Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens

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Key Features

  • 70-200mm focal length
  • 105-300mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras, 112-320mm equivalent focal length on Canon APS-C cameras
  • Ultrasonic-type AF motor with full-time manual focusing
  • Image stabilization
  • 1.30m/51.18" minimum focus
  • Available in Canon EF, Canon EF-S, Nikon F (FX), Nikon F (DX), Sony Alpha mounts

Product Description

The Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD is a fast telephoto zoom lens that features optical image stabilization and an ultrasonic-type autofocus motor. Designed for both full frame and APS-C cameras, it's billed as the smallest in its class. It features moisture-resistant construction, and has a circular aperture diaphragm for pleasing rendition of out-of-focus backgrounds.


Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 70–200 mm
Image stabilisation Yes
Lens mount Canon EF, Nikon F (FX), Sony/Minolta Alpha
Maximum aperture F2.8
Minimum aperture F32.0
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Aperture notes rounded
Elements 23
Groups 17
Minimum focus 1.30 m (51.18)
Maximum magnification 0.13×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Ultrasonic
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale Yes
Weight 1470 g (3.24 lb)
Diameter 86 mm (3.39)
Length 197 mm (7.76)
Sealing Yes
Colour Black
Zoom method Rotary (internal)
Power zoom No
Zoom lock Unknown
Filter thread 77 mm
Hood supplied Yes
Tripod collar Yes


User Reviews

4.79167 out of 5 stars
  • Varuas, May 4, 2013 GMT:
    Preliminary assessment of the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 VC

    I received this lens yesterday, so had chance to shoot mostly test shots. My previous experience with the lens in this class was Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 OS. Assessment so far: Pros: (1) Great sharpness wide open across large area -- larger area than the Sigma (2) AF is fast and spot on -- similar to the Sigma (3) VC is fantastic and just works -- better than the Sigma

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  • Pet Photos, Jun 1, 2013 GMT:
    Great Lens

    I bought my Tamron SP 70-200mm 2.8 lens several weeks ago. My main purpose was for shooting action shots at dog agility trials. In recent years, these trials are being held indoors, and that presents some issues. For this type of photography, you are shooting in low light, but need to use at least a 1/1000 sec and f2.8. The Tamron is certainly up to the task. I managed to have over two thousand shots, spread over 3 days. This lens came highly recommended by my local dealer, and they were ...

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  • Stefan Cretu, Dec 17, 2013 GMT:
    Exceptional optical quality

    An lens with exceptional optical quality is super sharp at 2.8. Focus is almost instant and without noise. Very good in low light. Colours are very good with a good contrast.VC does its job very well. Some examples of photos you can see here http://www.csdany.com/Private/Tamron-70200-VC-with-Nikon-D70/n-mvr3Z/i-MhnVDwX

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  • Yannick KREMPP, Jan 3, 2014 GMT:
    Absolutely fantastic

    After reading all the reviews I finally settled my choice on this lens instead of the twice as expensive Canon equivalent. I was a bit worried about its autofocus behavior, especially since this lens was meant to be used with a Canon 60D, so without MFA. Well, what can I say ? I'm just amazed of the quality this piece of glass delivers and it's worth every penny it costs. No worried about autofocus, it's tack sharp and reactive enough to take action series. Some samples: 200mm @ f/2,8 - 1/500 ...

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Questions & Answers


Best 70-200 Lens

I am interested in buying a Tamron 70-200mm lens however I cannot decide which one to buy. Price matters to me which is why I am stuck on what to do (and not looking at the Canon branded version). I am deciding between the Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Canon ($1499.00) and the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF Lens for Canon EOS DSLR Cameras ($769.00) The differences between them are the autofocus, image stabilizer (VC) and the over look and feel of the lens. I am wondering if it is worth double the price for the upgrade. I will be using the lens mainly for indoor sports games. Thanks in advance. P.S. I am shooting with a Canon Rebel T2i.

