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

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reviewer#8012 date: Sep-22-2010
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 28-135
Tamron 90 Macro
price paid:610 €
positive:Sharp from f3.2
magnification 1:3.1
weight
negative:
missing
comment:I bought the lens for shooting dragonflies because it is more flexibel than the 180mm macro and i didn't regret it.
reviewer#8003 date: Sep-20-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:619 euro (new)
positive:Sharpness, F/2.8
negative:On APS 1,5x70mm
comment:They told me to buy this lens instade of the Sony AF 70-200 F2.8 G SSM SAL-70200G, because of the amazing sharpness and it's good price.
They didn't lie: it really is a fantastic lens!
reviewer#7996 date: Sep-19-2010
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 own this lens
compared to:Minolta 80-200 f2,8 APO G HS
price paid:450 € (2nd hand)
positive:Weight
Sharpness
Build quality
Value for money
negative:
missing
comment:This lens is a best buy: it is light, well built, sharp at all focals and performs fast AF
It costs half of average price of the Minolta 80-200 APO G HS and it performs exactly the same.
Just a bit soft at wide aperture (2,8) but I like it for my purposes (portraits), closed of one stop it is razor sharp
reviewer#7705 date: Jul-21-2010
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:Minolta 70-200mm f2.8 SSM G
Tamron 70-210mm f2.8
Tokina 100-300mm f4.0 (I)
Zeiss 135mm f1.8
Zeiss 24-70mm f2.8
price paid:750 USD
positive:Very sharp and clear, with excellent contrast and respectable AF speed
negative:Tamron color vs Minolta color (but fixable in post - mostly)
comment:Mostly I prefer primes. However, I do have a practical side and when flexibility rules I comply. This lens has surpassed my expectations in terms of focus accuracy, micro contrast, color depth and sharpness wide open. It give impressive bokeh that is on par with that from the 135mm f1.8 ZA! It does tend toward the magenta color cast though. This is easy to fix in post or with manuallly setting white balance.

The images from this lens can be breathe taking! It is one of my favorite portrait lenses and only second to the 135 ZA and maybe tied with the 100f2.0.

I have this lens' older sibling (70-210 f2.8) which I felt was the twin to the Minolta 70-200G in color, sharpness and contrast. I like the new Tamron much better (though the color of the older Tamron is much closer to Minolta color).

For the money this lens is hard to beat. If you are having trouble making a choice I recommend this lens highly!
reviewer#7634 date: Jun-28-2010
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:- Sony 75-300mm (Kit lens)
price paid:729 USD (new)
positive:- Incredible IQ across all focal lengths and apertures.
- Extremely sharp
- Light! (when compared to others 70-200mm f/2.8)
- No Chromatic Aberration from f/3.2 and on...
- Constant physical length
- Good macro/close focus
- Pretty good MF ability.
- Nice hood!
- You have to love it's tripod collar!
negative:- Doesn't have focus delimiter
- Focus, sometimes, hunt in extreme low light conditions (nothing too serious)
comment:Since I got this lens... it became my favorite!

I was in doubt between this lens and the Sigma (with HSM). After reading about Tamron's better sharpness and overall IQ, I decided to go for the Tamron, even though a bit scared about the AF performance I read about... And now that I've done some tests with the "Tamy", I have to say that I have absolutely no regrets or "double-thoughts" on choosing it!

I would highly recommend this lens to anyone!!!
reviewer#7580 date: Jun-17-2010
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:beercan
70-300G
minolta 200G HS APO
price paid:799 Canadian
positive:from f4-10 tack sharp
nice balance
light for a 70-200/2.8
nice tripod collar design
tamron lens caps kick butt
negative:slightly soft and a bit of ghosting at 2.8-3.5
misses focus without sufficient contrast to lock on
no limiter
comment:For the money its very hard to find much to complain about.
My copy is a tad soft at f2.8 to about f3.5, it also suffers from a bit of ghosting and possibly a centering issue at the apertures as well. At f4 however it is truly amazing. Sharper than my CZ16-80 and the 70-300G by a noticeable amount. It puts the beercan to shame, at f8 the BC isnt as sharp as the tammy at f4.
I use mine with blue ring showing on the AF/MF guide. It is very quite and the AF is good for the most part. It does tend to miss focus if the subject lacks contrast. The better the light the less this is a problem. Overall it is accurate however.
I find it is a very easy lens to handhold, even though it is a bit heavy. On the a500 it balances perfectly.
For what I paid I cant complain. The IQ from f4 on is truly outstanding. Sharpness, color and contrast are the best I have seen. Better than the 3 lenses I have listed as "compared to", the 200G is very close however in IQ.
As always Tamron has supplied a wealth of goodies with this lens. A nice pouch, a nice effective hood, a great tripod collar and what is easily the best lens cap in the biz.

