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Lens review

Tamron 70-210 mm f/4 Di VC USD

7 June 2018
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary



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Pros:

  • solid and sealed casing,
  • excellent image quality in the frame centre,
  • very good image quality on the edge of APS-C,
  • sensible image quality on the edge of full frame,
  • moderate longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • low distortion,
  • sensibly corrected astigmatism,
  • nice out-of-focus areas,
  • slight vignetting,
  • silent and more or less accurate autofocus,
  • efficient image stabilization,
  • good price quality ratio,
  • 5-year warranty period.

Cons:

  • lack of autofocus limiter,
  • lateral chromatic aberration corrected less efficiently than in the case of the rivals,
  • too weak performance against bright light,
  • modest standard accessory kit, worse than the one offered by brand name rivals.
Out of all lenses with similar parameters tested by us the Tamron 70–210 mm f/4 Di VC USD has fared the best so far. Even its strongest competitor, the Nikkor AF-S 70–200 mm f/4.0G ED VR, had to admit its defeat. That victory is even more impressive when you take into account the fact that the price of the Tamron is almost two times lower than the price of the Nikkor.

The performance against bright light seems to be the most serious flaw of the tested lens. In order to defend it a bit I can only say that it was a category in which none of the rival lenses managed to perform well. In fact we have seen far weaker performances than that of the Tamron.

The summary can be only positive – you get a lens optically better than the products of Nikon or Canon and it is also noticeably cheaper.