Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens: A Fast Zoom For Full-Frame D-SLRs
27 June 2014
Excerpt: The 70-200mm focal length has been the standard tele-zoom choice for many years, offering near normal to a good tele range that suits many practical purposes. Yet, quite a few stock-in-trade 70-200mm lenses had been slow or lost significant aperture as soon as you left the shortest zoom setting,...
Excerpt: This fast F2.8 telephoto zoom lens for full-frame SLRs delivers very good image quality and remarkably consistent resolution. The VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabiliser effectively compensates for camera shake in the Canon and Nikon versions of the lens.
Excerpt: The Tamron SP 70-200MM F/2.8 DI VC USD , ( compare prices ) ( review ) is a new lens from Tamron. There is also a 70-200/2.8 USD lens (without stabilization), but the new lens isn’t just the old lens with VC added.
REVIEW: Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Review
21 July 2013
Excerpt: Handling and features This brand new lens from Tamron covers the ever-popular 70-200mm range with a fast constant aperture of f/2.8. It is one of Tamron's 'SP' lenses, which denotes that it should be able to produce professional quality results and it sports moisture sealed construction.
Summary: Testing the Tamron SP 70-200/2.8 VC left me with mixed feelings. It looks like a respectable design delivering very good to excellent performance in many cases, but my first sample suffered from some glitches.
Pros: Good overall performance, with caveats., Image stabilization., Build quality., Weather sealing., Quiet, fast, and reliable AF operation.
Cons: Pretty high price., Unreliable image stabilization., Weak performance at 200mm f2.8.
Excerpt: Among pros, image-stabilized 70–200mm f/2.8 full-frame zooms have become must-own glass. They’re in Canon ($2,499, street), Nikon ($2,397), Sigma ($1,399), and now Tamron’s catalogs ($1,499), and we see them at weddings, sporting events, in portrait studios, and in backpacks.
Conclusion: The wide f/2.8 aperture and built-in image stabilisation make this lens one to consider if you regularly shoot in low-light conditions, and it's significantly cheaper than equivalent rivals from Canon, Nikon and Sony.