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Tamron 70-210 mm f/4 Di VC USD

7 June 2018
Arkadiusz Olech

8. Vignetting

First let’s glance at vignetting results when the lens cooperates with the smaller sensor of the Nikon D500. Appropriate thumbnails can be found below.

Nikon D500, 70 mm, f/4.0 Nikon D500, 70 mm, f/5.6
Tamron 70-210 mm f/4 Di VC USD - Vignetting Tamron 70-210 mm f/4 Di VC USD - Vignetting
Nikon D500, 135 mm, f/4.0 Nikon D500, 135 mm, f/5.6
Tamron 70-210 mm f/4 Di VC USD - Vignetting Tamron 70-210 mm f/4 Di VC USD - Vignetting
Nikon D500, 210 mm, f/4.0 Nikon D500, 210 mm, f/5.6
Tamron 70-210 mm f/4 Di VC USD - Vignetting Tamron 70-210 mm f/4 Di VC USD - Vignetting


There is practically no vignetting on that detector. At 70 mm and with the lens fully open the brightness loss in the corners reaches a symbolic value of 6% (−0.19 EV). After increasing the focal length to 135 mm it even decreases to 5% (−0.16 EV). The highest result, but still practically imperceptible, we saw at 210 mm where, by f/4.0 and f/5.6, we got respectively 13% (−0.40 EV) and 3% (−0.09 EV).


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Will the performance be equally good on full frame? Let’s try to assess it by glancing at thumbnails taken from photos shot with the Nikon D3x.

Nikon D3x, 70 mm, f/4.0 Nikon D3x, 70 mm, f/5.6
Tamron 70-210 mm f/4 Di VC USD - Vignetting Tamron 70-210 mm f/4 Di VC USD - Vignetting
Nikon D3x, 135 mm, f/4.0 Nikon D3x, 135 mm, f/5.6
Tamron 70-210 mm f/4 Di VC USD - Vignetting Tamron 70-210 mm f/4 Di VC USD - Vignetting
Nikon D3x, 210 mm, f/4.0 Nikon D3x, 210 mm, f/5.6
Tamron 70-210 mm f/4 Di VC USD - Vignetting Tamron 70-210 mm f/4 Di VC USD - Vignetting


The results are higher for obvious reasons but still the tested lens should be praised. At 70 mm and by f/4.0 the vignetting reaches 24% (−0.78 EV); then, on stopping down the aperture to f/5.6, it decreases to 11% (−0.34 EV).

At 135 mm focal length the situation is a bit better. At the maximum relative aperture we got 20% (−0.66 EV), and by f/5.6 our result was 9% (−0.26 EV).

At the maximum focal length you basically return to the 70 mm performance. By f/4.0 the vignetting is 24% (−0.78 EV) and it decreases to 10% (−0.30 EV) on stopping down the aperture to f/5.6.

The Tokina performed similarly well in this category and both lenses from independent producers fared better than the Nikkor.

Nikon D3x, 70 mm, f/4.0
Tamron 70-210 mm f/4 Di VC USD - Vignetting
Nikon D3x, 135 mm, f/4.0
Tamron 70-210 mm f/4 Di VC USD - Vignetting
Nikon D3x, 210 mm, f/4.0
Tamron 70-210 mm f/4 Di VC USD - Vignetting