly sharp for its price and that it is a zoom lens, I paid only $90 for a used copy of this zoom. New one only costs $129.00 as of this writing
  • Color are rich and have good contrast and details
  • AF is effective but a bit slow in the macro zoom range.
  • AF.C is working reasonably well with little bug around flowers
  • Though manual focus ring has a large focus throw, it is difficult to use manual focus as the macro only become available in 180mm to 300mm in which the zoom extends to a greater length making it difficult and awkward to focus hand held manually.
  • I used f/8.0 throughout the test and use negative Ev compensation to reduce purple fringing in scenes with high contrast.
  • Unlike my Pentax SMC-A 50mm f/2.8 where I need to stay very close to the subject like 0.5 feet to get to 1:2 magnification, the Tamron zoom keeps a good distance from the subject like 3 feet away making it easier to setup with tripod and picturing bugs around flowers.
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6 comments:

Andy said...

Some nice shots. I especially liked the one of the ladybug on the flower. I also recently got the Tamron 70-300 and have been impressed with it so far.

Hin Man said...

Andy, thank you so much and I enjoy visiting your site as well.

Tanny said...

Couldn't agree more - the lady bird is my pic. Colour looks great

Hin Man said...

Thank you so much for the encouraging comments and visits.

wayne pratt photo said...

Hi Hin
some very nice work. your a clever person

Anonymous said...

These shots convinced me to get a similar lens.

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