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The Tamron SP AF70-200mm 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.
This lens 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).
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.
* Tamron's conversion ratio is 1.55x
(based on 9 reviews)
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By The Photo Guy
About Me Semi-Professional
Comments about Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 SP AF - Sony Fit Lens:
I use this on a sony A99, which has stabilisation in body. It's very sharp and is quick to focus. I've used it on a few weddings and am really pleased with the result. The F2.8 gives some fantastic out of focus backgrounds.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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About Me Casual user
I bought this lens to replace the old Minolta 70-210 f/4 'beercan' which was showing its age. The 'Tammy' has delivered and produces top quality images with smooth bokeh. It can be used indoors and in low light and I find the focus good especially in better light although I switch to manual indoors. It is heavier than the beercan but worth it for the better IQ. Colour is very nice too. I find it does attract dust due to its large size.I intend to keep this lens and with the addition of a teleconverter I will have a 400mm f/5.6.
Great lens at a great price
By Andy the Cop
About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Even with attached camera (with grip & 2 batteries) it is still light enough to be used without tripod or monopodConstant f2.8 aperture is very usefulGood in low lightA fantastic price compared to the sony equivalent
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By pro shot
All i can say about this lens is that it's well worth the money and the photo's i get with it are first class.
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I was a little nervous having seen comments about this lens with other mounts not being quick enough in auto focus but I find the performance very good and reliable with no hunting. I would have preferred if AF/MF switching had been the same as my Sony lenses but it is not too difficult to adapt to. Otherwise highly recommended.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Excellent value lens
from East Midlands
I purchased this lens after much research and reading reviews comparing it to the Sigma, Canon & Nikon equivalents. Let's just say the lens is not perfect. Yes it's slow to focus sometimes. In low light it does sometimes struggle a bit. But it's almost nit picking. It is still a very very good lens. When you consider that the Sony version is £1k more, it's a total steal.Image quality is simply amazing. Even at f2.8 I've never had any issues and I suspect those who do are simply pixel peeping too much.The bokeh is as smooth as a baby's backside. The choice is simple. Buy the Sony and enjoy the best that Sony can give you? Or buy the Tamron, have almost the identical image quality and have £1000 in your pocket?
(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Superb value for money
Got this for my birthday - what a good purchase!I was originally put off by the [@] cynics complaining about slow AF and bad IQ, but did some research of people who actually owned the product (!) and decided to take the plunge.It is true that focus isn't the fastest thing on the planet. It takes a good while to go from closest focal distance to infinity at 200mm - but it's worth bearing in mind that in good light the focus rarely hunts, so in reality you'll never have to wait for it to go from one end to the other for focus. In reality, it is marginally faster than the kit lens.Due to the weight of the elements, there is also some focus creep in MF mode - not a major concern for me, as I'm always in AF with this kind of lens.Sharpness wide open at f2.8 isn't great, I'll be honest. From f4 upwards it is tack sharp, rivaling the Canon 70-200mm L lenses for sharpness. I can live with this, for the price: it's priced marginally higher than the Canon 70-200mm f4 L. I was considering switching platforms to get this lens, but seeing as I can get the same IQ at f4 and also have the ability to go down to f2.8 for low light shots if I need to with the Tamron, I stuck with Sony: it seemed the sensible option!Bear in mind that the step from f2.8 to f4 is only 1.2 stops - the "2" in 2.8 makes the gap seem larger than it actually is - so in terms of bokeh there's not a whole lot of difference between the two apertures, considering it's a tele lens. This means I can happily shoot at f4 without sacrificing bokeh, which is great news. Oh, and the bokeh on this lens is gorgeous! (See attached photo.)Not a perfect lens, but a great buy if you can live with its soft points (pardon the pun).
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A disc from an old HDD. Shot @200mm, f4, 1/320s
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
from Tampere, Finland
I didn't have money to buy Sony own 70-200 but I really need 2,8 aperture lense. Price was really cheap, so I decide to try this lense.It was huge surprise when i got this lense. It was sharp, it works fast enough for me and it was easy to use.It's perfect lense for me, I shoot whit it in figureskating European Championships and I have to say, i love this lense.I don't know how it works with canon or Nikon but if i compare this lense to Canon 70-200 and Sony 70-200, it's the winner. I really recommend it.
(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
Excellent for Sony Alpha series
This lens does not have an ultra sonic motor so is rated in the mags as the best in class for optics but slow and noisy in operation. However, the Sony Alpha cameras use the camera motor instead of a driver in the lens. For this reason I bought it instead of the Sigma.I use it with a Minolta 700si, a Konica Minolta 7D and a Sony Alpha 700 and find it excellent. The optics are superb and the AF as good as I any lens I use.The only drawback is the lack of a focus limiter but I use the MF/AF toggle, a quick hand focus and then release the toggle when needed. The balance of the lens is excellent and I have a Manfrotto QF plate on the support ring which is great when hand held.
Included Accessories: Flower-shaped Lens hood and case
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