Highly recommended
reviewer#7545 date: Jun-10-2010
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:Sony AF 75-300 F4.5-5.6
price paid:900 USD (new)
positive:Sharp fast lens
negative:It's a little heavy. But worth it.
comment:This is a sharp, fast lens that exceeded my expectations. It seems to meter well, even when stopped down. It lives on my A350. I would love to have the reach of the Sony AF 75-300 F4.5-5.6 with the clarity of this lens.
reviewer#7495 date: May-27-2010
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:Sigma 12-24
Sony 18-250
Sony 28-75
Sony 50mm 1.4
Sony 70-300G
Sony 100mm macro
Tamron 200-500
price paid:730 USD (new)
positive:fast: f/2.8
very sharp, even wide open
excellent bokeh
incredible value
negative:none, really
comment:I didn't expect to like this lens as much as I do, but it is now my favorite and has rarely left my A850 since I got it (a few weeks ago)!

The image quality is amazing! Everyone talks about the sharpness and the color, but I'm also very impressed with the bokeh. I'm amazed that this lens costs as little as it does!

I have nothing negative to say about it! At its worst, it's still fine to good. For example:
* Size/weight: it's kind of big and heavy, but what do you expect for 200mm at f/2.8? It's lighter than it should be.
* Build quality is not amazing. But it's perfectly fine. Not at all cheap, IMO.
* Autofocus is not USM/HSM/SSM.

When I was looking into this lens, I was afraid to go forward with it because I read about how bad the AF is. But clearly the reviewers were not using the A-mount version. Other versions come with an AF motor that perhaps is inferior. But the Sony version does not come with a motor; it uses the camera's motor instead. Thus, it's not bad at all. On my A550 and A850, it's perfectly fine. If this concern is holding you back, don't worry about it!
reviewer#7444 date: May-19-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 2
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:Sigma - 50 F1.4 EX DG HSM
Tamron - SP AF 17-35 F2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical IF
Sony - AF DT 16-105mm F3.5-5.6
price paid:73000 JPY (new)
positive:Excellent image quality.
Nice bokeh.
Relatively fast AF.
Good flare resistance (don't need hood).
Low distortion and CA.
Relatively light-weight.
Non-rotating front.
Price.
negative:Not exactly a tank (more below).
Sometimes hunts (slowly).
comment:Optically, this is a great lens. I admittedly have not owned that many lenses in my rather short time being an (amateur) photographer, but it compares well to my old Sigma 50mm f/1.4 and easily bests my other Tamron, the 17-35mm (which is a pretty nice piece of glass in my mind).

For the few months that I've owned it, it has given me quite a lot of good shots and has been with me on a surprising number of occasions for being such a big lens. Now, that has come to an early end.

For a cheaper, lighter lens, I wouldn't have anything to say like the following. It's just that after reading about Karl Groble's Canon 70-200 taking a plunge from the back of an elephant and still working just fine, I hold this category of lenses to a slightly higher standard.

First, my camera fell from my hip as I exited a bus, because the cheap-o lock on my shoulder harness broke. This left the lens shaken and scratched but still fully working, except a slight stiffening of the focusing ring. But then, a week ago, my daughter knocked over my (collapsed) tripod with the camera on it. That 2 ft fall first of all cracked two filters, which left glass dust in the lens, but deformed the barrel so much that at least some of the elements were moved a tiny bit and degraded the image quality as well as the ability to focus.

Instead of paying $400 to have this fixed (with the risk of having it happen again), I have just bought a Tokina 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6, which is fine for me because I noticed that I wasn't using the brightness of the other one for much more than having a bright viewfinder anyway, and the Tokina has twice the reach but only 75% of the weight. And it cost me a grand total of $324.

I don't have a habit of dropping lenses, but if and when I buy another lens of this "caliber", I will opt for one with more tank-like construction, even if it costs me a few more ounces.

