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

8 July 2013
Szymon Starczewski

9. Ghosting and flares


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The work against bright light is not the strong point of any 70-200 mm f/2.8 device. Currently such constructions include over 20 elements positioned in almost 20 groups; it gives you almost 40 air-to-glass surfaces to refract the light. What’s more, closed mechanical constructions with the inner focusing often feature a huge, front element, not covered by anything – as you can guess it doesn’t help either.

The Tamron is not an exception here and its performance against bright light is weak. There are moments when the sun is situated clearly outside the frame and you still catch light artifacts in photos (look at the third and the seventh photo below). Definitely we recommend attaching the hood, added in the box.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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