Tamron 75-300mm f/4-5.6 LD Macro AF
(From Tamron lens literature) This extended-range zoom offers true telephoto capability ideal for a variety of applications including sports and wildlife shooting. The lens also features the capability to provide beautifully blurred background to highlight the main subject in portraiture, or "compression effects" that make the most of the telephoto lens.
Tamron 75-300mm f/4-5.6 LD Macro AF User Reviews
8 out of 10 points and recommended by johnkeats (7 reviews)Extremely versatile, Great macroFocus can hunt at extreme telephoto
This is a very useful lens for a great price. The autofocus is a bit noisy, and it can hunt at extreme telephoto, but it really is quite dependable and the image quality is fine.reviewed November 24th, 2006 (purchased for $130)
8 out of 10 points and recommended by cootertwo (2 reviews)Sturdy build, nice feelnone
I'm a newbee to digital SLR's, and have a Pentax ist DL that came with the Pentax 18-55 kit lens. I got a deal on this Tamron lens off of Ebay, and after going back and forth between it and the kit lens, I prefer to keep this Tamron lens on the camera. Besides it's tele capabilities, I'm getting better image quality than the Pentax kit lens.reviewed December 31st, 2005 (purchased for $70)