Review Tamron AF 75-300mm 1: 4-5.6 LD TELE-MACRO (1: 3.9) 672D

According provided by Tamron AF 75-300mm 1: 4-5.6 LD TELE-MACRO (1: 3.9) 672D lens (version for cameras Canon EOS) huge thanks to the store you can find a huge number of different used photographic equipment, including similar lenses for Canon cameras.

Tamron AF 75-300mm 1: 4-5.6 LD TELE-MACRO (1: 3.9) 672D

Tamron AF 75-300mm 1: 4-5.6 LD TELE-MACRO (1: 3.9) 672D on camera Canon 450D

In short

Tamron AF 75-300mm 1: 4-5.6 LD TELE-MACRO (1: 3.9) 672D is Tamron's old line of telephoto lenses. There are a lot of such lenses on the aftermarket, from the 172D to the 872D. Model 672D is interesting relatively low weight and a good magnification factor of 300 mm. Such a lens can be bought for mere pennies. Model 672D, like other models in this line - one of the cheapest telephoto autofocus options. Optically, the Tamron 672D is weak, but for many amateur photographers it will be a good find for little money.

Tamron AF 75-300mm 1: 4-5.6 LD TELE-MACRO (1: 3.9) 672D

Tamron AF 75-300mm 1: 4-5.6 LD TELE-MACRO (1: 3.9) 672D on the camera Canon 450D


Tamron has been releasing autofocus telephoto lenses for a long time, the following is the most complete list of 70 (75) -300 / 4-5.6 models:

Some older Minolta / Sony camera lenses might have the prefix 'M' next to the model name, for example '672DM'. For Nikon / Canon / Pentax cameras, models have always been labeled with the single letter 'D', for example, '472D'.

Note that there are copies of Tamron lenses called 'Promaster', for example, Promaster EDO AF LD 70-300 EDO 1: 4-5.6 Tele-Macro (1: 2)which is a copy Tamron LD DI AF 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 Tele-Macro (1: 2) Model A17.

Tamron AF 75-300mm 1: 4-5.6 LD TELE-MACRO (1: 3.9) 672D

Tamron AF 75-300mm 1: 4-5.6 LD TELE-MACRO (1: 3.9) 672D

Main technical specifications of Tamron AF 75-300mm 1: 4-5.6 LD TELE-MACRO (1: 3.9) 672D:

The name of the instance from the review (as it is written on the lens itself) The inscriptions on the case: Tamron AF 75-300mm 1: 4-5.6 LD TELE-MACRO [1: 3.9] ∞-1.5m [4.9ft] Ø62 241564 672D Tamron Japan Assembled in China
Basic properties
  • lens designed for full-length SLR cameras with EF mount
  • LD (Low Dispersion) - the use of low-dispersion elements in the optical scheme
  • AF-M (Auto Focus - Manual Focus) - the lens is equipped with a focus mode switch
  • built-in micro motor for auto focus (Canon EOS cameras only)
  • multi-illuminated optics
  • light weight
  • Important: a lens from a third-party manufacturer, which imposes some restrictions on its practical use.
Front Filter Diameter 62 mm
Focal length 75-300 mm

Zoom ratio 4 x
Designed by for Canon film cameras
Number of aperture blades 9 petals
Tags focal lengths for 75, 100, 135, 200, 300 mm. Scale with focusing distance, mark for attaching the hood, mark of the bayonet mount.
  • 75 mm - F / 4.0-F / 32
  • 100 mm - F / 4.0-F / 32
  • 135 mm - F / 4.5-F / 32
  • 200 mm - F / 5.0-F / 36
  • 300 mm - F / 5.6-F / 45
MDF (minimum focusing distance) 1.5 m, the maximum magnification ratio is reached by 300 mm and is 1: 3.9
The weight approximately 435 g
Optical design 13 elements in 9 groups. The scheme includes low dispersion elements. Pattern drawing not found.
Lens hood bayonet, petal
Instructions View–>
Manufacturer country China (Assembled in China)
Period not known, approximately produced in the early 90's
Price about 60 USD per second

Prices for modern Tamron telephoto lenses can look at this link.

