Reviews and Problems with Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro
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Get the L
18 March 2014
Summary: Buy the L, you can thank me later. The build quality was outstanding on the Tamron but it's optically inferior, focus hunts in adequate lighting, and sounds like a male robot at prom. As a freelance journalist, I am a bit spoiled to have used company owned L lenses in the past, but even if I hadn't, I would know this lens is inferior compared even to the cheapy 75-300 f4-5.6 made by Canon.
Excerpt: In a nutshell: The "macro" is a joke; it is THE NOISIEST lens I have ever used; it is exaggeratedly heavy; the clutch focus switch is cumbersome and an odd/unnatural design; slow focus; the images are consistently soft. It took be about 48 hours to decide to return this lens.
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.
Excerpt: I have had two Tamron 70-200 SP AF70-200mm F2.8. Both lenses let me down SEVERLEY by getting stuck in manual focus. The second of the two lenses got stuck in the middle of a wedding shoot and started this god-awful clicking when I turned the focus ring while stuck between manual and auto. Never again, Never Never again!
Summary: I bought this camera about a year ago. In that time I used it several times a week and found the picture quality good and the autofocus fast. One day I pull out my trusty Tamron 70-200 and find it won't autofocus anymore. It wasn't dropped, there was no impact. It simply stopped working. I was going to send it back, but based on other reviews, I'm not going to waste my time. This is apparently a common issue and Tamron will just claim it's impact damage.
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.
Pros: Awesome optics. Some ghosting at times with wide open aperture. Awesome results in macro photography. 2 eggs for inconsistent af. see cons.
Cons: The lens in focus. Tried to shoot bird the lens goes out of focus from on end of range to the other then stops. Bird or plain gone. Very Frustrating. Many shots out of focus even in good light daytime. Focus not quite there. At 2.8 only the center af point works. What if you want your subject slightly off center. 2.8 portrates become useless. Manual is ok if used for only macro. I need a lens I can use for birds too. It is necessary for me to have all 9 af points work...