REVIEW: Tamron SP AF70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro
27 January 2009
Excerpt: Optical expert Gary Wolstenholme gets to grips with Tamron's high speed telezoom. This Tamron costs around £620, which is a very competitive price for a constant F/2.8 telezoom such as this. The bright maximum aperture lends itself to shooting fast action, in low light, or for isolating your subject by using a wide aperture for shallow depth of field.
Pros: Good build quality, Excellent resolution between 70mm and 135mm, Good value for money, Supplied lens case is an excellent design
Cons: Falloff in resolution at 200mm, Torque reaction during focusing may be disturbing at first
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 superb throughout most of the range, matching or even outperforming the much more expensive Canon 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM.
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)
Excerpt: Overall, and especially for the price, I'm very pleased with the image quality of the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens. On the wide end (70mm), this lens is sharp wide open (f/2.8) across the entire 35mm frame. Stopping down only makes a small improvement in sharpness - reduced vignetting is the primary difference seen. By 100mm, the center is still sharp wide open, but corner softness is setting in due to a slightly curved plane of sharp focus.
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 2001
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 results with 35mm SLRs. This zoom has benefited from several improvements, including closer focusing...
Conclusion: If you expected that for the price of slightly above 2000 zl you can produce a better quality lens than its twice or even three times more expensive rivals, you can be sorely disappointed. Blame only yourself, because there are no miracles. There is, however, some harmony in the nature and we may say the harmony was also achieved in the case of this lens. In the 70-200 mm f/2.8 class you pay your money and you take your choice.
Cons: autofocus noisy and not very accurate,, the workmanship quality sometimes could have been better.
Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 SP Di LD [IF] macro - Full Format Review / Lab Test
31 March 2009
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. The border/corner quality remains very high at 70mm and it's still decent beyond.
Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 SP Di LD [IF] macro - APS-C Review / Lab Test
27 March 2009
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. Expect a lower performance in close focus scenarios though. Vignetting is usually a non-issue thanks to the sweet spot advantage here.