Tamron AF 75-300mm 1: 4-5.6 LD TELE-MACRO (1: 3.9) 672D

Tamron AF 75-300mm 1: 4-5.6 LD TELE-MACRO (1: 3.9) 672D


Tamron AF 75-300mm 1: 4-5.6 LD TELE-MACRO (1: 3.9) 672D is assembled well, with a metal lens mount, but still the lens has a micro-play focus ring.

The retractable body frame (trunk) consists of one long section. The frame of the body (trunk) spontaneously not put forward and does not move, most likely, even with time this problem is not scary to this lens. During a change in focal length, the front of the housing, together with the front lens, does not rotate.

When changing the focal length, the rear lens is movable and can act as an air pump.

I used a lens with a non-original bayonet hood.

Устройство aperture comprises 9 not rounded petals and forms a hole with a regular 9-gon.

Tamron AF 75-300mm 1: 4-5.6 LD TELE-MACRO (1: 3.9) 672D

Tamron AF 75-300mm 1: 4-5.6 LD TELE-MACRO (1: 3.9) 672D


Auto focus speed low (closer to average). Focus speed is independent of camera orientation or focal length.

For focusing, a conventional micro focusing motor is used, which makes a lot of noise. The nature of the noise is unpleasant.

The lens does not use internal focus. During focusing, the front lens, together with the frame for the filters, rotates and drives forward. Using polarizing and other specialized filters will be difficult. When changing the focal length, the front lens does not rotate.

The focus ring rotates 90 degrees. The ring travels smoothly, but during the rotation of the focusing ring there is a feeling of 'plastic on plastic'.

When used on a camera Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi (aka Canon EOS DIGITAL 450D, aka Canon EOS Kiss X2 with very simple 9-point focusing system) the lens behaves normally, it is not often mistaken in focusing. Also on camera Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi the lens focuses very, very long and slowly in the Live View focus mode. On camera Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi I checked the presence of the back and focus front at different focusing distances (infinity and MDF as well). Pictures taken using the Live View mode (which does not suffer from back / front focus) were used as a measure. Focusing accuracy using phase sensors completely coincided with the Live View mode.

Focus Features:

  1. Tamron AF 75-300mm 1: 4-5.6 LD TELE-MACRO (1: 3.9) 672D has focus mode switch 'AF-M'. To perform manual focus lens required must be in focus mode 'M'. Tamron AF 75-300mm 1: 4-5.6 LD TELE-MACRO (1: 3.9) 672D does not have the function of continuous manual focus control.
  2. During auto focus focus ring rotates and cannot be touched.
  3. There is a strong effect of 'Focus Breathing' (changing the viewing angle during focusing). During focusing towards the MDF, the viewing angle decreases.
  4. Tamron AF 75-300mm 1: 4-5.6 LD TELE-MACRO (1: 3.9) 672D is a third-party lens. It may happen that it will not work correctly with some Canon EOS cameras.
  5. When changing the focal length, focus practically does not go astray.
  6. The lens has scale with focusing distance in meters and feet. Such a scale in itself is of little use and is present more for show (justification of this thought here) The distance scale is plotted on the focus ring, and not made using a special window.
  7. Unknown compatibility with teleconverters.
  8. Tamron AF 75-300mm 1: 4-5.6 LD TELE-MACRO (1: 3.9) 672D does not have hard stop (hard infinity mechanical stop) which allows you to accurately and quickly focus the lens at infinity under any external conditions.
  9. Focus shift (shift-focus) is missing.
Tamron AF 75-300mm 1: 4-5.6 LD TELE-MACRO (1: 3.9) 672D

Tamron AF 75-300mm 1: 4-5.6 LD TELE-MACRO (1: 3.9) 672D

Sample photos and image quality

Optically, the lens does not shine. Strong aberrations, weak sharpness, slight distortion, poorly tolerates backlight. The lens gives the best quality at 70 mm and covered apertures. However, image quality will be acceptable for a large number of amateur photo tasks.

