Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 DI LD (IF) Macro, Fast AF Telephoto Zoom Lens for Maxxum & Sony Alpha Mount - 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 Landscape/scenery, Low light, Night photography, Sports/action, Wildlife, Wildlife photos and more.The Tamron 70-200mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a 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, Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (67),Strong construction (61),Consistent output (56),Durable (51),Rugged (42),Easily interchangeable (40),Nice bokeh (38),Lightweight (10)
Heavy (35),Slow focus (15),Blurry focus (6)
Best Uses:
Sports/action (57),Low light (42),Weddings (42),Wildlife photos (41),Night photography (27),Landscape/scenery (26),General purpose (12),Macro photography (11),Portraits (10),Wildlife (8),Landscape photography (7),Video (5) Upgrade (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (29),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
Sony / Maxxum
Tamron Six Year Warranty
40.6oz. (without tripod holder)
Mfr #

Tamron 70-200mm Reviews

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(based on 93 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Great Buy

For the price, this lens can't be beat. It is great for indoor sports photography because of it's constant f 2.8 Only thing is to make sure you get far enough away from the action because of the zoom starts at 70mm. If your right on the sideline you cannot get the whole player in easily. You should position yourself with the action coming towards you anyway for the best results. I'm still learning and cannot wait to use the lens to it's fullest potential. Great buy!

Reviewed by 93 customers


Great lens at a reasonable price


from Sequim WA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Read and watched lots of reviews and comparisons with the Canon 70-2002.8 IS II. Mostly said that the Tamron was about 95% as good. For me, the price was reasonable, and the savings over the Canon allowed me to buy a 70D (to replace my 60D)with the money saved. Is it perfect? Not exactly, but neither am I. Shot events with it wide open indoors at ISO 3200, and about 90+% keepers.


Tamron 70mm-200mm f/2.8 DI LD


from Columbia,TN  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.


Excellent lens


from Dallas, TX  -  Photo Enthusiast

good for portraits, nice "bokeh". fast focus and delivers sharp pictures.


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!!!


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Shopper  I am looking for a lens that will take great indoor action photos. I need something for basketball games and volleyball games. Does this lens do a good job with that?
ROY P  I have had the Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 lens for the past 2 1/2 years. I shoot many high school sports both indoors and out. Inside this lens is fine and does very well at stoping action. Each gym will be a new environment but if the gym has decent light this lens will work well. I hope you are good with manual settings, I have found that works the very best. Gymnastics and Volleyball you need to find the spot for the best view. Basketball is easy shoot from the endlines. Hope this helps, I know you will like the lens once you get the chance to take the first shots.
catherine h  is this compatible with the nikon d90?
THOM A  Tamron makes lenses that are compatible with all the major camera systems. Just specify the that you want it for a Nikon mount.
Shopper  Is it good for Sony A850? Full frame camera?
STEPHEN L  I used this on my A900 and it was fantastic. I got some great outdoor shots and some closeups on wildlife. Very sharp across the focal length. Zoom was a little slow but no complaints. They have the same lens with a faster AF available now.
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