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

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reviewer#45581 date: Sep-15-2020
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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:je n'ai pas d'autre 70 ou 80-200
price paid:350
positive:Netteté
Accepte bien ct Kenko 1.4
negative:Mon objectif "chasse" trop avant de faire la mise au point AF, qui de plus est lente en général.
comment:Plus de flare que sur les objectifs modernes, ce qui peut se corriger.
J'aimerais pouvoir mettre une note sur "auto focus" et ce serait 2 ou 3. Le point négatif est que mon objectif "chasse" trop à mon goût avant de bien corriger l'AF. Et trop souvent (lumière difficile) il ne va pas tout de suite sur le bon point de netteté, mais commence par se réinitialiser... on assiste à son voyage...c'est long!

Côté netteté: très bon à partir de f:4 ou 5.6, ce qui est essentiel
reviewer#20409 date: Nov-4-2015
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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:Minolta 70-210 f4, Nikon 70-200 f2.8 VR, Canon 70-210 f4, Canon 70-210 3.5-4.5
price paid:425
positive:Nice weight, sharp, inexpensive
negative:zero bokeh
comment:There is NO bokeh on this lens and compression is atrocious compared to other 70-200 lenses. It looks like you're shooting at f5.6 than at f2.8. On the plus side? This lens is as sharp as a prime at f2.8. I got amazing detail.
reviewer#20408 date: Nov-4-2015
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.4
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:Sony SAL 70-200
price paid:MYR 1800
positive:Light weight compare to other 70-200 lenses. Color rendition are excellent & accurate for studio or fashion work.
negative:AF is bad in low light situation.
comment:This lens is valuable & keeper for me. The tripod collar can be remove so it can be weight down. Sharpness are excellent start from F5.6-F8. Ability to focus close-up range are advantage for macro shots.
reviewer#11903 date: Jul-14-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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:Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 AT-X 116 PRO DX-II
Sony DT 16-50 F2.8 SSM
Sony Carl Zeiss 16-80 F3.5-4.5
price paid:600 eur new
positive:f/2.8, sharpness, build, internal zoom & focus, 6 year warranty, price
negative:weight (but not for 2,8)
comment:excellent lens,good sharpness at 2,8 sharp at 3.5 - 5.6 ,some Ca but not too bad and easily corrected in post processing , perfect on a77 ,lens correction +3
reviewer#11520 date: Dec-3-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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:Sony 55-200/4-5.6 DT SAM
Tamron 70-300/4-5.6 USD
price paid:700 USD (new)
positive:- constant f/2.8 aperture
- less than half the price of the Sony & Sigma variants
- focus ring doesn't rotate during AF
- fully internal operation - zoom & focus - so length doesn't change
- large, deep hood for flare prevention
- lightweight for a 70-200/2.8
- 6 year warranty
negative:- more plastic than the sony/sigma variants
- screw driven focus
- AF clutch adds an additional step when changing from AF to MF
- questionable focus accuracy
comment:Build quality is excellent. Plastic exterior, but no squeaks, creaks, or strange noises. Fully internal operation, metal internals, metal tripod mount, thick, ribbed hood, and a 6 year warranty.

Image quality is great, only pixel peeping will reveal the differences between the Tamron, Sony, and Sigma variants. This lens does have a softer area around 135mm, and is sharpest stopped down to f/4.

Focus accuracy on my copy is a little suspect. There have been multiple times where the camera has confirmed focus, and then looking at the images in post reveals a completely OOF frame. The clutch system to engage the focus ring for MF adds an extra step which changing to MF. The new $1500 version of this lens fixes that by adding USD.