Pictures from Canon EOS DIGITAL Rebel XSi (aka Canon EOS DIGITAL 450D, aka Canon EOS Kiss X2). Photos in the gallery are shown without processing, on-camera JPEG. Everything was removed from the hands without using a hood. You can download the original 'jpeg' photos at this link.

Tamron AF 75-300mm 1: 4-5.6 LD TELE-MACRO (1: 3.9) 672D

Tamron AF 75-300mm 1: 4-5.6 LD TELE-MACRO (1: 3.9) 672D on Canon 450D Camera with non native hood

My experience

Autofocus plays a huge role. I would even exchange any Jupiter-37A for Tamron AF 75-300mm 1: 4-5.6 LD TELE-MACRO (1: 3.9) 672D. The auto-zoom zoom tele macro lens has huge potential. In the secondary market, there are a host of affordable autofocus lenses. I have long recommended everyone budget Sigma 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 и Tamron LD DI AF 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6 Tele-Macro (1: 2) Model A17.

Of course, the best solution among such lenses is televisions with image stabilizer, so I prepared a separate and complete list of them, located in the next paragraph.

Tamron AF 75-300mm 1: 4-5.6 LD TELE-MACRO (1: 3.9) 672D

Tamron AF 75-300mm 1: 4-5.6 LD TELE-MACRO (1: 3.9) 672D

All 70-300 Class Full Frame Lenses with Stabilizer



Canon (EF, EF-S)

Nikon (F, FX)

Sony (E, FE)

The names of the lenses are indicated according to the inscription on their body.

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Tamron AF 75-300mm 1: 4-5.6 LD TELE-MACRO (1: 3.9) 672D

Tamron AF 75-300mm 1: 4-5.6 LD TELE-MACRO (1: 3.9) 672D


Main advantages

  1. low cost. Easy to find in the aftermarket
  2. good maximum magnification ratio for macro shooting, which is 1: 3.9
  3. normal build quality, rubberized focus and zoom rings, small filter diameter, the lens does not change focal length self-weight, bayonet-type hood
  4. relatively light weight
  5. 9 petals aperture, the lens creates fairly smooth blur discs
  6. smooth drop of aperture from 75 mm to 300 mm (F / 5.6 occurs only at 250 mm)
  7. normal sharpness in the range of 70-135 mm and covered apertures
  8. slight distortion like for a similar lens
  9. weak vignetting on Canon cameras with APS-C sensor (crop)
  10. good lens 'survivability'

The main disadvantages

  1. ordinary micro focusing motor instead of an ultrasonic motor (or similar), which use original lenses
  2. unpleasant noise during auto focus
  3. slow auto focus
  4. rotation of the focus ring during autofocus and, as a result, lack of the function of constant manual focus control
  5. rotation of the front lens and the frame for the filters during focusing (inconvenience when using polarists and other specific filters), also the frame goes forward
  6. noticeable decrease in resolution with increasing focal length
  7. the zoom ring rotates in the opposite direction (inconvenience for those who have original Canon zoom lenses)
  8. movement of the rear lens while changing the focal length, strong effect of a vacuum cleaner / air pump
  9. strong 'Focus Breathing' effect (changes in viewing angle during focusing)
  10. outdated model not optimized for use with modern digital cameras (optimization only starting with the model DI A17)
  11. poor image quality: poor resolution on open apertures, strong chromatic aberration (including blooming)
  12. there may be incompatibility with some cameras and / or teleconverters (no exact data)
  13. lack of data about the lens in modern cameras, which makes it difficult to automatically correct some types of distortion (distortion, vignetting etc.)

