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Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD SP

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2 6729 Jan 10, 2015
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100% of reviewers $1,399.00
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9.50
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Specifications:
Name: Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD SP (Model A009)
Image Circle: 35mm
Type: Telephoto Zoom
Focal Length: 70 - 200mm
APS Equivalent: 1.5x: 105 - 300mm; 1.6x: 112 - 320mm
Max Aperture: f/2.8
Min Aperture: f/32
Diaphragm Blades: 9 (rounded)
Lens Construction: 23 elements in 17 groups, including 1 special XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) and 4 LD (Low Dispersion) elements
Diagonal Angle of View
(Based on image circle): 34.3 to 12.3 degrees
Focus Details: Internal Focusing; USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) with continuous manual focus mechanism
Front Element Rotation: No
Zoom System: Rotary
Closest Focus: 130cm / 51.2 in.
Magnification Ratio: 0.13x / 1:8
Filter Size: 77mm
Dimensions
(Length x Diameter): 196.7mm x 85.8mm / 7.74 in. x 3.38 in.
Weight: 1470g / 51.9 oz (including detachable tripod mount)
Notes: Available mounts: Canon, Nikon, Sony; Optical Image Stabilization; Included Accessories: Flower-shaped lens hood, detachable tripod mount
Online Price: US$1,500



 


          
cahampton
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Registered: Jan 10, 2015
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Review Date: Jan 10, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,399.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Tack sharp, Smooth Bokeh, $1k less than Canon version. Comes with both hood and tripod mount. IS works very well.
Cons:
Heavy, but that was expected. A little more plastic than desired but well constructed. Has a bit of focus breathing

Bought this lens recently new over the Canon 70 200 f/2.8 IS due to reviews, price and performance. Very happy with the lens and would recommend.

Jan 10, 2015
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Review Date: Mar 15, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Price, Image Stabilization, Build, Image Quality, Price, included tripod collar, USM, oh and price.
Cons:
Auto focus is a bit slow indoors (at night) taking pictures of a moving baby. But I'm picky like that.

Long time visitor, but created an account to post a review of this lens. For basis of comparison, I have the Canon L 24-70 2.8 II and the 17-40 4.0. I knew I needed IS for the 70-200, and was looking at Canon's 4.0, 2.8 II and this lens (didn't consider the Sigma version). After 2 weeks worth of use, I can definitely say I'm very happy with it and will be keeping it. I haven't found anything that justifies the extra $1k price for the Canon 2.8 IS II.

Build quality is great. Blindfolded, I couldn't tell this from a Canon L. This thing is solid, and I really like the all-black color compared to Canon's less discreet white lens. Haven't tested the weather sealing/proofing, but I live in the Pacific Northwest so I'm sure I'll have plenty of opportunities.

Image Stabilization (VC) is phenomenal. I've got shaky hands and drink lots of coffee. Yet at 200mm, I get 'keepers' at 1/15 of a second. It's that good. Tamron claims a 4 stop advantage. I'd say that's pretty accurate.

Image Quality is right up there alongside my L's. Colors are rich and vibrant. Super pleased with it.

The USM (ultra sonic motor) is amazingly quiet and you can barely hear anything.

Price is fantastic. With the savings, I picked up a Kenko 1.4x TC and am really pleased with a 98-280mm 4.0 equivalent lens.

Auto-focus is probably the only downside I've found. It can take a second or two to lock on but that's indoors, at night, taking pictures of my 6 month old baby who is starting to move now. Of course, I'm zoomed in at 130mm+ so it could be me and my shaky hands.



Mar 15, 2014
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Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD SP

Buy from B&H Photo
Reviews Views Date of last review
2 6729 Jan 10, 2015
Recommended By Average Price
100% of reviewers $1,399.00
Build Quality Rating Price Rating Overall Rating
9.50
10.00
9.5
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