Overall, shooters who aren't making a living off of their work or don't want to shell out for the more expensive Sony, Sigma, or the Mk II Tamron flavors will find a great lens in this one.
reviewer#11399 date: Oct-23-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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:70-210 Minolta Beercan
price paid:$769 USD new
positive:Sharp, well built, reasonably quick focus, tripod mount. 6 year warrantee.
negative:Noticeably soft at f/2.8, but sharpens up dramatically by f/4. This lens focuses in front of the target. It does not respond to Focus Adjust on the a99mk2. Manual focus is perfect, but difficult to achieve accuracy. Plastic construction, overly sensitive manual focus, auto focus not quite as fast as hoped for.
Focus changes while zooming.
comment:1/23/2020 I traded this lens for a Minolta 200mm HS. I could never nail auto focus, but manual was good. This lens exhibits serious auto focus issues and does not respond to micro adjust.
I've had this about a month now. I bought it to replace the Beercan. This lens seems like a good middle ground for price and quality. It is 'plastic' but don't let that throw you. It is well made and should hold up well, I think. I have noticed a few 'issues': There have been a frame or two where it just didn't stop down. This was in a series all shot with the same settings.
All in all, even though I wish I could have afforded the newer Tamron or the new Sony 70-200, I like this lens.
reviewer#10957 date: Mar-2-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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:SONY 70-200
price paid:700.00
positive:Color
image quality
Sharpness
negative:Focus in low light
comment:When images are in focus it's great which is anytime a pic is taken in good light. when shooting in low light indoors it does struggle at times. This is one of my favorite lenses and it is on my camera 90% of the time. I thought about getting the SONY 70-200 but i am so happy with this lens i don't even look anymore.
reviewer#10831 date: Jan-11-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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 own this lens
compared to:Sony 70-300 non-G
price paid:780 USD
positive:Built well, good color, IQ, bokeh and contrast, especially for the price.
Good close focus. Can double for a macro in a pinch.
I like the manual focus lock-out
negative:Slow and unreliable autofocus for anything that is moving beyond a crawl
The huge and gaudy hood looks like you are trying to compensate for something.
Tripod mount can get in the way when shooting hand-held (but comes off easily if you want to leave it home).
comment:Great for outdoor portraits & indoor candid shots; terrible for sporting events. If you need fast and reliable autofocus to get the shot, this ain't your lens. Because I bought it for composed pictures and portraits, I've been relatively pleased, but every now and then . . .
reviewer#10762 date: Dec-7-2012
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:Tamron 70-300 USD
Sony 70-400G
Sigma 18-250 HSM
price paid:700 USD (new)
positive:Great IQ
Relatively light
Fast/Quiet focusing (on A580)
Build generally good
Bargain price
negative:Questionable AF accuracy
Using AF/MF clutch is tricky
comment:The Tamron SP AF 70-200 F2.8 is a high quality, affordable lens. It offers the image quality of the equivalent Sony & Sigma lenses at a fraction of their prices, and is also significantly lighter and easier to handle.

The main drawback of the lens is its auto-focusing ability. While I don't find its AF at all noisy & slow (as some other reviewers have), its accuracy is somewhat of an issue. While generally accurate, it has just enough focus misses to reduce my confidence. Switching to MF, in those cases, is somewhat difficult because of Tamron's use of a focus clutch. On the Sony mount version of the lens, both the body MF switch and clutch must be disengaged to enable MF. This can slow down camera handling, and disengaging the clutch can throw off the just-determined AF setting.

Build is very good, and is a great compromise between durability and weight. The only reason I downgraded it to a 4 was because of the use of the focus clutch.

It works well with my Kenko Teleplus 1.4x DGX teleconverter. Autofocus works well, and the exif data is correctly reported. Because of the extra torque required by Tamron's internal focus screw-drive system, manual focus with the Kenko TC is a little stiff and mechanical feeling. Image quality, though, is excellent.

Due to its constant F2.8 maximum aperture rating, the Tamron SP AF 70-200 is a great low-light lens with excellent sharpness across the zoom range. Even allowing for the AF issues mentioned above, it's a high quality lens at a bargain price!
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
Beercane
70-200G
price paid:580 USD (used)
positive:-Cheap
-MFD
-F2.8
-Weight
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):)


Updated@14/8/2012

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.

Update@8/2/2013

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.
reviewer#9656 date: Dec-2-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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:
missing
price paid:400
positive:Sharp
negative:
missing
comment:
missing
reviewer#9654 date: Dec-2-2011
sharpness: 3
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.6
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:Sony 70-300mm f4.5-5.6
Tamron 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 DI LD Macro
price paid:1000 AUD (new)
positive:Good weight compared to other 70-200 f2.8 lens
Nice bokeh
Decent IQ
Doesn't have much distortion
Nice fit for the a77
negative:AF is average to pathetic in low light
Easily confused in high contrast environments
Need one stop to be sharp overall
Odd MF switch
comment:Well, this lens has been used on the a200, a33 and recently the a77. So far, this is what I can say about it.

The IQ is quite nice. I haven't seen much ghosting or CA which is good as at this range, I would expect it. The bokeh is quite nice to use if you stop it one stop down. Iwouldn't say the f2.8 is bad, just not as sharp as you want. The reach helps a lot with the motorsports I shoot with. The weight is quite comforting given it is feels built like a tank.

