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

reviewer#8108 date: Oct-18-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 used to own this lens
compared to:- Minolta AF 75-300 F4.5-5.6 II
- Tamron AF 55-200 F4-5.6 Di II
price paid:649€ (new)
positive:- Sharp
- Build quality
- Cheap for a 70-200/2.8 lens
negative:- Not suited for some applications (see below)
comment:This is a superb lens for the price. The sharpness is already great wide open, and it gets even better stopped down a bit.

The thing is, I bought this lens for sports photography and this is where the Tammy shows its limitations :

- For soccer, the AF speed is fine, but the accuracy isn't the greatest. You have almost no space to manoeuvre from 10m to infinity (switching to MF doesn't help either) and I missed quite a few shots because the AF wasn't spot on (using the AF-C setting of course). Although this can be a problem from time to time, the lens can deliver excellent soccer pictures.
- For ice hockey, this is worse. The accuracy problem is still there, and the AF speed isn't quick enough to track fast action.

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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