Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD IF Macro Lens

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Tried & Tested
Indeed if we look solely at the studio optical tests, it is a resounding success, as the technical quality of the images this lens can produce is superb throughout most of the range, matching or even outperforming the much more expensive Canon 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM.”

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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
  • F2.8 constant maximum aperture; F32 minimum
  • Micromotor-type AF motor without full-time manual focusing
  • 77mm filters
  • 0.95m/37.40" minimum focus
  • Available in Canon EF, Pentax KAF, Sony Alpha, Nikon F (FX) mounts

Product Description

Tamron's SP 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD (IF) is a fast standard telephoto zoom, offering a constant maximum aperture of F2.8, making is useful for low-light handheld work, and for portraiture and event photography. Measuring just 7.6 inches long and weighing only 1.1kg (40.6 oz.) the SP 70-200mm is one of the more portable zooms of its type, and offers truly excellent image quality for the price. The sacrifice is that this lens does not include Tamron's VC image stabilization (although Pentax and Sony DSLR users don't need to worry about that) and focus is both slow and noisy. Also, Nikon users should be aware that this lens will only autofocus on camera bodies with built-in focus motors. The newer Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD offers significant improvements all round, but this original non-stabilzed version remains excellent value.

Specs

Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 70–200 mm
Image stabilisation No
Lens mount Canon EF, Pentax KAF, Sony Alpha, Nikon F (FX)
Aperture
Maximum aperture F2.8
Minimum aperture F32.0
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Aperture notes rounded blades
Optics
Elements 19
Groups 16
Special elements / coatings 3 LD elements
Focus
Minimum focus 0.95 m (37.4)
Maximum magnification 0.32×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Micromotor
Full time manual No
Focus method Internal
Focus notes manual focus clutch
Distance scale Yes
DoF scale Yes
Physical
Weight 1330 g (2.93 lb)
Diameter 90 mm (3.52)
Length 194 mm (7.65)
Materials Plastic and metal barrel, metal mount
Sealing No
Colour Black
Zoom method Rotary (internal)
Filter thread 77 mm
Filter notes Does not rotate on focus
Hood supplied Yes
Tripod collar Yes
Other
Notes Nikon, Pentax and Sony mounts

Reviews

DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other lenses in the same category at the time of review.

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Tried & Tested
Tried & Tested

The optical quality of this lens is genuinely superb. What we have here is a flawed gem, a lens which fully capable of delivering excellent images, but also frustratingly capable of missing focus on that once-in-a-lifetime shot, either through misfocus or simply being too slow.

Good For

Low light shooters on a budget.

Not So Good For

Photographers who depend on very fast autofocus.

User Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars
  • Kifananyi, Oct 5, 2012 GMT:
    If it Wasn't for that AF...

    I bought mine new 3 years ago while on a trip to India. It cost me the equivalent of $850. At that time my longest lens was a Sigma 55-200mm/f4-5.6. Pros: For the price (compared to the equivalent Canon zooms), its a very good deal Its painted black and does not stand out unlike Canon's 70-200s Its quite well made - not up to Canon L standards but still very sturdy. The focus ring is wide, grippy and well damped. Comes with a nice black padded pouch that resists dirt very well (this is very ...

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  • hikenhi, Apr 16, 2012 GMT:
    A good lens for the money.

    This was my first digital telephoto zoom that I purchased to add to my available assortment of digital lenses to compliment my Pentax DSLRs. It’s a great lens for the active subjects, but not so much social ones. For $720 new, you can’t complain when you consider attributes like; f2.8, internal zoom design, macro capability, the same 77mm filter as all of my other digital lenses at the time, and an unheard of 6-year manufactures warranty. However there are definitely some things that I ...

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  • tralain, Mar 17, 2013 GMT:
    Wonderful optics, slow focus

    This lens produces truly beautiful images - if you can get the image in focus. This isn't an issue with slow or static objects, but action and moving subjects can challenge this lens and shots get missed. For much of my use, which has been portraits, it is a wonderful performer, matching the much more expensive optics in this class of lens. If you need fast and quiet focus I'd consider the newer version of this lens or another make. I also agree with other comments that its manual/auto ...

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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Where to buy Tamron 70-200 2.8 Tripod Mount?

I'm buying this used, sadly the seller does not have this... where can I buy it? Ebay isn't showing me anything nor google... :\

ChrisAdv asked
1 year ago

ANSWERS

I removed the collar from my Tamron 70-200 f2.8 lens and measured its diameter. It is 72mm. You could buy this from eBay cheaply. Almost certainly it will fit. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/72mm-Camera-Lens-Tripod-Mount-Ring-Micro-Lens-Collar-F-Canon-EF100mm-F2-8-USM-/370616830744?pt=UK_Photography_CameraLenses_Lens_caps_hoods_adaptors_ET&hash=item564a7c0b18 Continue Reading

Kyogle answered
1 year ago

Buy directly from Tamron and get one you know will fit (and is brand new).  John Continue Reading

John Hermanson answered
1 year ago

QUESTION

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.

2 months ago

ANSWERS

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
2 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
2 months ago

Try posting in the third party lens forum. Continue Reading

Bronze Age Man answered
2 months ago

WARRANTY


Tamron USA, Inc. Six-Year Limited Warranty (Six-Year Limited Warranty Valid in USA Only)

Only Tamron lenses imported officially by Tamron USA, Inc. and distributed by authorized Tamron USA, Inc. dealers carry a Six-Year Limited USA warranty.
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