However, there are quite some downsides as I noted. You need to stop it one stop to be quite sharp. In high contrast locations where I shoot, the AF was quite pathetic. Shots that could have been sharp came out quite soft on the subject compared to the background. It might not be a problem in other locations or with the use of a flash but I highly suggest you test this before you part with your cash. In normal light, it's decent but don't try it in low light as it hunts and hunts and hunts a lot.

Overall, should you buy this lens? Perhaps. But I do suggest you look at what you're shooting and decide yourself. If in doubt, I highly recommend saving more and buying the Sony G-version.
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.
reviewer#9149 date: Jun-17-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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:Sony 70-300g
Sony 500mm Reflex
Sony 50mm/F1.8
Sony 18-55mm
price paid:430€
positive:Bright viewfinder
AF is pretty fast and not too loud
Good IQ from F3.5
Build quality is fine
CA is really low
negative:lens in for repair under warranty, problem fixed
IQ at F2.8/F3.2
comment:Update 31/08/2011

This review is updated because the lens went in for repair for a decentering problem (under warranty). Previous I said F2.8 was really bad, well know sharpness is much better, probably there was also a focus poblem. But I found out there is still a decentering problem, it is a little better but still there, right side of image out of focus. I will go back to the store and see what will happen. I'll keep it updated. 27/09/2011 - In real life, everything looks fine. Made some really sharp pictures on a birdshow. I won't go back to the store for that little decentering problem, I just don't see it anymore in my pictures, everything looks (really)sharp. I would say I prefer this one over the 70-300g.

I sold my 70-300g because I wanted something more than F5.6 on the longer end, so I bought the Tamron instead. And it delivers great images, from F3.5. IQ at F2.8 and F3.2 is not good enough, some purple halo's in high contrast scenes and soft. Just treat it as a F3.5 and you will take good pictures. Bokeh is really nice and I haven't found any CA yet.
I made some pictures on a racetrack and it was a joy to use this lens. Af was fast (A550) and I got a lot of good shots. Also a big difference between this and the 70-300g was the viewfinder, it is much brighter, what i certainly like.
It's a heavy lens so I use a monopod when shooting sports. Included is a great tripod mount and sunhood. Build quality is good for me.

Take e look at my pictures : www.alex-digitalpics.be , Look under 'Racing' for pictures with this lens.
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:
missing
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.
reviewer#9037 date: May-18-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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:MAF 70-210 f/4
Tamron 55-200
price paid:430 Euro (used)
positive:- sharp even at 200mm /2.8,
- excellent image quality,
- colour rendition (akin to Minolta),
- very nice bokeh
negative:
missing
comment:
missing
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.
reviewer#8915 date: Apr-13-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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:70-210/f4 birken
70-200/2.8 G SSM
price paid:753 USD (new)
positive:- sharp, sharp, sharp even at 200mm /2.8
- cheap compare to 70-200/2.8 G SSM
- body build is great, even this lens body made from plastic
- low CA
negative:- slow Auto Focus, but not so bad in my opinnion, cause i'm not a journalis..

- heavy
comment:this is my first fast tele lens..
i love it very much, its sharp, its black, its solid feels, its 2.8, its cool shape and its cheap compare to 70-200/2.8 altought they not at the same class...
reviewer#8886 date: Apr-7-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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 70-210 F4
price paid:700
positive:Very Sharp even at wide open F2.8.
Produce Good Image Quality
negative:None at this moment
comment:Never Regret buying this lens. It's the best budget F2.8 telephoto lens with good Image Quality.
reviewer#8807 date: Mar-19-2011
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:
missing
price paid:750 USD (new)
positive:- Amazing value for the money!
- Definitely usable at F2.8
- Crazy Sharp starting at F3.2
- Awesome Color
- Little, if any, AF hunting on my cameras!!!
- Focus not too loud for indoor occasions
negative:- Heavy (Though lighter than the competition)
comment:If shopping for a 70-200 F2.8, you need to look no further.

Hunting issues with other camera brands aren't happening for me... probably because Sony is a major shareholder in Tamron!
reviewer#8805 date: Mar-19-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 3
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.2
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:Sigma 70-200 2.8 II HSM
price paid:785
positive:cheap
sharp if there's a light
negative:SLOW on LOW LIGHT
Hunts AF
comment:I just test a SIGMA 70-200 II HSM and it is much and more better than my TAMRON. The TAMRON hunts in low light very much. I've done indoor shots and I'm having a hard time capturing important moments. I will ask if i can swap this with Sigma.

