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

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Manufacturer Tamron
Model SP AF 70-200 mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO
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 0.95 m
Maximum magnification 1:3.1
Minimum aperture 32
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Auto focus type
Lens Construction 18 elements / 13 groups
Filter diameter 77 mm
Macro Yes
Available mounts Canon EF
Nikon F
Sony A / Minolta
Pentax K
Dimensions 89.5 x 194.3 mm
Weight 1150 g
Additional information Flower-shaped Lens Hood, 3 LD elements
Average rating (13 owners reviews)
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4.51 Good
Owners reviews (13)
  1. kiwi.jono
    kiwi.jono 15 July 2015, 04:16
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    IP 116.90.x.x
    Owner since:
    Price: 570
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: A poor lens for manual focus because: a. You have engage manual with lens clutch AND camera b. Manual focus is much too sensitive (small travel) for focus with any accuracy AF does not work properly in Live View.

    Pros: Fantastic IQ even wide open - to my surprise its as sharp as my primes. On Pentax viewfinder (PD) AF is fast and accurate. Build pretty good (but not Limited lens quality). Quite a reasonable weight for a lens in this class

    Summary: Apart from manual focus (see Cons) I love this lens. It stacks up incredibly well against my primes. It seems like a marriage made in heaven for Pentax bodies where AF is fast and accurate (possibly more powerful AF motor?). However a quirk for many Pentax copies is that AF does not always work in Live View which does not worry me given that PD works so well.

  2. V
    V 13 July 2015, 22:01
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    IP 78.51.x.x
    Owner since: 4 years
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    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Autofocus: This lens have poor AF. Forget weddings or sports. Clutch Pull mechanism will throw your composition off when mounted on a tripod. Build Quality: Well buillt but I killed the already slow AF system and craked the front element. Image Stabalization: This system is useful on this focal length which isn't on here.

    Pros: Vallue: This was what I could afford at the time and gave me beautiful images. Optical Quality: This lens produce beautiful image quality wide open.

    Summary: Great lens for anyone shooting in a studio who want great image quality for cheap. The resolution on this lens is outstanding for what your paying. Great for portrait photography and lighter than the other 70-200 focal lengths.

  3. Mirko Capuano Fotografia
    Mirko Capuano Fotografia 8 September 2013, 10:48
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    IP 151.75.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 600
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: Nervous bokeh, heinous mechanical vignetting on FX. Heavy and not so confortable to take for a long time (but this is a common issue of 70-200 2.8 lenses, anyway..) Poor AF performance in low-light scenarios. Lack of stabilization.

    Pros: Excellent sharpness at f/2.8 from 70 to 135mm, excellent sharpness on all focal range at f/4. Surprisingly good construction for the price paid.

    Summary: Good lens for newbies who want approach 70-200 2.8 lenses, but it's performance is far from genuine Canon-Nikon lenses.

  4. Johnny van Graan
    Johnny van Graan 11 October 2012, 22:39
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    IP 41.56.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
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    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Low-light performance is not always on par with some of its competitors such as the Sony G lens.

    Pros: Excellent value for money. The lens is sharp across a wide range - from f3.5 to f18, with its best performance on both SLT A-77 and A-580 at f8 to f11. It also works very nicely when used in a manual focus configuration.

    Summary: Highly recommended - and by comparison to the Sony G lens, much better value for money. Very rigid construction and almost 0 barrel distortion. Gives excellent results with almost any filter system ( I use Lee).

  5. Mirko Capuano
    Mirko Capuano 25 September 2012, 18:03
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    IP 151.75.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
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    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Nervous bokeh from 135 to 200mm, AF tends to be slower and/or inaccurate in low light scenes, vignetting at 200mm f/2.8

    Pros: nice construction, fantastic Q/P ratio, excellent resolution at f/2.8 in 70-135mm range. It's recommendend to stop at f/4 when using at 200mm.

    Summary: Full frame camera Nikon D700

  6. SMHM
    SMHM 25 September 2012, 02:11
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    IP 95.93.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 648
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Some kind of AF slower...

    Pros: Price, optics

    Summary: I think this is a big lense for the price...2,8...70-200 and just like i use the sony A77 a can't use the 1,4 and 2 magnify...to get...600mm

  7. Max
    Max 14 November 2011, 21:37
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    IP 180.74.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 700 USD
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: slow AF unless in bright light. a little noisy too. AF is hunting in low light

    Pros: excellent IQ with pro results. solid build quality even w/out sealing.

    Summary: bad for fast moving subjects. excellent for portraits.

  8. Choque
    Choque 7 September 2011, 15:40
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    IP 60.50.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: RM1450 / 8
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Slow & Noisy AF, hunting AF, AF is a pain in the neck from moderate to low light.

    Pros: sharp throughout the focal length from f4 and f5.6. decent macro capability. good built quality. nice bokeh. low distortion.

    Summary: excellent for portrait, bad for sports or fast moving subjects due to the slow AF. a good rival for canon 70-200 L lenses in term of sharpness.

  9. tom
    tom 9 July 2011, 02:43
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    IP 199.223.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 769
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: sometimes hunts for focus

    Pros: Harp from center to edges

    Summary: I made the right buy. Very pleased with this lens

  10. taurui
    taurui 19 April 2011, 15:02
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    IP 87.148.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 620€
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Noisy AF, sometimes annoying AF "hunting", not tack sharp @ 200/2.8.

    Pros: Great optical quality from 70-180mm, feels well built, not as heavy as competitors, decent macro capabilities

    Summary: For everyone who can't afford the nikkor 70-200/2.8 VR or canon 70-200/2.8, this is your lens. Yes, the AF isn't the fastest, but this only matters in weak light when it can't lock on and hunts through the focus range. I've shot dogs and horses in motion and the servo AF is fast enough for that :)

  11. Michael Gordon
    Michael Gordon 13 November 2010, 19:48
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    IP 174.52.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: $800
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Focus hunting is annoying; but very easy to put into manual without taking your eye off the subject. Slight non-repeatability of aperture at high settings (f11 and up, 2 to 5 percent variation noticed frame to frame) which can complicate multi-shot segmented panoramas -- you just need to tweak the results OR use low aperture for better exposure repeatability.

    Pros: Excellent image quality on par with my Nikon 24-70mm f2.8, almost perfect image illumination with slight falloff wide open and wide angle (about 10 percent darkening). Beautiful bokeh; makes fabulous portraits. Corner illumination seems to actually be better than the Nikkor 70-200 f2.8.

    Summary: A delightful lens and the one I use most commonly after my Nikkor 24-70ff f2.8

  12. speter
    speter 27 July 2010, 02:17
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    IP 77.111.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: 630 EUR
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: AF for moving sibject is a hit or miss...; no sealings against dust

    Pros: excellent image quality even on max aparture; very good quality around minimum focus distance (0,95m!!!); focus distance;

    Summary: AF speed and sound is OK for me, not loud at all, but louder than USM etc... AF for static subject is precise, far better than Sigma i owned, very usable portrait lens IMHO... using it on D700

  13. drifit
    drifit 11 October 2009, 04:26
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    IP 202.73.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: USD850
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: slow and a bit noisy AF. lack of image stabilizer for low light and not moving subject photographing.

    Pros: excellent photos quality. sharp and contrast.

    Summary: AF is not as slow as snail. able to track subject movement. not as noisy as many do complain. paying at low price for new, i do not expect it to perform like EF70-200mm f/2.8 or AFS70-200mm f/2.8. but it does perform to the photo quality of the both. if you are professional sports photographer, you able to get the EF or AFS lens. other consider-to-buy 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, this the lens for you.

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