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Tamron SP AF 70-200 mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO

29 July 2009
Arkadiusz Olech

5. Chromatic aberration

In this category, we can’t complain either. At all focal lengths and for the most often used apertures from the range of f/2.8-5.6 the aberration level is less than 0.1% so small or average at the most. In the range of 70-135 mm the aberration will not bother us even on significant stopping down.

At 200 mm focal length, though, especially when using wide apertures, we will have the aberration above the 0.12% level. The worst situation is when you work with a converter- on significant stopping down the aberration level will be high.

Tamron SP AF 70-200 mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO - Chromatic aberration

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When you compare this performance with that of the Tamron’s rivals, you see that it was not so bad. Sigma showed similar trends but in its case, the aberration increased quicker on stopping down. Both Canons had some problems when cooperating with a converter but without it they worked a tad better than the Tamron.

Tamron SP AF 70-200 mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO - Chromatic aberration