7 months ago


If you are using it for indoor sports, it is worth the price difference. The AF on the older Tamron is quite slow and would be frustrating for indoor sports. Have you considered either of the Sigma 70-200s? They are also inexpensive and have a nicer AF motor. I would check those out too! Also, if you're doing sports, look for a used Canon 70-200 2.8 nonIs which is cheaper than the VC tamron and very fast and sharp. For sports you won't need the IS much. Continue Reading

diness answered
7 months ago

The improved VC version also has improved optics which is the more important selling point. VC isn't what you're looking for when you're shooting indoor sports as it's more for when your shutter speed is less than the reciprocal of the focal length. You're most likely be using 1/1000 or 1/500. Continue Reading

currydubs answered
7 months ago

Try posting in the third party lens forum. Continue Reading

Bronze Age Man answered
7 months ago


Is the new Manfrotto XPro 3 way head too heavy for the new mt190xpro4 tripod?

Hi guys! I need some help, please. As the title says, I plan to buy this set: the new Manfrotto mt190xpro4 tripod (new 190, aluminium, 4-section), with the latest xpro 3 way head. I know that this new head seems to fit 055 tripod better, for the head is quite heavy (1 kilogram). But the new 055 is really heavy itself, and the aluminium one only comes with 3 sections, while I need 4 for travel purpose. And I can't afford the carbon-fiber ones. That's why I am thinking about 190. But with a lower maximum supporting weight of 7 kilogram and thinner legs than the 055, is it able to support the xpro 3 way head and my gear, steadily? Or is this head really not for 190 but only 055? BTW, I am using a Canon 6D with 24105, and will buy a Tamron 70200 next month. These will be my gear. Thanks so much, folks! Looking forward to your help :)

James Wu asked
1 month ago


Not sure why you are looking at such a large and heavy head, if you want to use it for travel? If you're looking for a travel tripod, I think you can find better alternatives that are better and lighter than this combo. Even a Sirui T-2204 with K10 or K20 ball head would be a better alternative, I think. Also: http://www.dpreview.com/articles/5352974021/travel-tripods-5-carbon-fiber-kits-reviewed http://www.dpreview.com/articles/8941642276/travel-tripods-comparing-5-aluminum-kits Continue Reading

Adrian Tung answered
1 month ago

I don't know what it does besides fold up smaller than the 804rc2, which is less expensive and not as heavy.  But while I don't think the tripod is necessarily  a bad choice, I'd look for something else as a head for travel use. Continue Reading

Craig Gillette answered
1 month ago

I don't see a problem with the combination for weight, but it doesn't seem like the right match for that type of swivel column. I prefer a 3-way for landscape or macro with a traditional tripod, but I'd think you'd want a ballhead for the tilt column. I'm not sure I could even use the 3-way with that system. With a ballhead you could adjust for the tilt, but I'm not sure you can do it with the 3-way. Continue Reading

BBbuilder467 answered
1 month ago


Using FX lenses on DX body (Nikon D3200)?

Hi all, I have a problem with deciding upon which lense to buy to be compatible with my Nikon D3200. Will one of those work properly with this camera? * Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 APO EX DG HSM OS FLD * Tamron SP 70-200MM F/2.8 DI VC USD. I want to invest to the quality lenses as in soon future I am planning to buy professional camera, but for now I have no budget to buy both - lense & body itself. I am interested in mainly travel, landscape shooting and shooting details (nature, people, sport). My budget is up to 1 000,-€. Thanks a lot to all of you for every advice & help!

Peter Huray asked
16 days ago


I agree with everything PSCL1 wrote above but, the 80-200 f2.8, while a great lens and on my list to purchase, requires in in-body focusing motor which your d3200 does not have. If you bought it, it would be manual focus only. Continue Reading

BrettDR answered
13 days ago

Don't forget to look at the Nikon 70-200/4, it is close to that price range. Continue Reading

MikeyLikesNikon answered
15 days ago

I would suggest the Nikon 70-200 f4 rather than the f2.8 lens. it will be lighter and better balanced for the D3200. If on a tight budget then the Nikon 70-300 VR is also a good option. between 70 and 200 it is very good. Continue Reading

romfordbluenose answered
12 days ago


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