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Tamron SP 70-200 mm f/2.8 Di VC USD

Manufacturer Tamron
Model SP 70-200 mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
Lens style Telephoto zoom
Focal length 70 - 200 mm
Maximum aperture f/2.8
Angle of view 34.3 - 12.3 o
Closest focusing distance 1.3 m
Maximum magnification 1:8
Minimum aperture 32
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Auto focus type USD
Lens Construction 23 elements / 17 groups
Filter diameter 77 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Canon EF
Nikon F
Sony A / Minolta
Dimensions 196.7 x 85.8 mm
Weight 1470 g
Additional information One special XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) glass
four LD (Low Dispersion) elements
Average rating (4 owners reviews)
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4.75 Good
Owners reviews (4)
  1. Roger Hein
    Roger Hein 4 November 2016, 23:24
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    IP 108.87.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 1200
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: Not any, just a bit heavy

    Pros: Extremely sharp, well built

    Summary: Best lens in my bag for any headshots or telephoto use for sports or wildlife.

  2. khooby
    khooby 27 May 2016, 13:18
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    IP 203.127.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: ~2000 SGD
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: biggest con is the AF microadjustment- the 135mm FL requires calibration in the opposite direction vs the 70 and 200mm FL, and even the 70 and 200mm FL optimal calibration values are different- albeit not by much. This creates a bit of a conundrum- sacrifice everything else to achieve maximal image quality at 135mm (which is where this lens is strongest), or go for an in-between compromise? I went for the latter because I use all 3 FLs regularly, and it's good enough for >90% of use but for really critical applications I will switch to CDAF in LV. Otherwise, AF speed and accuracy aren't quite up to the Nikon 70-200 f2.8, but that's to be expected. The difference is mostly negligible for those who aren't regular sports shooters. High vignetting at f/2.8. Less sharp at 70mm and 200mm than CaNikon equivalents. To be expected, and a moot point for some since the performance at 135mm is gold-standard.

    Pros: Build quality is excellent. Sealing has been tested up to 30 minutes in a tropical downpour- VC motor failed for about 1 hr after that but regained normal function after drying. The hood in particular is much better than the Nikon hood. Lighter than the CaNikon equivalents. Supposedly better transmission than the Canon 70-200 f/2.8? Excellent optical quality at 135mm. The VC is okay.

    Summary: A good cost/quality trade-off for someone who doesn't need world-class AF and is looking to spend less money for a workhorse telephoto zoom.

  3. Steve
    Steve 3 May 2015, 13:13
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    IP 173.75.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: 1000
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Sharp images Good low light performance Stabilized lens (vibration compensation) Price

    Pros: No case

    Summary: Great lens that compares very favorably with OEM versions. I get very nice portrait shots with peasing background blur. I use it for indoor plays and concerts with great results.

  4. skorpios
    skorpios 7 March 2014, 11:49
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    IP 62.1.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: A bit slower AF than Nikkor f/2.8

    Pros: Superb sharpness, IQ, VFM

    Summary: Best telephoto VFM choice!

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