The Tamron 70-300mm macro lens
I've had this lens in my bag for years but rarely use it, I've always thought of it as a "one-day" lens (I'll find a use for it one day). To give it it's full title, the lens I'm talking about is the Tamron AF 70-300mm F4/5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2 priced at around £80 and it's a fantastic lens!
At 300mm the lens is sharp enough for
squirrel whiskers and gives beautiful bokeh.
Handheld 300mm f5.6 1/640
The auto focus is fast, accurate and performs well
with fast moving subjects,
particularly helpful for sports & wildlife.
Handheld 300mm f5.6 1/1600
It's a lightweight, quiet, comfortable lens and allows
you to get to those finer details like the individual
feathers of down and the pupil of a gosling.
Handheld 300mm f5.6 1/500
A versatile lens at that delivers great results at every focal length,
the Macro function doesn't disappoint either.
Handheld 180mm f4.5 1/640
All in all a versatile, comfortable, quick, quiet, lightweight lens. Perfect for anyone looking to expand their lens reach and experiment with macro and/or wildlife. Widely available for around £80-£100 and definitely a lens I'd recommend to anyone getting into photography.