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

reviewer#8444 date: Dec-23-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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:SAL 70-300mm SSM G
Sigma AF 100-300mm F4 EX DG (IF) APO
Minolta AF 300mm F4 APO HS G
Minolta AF 300mm f/2.8 APO
Minolta 70-210mm F4 Beercan
Minolta AF 80-200mm f/2.8 APO HS G
price paid:£275.00 (used)
positive:Weight
Build quality
Bokeh
Removable tripod foot
Colour rendition (akin to Minolta)
negative:Slowish AF
Hunts in less than decent lighting conditions
comment:I like the weight, build quality, IQ and overall feel of the lens. It's a shame the AF speed seems slow when mounted onto my A700 (it's about the same as the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di 1:1 Macro). The tripod foot is removable and is well designed and extends from the body to double-up as a carrying handle.

When it's dialled-in, it can give excellent results. Bokeh is buttery smooth, colours are excellent (Minoltaesque) and images sharp. Definitely worth consideration unless you need faster AF then look at the Sigma version, though each has their pro's and con's, or if you can afford it, a Minolta AF 80-200mm f/2.8 APO HS G, though for 200mm, working at it's maximum range, a 200mm f/2.8 or 300mm f/2.8 prime may be a better solution unless the zoom is a pre-requisite.

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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