For people much more careful than me, who are looking for a bright medium tele zoom and are on a budget, I do think this Tamron is a wonderful choice. But if you bang on your equipment as much as I do (whether that's because of kids or because you're exploring the Andes is irrelevant), I suggest looking at other choices instead.
reviewer#7276 date: Apr-11-2010
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:Tamron - AF 18-200XR Di II
Tokina - AF 28-70 F2.8
Tamron - AF 70-300 Di Macro
price paid:700 euro
positive:very sharp
usefull range
f2.8
(quite) cheap
good quality plasticks
internal focus and zooming
negative:slow af on a200
no focus limiter
focus on film bodies?
comment:I bought after a lot of research. it's sharp wide open and very sharp fron even f4 (no original lab testing of course). af is quite slow on a200, focuses normaly to fast on a550 and its quite fast on a850. also about focusing, my film cameras cant focus this lens! my 7000i only focuses after 150mm but confirms focus in mf mode and my 500si wont focus at all.
reviewer#7268 date: Apr-10-2010
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:Beer Can
Minolta 100- 300
price paid:700
positive:Image Quality
Colors
Build
Zoom Range
negative:Not a HSM,
some times hunts a bit
No Zoom Lock
comment:This lens is one of my favorite lenses from Tamron. Through, many people say that this lens has the slowest auto focus, I dont agree. Buy this lens. It's a tough competition to Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 HSM II. For the price and the image quality of Sony 70-200 f/2.8, you won't be disappointed
reviewer#7197 date: Mar-29-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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
price paid:
missing
positive:Nice colors
Fast (2.8)
Well Built
negative:Heavy
Sometimes miss focuses
comment:Very Sharp .Nice Color rendition ....tends to miss focus in certain situations ....
reviewer#6748 date: Jan-15-2010
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:Minolta 70-210 f4
Minolta 100 f2
CZ 24-70 F2.8
price paid:800 USD (new)
positive:Good sharpness & contrast WO, great sharpness from F3.5
Nice bokah
negative:Biggest size for 2.8 zoom, especially with blend
Some frontfocus on A700, on A850 - OK
comment:Very good lens in my new A850 - all, that I needed for indoor, reportage shooting. Nice range and quality for studio too. Creamy bokeh. AF is OK for my (not trying for sport still)

Sharping and contrast good at wide open, excellent from F3.5-4.

Biggest problem for me - too large, especially with blend. Camera with connected lens did not come in to my favorite walkaround bag (Domke J-5XC), had to use bigger one or backpack.

Overall: great lens, low price for excellent quality. Why I need pay more then twice for Sony? Result the same.
reviewer#6731 date: Jan-11-2010
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:Sony 4.5-5.6/75-300
price paid:
missing
positive:good colors, very good sharpnes
negative:AF sometimes hunt
comment:This is a great lens. This is the lens i use most. AF speed is ok, but can hunt especialy when using it with TC 1.4. Can also be used for Macro and it gives a nice bokeh.
I can only recomend this lens.
reviewer#6727 date: Jan-11-2010
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 70-210 f4
price paid:
missing
positive:
missing
negative:no focus limiter
comment:To get a long zoom with a wide constant aperture, weight is to be expected. And you'll grumble about that weight only until you see the results.
This is a stellar lens! The sharpness is truly impressive as is the overall performance of the lens. Color and contrast are excellent, excellent bokeh. I find that it's useful in so many different situations from sports to portraits, as well as a lot of landscape applications.
reviewer#6694 date: Jan-5-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 3
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:729 usd
positive:Beautiful colors
Great sharpness & contrast
Light weight for 2.8
Tamron customer service
negative:Build quality...
Focus speed
comment:Love this lens - a 70-200 should be in everybodys camera bag or on your wish list, probably the most versatile lens because it can be used for so many different occasions.. portrait, sports, candid, walk around, bokeh shots, semi macro, low light....

Altought the lighter weight is a bonous for hand holding.... the plastic build is just not strong enough to house the heavy inner 2.8 glass groups! I happened to drop mine, and it was not a very big fall, but the whole insides of the lens just fell apart. I didn't think it would be repairable but Tamron came through and did an exellent job and made it like new again.. good costomer service!

