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The Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO, is a lightweight, high-performance and fast tele-zoom lens designed for DSLR cameras with both 35mm full-size image sensors and APS-C sized sensors.
Its fast f2.8 aperture enables photographers to work with the minimum depth of field or at higher shutter speeds to freeze action shots whilst offering a the best-in-class Minimum Focussing Distance of 0.95m over the entire zoom range, giving an impressive macro magnification ratio of 1:3.1 when zoomed to 200mm.
The advanced optical construction of the AF 70-200 f2.8 with Tamron’s Multi Lens coatings minimise the possibilities of flare, with three LD (low dispersion) elements effectively compensating for lateral and on-axis chromatic aberrations, resulting in edge-to-edge sharpness and high-contrast image quality to challenge far higher priced alternatives from the mainstream camera brands.
It enables the user to cover a focal length range of 70mm medium telephoto to 200mm telephoto when mounted on a 35mm full-size DSLR camera (109mm to 310mm equivalent* on a DSLR camera equipped with an APS-C sized image sensor). * Tamron's conversion ratio is 1.55x
Size & Weight -
The Tamron 70-200 f2.8 lens is extremely compact at just 195mm long and 89.5mm diameter with its advanced optical design keeping weight down on the lens itself to a mere 1150g.
One-touch Auto/Manual Switchover Mechanisms -
The models for Nikon and Canon cameras can easily and quickly be switched between Auto and manual focus simply by sliding the focus ring back or forwards. (Sony and Pentax systems require AF/MF switchover operation on both the camera and lens).
Whilst in Autofocus the IF (internal focusing) system prevents the focusing ring from rotating ensuring great handling and stability at all times.
Slip the focus ring back and you are immediately in Manual Focus mode allowing you to decide exactly where you want to focus your subject to take control of your depth of field or simply to focus on a particular area of the subject without having to reframe or access alternate focus modes via your cameras menu system. The Manual focus system is well weighted and has a quick action to enable focusing from close to infinity without losing balance and stability.
Detachable Tripod Grip Ring -
The lens is supplied with a lightweight and rigid aluminium removable tripod socket.
Flower-shaped Lens Hood -
A flower-shaped lens hood is included as a standard accessory. The special hood provides optimum shading of superfluous light whilst allowing full use of the maximum zoom range.
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Cheaper option against the Canon version
from Roydon, Essex, UK
About Me Semi-Professional
Comments about Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 Di LD SP AF (IF) Macro Lens -:
Compared to the competition eg, Canon & Sigma it is a serious compeditor with its wide aperture range to f2.8.Only drawback is no VC (IS) control but one is on its way for no doubt a lot more money!!No problems with fuzzy photos, just make sure you use shutter above 1/200 when fully extended to 200 mm and at 70 mm 1/100 or above.It is not a light weight but no lenses with a wide aperture is but lighter than a Canon (& a lot cheaper!!). Also it is a fixed length as it uses interal adjusting glass elements without extending so it is easy to use with a battery grip hand held or on a tripod.Kit includes front & back caps, a well padded carry bag and a removeable lens tripod mount.Cons: None noticed so far other than adding a Kenko x2 extender at close to 200 mm it is slow or does not focus but that is expected as is the aperature stops at f/4.A good all rounder with a price to match.I do recommend it when cost is a real consideration.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Great optics but slow to focus
About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast
I use this lens for sports and airshow photography and so far I'm more than happy with the results. This lens is well constructed and feels quite solid and comes with a hood and rotating tripod mount.I also like the push/pull auto/manual focus ring, much easier than trying to find a small switch at the other end of the barrel. The only problem I have experienced with this lens is in low light situations when it hunts for focus and sometimes fails to lock on.
Included Accessories: Flower-shaped lens hood and case
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