Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon EOS - USA 6 Year Warranty


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About Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 DI USD

The Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 DI USD is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Low light, Night photography, Sports/action, Weddings, Wildlife photos and more.The Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 DI USD is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Semi-pro photographer among others.The Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 DI USD is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 DI USD: Consistent output, Durable, 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 f/2.8 DI USD Features

  • High-speed telephoto zoom with built-in image stabilization (VC Vibration Compensation)
  • The most compact lens in its class
  • Fast F/2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range
  • Delivers leading-edge image quality with 1 XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) glass and 4 LD elements
  • New VC anti-shake mechanism with 4-stop advantage
  • USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) powers a speedy AF drive together with continuous manual focus control (Full-Time Manual/FTM)
  • Full time manual focus (FTM) for fine-focus adjustments without the need to change focus modes on camera or lens
  • Moisture-resistant construction helps prevent water from penetrating the lens
  • A rounded diaphragm retains a nearly circular shape even at two stops down from its fully open F/2.8 aperture for beautiful bokeh

Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 DI USD Specifications

17 Groups/ 23 Elements
Angle of view
34°21' ?12°21' (for full frame 35mm format cameras)
22°33' ?7°59' (for APS-C format cameras)
F stop range
Closest Focusing Distance
Maximum Magnification
1:8 (at f=200mm: MFD 51.2")
Diaphragm Blades
9 (rounded diaphragm)
Filter Size
Overall Length
51.9 oz.
Mfr #

Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 DI USD Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


Excellent competitor/ canon70-200 IS II

I shoot mostly weddings and portraiture, and I have a bad habit of renting the best lenses in each class. My first venture into a 70-200 was with the NON IS f/4 version that a friend owns. It's excellent, and after using it at a wedding, I decided I could not shoot another without this type of zoom. I then began renting the canon 70-200 2.8 IS II which is just plain amazing..I never need to stop it down and just leave it at f2.8, and wide open it's super sharp and renders everything beautiful...

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I shoot mostly weddings and portraiture, and I have a bad habit of renting the best lenses in each class. My first venture into a 70-200 was with the NON IS f/4 version that a friend owns. It's excellent, and after using it at a wedding, I decided I could not shoot another without this type of zoom. I then began renting the canon 70-200 2.8 IS II which is just plain amazing..I never need to stop it down and just leave it at f2.8, and wide open it's super sharp and renders everything beautifully. Renting that lens is costly and so I've set out to buy something in this range. After a few great experiences with tamron's lenses I decided to grab this one. It is excellent. For what this lens costs new, the only other canon option with IS is the older 70-200 2.8 IS or the sigma, neither of which touch the image quality of the tamron (or new canon). Many people are still satisfied with the old canon, but as I've mentioned above, I have a habit of trying the best of the best first, which makes anything less seem than appealing. The tamron is sharp (nearly as sharp as the canon 70-200 2.8 is ii and much sharper than previous version), the colors are great, and the VC in my opinion is BETTER than canon's 70-200 2.8 is ii. I have been able to get sharp images at 200mm and 1/8th hand held. This is the best stabilization I've ever used hands down. The build quality is nearly identical to the canon counterparts. Focus is spot on with this lens, as it is with other tamron lenses I've tried (28--75 and 24-70 vc). The only downside to this lens that I've found so far is that it's really about 186mm, and not 200, so it is a little bit shorter than other 70-200's I've used. Over all, it's almost as good as canon's 70-200 2.8 is ii, and for $700 less + 6 year warranty, I absolutely recommend it.

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.

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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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andrew d  Will this lens work on the 70D? I have read that it might not due to the focusing sensor.
LUIS A. O  wow i dont know honestly ... i use it for my 5d mark iii and my 7d and it works just fine.. love the lense...it is a bit slow in dark situations but none the less a great lens for the money
Judy B  Does this lens have auto and manual focus?
MICAELA S  Yes, this lens has both automatic and manual focus. It's a great fast lens.
Shopper  I have a Canon EOS Rebel XTI and wondering if this lens will work with this camera?
LAWENCE D  The lens uses the EF mount for EOS cameras. By the way I have been shooting for 8 months now and can attest to it's exceptional quality. I prefer it to my Tamron 24-70 f2 vc. The VC is amazing! Tack sharp for portrait!
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