GREAT LENS!!!! RECOMMENDED!
reviewer#6689 date: Jan-5-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
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:Sony DT 55-200mm f/4-5.6
Minolta 70-210mm f/4
Minolta 100-200mm f/4.5
price paid:729 USD (new)
positive:Sharp wide open at all focal lengths. Through not Sony/Minolta colors, colors are good. Excellent build.
negative:Very large and heavy - I doubt everyone can use this hand-held. AF can hunt for awhile if you miss your focus.
comment:This lens is a joy to shoot with. This is the only zoom I own where I can shoot wide open without worry about soft, fuzzy images. Color reproduction is fantastic - not Sony/Minolta colors, but different and accurate. The wide aperture really helps with fast subjects.

If you miss your focus on a subject, the AF can hunt for a few seconds while trying to regain its lock. It doesn't happen often, but it does happen.

Be forewarned - this is a lot of glass. I'm a pretty big guy and I have trouble using this lens hand-held. It's certainly possible and Sony's in-body stabilization helps, but don't be surprised if this lens wears you out quickly.
reviewer#6519 date: Dec-4-2009
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:beercan
Minolta 70-210 3.5-4.5
various 70-300 zooms
price paid:689 USD (new)
positive:very sharp, even wide open
supurb bokah (beats my beercan)
great color with no disortion
hand-holdable, but best on a monopod or tripod
my favorite lens, hands down
negative:no focus limiter
comment:This is my favorite lens. The colors are superb. It's the sharpest lens I own. The focus is not as slow as reviews have made it out to be (even on my A100). The lack of a focus limiter means that it will run through it's entire range if it loses focus, but once locked on the subject it usually stays there. On my A700, it's simply an amazing piece of glass. As a bonus, it pairs up very well with a recently acquired Tamron SP 1.4x teleconverter, giving me an inexpensive 100-300 f4 (I can end my quest for the Tokina 100-300 f4 now).

It can be a bit cumbersome to carry around your neck on a hike for long distances, but a Black Rapid sling strap really helps make it easier.
reviewer#6475 date: Nov-27-2009
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:KM 100-200 4.5
Sony 55-200 kit
price paid:$649 (new)
positive:Sharp
Nice Bokeh
Good value
Build
negative:AF hunts some
heavy (to be expected)
comment:This is the most expensive lens I have bought yet. I am quite happy with it so far. It is sharp and has nice bokeh for portraits. It has worked nice for me with sports when in good daylight. Only real concern is that the AF does go hunting sometimes and has trouble locking on once in a while. I have yet to use it for indoor sports. It is a good value but if you need a quicker AF you may need the Sigma or $ony version. Build seems pretty solid. I dropped lens about 2-3 feet on to concrete while inside included pouch and lens seems fine. (whew)
reviewer#6391 date: Nov-16-2009
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210 f3.5-4.5
Minolta 70-210 f4
Minolta 100-300 APO D
price paid:
missing
positive:+ center sharp WO, excellent at f/4
+ creamy bokeh
+ colors
+ wide and grippy zoom and focus rings
+ good MFD, macro capabilities
+ manageable size / weight
+ value for money
+ CA control
negative:- AF slow when hunting
- no focus limiter
- corners not great at f/2.8 - f/4 / 200mm
comment:This lens is a great deal. Yes, you have to compromise a bit if you don't want to spend the $$$ for the Sony SSM. IMO the AF / lack of limiter is the only drawback that I have encountered so far. It would have been nice to have the option to limit AF at 1.5m / 5ft. Other than that this lens quickly retired my beercan after a trip to the zoo, it is just so much better. I'll keep the 100-300APO for light travel.

The lens is very manageable handheld after removing the tripod ring, doesn't feel much bigger than the beercan, looks much bigger with the hood. At least it isn't white or silver.
reviewer#6384 date: Nov-14-2009
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 50 1.7
price paid:680 USD
positive:Beautiful images in low light, even better in decent light.

Built very well, feels great in the hand. Huge rubber focusing rings
negative:It does hunt in low light, but good technique can alleviate much of the problem. Education and knowledge trumps speed every time.
comment:Wow, what a lens. I actually shot this on my Nikon D70 when it was first released and was blown away by its performance in the daylight then. Focus was fast and the images were spectacular. I was overjoyed when the lens arrived and it was just as remembered on my new A700.

