Lens review

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

Tamron SP AF 70-200 mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO
29 July 2009
Arkadiusz Olech

1. Introduction

Originally posted 2008-07-10 on Optyczne.pl

As we’ve written recently in the commentary on the Sigma 70-200 mm f/2.8 II EX APO DG MACRO HSM test, good times have come for anybody who wants to buy a 70-200 mm f/2.8 class lens. A bit more than a year ago, we would have a limited choice between very expensive L-s, Nikkors or Sonys and the cheapest lens found on the market was a Sigma I version, which price could reach as much as 3500 zl (about 1000 USD).

The situation has ameliorated significantly nowadays. Following lower dollar/zloty rates, these expensive instruments got significantly cheaper. There is also more competition because the marked re-entered Sigma, launching a new II version of the 70-200 mm model. Finally, the Tamron SP AF 70-200 mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO was launched on the market, the cheapest in its class. Because of such a low price ( you can buy it for as much as 2300 zl i.e. about 700 USD) it became an object of great interest and excitement, especially that, with such good lenses as a 17-50 mm f/2.8, 28-75 mm f/2.8 or 2.8/90 Macro Tamron has proved that it is a company able to produce a very good, fast instrument, which fare often better than their brand-name rivals.

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That fact additionally spurred our interest and curiosity about what the Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 can show us; our impressions and reflections you can find in the next chapters. Enjoy!

The Fotozakupy.pl shop was kind enough to lend us the lens for our tests.

Information about our review method can be read in our article “How do we test lenses?"

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