Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD IF Macro A-mount lens review by dca1213

reviewer#8274 date: Nov-19-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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:Beercan
Old Tamron 70-210 f2.8
Sony 55-200 SAM
price paid:$730 USD New
Well Built
Removable tripod mount ring
negative:Heavy, but what 2.8 zoom in this range isn't
comment:I like this lens a lot, it's fast sharp and nicely built.

It can hunt in low light situations but no more or less than the beercan. Optically, at shared apertures, it is superior to the Sony and the old Tamron. The Beercan may be a tad bit sharper and color and contrast are a bit better on the Beercan, however, the differences are not enough to out weigh the benefits of the Tamron. It's a winner.


I recently purchased an a850, this lens needed a -10 micro focus adjustment, with that it is very vary sharp on the full frame sensor. Still highly recommend this lens.

With the micro adjustment I think I would increase the ranking for sharpness to 5.

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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