I almost bought the 70-200 Sony and if you make thousands of dollars and need to depend on a lens for your livelihood then of course buy the Sony. I am a working man who does a shoot or two a month as a hobby among friends and family. For the same price as a used Sony 70-200 I picked up this lens and an immaculate used copy of an A700.

The images that this lens produces are fantastic, and yes the auto-focus is a little slow, not the instantaneous focus that the Sony produces, but I don't need that much speed yet (I may never need THAT much speed), I need to build my lens collection slowly.

Conclusion: Buy the Tamron it is absolutely wonderful for all the shooters that I know and I am certain 98% of the people reading this review. The other 2% that make tens of thousands of dollars a year for their pictures then splurge on the "G" lens, you need them. This lens will keep me happy for a VERY long time. Oh and of course Tamron's 6 year warranty is great for us that need lenses to last and last...

EDIT for 07MAR10. Still love the lens, after a thousand pics taken in all conditions this winter (low-light, backlit, contrasty, etc) I can say this is the bomb. You just can't beat the quality of the lens for the price.
reviewer#6339 date: Nov-6-2009
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:Beercan
75-300 4.5-5.6 Sony
CZ 16-80
CZ 85 1.4
Minolta 50 1.7
price paid:750 USD (New)
positive:sharp
a lot less CA than Beercan
negative:heavy
comment:I finally cleaned out my camera bag and sold/traded all the lenses I never use and bought this lens to replace my Beercan.

In a world where money was no object I may have gone white, but I live in a real world. I sought suggestions from a camera repair firm and dealer of over 50 years. They sell Canon, Nikon, and Leica and Tamron and Sigma lenses.

Obviously I was down to the Tamron or Sigma when I got there. They showed me their own tests of this lens against the best of Nikon and Canon in stabilized form. The Tamron beat the Canon across the board even though the Canon goes for $600 more and if you blow up the Tamron and Nikon images to 3:1 then you'll see that the Nikon slightly beats the Tamron. They said the Sigma version of this lens was not even in the same class as far as IQ. And that's what I'm after. Image quality!

I was impressed and for what I do the AF is plenty fast. Very sharp and colors are good. Sharper than my Tamron 200-500 under f8.

So far I'm more than pleased. I'll let you know after the next afternoon shooting my grandchildren at play.

Add on after 90 days of use: Use it with a monopod. It's heavy but the results are worth it.
reviewer#6333 date: Nov-6-2009
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:Tamron 90 f2.8
Sony 50 f1.4
Tamron 18-250
price paid:649
positive:Optics that rival prime lenses
negative:None
comment:This is one of the only zooms that let me get away from prime lenses and still capture uncompromised image quality. Every aspect of the lens is top of the line. It does give up a little wide open, but just a stop down from there and were at a level of sharpness, contrast and flare control typically reserved for prime lenses.
No regrets so far. Wonderful lens, highly recommended.
reviewer#6327 date: Nov-5-2009
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 75-300
Sony 16-105
Sony 70-200
price paid:GBP400
positive:Great value for money
Great optics (Outstandingly sharp)
Weight
Macro function actually useable
negative:Can be slow to focus in low light
Lens hood feels a little bit delicate to me
comment:I was looking at the Sony 70-200 directly against this lens in B&H and for the price difference I couldn't justify the extra outlay. This really is a lens that performs above its price point.

In terms of image quality I have not had any issues with flare or CA. The colours are that good that I've sold my Sony's and am now pursuing the medium and wide angle lenses from Tamron too!

For the money I don't see these as real negatives but more things to be aware of:

AF does hunt in lower light conditions. To begin with this is disturbing but it soon becomes second nature to open it up a bit and choose your subject carefully. Plus its got me working on my manual focus more and more.

It is usably sharp at 2.8 over the whole range but does benefit from being stopped down to 4 or 5.6

The lens isn't sealed so you need to be careful with it in hazardous environments but it is still a step up from the cheaper Sony lenses in terms of build quality. The sliding collar that engages the manual focus in particular needs to be protected. It feels a little cheap and prone to damage.