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Comments: 27, on the topic: Review of Tamron AF 75-300mm 1: 4-5.6 LD TELE-MACRO (1: 3.9) 672D

  • Jury

    “I would even trade some Jupiter-37A for Tamron AF 75-300mm 1: 4-5.6 LD TELE-MACRO (1: 3.9) 672D”
    At the very beginning of my passion for photography, I bought Sigma DG OS 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6, bought new ones, still like some photos, but after buying Tair 11A, I sold this sigma, because in the range of 200-300 mm it produced a soapy picture, the bokeh was not very good, and at 135 mm Tair, even in the open, showed sharperness better, not to mention the picture as a whole. If there are several Yu37As in stock, then I agree, one, which is worse, can be exchanged for a similar lens :). Thanks for the review!

  • AL

    Arkady, if you don't have a snapshot, then the delight of a pedophile)))
    No offense was said)

    • Pokekmon

      Maybe Arkady takes off his children or the children of relatives)
      Or maybe she just loves children (in a good sense of the word). And it seems normal to me.

      • Pokekmon

        And then it's difficult to photograph children - they are very mobile.
        Thus, it is immediately clear how tenacious and fast autofocus is.

    • andrey.ali

      about pedofelism in general, the person blurted out the topic ... apparently a sore subject ... or a sore head ...

      It is best to test this kind of lenses on children, because as a friend from the previous post said, children run and jump, this is where all the weak or strong sides of autofocus or stabilizer appear ...

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Everyone sees in the photo what he is located to, which is close to the viewer in spirit :)
      In general, I shot fountains here at short exposures, at the same time it’s clear how autofocus responds, and in the same previous review try to find children.

    • anonym

      Ken Rockwell also removes children and palm trees :)

    • anonym

      The head is not just for eating stupidly. Not all Ms were killed in the war - FACT ...

  • Oleg

    “I’d even exchange any Jupiter-37A for Tamron AF 75-300mm 1: 4-5.6 LD TELE-MACRO (1: 3.9) 672D” I don’t know how for 75-300, but for 55-250 on focal 100- 135 aperture is already 5, but I would like at least f4. Therefore, somewhere Jupiter is preferable. Autofocus is another matter, and the picture from these dark zooms is usually so juicy, contrasting.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      F / 5 versus F / 3.5 is exactly stop (the difference in the hole is exactly 2 times). Instead of ISO 100, you can use ISO 200. Since telephoto cameras usually shoot outdoors, and not in rooms with poor lighting, raising the ISO to stop is not critical. And if you look at Jupiter-11 with F / 4, and this Tamron, then the difference in aperture at 135mm is a third of a stop (F / 4 vs F / 4.5). On the other hand, the drawing is for Jupiters and autofocus + zoom for Tamron. I once shot with the d700 and Nikon 70-300VR, and so, some portraits Nikon pulled out much better than Jupiter because of the zoom capability. Even this Tamron at 300 / 5.6 can squeeze out a picture more interesting than Jupiter at 135 / 3,5. I'm not talking about Zonnar's sharpness and masterpiece blur, but the number of successful shots from af telephoto will be several times higher than manual lenses.

      Take for example the same photos from this review. The zoom is very convenient to compose shots while sitting on a bench. There is no need to run like crazy for every shot, to attract attention. Where needed - 70 mm, where needed 300 mm. Different perspective harvesting already gives different images in the photoset set. In the same fountains, it takes a split second for a moment, even with a slow autofocus, you can catch a target much faster than unscrewing the focusing ring on the Ju-37A. The same applies to aperture - on a telephoto lens it is very convenient to shoot in P mode, when the camera automatically selects the optimal aperture / shutter speed. For a telephoto camera, this is critical, because on covered ones it becomes much sharper, while the bokeshka does not suffer much. Televisions blur the background even on covered ones. The cart about the fact that you only need to shoot in M ​​or A / Av mode is also very old. Personally, I use A / AV mode at 40% outdoors and P mode at 40%. With Jupiter, P and S / TV modes are lost. And so on - it all comes down to a manual vs a bad af.

