Reviews and Problems with Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro
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Good but Frustrating
Maurice A., Amazon
18 February 2014
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. You can miss out on a lot of stuff turning camera off and detaching and reattaching lens. I gave it middle of the road because I usually carry two cameras at any given event.
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. I had problem with the AF fine tuning on my camera. The focus only hit -17. However, it is a good lens.
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.
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. Sometimes the images are spot-on sharp but more than 50% of the time they are slightly out-of-focus. I have tested the lens on several different camera bodies including 60D, 40D and 5D. I'm getting the same results.
Excerpt: A good buy compared to the Nikon brand. Lens is better used for shooting images farther away. Bought for my boyfriend and ended up having to return for an 18-200mm wide angle with image stabalization which fit his needs better. IS would be good to have with the lower fstop that is a feature on this lens. Did however get great feedback that it was a nice lens for action shots just not exactly what he wanted.
Summary: First I'll say that it took 3 times for Amazon to resend me a lens until I got one that wouldn't just error on me. The first two arrived and seemingly worked but then would randomly give me an error. After calling Canon to see if it was my camera and Tamron to see if they had issues, I was told to use an eraser on the gold attaching point of the lens and so far, haven't had any issues with the third one. It does have focusing issues. It is also VERY slow and VERY loud.
Cons: Lens on many pictures just don't seemed to be focusing well. My kit lens is on the money all the time. This lens in many places just don't seem to be spot on. Many shots are ruined. Low light the lens hunts. This occurs with an nd2 filter. Havent tried to use it without filter. Bought the filter to protect lens as well as to avoid access light so I can do timed shoots.
Summary: I have purchased this lens 6 months back. The image quality is good. But the lens is very slow. Sometimes it creates issues due to that. Also I have upgrade my camera to D7000. This lens is not working on the autofocus mode on Live Veiw. I have send this lens to repair and still not got this from Tamron. They told that they are waiting for some parts from japan.
Excerpt: I bought this as a much cheaper alternative to the Nikon version, for the reach and for portraits. <br /><br />It's a good lens, quite sharp and the constant f/2.8 is very nice to have. It's also built pretty well, while still being lighter than the versions from either major brand that have VR.<br /><br />The only two bad things I have to say about this lens are: <br /><br /> 1) The slow focusing. It's not exactly a "Sports" lens.
Pros: Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction