Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Zoom Lens for Nikon DSLR - USA 6 Year Warranty

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About Tamron 70-200mm



The Tamron 70-200mm is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Low light, Night photography, Sports/action, Weddings, Wildlife photos and more.The Tamron 70-200mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, 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

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (66),Strong construction (60),Consistent output (55),Durable (49),Rugged (41),Easily interchangeable (39),Nice bokeh (38),Lightweight (9)
Cons:
Heavy (35),Slow focus (15),Blurry focus (6)
Best Uses:
Sports/action (56),Low light (42),Weddings (41),Wildlife photos (41),Night photography (26),Landscape/scenery (25),General purpose (12),Macro photography (11),Portraits (10),Wildlife (8),Landscape photography (7),Video (5) Upgrade (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (27),Semi-pro photographer (21),Pro photographer (14),Enthusiast (11),Casual photographer (4),Professional (4),Semi-professional (4)

Tamron 70-200mm 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 Specifications

Construction
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
2.8-32
Closest Focusing Distance
51.2"
Maximum Magnification
1:8 (at f=200mm: MFD 51.2")
Diaphragm Blades
9 (rounded diaphragm)
Filter Size
77mm
Overall Length
7.4"
Weight
51.9 oz.

Tamron 70-200mm Reviews

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4.5

(based on 91 reviews)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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    (54)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (28)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome Lense

I just purchased a Nikon d600 with the "kit" 10-70 VR, so I needed a 70-200 lens. I did a lot of research and thought I might be able to get away with a non VR, or VC lens and purchased a used 70-200 2.8, one of the old Sigma lenses. This lens did not work out because the focus system on the d600 is so incredible, the lens was slow and loud, it just felt a little clunky. I don't have 2.5k to spend on a lens, so after reading a lot of good things about this lens I took a shot and oh man is thi...

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I just purchased a Nikon d600 with the "kit" 10-70 VR, so I needed a 70-200 lens. I did a lot of research and thought I might be able to get away with a non VR, or VC lens and purchased a used 70-200 2.8, one of the old Sigma lenses. This lens did not work out because the focus system on the d600 is so incredible, the lens was slow and loud, it just felt a little clunky. I don't have 2.5k to spend on a lens, so after reading a lot of good things about this lens I took a shot and oh man is this thing NICE! It's fast, quiet, smooth as silk and SHARP! I slapped it onto my d600, opened it up to 2.8 and took a shot of my cat just sitting there, it was awesome! For the price as well as the $100.00 rebate until the end of September, I don't know how you could pass on this lens. It's built like a tank and does everything I need for about $1300 bucks it can't be beat.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

DOES NOT WORK WITH ANY TELE-CONVERTER

Copy and Pasted from Tamron Site: Teleconverter Service Updates May 2011 1. The image quality of your lens when used with the teleconverter: It is natural for the image quality to deteriorate when using a teleconverter since the lens becomes darker due to aperture loss: one F-stop (with 1.4X) or two F-stop (with 2X). 2. Hunting in AF mode: Depending on the shooting conditions, the Auto Focus may hunt. In that case, please use MF (manual) mode. 3. When used on Digital SLR cameras: This telec...

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Copy and Pasted from Tamron Site: Teleconverter Service Updates May 2011 1. The image quality of your lens when used with the teleconverter: It is natural for the image quality to deteriorate when using a teleconverter since the lens becomes darker due to aperture loss: one F-stop (with 1.4X) or two F-stop (with 2X). 2. Hunting in AF mode: Depending on the shooting conditions, the Auto Focus may hunt. In that case, please use MF (manual) mode. 3. When used on Digital SLR cameras: This teleconverter is not designed for digital use. We do not guarantee its performance when used on Digital SLR cameras. 4. When using the teleconveter, it maybe difficult to achieve focus using AF because the depth of field becomes shallow. If this occurs, focus manually. 5. If used with a variable F-number zoom lens (e.g. 2.8-3.5), AF may not operate at the telephoto side. If this occurs, focus manually. Use manual focus for macro lenses 272E SP 90mm F/2.8 Di 1:1 Macro B01 SP 180mm F/3.5 Di 1:1 Macro

Reviewed by 91 customers

 
5.0

Excellent lens

By

from Dallas, TX  -  Photo Enthusiast

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

 
4.0

Amazing lens, amazing price

By

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.

 
5.0

Love this Lens

By

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!

 
4.0

Great value w/ 6 year warranty

By

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)

 
5.0

Excellent.....!

By

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)

 
5.0

Equal to Canon Image Quality

By

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!

 
5.0

Love this lens!

By

from GA  -  Photo Enthusiast

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

 
5.0

This lens ROCKS!!!

By

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!!!

 
5.0

Great lens

By

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.

 
5.0

Awesome lens!

By

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.

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Shopper  Does this lens work for a Nikon D5200?
CHRIS B  I would imagine it would. I have the 7100 and it works awesome on it.
William L  is there a suggested lens case for this?
KENNETH R  I have not found one that fits the collar and tripod bracket. I found a leather video camera bag at Best Buy that works nicely.
Shopper  This lens will work on both dx and fx? crop and full frame? I currently have a d3100 and am wanting to uprgrade to a full frame nikon camera, will it work on both thanks
VARTUL S  Yes. This will work on both DX and FX bodies.
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