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The Tamron 70-300mm telephoto lens is an entry level telephoto and macro lens aimed at people who are new to DSLRs... I got this lens at Jessops as part of my camera bundle, so i originally only paid about £100.00 for it. Having had it for roughly a year and a half now,it is still all in working order and performing fine. So, should you buy it? In short, yes. If you're an amateur/beginner then this lens is a good option. It has a good focal range with a sturdy yet light weight build, and a decent macro setting. The focus leaves something to be desired, as it is a bit slow and just a tad noisy, but for an entry level, what do you expect. Then again, its not claiming to be an L-lens (luxury) so you do get what you would expect for a lens of its price. The lens dos however do a good job in terms of letting you achieve nice blurry backgrounds when you pull the aperture right down. The manual focus is very smooth and clean, but there is some debate as to whether it is a bit too smooth, with too little resistance, meaning you can sometimes have a bit of a battle with the focus, especially at small apertures and when in macro mode. The focus is less than brilliant, as it is a bit slow and quite noisy, so can struggle to gain focus. The macro mode is pretty good considering the price, the only downside being the focusing letting it down slightly in regards to speed. You have to be about a meter away from the object, but you get a nice frame filling shot.