For 3rd Party Lens in these range -Sigma 70-200 II HSM is highly recommended! kudos SIGMA!
reviewer#8794 date: Mar-16-2011
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sigma 70-200 II HSM
Sony 70-200 SSM
price paid:410 GBP (SH: as new)
positive:IQ
Weight
negative:Focus hunting
Focus speed
Manual focus 'clutch'
comment:It's a great lens in the comforts of your own home when testing. You'll get it, have a play at home and be blown away. You'll go out in good middle-of-the-day light and again be very impressed. But then try and use it at a late afternoon / evening event and you will miss so many shots for the hunting AF.

AF speed is actually not that bad on the A700 and again you'll be impressed at home when testing - when you have plenty of time to compose your shot and the subject isn't moving. The problem is in the real world uses you'll find it just hunts and you'll miss shots.

I tested both this and the Sigma HSM II at the same time and decided on the Tamron. I then used the Tamron at my mother's 60th and was disappointed enough to sell this and swap back to the Sigma. It isn't as tack sharp as the tamron but the HSM is very good (as good if not slightly better than the Sony) and better to get an acceptably sharp shot than none at all.

At £410 I did get a bargain (expect to pay £450 - £500 for as new second hand) but I would recommemd spending a little more and going for the sigma. If you can afford it, the Sony has the best of both worlds (focus and IQ), but it's at least twice as much and for me it was one to upgrade to from the tam/sig equivilent.
reviewer#8711 date: Feb-28-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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
CZ 16-80
tam 28-300
km kit 18-70
price paid:
missing
positive:Price
2.8 apeture
Build
Sharpness right down to 2.8
bright in viewfinder
Focus speed/accuracy on a700 is great.
no perceptale flare or distortion and the colours are quite nice
negative:As with most 70-200 2.8's its big and weighty, large filters, the same for all lenses of this type.
Manual focus can take a bit of finesse
comment:I had looked for a telephoto zoom for about a year and when I had the cash I decided on this one and I am glad I did.

The lens exceeded my expectations based on testing and user reviews in all areas. I Find it very sharp right down to f2.9 across the zoom range.

The focus speed, accuracy and noise are all much better than I expected and when compared in store to the sony 70-200g there is no perceptible difference in speed and accuracy. The focus was also very quiet for a screw type focus lens, quieter than it would need to be for most situations.

The build quality is great, not far off the sony g and I think better than the sigmas. I am a fan of the push pull focus switching, it practice it works quite well because its not as fiddly as two switches would be.

The focus ring is very direct manually focusing but it is quite delicate and requires some finesse, both the zoom & focus rings are smooth and rotate about just under 45' which is ideal and allows full movement using the fingers without having to change grip.

There are no focus hold or limiter buttons but in practice I find that doesn’t really matter. I would have given this lens a 4.5 for colour and build, it also truly deserves 5 for sharpness, flare and distortion.

This lens is well priced, well designed, well built and performs beautifully that is all you can really hope for in a lens, the image results speak for themselves. It offers a much more affordable option to the sony 70-200g that is less than half the price and the end results are just as good.
reviewer#8617 date: Feb-5-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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:SAL 75-300
SAL 70-200 2.8
SAL 70-300mm SSM G
price paid:710 (new)
positive:Excellent image quality.
Nice bokeh.
Good flare resistance (don't need hood).
Low distortion and CA.
Non-rotating front.
Price.
negative:none, really
comment:Ilike the sharpness, build quality, IQ and overall feel of the lens. The AF speed didn't seems slow when mounted onto my A700 (it's about the same as the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di 1:1 Macro). The tripod foot is removable and is well designed and extends from the body to double-up as a carrying handle.

For me it delivered an excellent results. Bokeh is buttery smooth, colours are excellent (Minoltaesque) and images sharp. It's worth for me and I'm very satisfied with this lens.
reviewer#8444 date: Dec-23-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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:SAL 70-300mm SSM G
Sigma AF 100-300mm F4 EX DG (IF) APO
Minolta AF 300mm F4 APO HS G
Minolta AF 300mm f/2.8 APO
Minolta 70-210mm F4 Beercan
Minolta AF 80-200mm f/2.8 APO HS G
price paid:£275.00 (used)
positive:Weight
Build quality
Bokeh
Removable tripod foot
Colour rendition (akin to Minolta)
negative:Slowish AF
Hunts in less than decent lighting conditions
comment:I like the weight, build quality, IQ and overall feel of the lens. It's a shame the AF speed seems slow when mounted onto my A700 (it's about the same as the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di 1:1 Macro). The tripod foot is removable and is well designed and extends from the body to double-up as a carrying handle.

