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TAMRON AF005Nll-700 SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD for Nikon

  • For Nikon DSLR & 35mm Film Cameras
  • Up to 4 Stops Vibration Compensation
  • Ultrasonic Silent Drive (USD)
  • Fast, Quiet & Accurate Autofocusing
  • Outstanding Image Resolution
  • Digitally Integrated (Di)
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Tamron AF005Nll-700 SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon
From the Manufacturer:

In the pursuit to achieve the most outstanding image resolution in the 70-300mm class, Tamron’s Anniversary lens - the SP AF70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD - utilizes an advanced optical design that features a Low Dispersion (LD) and an Extra Low Dispersion (XLD) lens element made from specialized materials that prevent chromatic aberration. As a result, the SP AF70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD (Model A005) boasts sharper contrast and greater descriptive performance than all others in its class.

In addition, this is the first Tamron lens sporting a Ultra Silent Drive (USD), Tamron’s very own auto-focus drive mechanism. This USD mechanism really delivers, making it a perfect telephoto zoom choice for photographing sports, racing, or other fast-moving subjects. The lens also boasts Tamron’s proprietary Vibration Compensation (VC) image stabilization to assist in handheld photography, not only at long focal length ranges where blurring is common, but also under low-lit conditions, dramatically enhancing photographic freedom. This combination of best in class image resolution, Ultra Silent Drive, and Vibration Compensation, is a new achievement of Tamron technology - culminating in the production of a premium 70-300mm lens.


    Tamron SP AF 70-300mm Di VC USD Features
  • Best-in-Class Optical Performance
  • High resolution through use of XLD glass
  • New Ultra Silent Drive (USD) motor for fast and quiet AF
  • VC anti-shake mechanism for steady shooting
  • SP class specifications
  • Dual format Di design for use on full-frame and smaller sensor cameras
  • 109-465mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras

Super Performance for Discriminating Shooters

The Tamron Super Performance (SP) series is a line of ultra-high-performance lenses designed and manufactured to the exacting specifications demanded by professionals and others who require the highest possible image quality. In creating SP lenses, Tamron’s optical designers put their foremost priority on achieving superior performance parameters - they are all designed to a higher standard with little regard for cost constraints. As a result, Tamron lenses bearing the SP designation feature impressive and innovative designs that have established an enviable reputation for excellence among those knowledgeable photographers that demand the very best.

A Full-Time Manual Focus Makes Fine Tuning Easy

All Tamron lenses have high auto focus precision and are designed to capture subjects easily and in almost any situation, yet sometimes a photographer wants to fine-tune and make adjustments on the fly. The integration of a full-time manual focus offers just that: instead of fumbling with switches, photographers can go from auto-focus to manual-focus by simply adjusting the focus ring. This feature helps the lens produce impressive results even in telephoto situations where the depth of field is narrow.

Cleaner Crisper Images without Flare or Ghosting

New Broad-Band Anti-Reflection (BBAR) reduces the lens reflection and dispersion that cause ghosting and flare. The coating enhances light transmission in both the short and long wavelength ranges, ensuring excellent performance in all photographic conditions. Additionally, internal surface coatings are applied to cemented surfaces of all lens elements to deliver sharp, high-contrast images and flawless color reproduction.


Vibration Compensation (VC) Mechanism-Making Telephoto and Low Light a New Medium

The actuator and algorithms, developed in-house at Tamron, provide the power that gives VC it's excellent tracking performance and smooth, stable viewfinder image. Tamron's VC mechanism provides a three-coil system, whereby the three driving coils activate the shake-compensating VC lens groups electromagnetically via three steel balls. The VC lens elements are held in place only by contact with the steel balls, achieving smooth movement with little friction, helping to eliminate the blur from camera shakes for clean shots night or indoors, or in macro and telephoto situations, hand held has never been this easy.


Speed is Nothing if not Stable

Fast and accurate without so much as a whisper. The SP 70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD is the first to boast Tamron's new Ultra Silent Drive (USD). USD is Tamron's latest autofocus motor technology rotor, converting ultrasonic waves into torque to quietly deliver a new level of focus precision and speed. Because it's still built on a rotor, its full time manual focus is as easy as ever-allowing the photographer smooth manual focusing without having to fumble with a switch. With advanced motor technology and newly-developed software, Tamron's USD delivers a practical, precise, noiseless photographic experience at turbo speed. For those dynamic sports shots, moving vehicles, or fast moving subjects, there has never been a better option.


Extra Low Dispersion (XLD) Lens

Extra Low Dispersion (XLD) lens elements made from specialized ultra-high-grade glass allow Tamron lens designers to achieve much greater control over chromatic aberration (color fringing) and magnification aberrations, the two major factors that inhibit image quality enhancement. In combination with LD elements, XLD elements are used to achieve sophisticated lenses that deliver the highest possible contrast, the finest detail, and superior imaging performance throughout the entire zoom range.

