Reviews and Problems with Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro
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Charles Bryant, Amazon
17 October 2014
Summary: I'm new to photography and really wanted to get my hands on a decently priced 70-200 2.8 to experiment with since I can't honestly justify spending over two grand on the Canon version....Yet. Lol.
Summary: This lens was a gift to me. I use it with my 1Ds (Mk II and Mk III). Great lens when it works properly.. very sharp and clean. Downfalls are noisy motors, little slow to focus. The biggest problem I have with it is the ERR-01. I use this lens for a variety of things. sports, weddings, and such.
Excerpt: It is a good lens for the price offered. Restrictions would have to indicate the other person. For me it works well, but I noticed difficulty in AF in low lighting. Very slow AF. For activities that require very fast when I say that the focus leaves a bit to be desired.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I just got it recently. I wanted an affordable lense for Wedding, travel and portrait photography. So far I've used it for distance shots and portraits. The only thing I dislike is how difficult it is to focus the lens.
Summary: I really wanted to like this lens. Photography is only a hobby and I did not want to spend 1.5k on a Nikon 70-200 f2.8. I needed the f2.8 for low light since I do a lot of video on my DSLR. I do not need VR since my footage are on a monopod. However, for video, this is not an ideal lens.
Excerpt: The lens was tack sharp, but about 2 weeks after I got it, it would stick in manual mode, eventually it worked again but a week later it stuck again. So I'm returning it for an even exchange. Hopefull it was just a flaw in the one lens and not a design flaw.
Inconsistent sharpness and a loose fit at the lens mount. Bad copy? Maybe.
30 March 2012
Summary: This lens appeared to be a great product. Solid build, operates smoothly. Initial tests show erratic focusing/sharpness with all subject-matter including subjects in good sunlight with copious areas of contrast.