When it's dialled-in, it can give excellent results. Bokeh is buttery smooth, colours are excellent (Minoltaesque) and images sharp. Definitely worth consideration unless you need faster AF then look at the Sigma version, though each has their pro's and con's, or if you can afford it, a Minolta AF 80-200mm f/2.8 APO HS G, though for 200mm, working at it's maximum range, a 200mm f/2.8 or 300mm f/2.8 prime may be a better solution unless the zoom is a pre-requisite.
reviewer#8274 date: Nov-19-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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
Old Tamron 70-210 f2.8
Sony 55-200 SAM
price paid:$730 USD New
positive:Sharp
Fast
Well Built
Removable tripod mount ring
negative:Heavy, but what 2.8 zoom in this range isn't
comment:I like this lens a lot, it's fast sharp and nicely built.

It can hunt in low light situations but no more or less than the beercan. Optically, at shared apertures, it is superior to the Sony and the old Tamron. The Beercan may be a tad bit sharper and color and contrast are a bit better on the Beercan, however, the differences are not enough to out weigh the benefits of the Tamron. It's a winner.

UPDATE:

I recently purchased an a850, this lens needed a -10 micro focus adjustment, with that it is very vary sharp on the full frame sensor. Still highly recommend this lens.

With the micro adjustment I think I would increase the ranking for sharpness to 5.
reviewer#8264 date: Nov-17-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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:Minolta beercan 70-210/4
Tokina 828 AT-X Pro 80-200/2.8
price paid:
missing
positive:build quality
IQ even WO
short mini focus distance
AF works with LA-EA4
negative:lack of in lens motor
AF is slow, very slow for a 2.8 zoom
AF does not works with LA-EA3
comment:I used it for a concert on both my A700 and my friend A900
It worth its price.

If i should buy a new 2.8 zoom that would surely be this one

I had to buy this lens recently because my Tokina is dead :(
It works well (after some changes made by tamron french support) on my A7 & A6000 with LA-EA4 & 3
reviewer#8259 date: Nov-16-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 5
overall: 4.4
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:CZ24-70
CZ135 1.8
Tamron 70-300
price paid:600 USD used
positive:good value
sharp-good color rendition



overall good IQ-sharp, good color rendition, nice bokeh
a good value for a 2.8 fixed aperture zoom.


negative:noticeable barrel distortion @ 70 and pincushion @ 200.
lens defocuses when switching from AF to manual..
comment:first off, I don't normally shoot long lenses much so I was looking for the best IQ for the buck. I think I got that part right... This lens is sharp, with nice color and good bokeh. It is light(er) than the CZ lenses and balances well on MY A850 body. The build quality is mostly polycarbonate or some such, but doesn't feel cheap .
HOWEVER... it does have some warts also. The autofocus is speedy when making small adjustments, but hunts noisily when making big adjustments. A switch from manual to AF or AF to manual will completely defocus the lens, so if you are getting frustrated with the camera hunting for focus, prepare to be enraged when you switch to manual (a two handed affair since both the switch on the body and clutch on the lens must be thrown over) and your viewfinder becomes an amorphous blur. I wouldn't try shooting fast moving action with this lens. And did i mention the geometric distortion? no pixel peeping needed here- plainly visible in the viewfinder is barrel distortion at 70 and pincushion at 200.
I use DXO to post process so that is not a deal breaker for me, but disappointing nonetheless. so there you have it- a bright fixed 2.8 zoom with very good to excellent IQ- a bit clumsy to use with obvious but manageable geometric distortion
reviewer#8235 date: Nov-12-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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:CZ 24-70
Sony 70-300
Sony 70-400
price paid:
missing
positive:
missing
negative:
missing
comment:
missing
reviewer#8108 date: Oct-18-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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:- Minolta AF 75-300 F4.5-5.6 II
- Tamron AF 55-200 F4-5.6 Di II
price paid:649€ (new)
positive:- Sharp
- Build quality
- Cheap for a 70-200/2.8 lens
negative:- Not suited for some applications (see below)
comment:This is a superb lens for the price. The sharpness is already great wide open, and it gets even better stopped down a bit.

The thing is, I bought this lens for sports photography and this is where the Tammy shows its limitations :

- For soccer, the AF speed is fine, but the accuracy isn't the greatest. You have almost no space to manoeuvre from 10m to infinity (switching to MF doesn't help either) and I missed quite a few shots because the AF wasn't spot on (using the AF-C setting of course). Although this can be a problem from time to time, the lens can deliver excellent soccer pictures.
- For ice hockey, this is worse. The accuracy problem is still there, and the AF speed isn't quick enough to track fast action.
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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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