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

reviewer#9708 date: Dec-21-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
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:70-400G
Tamron 70-210/2.8
price paid:580 USD (used)
negative:Front glass easy to get dusting.
comment:IQ for F2.8 is very soft. Need to step down to F4 for sharp image.
Bokeh is good across the range with F4 aperture.
push pull focusing mode is not applicable in Alpha SLR, but is very useful for me to turn the camera from horizontal to vertical when I hold on it (follow to turn):)


Manage to get another used copy at USD420.
IQ for this copy is sharp at 2.8. Corner image is very sharp across the range with wide open into APS-C system.
Is a very good lens for portrait. If u are not enough budget to bring 70-200G, this is the lens can fulfill u on the IQ.


Side by side compared with 70-200G, Sharpness from Tamron lens is sharper than G with wide open. Now I totally rule out to bring in 70-200G to replace this 3rd party lens.

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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