Reviews and Problems with Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro
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Tamron SP AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro Review
What Digital Camera
25 February 2013
Summary: Overall, this is the sort of lens that you are likely either to love or hate. It lacks image stabilisation and its AF system is less sophisticated than its peers’ but it has a distinctive, friendly feel.
Tamron’s SP AF70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro; A Digitally Optimized, Wide Aperture Pro-Grade Zoom With Close-Focusing Ability
1 November 2008
Excerpt: Because of the increasing number of D-SLRs with full-frame sensors, Tamron is upgrading several of their multi-platform lenses to the Digitally Integrated standard. The most recent model, the 70-200mm f/2.8 Di, is optimized for D-SLRs regardless of the sensor size but also provides outstanding...
Conclusion: The SP AF 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro is certainly a very creditable effort by Tamron to produce a high quality, yet affordable fast telephoto zoom. Indeed if we look solely at the studio optical tests, it is a resounding success, as the technical quality of the images this lens can produce is...
Pros: Excellent optical quality, Very good macro capability, Relatively lightweight for its class, but still generally solid build, Low price
Cons: Slow and noisy autofocus motor, Somewhat clunky manual focus switchover mechanism, Tendency towards slight misfocusing (at least in Canon mount)
Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 SP Di LD [IF] macro - Full Format Review / Lab Test
28 January 2011
Conclusion: The Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 SP Di LD [IF] macro showed a very good performance during our APS-C format tests and it is only slightly worse in the full format scope. The center performance is very good at f/2.8 and excellent at medium aperture settings.
Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 SP Di LD [IF] macro - APS-C Review / Lab Test
27 January 2011
Conclusion: The Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 SP LD Di [IF] macro (*gasp*) is a very capable lens when used on an APS-C DSLR. It provides a very harmonious performance throughout the zoom range. The center quality is generally very high followed by very good borders.
Conclusion: At Â£599 the Tamron is very affordable, so if you're on a tight budget this will be the easiest route into owning a 70-200mm lens. Under test chart conditions it wasn't the sharpest, but in the field produced acceptable results.