Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD IF Macro A-mount lens review by tomiZG
|tomiZG#9650 date: Nov-30-2011|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|price paid:||450 EUR used (mint)|
- great build
|negative:||- AF hunting in normally lit rooms.|
|comment:||As I use this lens mostly on FF this review is about using this lens on FF. Everything said, especially the part regarding sharpness, is less dramatic on aps-c, of course.|
Very nice sharpness all the way til ~180mm, very sharp from 3.2 already, 2.8 useful, at 200mm needs to be stopped down to 4.5 to get sharpness over a larger area. As I use it 90% for portraits it does bother me that wide open and shooting in vertical position the head(s) will be a bit blurry. It may be my copy, but stopped down this down effect vanishes.
Autofocus is a BIG PAIN in *** ***. Used indoors (even in well lit rooms) it hunts dramatically. I loose a lot of good shots this way and often I refer to my beloved Min 135 2.8 then as the T70-200 seems useless often inside.
This is the part where an SSM / HSM lens would deliver better AF performance and I am afraid I will need to upgrade.
UPDATE (07/2012): I sold the lens in favor of the Sigma 70-200 HSMii. The Sigma (or was I lucky getting a great copy) is stellar compared to the Tamron in every aspect.