Reviews and Problems with Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro
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12 July 2013
Summary: I received the lens promptly as ordered. I have no complaints about the picture quality, it is a great improvement from most of my prior lenses. After receiving the lens I took some pictures and it work as advertised. It is 2 months after receiving the lens I started to get code 001 on my canon 5d2. This is the only lens that does it. I called Tamron and was told to send it in for service. I don't like to send items that are new into service quite this fast.
Summary: The auto-focus problems reported by others is true. The only way I could get this lens to auto-focus every time was to manually move the focus to infinity first. Also it's a stretch to call this a macro lens. Yes it focuses closer than any other 70-200mm lens, but not by a lot, and the maximum magnification ratio of 1:3 doesn't qualify it as a true macro lens.
Summary: I must say that I am very dissapointed in this lens. I had high hopes in finding a reasonably priced 70-200 2.8 as the Canon is about triple the price. Unfortunately you do get what you pay for and while the images taken with this lens are very sharp and clear, the autofocus system is worthless. I am using this on a Canon 7D and comparing it to 2 other lens in my bag, the Canon 70-200 F4 L (no IS) & 24-105 F4 L IS.
A seriously flawed lens, with good optical characteristics
Gary Gray, Amazon
15 December 2011
Summary: The optical characteristics of this lens are very good. Compared to the Canon offerings in the same exact focal range, this lens is every bit as sharp and distortion free, and that includes using this lens at f/2.8. But...there is more to a lens than sharpness and everything else about this lens makes it less than desirable to own. For starters, the lens has a very clunky method of switching from auto focus to manual focus.
Summary: Being a photographer that mainly shoots sports this lens is on my camera more than any other lens. I understand it has slow focus speed and is not the best lens. I only payed $700 for it so I understand I can't have the best. But I still paid $700 for it and it has been in the shop more this month than in my hands. I sent it in the first time for a focus problem that was fixed.
Summary: Let me first say that I own (and use professionally) two other Tamron lenses and they are just fantastic. However, this lens was a definite disappointment. The lens under performs at apertures wider than 10 and below 8 it's unusable. It might work for the casual/beginner photographer, but, if you make a living out of photography this lens is useless. Granted, it's about 1/2 the price of Canon's L series comparable zoom, but you get exactly as much quality as you pay for.
Summary: I bought this lens to shoot sports and weddings mostly. I was so unhappy. The first time I used this lens, every picture was blurry. I takes the lens several tries to autofocus and even then...doesn't always work. I'm really not happy at all. I should have saved my money and bought the Canon one...even though its double the price.
Summary: Purchased for use with a K100D that I'd previously been using with the Pentax 50-200mm 4-5.6 lens hoping for more light and better shots of soccer and lacrosse under the lights, with and without flash. As an experienced amateur, I know I have a lot to learn but this lens confounded everything I've learned about the process of photography.