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Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 Di VC USD Nikon Review

The Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 Di VC USD is a high performance telephoto zoom lens designed for Nikon DSLRs compatible with the AFS (Autofocus, Full-time manual focus override) and AFD (Autofocus, full-time manual focus override, distance encoder) focusing systems. The lens has a fast maximum aperture of F2.8 throughout the zoom range and a VC (Vibration Compensation) system that provides up to 4 stops of image stabilization. This lens is ideal for sports, photojournalism, weddings and portraits as well as for any other type of photography that requires a fast and long telephoto lens.

Good Things About The Lens

The Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 Di VC USD is a good lens for people who want to buy a cheaper, but high quality telephoto zoom lens. The autofocus is fast, especially when shooting sports or other moving subjects. The lens is lightweight and easy to carry around for long periods of time without becoming too heavy on the hand.

Bad Things About The Lens

The Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 Di VC USD is not a perfect lens, however. It suffers from chromatic aberration and purple fringing when shooting at wider apertures such as f/2.8, but this is a problem that can be easily fixed in post-processing software such as Lightroom or Photoshop. The lens also has quite some distortion when shooting at the 70mm and 200mm ends of the zoom, but this can be easily fixed in post-processing software as well.

Missing Features

The Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 G VR II is a newer lens that has not been reviewed as well as the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 VC, but the Nikon does have a few features that are worth mentioning. The biggest difference is in their autofocus systems, with the Tamron having an internal focus motor (IF) and no image stabilization (IS).

Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 Di VC USD Specifications

Indicative Price: $1699Zoom Type: Ring
Release Date: 09/13/2012Mount Type: Nikon F FX
Focal Range: 70-200mmTripod Mount: Yes
Aperture: F/2.8Colors Available: Black
Filter Diameter (millimeters): 77Full-Time Manual Focus: Yes
Maximum Diameter (millimeters): 85.8Number Of Lenses: 23
AF Motor: USDLength (millimeters): 188.3
Stabilization: YesWeight (grams): 1470

Lens Performance

Below are some of the performance measures we looked at when reviewing the Tamron 70-200mm camera lens:

Autofocus

The autofocus is very fast and accurate.

It’s also quiet, which will be appreciated by those who shoot video with a DSLR camera or work in the studio.

Manual Focus

This lens has a variable aperture, which means that the size of the opening changes at different focal lengths. In some cases this is an advantage because it can be helpful to have a larger depth of field. However, it can also be a disadvantage to have the depth of field change as you zoom in and out because this can affect your subject’s position relative to background objects.

Bokeh

The Tamron 24-70mm F2.8 Di VC USD Nikon provides a wide range of focal lengths and has an impressive maximum aperture throughout the zoom range, which is especially important for shooting in low light conditions.

The Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 Di VC USD Nikon is a constant aperture lens with an impressive maximum aperture throughout the zoom range, making it perfect for shooting in low light conditions.

Distortion

The Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 Di VC USD is a great lens for shooting portraits, weddings, and sports due to its fast aperture at the telephoto end of 200mm. It’s also capable of producing sharp images at the wide angle end of 70mm with a maximum aperture f/2.8, which is great considering its price point and size on top DSL. However, there was some distortion at both 70-200mm ranges.

Ergonomics

The Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 Di VC USD Nikon is a high quality lens that feels very sturdy and durable; it has a solid build in comparison to most other lenses. The zoom and focus rings are easy to use, but the weight of this lens can make it difficult for some photographers.

Flare & Ghosts

The lens incorporates a Super Integrated Coating to reduce flare and ghosts.

There is also an SP (Super Protect) coating on the front element to repel water, oil, dust and dirt from the lens surface.

The Tamron 70-200mm VC has a Vibration Compensation (VC) image stabilizing system with an enhanced VR Mode to compensate for camera shake as much as 4.5 stops.

The VC system has a 4-stop mode for panning and 3 modes to choose from depending on the photographer’s needs (Mode 1, Mode 2 or Mode 3).

Lateral Color Fringes

The lens produces a small amount of color fringing in the corners, but it’s not noticeable unless you’re looking for it.

Lens Corrections

The Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 Di VC USD Nikon is an amazing lens for outdoor use, with excellent clarity and sharpness in all conditions. It also has a wide aperture of f/2.8 and a VC (Vibration Compensation) system that reduces camera shake by up to four stops, making it an ideal lens for shooting fast-moving subjects from the sidelines of a soccer field, for example.

Mechanical Quality

The construction of the lens is excellent. It’s made from a high grade plastic, but it has a metal mount and rubber gaskets on all external connections to keep out dust. There are metal lens hoods and a really nice, smooth manual zoom ring. The focus and zoom rings are both nicely damped too.

Sharpness

The Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 Di VC USD is a very sharp lens and has great optics, although there are some levels of distortion prevalent at both ends of the 70-200mm range.

Similar Products

Below are some similar products that compete with the Tamron 70-200mm F2.8:

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR

The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR is a lens for the full frame DSLR camera and has been designed to be used with a variety of different camera types. The lens has been designed to be used in any type of environment, and it is also weather sealed so that the lens can withstand various conditions such as rain or snow. The lens is also very compact and lightweight, which makes it perfect for those who are looking to travel with a DSLR camera setup.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM is a solid alternative to the Tamron as it comes in at about $1,000 cheaper and features image stabilization.

The Tamron does not have image stabilization and is about $1,000 more expensive than the Canon lens.

Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM

Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM is a lens that offers a similar zoom range and focal length as the Tamron but at an even higher price.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

This lens shoots sharp images with clarity and definition.

This lens is a must-have for any Nikon shooter who wants to be able to shoot in low light and at a distance.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM

This lens is a great value. It’s sharp, fast and lightweight, comparable to the Tamron.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR

While the Tamron’s near-silent VC and f/2.8 aperture are both attractive features, this lens is noticeably heavier than Nikon’s AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR. The Tamron’s weight may be a deal breaker for some photographers, as the lens is heavier to carry and can cause neck strain when shooting handheld over long periods of time.

Is The Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 DI VC Worth It?

It’s an excellent lens for photographers who don’t mind the extra weight and are looking for a fast aperture telephoto zoom lens with VC, and it’s a solid choice for Nikon shooters looking to step up from the slower, less expensive f/4 version.

The Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD is currently available for $1,199 at B&H Photo and Amazon.

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