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

reviewer#9019 date: May-13-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
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:- mi 100-300 apo
- mi 80-200 apo hs
price paid:450 euro (used)
positive:- sharpness.
- weight.
- hood.
negative:- manual focus.
- autofocus in low light.
comment:I used the lens for 4 months.
Sharpness is very good from 3.2 on. At 2.8 some veiling haze shows. Build is decent but not stellar. The hood is very effective. Colors are pretty good. Flare control seems okay (little experience though).
I read some remarks on autofocus speed that were not consistent so I decided to see for myself.
In good light there is no problem. Autofocus is fast (faster then my 100-300 apo). On occasion focus is lost and then the lens can hunt for some time. In low light things can get complicated when contrast is low. If focus is lost hunting can take "forever".
Although image quality is very good (even @ 2.8) I decided to sell the lens as autofocus would not serve my needs.

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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