      I do not want to offend the feelings of those who believe in the God of Jupiter, but science in the person of the lousy Tamron 75-300 has gone much further than the ancient Greek traditions. In this weak Tamron there are more developments, technologies and opportunities than in all Soviet optics combined :)

      • Anonymous

        I agree that our people are poor because of the bad. The scoop could not even talk about ld lenses, because the best is 80-200 / 4.5 disgusting.

      • Andrei

        Finally, someone supported me.
        Manulny lenses for photodr @ cherov. I also have them, but exclusively for nostalgia. Under Jupiter 8 I even want to take the BZK.

      • Oleg

        Arkady, but such a question? Of course the top of the zooms is 70-200 / F2.8. But his younger brother is 70-200 / F4, which is also not cheap as far as it has an advantage over similar dark zooms in the 75-300 or 55-250 class in terms of bokeh, these half-stops, stops play some noticeable role in the formation of bokeh. Moreover, in the case of dark zooms, we have a bonus as an additional 50-100mm

        • Arkady Shapoval

          Fours usually work better in the open, the difference between F / 4 and F / 5.6 is already stop, which is sometimes significant. Bokeh is model specific. There are beautiful ones, there are neutral ones. Fours are usually better lenses on their own, as they approach the TOP lenses with 2.8.

  • Reader

    And what is this Nikon ED AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm 1: 4.5-5.6E VR listed?

    • Yura

      This is a new lens with AF-P (electronic-aperture + silent focus motor, no buttons on the body.) Only for new carcasses or the latest firmware updates. like I understand)

      • Arkady Shapoval

        No, there are buttons. Just update to the previous version. First AF-P for FX cameras. The first 'E' lens without the letter 'N' (i.e. budget). First budget with A / MM / AM switch.

        • Denis

          I really look forward to this new full-frame 70-300, which for some reason everyone is confused with the same on the crop. If earlier it was torn between a used tamron of 70-200 usd and Nikon 80-200 af-s, now now a new state employee has been added to them. Shipment of new items is scheduled for the 29th, I hope at least by September it will reach us. I hope that the copywriter will fall into the hands of Arkady, I would very much like to know his opinion on medium televisions! :)

  • Sergei

    Good day! The question is off topic: Arkaly, have you ever filmed a large format?

    • Sergei

      Forgive me generously for the mistake in the name ...

    • Arkady Shapoval

      I didn’t shoot on a large format :)

      • Sergei

        But how to cover yourself with a black blanket? :)

        • Arkady Shapoval

          Better to use DarkRoom :)

  • Demidov Denis

    I am pleased to read your blog for many years. It was he who knocked me to the acquisition of the first Soviet lens to his reflex camera and experiments!

    Thank you for this, Arkady!

    Also wanted to ask your advice.
    Which lens (possibly Soviet) from the budget you recommend for attempts at astro photography of the starry sky?

    The requirements, of course, are simple: focusing at / beyond infinity, aperture and ... yes, the main problem is the focal length, since the camera is a Nikon D5100, and, accordingly, a cropped matrix. Auto focus is unnecessary.

    Now I work with a regular 18-55 whale, but 3,5 is darkish at 18mm, I have to sacrifice exposure.

    Perhaps something up to 2,5 and not expensive?

    Thanks in advance if you can answer.

    • anonym

      He knocked you down, unfortunately ... Sell all your Soviet stuff and buy at least one normal fix from Nikon ... And you will be happy!

  • Michail maren

    Thank you for your objective assessment of the Tamron AF 75-300. I use it on a Sony A200 DSLR, shoot outdoors and outdoors. Macro gives nice bokeh.

  • CHIM

    Recently presented such a lens. I agree with the author, I would really trade Jupiter-37A (I also have one) for this one. The only drawback is the lack of a stabilizer, and everything else is super. (used on kenon 50d).

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