While overall dimensions are confined to the absolute minimum, the new SP AF70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO zoom lens is packed with features that allow stress-free photography: a versatile MFD of just 37.4" over the entire zoom range; best-in-class maximum macro magnification ratio of 1:3.1 at f=200mm; and an advantageous internal focusing (IF) system.
The new tele-zoom lens covers a desirable focal length range of 70mm medium telephoto to 200mm telephoto when mounted on full-size format SLR cameras and a focal length range from 109mm to 310mm* ultra telephoto when mounted on a DSLR camera with an APS-C sized imager.
(*Tamron uses an approx. of 1.55X)
The Tamron 70-200mm is commonly used for General purpose, Low light, Macro photography, Night photography, Sports/action, Weddings, Wildlife photos and more.The Tamron 70-200mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Pro photographer, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Tamron 70-200mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Tamron 70-200mm: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction
Most Liked Positive Review
I've had this lens for about two months now. I had always wanted a 70-200 f2.8 lens, and Tamron finally made one sharp enough and affordable for a hobbyist. It is a little slow to autofocus, but very usable for portraits and the occasional shorts shooter.I am very pleased with the sharpness at f2.8, but by f4, its crazy sharp.
Most Liked Negative Review
This lens has some issues
I have used Tamron for years and this is the first one that has let me down. This lens is very slow to focus and you can hear it hunting for the target over and over. When it does focus I have found that it is not always accurate. Tamron missed the mark on this lens. However as I said this is the first Tamron ever that has been less than perfect.
Reviewed by 92 customers
I have use this in Landscape, and plan on using this in events, sports,wedding, etc.. I like the easy way to go from manuel to auto focusing, the fast recovery. All in all it's a good lense and good price for me.
good for portraits, nice "bokeh". fast focus and delivers sharp pictures.
SUMMARY In addition to this lens, I have owned the Nikon 80-200mm f2.8 ED, the Nikon 80-200mm f2.8 AF-s, the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VR, and have used the Sigma f2.8 EX. This lens is on-par for sharpness with the Nikkor glass, and far better than the Sigma, which is a mess in terms of aberration and distortion at the extremes. I prefer it to all of the other lenses, including the Nikon VR. I got mine for about $400 used-if you shoot weddings or events, this is a must-have piece of glass. PROS Optical quality - Comparable to the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VR Ease of use - the push/pull manual focus function is wonderful, with live view and this lenses ability to close focus, I rarely pull out my macro lens for anything but ring shots at a wedding, or if I find a weird insect or something. Price - Pretty obvious, here. Yes, you give up VR, but when shooting people, I am generally keeping my shutter speed above 1/160 anyhow. Anything else, I'm on a tripod. I'd love the VC version, but I can't justify the expense. 77mm filters Included tripod collar Included petal hood that works very well CONS Weight - Can't do much about this for a 3x f2.8 zoom with a lot of glass inside. Get a Black Rapid or similar strap and carry by the tripod collar! Autofocus performance - Tends to hunt in low light, slower than the Nikons, but better than the Sigma. Autofocus - Doesn't always nail focus, especially has trouble with eyes on a full-length subject. When it nails it, it's magic. I just have to be vigilant.
I love this lens! I have also have the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC Zoom Lens and I love it too. Great lens for a great price. I use both my lens on my Canon Mark 5d III without any problems at all. The VC works wonderfully and the low light abilities are great!
I have other Tamron lenses for Nikon so I thought I would try this one as an alternative to an OEM lens. You get your monies worth and a 6 year warranty. Although it doesn't come with a soft case, it fits mounted to my D7100 in both my Kata and Click backpacks (lens hood turned backwards). Attached is one of the first pictures I took w/ a polarized filter. I'm fairly fit, so the weight isn't a problem however, I could see where it would get heavy shooting for a few hours without a mono or tripod.
I am using this lens for wedding and some events, Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 VC in low light is working very great
I photograph historic sites for my job and needed a lens that would allow me to shoot indoors where flash and tripods are not allowed. I've rented Canon's 70-200 f/2.8 IS and it's certainly a great lens, but a little outside my budget. I tried the Tamron version and I cannot see any difference in performance and image quality. The VC is astonishing! Hand-held the VC easily gains four stops and is perfect for indoor, low light situations. It's easily held, looks great, and captures incredible colors. Highly recommended!
Photographing birds in my yard. Crystal clear images! Only con...is heavy
I am so pleasantly surprised that this lens is so great! I've only had a chance to do two photo shoots with it, but it easily competes with it's Canon counterpart for $1000 less. I'm thrilled!!!
This is a solid lens. As a 24-105 owner I was hoping the range diffrence will be significant but it's alright. It's still worth it though. The 2.8 and VC feature is crucial for certain shots especially that involves movement.