To sum up: This is a great lens for the money
reviewer#6317 date: Nov-3-2009
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:My old Minolta 75-300, SAL18250 (which it replaces), Sigma 70-200 EX DG HSM and SAL70300G
price paid:669 EUR
positive:Great colours and very good indoors with low light. Good bokeh. Sharp!
negative:Less well built than the lenses I considered buying as well, being the Sigma 70-200 and the SAL70300G. Quite heavy.
comment:I decided to exchange my SAL18250 as I never used it because of buying the SAL1680CZ. I then decided to buy a good zoom lens, and preferably usable in low light, maybe even indoors. I read all the tests of the Tamron, the Sigma 70-200 EX DG HSM and the SAL70300G, and then went to the store and tried them all, comparing AF-speed, colours and use indoors. The Sony lost immediately, as the colours differed from the colours of the 1680CZ and the SAL5014 and it hunted a lot in low light. The Sigma came second, as it's colours where washed out. It was better built than the Tamron though and it's AF-speed is comaparable to the Tamron. The Tamron won on the colours and the AF speed (hardly any hunting indoors!).
reviewer#6255 date: Oct-22-2009
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:minolta 28-135mm
minolta 70-210 beetcan
Sony 70-300mm G
price paid:750 USD
positive:Sharp, Sharp, Sharp
price
weight
size and close focussing
negative:still too big to walk around with
build quality could be better
comment:This is a very well priced lens with excellent optics, sharp even at f2.8
The bokeh on this lens is buttery smooth, it's different from the beercan(which is more busy) but somewhat similar to the sony 70-300mm G.
I could not find any CA even shooting wide open, the beercan is horrible at f4. Focus is dead on for my copy, shooting at f2.8 really isolates your subject.
I don't have anything to complain about image wise, build quality could be better not comparable to the Sony, Canon or Nikon equivalents, but then again the mentioned lenses cost more than twice as much. I wouldn't mind paying a couple of hundred dollars more for better build.
Even though this lens is smaller and lighter than the sony, canon, nikon equivalent, it is still a big and heavy lens, also attracts a lot of stares from the public.
reviewer#6234 date: Oct-17-2009
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:Beercan
28-135
price paid:Ł599
positive:IQ
Lack of CA
negative:None yet
comment:I have not done a back to back test against other lenses so purely subjectively I've got to say this is an impressive bit of kit. Even wide open at F2.8 it gives pretty sharp images (certainly at least as sharp as the beercan is at F4). AF on moving targets seems at least as good as the beercan but I really need to play some more to decide if it's significantly better.

Remarkably, results are good even with a 2x Kenko TC. I did a simple comparison without the TC, with the TC and using a Reflex 500AF - all shooting at F8 using a tripod. The images were scaled to the same field of view and compared at 100%. The 2x was significantly better than the resized [without TC] shot and [the remarkable bit] slightly better than the 500AF. I only looked at centre sharpness and this was with a static target. The AF does seem OK with the TC but I don't think it's as accurate as the 500AF.
reviewer#6183 date: Oct-6-2009
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:- Minolta AF 85
- Minolta AF 100 Macro
- Minolta AF 135
- Minolta AF 28-135
- Minolta AF 100-200
price paid:€ 580
positive:- great price
- build is very good considering the price
- very sharp at the wide and long end
- manual focus is very good; big focus ring with smooth transmission
- good lens shade
- AF is very accurate
negative:- wide-open performance could be better
- a bit soft in the middle (around 100-135)
- AF could be faster
- no focus limiter
- bokeh unpleasing at the wide end
- heavy (BUT lighter than most other 70-200 f2.8s)
comment:Considering the price, this lens is an awesome performer. Much like the Tamron 17-50mm and 28-75mm, this Tamron delivers quality pictures for a low price.

Wide-open, softness and lack of contrast is visible. Stopped down to f4, it becomes very sharp with great contrast and colour.

Performs good on full-frame, too.
reviewer#6181 date: Oct-4-2009
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:SONY 75-300
price paid:650
positive:Crisp, sharp images
negative:None
comment:I've always wanted this lens, and bought it last month. Terrific quality! Great wide open, and even better after stopping down. I wish I had bought this earlier!
reviewer#6097 date: Sep-21-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 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 70-210 litlle bit faster AF and of course the 2.8 difference.. ;-)
Minolta 100-400mm same conclusion..faster AF ....
price paid:650 €
positive:Price/quality top in this range
IF, and switchable AF-MF
Nice bokeh for zoom
negative:litlle hunting on difficult backgrounds
comment:Complete lens set with everything included for a sharp price. Good sunhood....
Good build, nice finishing (for me ;-)
NIce results on the 7d and the A700
To recommend!
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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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