Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 DI LD (IF) Macro, Fast AF Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon EOS - USA Warranty

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About Tamron 70-200mm

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 Low light, Sports/action, Weddings, Wildlife photos and more.The Tamron 70-200mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast 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, Lightweight, Rugged and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (65),Strong construction (59),Consistent output (54),Durable (48),Rugged (41),Easily interchangeable (38),Nice bokeh (37),Lightweight (9)
Heavy (35),Slow focus (15),Blurry focus (6)
Best Uses:
Sports/action (55),Low light (41),Weddings (40),Wildlife photos (40),Landscape/scenery (25),Night photography (25),General purpose (12),Macro photography (10),Portraits (10),Wildlife (8),Landscape photography (7),Video (5) Upgrade (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (26),Semi-pro photographer (21),Pro photographer (14),Enthusiast (11),Casual photographer (4),Professional (4),Semi-professional (4)

Tamron 70-200mm Features

  • Fast Tele Zoom . . .
  • Dual Format (full size and APS-C size)
  • Ultra Telephoto Capability to 310mm* with f/2.8 aperture
  • Remarkably Lightweight
  • Best MFD on the market (37.4")
  • Best Macro Magnification Ratio (1:3.1 ) in Class
  • AF/MF Switchover Mechanism for Enhanced Functionality
  • Removable Lightweight Tripod Holder
  • Flower-shaped Lens Hood and Case Included
  • 77mm Filter size
  • Available for Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony cameras
  • Tamron Six-Year Warranty
  • (*on an APS-C DSLR, Tamron uses 1.55X as an average)

Tamron 70-200mm Specifications

Minimum Focusing Distance:
37.4" (.95m) throught the range
Focal length:
Objective lens diameter:
Maximum Diameter Ø3.5 in. (Ø89.5mm)
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Angle of View
Diagonal Angle of View 34 deg 21' to 12 deg 21'
Lens Construction
18 elements /13 groups
Maximum Magnification Ratio
1:3.1 (at f=200mm)
Filter Diameter
Overall Length
7.6 in (194.3mm)*appx
Diaphragm Blades
9 blades
Standard Accessory
Flower-shaped Lens Hood and Case Included
Compatible Mount
Canon EOS
Tamron Six Year Warranty
40.6oz. (without tripod holder)

Tamron 70-200mm Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


I would buy this product again and again

Very good for portraits, beautiful background. Rapid enough focus, very sharp even at a large diaphragm.


Most Liked Negative Review


Great Lens, slow auto focus

Tamron has once again created an excellent lens in the 70-200 2.8 range, something they did not have for quite some time. The image quality is superb with this lens and in many ways equal to the 70-200 L lenses that I have owned in the past. Where this lens fails is the focusing speed which is woefully inadequate for a 70-200 2.8. In this range you do need a lens that will focus fast in low light and not just good light. It is now time for Tamron to develop some type of ultrasonic motor, not ...

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Tamron has once again created an excellent lens in the 70-200 2.8 range, something they did not have for quite some time. The image quality is superb with this lens and in many ways equal to the 70-200 L lenses that I have owned in the past. Where this lens fails is the focusing speed which is woefully inadequate for a 70-200 2.8. In this range you do need a lens that will focus fast in low light and not just good light. It is now time for Tamron to develop some type of ultrasonic motor, not just for faster focusing, but for quieter focusing as well. This is my only nitpick with this lens and my cons are only valid in limited situations, because most of my work is in the studio or pretty good light. All in all the build and image quality of this lens does make it a great value.

Reviewed by 90 customers


Amazing lens, amazing price


from New Orleans, LA  -  Pro Photographer

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.


Love this Lens


from Caldwell, ID  -  Pro Photographer

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!


Great value w/ 6 year warranty


from Florida  -  Semi-pro Photographer

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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)




from india  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I am using this lens for wedding and some events, Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 VC in low light is working very great

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Equal to Canon Image Quality


from Little Rock, AR  -  Pro Photographer

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!


Love this lens!


from GA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Photographing birds in my yard. Crystal clear images! Only con...is heavy


This lens ROCKS!!!


from Santa Clara, UT  -  Semi-pro Photographer

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!!!


Great lens


from Macon, GA  -  Pro Photographer

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.


Awesome lens!


from Phoenix, AZ  -  Photo Enthusiast

After months of deliberation between this lens and the two Nikons (f/2.8 and f/4), I finally pulled the trigger on this one. Could not afford the Nikon f/2.8, and this lens got greatr reviews. Couldn't be happier with this lens! Super, super sharp, good accurate AF, build quality feels very good, and the VC works great.


First fast lens


from Golden, CO  -  Casual Photographer

It was a used purchase, but I couldn't tell it isn't new. I'm still learning a lot, but this made it much easier to get good, indoor basketball pictures with the right combination of ISO given a 2.8 aperature. It doesn't focus as I think it should, but an on/off of the camera seems to correct everything. I wish I had splurged for an AV model, but I'll get used to it for a price of about $550.


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Shopper  This lens is compatible with Canon EOS Rebel 1100D (T3)?
TOM V  I do not have that camera. I have the 5D mark III. The mount is standard EF lens type so all EF compatable systems will work with it
Shopper  will this lens fit a sony a330 camera?
MICHAEL M  If the lens has a Sony DSLR mount it should fit. But make sure it has the Sony DSLR mount. Adorama ought to be able to tell you if it has this mount.
Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
MIKE J  It's great zoom range, fast at 2.8 for low light indoors, light, tripod collar if needed. Good value! Images sharp!
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