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

reviewer#9064 date: May-30-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sony 70-200mm f2.8 G
price paid:
positive:-Very Sharp
-Built well
negative:-Slow AF
-Hunts in low light
-No limit switch
comment:The biggest benefit of this lens is the cost vs the quality of pictures it can take. It is a little soft at f/2.8 compared to the high end competitors, but it's a great value for the price. Bokeh is very nice. Stopped down to about 5.6 a normal person wouldn't be able to tell the difference between this and the Sony or Sigma. The biggest drawback is that it hunts in low light and is slow to AF. I upgraded to the Sony only because I was missing bird and action shots because of the hunting.

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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