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, making them a real challenge for handheld, low-light, or even max focal length shooting.
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. Weather-sealing around the bayonet makes this lens a good choice for outdoor photography and the ultrasonic motor (USD) provides fast and silent autofocus.
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. Thus I got a second copy of this lens to find out whether these problems were a one-off and could be written off to coincidence.
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.
Excerpt: While the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens is not Tamron's first 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, it is their first version to include vibration control. VC alone is a great upgrade feature, but the upgraded image quality in this lens is also big bonus. This lens 70-200 VC overall great image quality and good performance at a moderate price.
Excerpt: Every producer of optical devices for reflex cameras tries to have in their line-up a journalistic 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens. As the image stabilization comes in very handy in that range of focal lengths already in 2001 Canon presented that type of lens equipped with a stabilization mechanism.
Summary: Buy this lens : - As a fast zoom lens for subjects that require longer focal lengths. - If you want high resolution for much of the aperture range at all focal lengths. - For fast and quiet autofocusing and smooth zooming which recording movies. Don’t buy this lens : - As a copying lens. - For macro shots in low light levels. - If you can't handle the almost 1.5 kg weight.