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

reviewer#9650 date: Nov-30-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
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 own this lens
compared to:Beercan
T28-75 4
T90 2.8
Min135 2.8
price paid:450 EUR used (mint)
positive:- sharp
- cheap
- 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.

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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