Tamron SP 70-300mm Di f/4-5.6 VC USD – AF/VC noise and AF speed test

In this video, I do a quick demonstration of the noises you can expect from the AF and VC motors of the Tamron SP 70-300mm Di f/4-5.6 VC US lens.  I also show how fast the AF motor is.

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User incognitostatus made a request that I do a video to show the noise you can expect to hear from this Tamron SP 70-300mm Di f/4-5.6 VC USD lens.

I find the noise of the AF motor to be very quiet, and the VC motor to be a little bit noisier when it goes on or off, but overall I wouldn’t say it’s a noisy lens, and it definitely makes less noise than the shutter sound no my T2i.

While I had everything set up, I decided to also do a little demonstration to show how quickly the AF system is. I only very briefly had the chance to try out some L lenses, but I am very satisfied by the AF performance of this lens. It is accurate most of the time, quick, and quiet.

This was filmed using the iPhone 4S and stabilized with YouTube’s Image Stabilizer function (which is playing tricks with the logo and the distortion of the video a bit).

The Audio was recorded on the H4n using the Neewer Lapel mic I reviewed earlier to capture the noises of the lens, and the SM58 to capture my voice.


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Jean-Pierre La Forest

Photographer / Videographer at Studio JPIC
Jean-Pierre La Forest is a photographer and videographer based out of Florenceville-Bristol, NB, Canada. JP specializes in commercial and tourism photography and videography, where he helps businesses, artists, and towns to market themselves. He also teaches the art of photography on his YouTube channel and blog. You can reach him on

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