Full Frame Sensor for Ulitmate Versatility

The SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 DI VC USD is one of Tamron's Digitally Integrated (Di) designs. The Di series is the mark of Tamron lenses that are format-versatile since they can be used on Digital APS-C, full-frame and 35mm SLR cameras.


Auto-Focus / Manual-Focus (AF/MF) Switch Mechanism on the Focus Ring

The ability to switch quickly between auto-focus (AF) and manual-focus (MF) is a great asset in many types of shooting, especially sports and nature photography. This is easily accomplished with Tamron’s ingenious AF/MF system. By simply sliding the focus ring back and forth between the two positions you can select either the AF or MF focusing position. In manual-focus mode Tamron lenses provide smooth, precise manual focusing by turning their wide, well-textured focusing rings.

    Technical Specifications
  • Model: A005
  • Focal length: 70-300mm
  • Maximum aperture: F/4-5.6
  • Angle of view (diagonal): 34° 21ft - 8° 15ft
  • Lens construction: 17 elements, 12 groups
  • Minimum focus distance: 59.1in.
  • Maximum magnification ratio: 1:4 (at f = 300mm: MFD 1.5m)
  • Filter size (mm): 62mm
  • Length: 5.6in.
  • Diameter: 3.2in.
  • Weight: 27.0oz
  • Diaphragm blades: Nine
  • Minimum aperture: F/32-45
  • Standard accessories: Flower-shaped lens hood
    Product Description
  • Best-in-class optical performance
  • High-resolution through use of XLD glass
  • New USD (Ultra Silent Drive) motor for fast and quiet AF
  • VC anti-shake mechanism for steady shooting
  • Dual format Di design for use on fullframe and smaller sensor cameras


Learn more about the Tamron AF005Nll-700


Telephoto Lens


Nikon DSLR
Focus Type
Auto Focus
Focal Length
70 - 300 mm
Maximum: f/4 - 5.6 Minimum: f/32 - 45
DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Camera Mount
Nikon AF
Angle of View
34 - 8 degree
Minimum Focus Distance
Lens Construction
17 elements in 12 groups
Filter thread (Diameter)
62 mm


Image Stabilization

Manufacturer Warranty

6 years limited
6 years limited

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 6 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 6 years

Customer Reviews of the Tamron AF005Nll-700

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  • Randall H.
  • 12/28/2013 8:07:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Works fine. Very sharp pics. Tamron rebate arrived in two weeks. Good job.

Cons: None yet.

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  • Atma S.
  • 6/25/2011 5:54:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsUnderexposed have to send it to Tamron

Pros: Cheap and sharp.

Cons: Bought this and tested on different metering modes, it's consistently underexposed by 1 stop. Send to Tamron for a fix, came back perfect. So to the guy that it's the body, it's not, your lens is also probably underexposed.

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  • Brandon O.
  • 4/26/2011 2:40:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Lens For Cheap Price?

Pros: For the price, $399 after $50 rebate, This is a steal! Overall awesome lens compare to nikon 70-300VR. Saves $$$ for this lens.

Strong Construction
Great Bokeh
Best uses under the sun for Wildlife photos, Sports/Actions & Landscape

Cons: Heavy but What can you expect for zoom lens? most of them are heavy anyways. Not recommended for low light situations, The 70-200mm 2.8 will be perfect for low lights.

Other Thoughts: Tamron Lenses Rocks!

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  • Tom S.
  • 4/16/2011 11:02:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsTerrific Lens

Pros: Sharp Image
Fast Focus
Excellent Optically
Very Good Boke
Superb Vibration Control

Cons: Big and heavy compared to my other lenses

Other Thoughts: a bargain at $399.00 after $50 rebate!

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  • Corey S.
  • 3/7/2011 8:39:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsUnderexposing

Pros: Umm, best $450 telephoto under the sun? But don't take my word for it; read a real review, from a professional.

Cons: It isn't a 600mm crammed into the same body, with the same aperture range, for the same price... maybe in 20 years, right?

Other Thoughts: To the user below claiming the lens is "underexposed by one stop", let me explain how this works. Your camera BODY (not any computer anywhere in the lens) is what determines your exposure, based on your metering mode. If you're in full manual, it will give you an exposure indicator to guide you. If you're in Aperture Priority, it will take the aperture you selected, and select the correct shutter speed. If you're in shutter priority, it does the reverse.

If your pictures are under-exposing, it's because your BODY is selecting the wrong exposure values and is controlling the lens wrong. The lens plays no part in determining those values (beyond having a limited aperture range, mechanically, which the BODY selects a value from). Really, you can take a piece of construction paper, stick it over your lens mount, poke a pin-hole in the middle (preferably reverse those steps) and it should STILL work. If it doesn't, then send your body to Nikon, because it controls exposure, NOT the lens.

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  • Atma S.
  • 11/22/2010 11:31:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUnderexposed

Pros: Sharp open wide

Cons: Underexposed by a stop.

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