Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD IF Macro A-mount lens review by MVKregg

reviewer#10831 date: Jan-11-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 70-300 non-G
price paid:780 USD
positive:Built well, good color, IQ, bokeh and contrast, especially for the price.
Good close focus. Can double for a macro in a pinch.
I like the manual focus lock-out
negative:Slow and unreliable autofocus for anything that is moving beyond a crawl
The huge and gaudy hood looks like you are trying to compensate for something.
Tripod mount can get in the way when shooting hand-held (but comes off easily if you want to leave it home).
comment:Great for outdoor portraits & indoor candid shots; terrible for sporting events. If you need fast and reliable autofocus to get the shot, this ain't your lens. Because I bought it for composed pictures and portraits, I've been relatively pleased, but every now and then . . .

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 87
  • sharpness: 4.78
  • color: 4.74
  • build: 4.29
  • distortion: 4.82
  • flare control: 4.80
  • overall: 4.69
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