Reviews and Problems with Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro
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Value for money 9
Picture quality 9
Build quality 8
15 January 2009
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)
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.
Summary: For the price, this lens represents excellent value for money which isn't unusual for Tamron. Available in all the main mounts, it makes an ideal alternative to the OEM offerings, especially if you can live with the slightly slower focusing. The AF/MF switchover is a boon and the close focusing ability, at just under a metre, is handy too.
Pros: Nice build and weight, Excellent optical performance, Well priced
Cons: Autofocus slightly slower than the opposition