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Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF Lens for Pentax AF

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Product Highlights
  • Zoom Telephoto

The Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro Lens is a telephoto zoom lens that has a large maximum aperture of f/2.8 which remains constant throughout the zoom range. It also offers an excellent "close-focusing-distance" minimum of just 3.1' (0.95 m) throughout its entire zoom range, with a maximum macro magnification ratio of 1:3.1 at f=200mm. When mounted on an APS-C sensor size digital SLR camera, it provides a focal length equivalent of 105-300mm.

Di (Digitally Integrated Design) is a designation Tamron puts on lenses featuring optical systems designed to meet the performance characteristics of digital SLR cameras. Features like LD glass elements and Internal Focusing put this lens in the same category as the much bigger and more expensive professional Tamron lenses.

LD Glass
Two LD glass elements reduce various aberrations while minimizing the fall-off of light at the corners
Internal Focus
The lens neither extends nor contracts physically when focusing; all moving elements are contained within the lens barrel
Di Design
Digitally Integrated (DI) design lenses are designed to meet the performance characteristics of digital SLR cameras
Tripod Collar
The tripod mount, detachable in one touch, is made of magnesium alloy that reconcile lightweight and high rigidity, resulting in enhanced balance and ease of use in hand-held shooting
Performance
Focal Length 70 - 200mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Pentax K
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Pentax Digital (APS-C)
Angle of View 34° - 12°
APS-C Picture Angle: 22° - 7°
Minimum Focus Distance 3.12' (95 cm)
Magnification 0.32x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3
Elements/Groups 18/13
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Yes
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 77 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.5 x 7.6" (8.89 x 19.30 cm)
Weight 2.53 lb (1150 g)
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF Lens for Pentax AF
  • 77mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap for Pentax AF
  • Lens Hood for the SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di and VC Lenses
  • Case
  • Tripod Collar
  • 6-Year Warranty
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    Tamron70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF Lens for Pentax AF
     
    4.4

    (based on 47 reviews)

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    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (29)
    • Consistent output (25)
    • Nice bokeh (22)
    • Strong construction (22)
    • Easily interchangeable (16)

    Cons

    • Heavy (21)
    • Slow focus (9)

    Best Uses

    • Sports/action (20)
    • Landscape/scenery (19)
    • Wildlife photos (18)
    • Weddings (17)
    • Low light (14)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (14), Enthusiast (11), Semi-pro photographer (10), Casual photographer (4)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Very pleased with this lens

    As others have, I find that this lens is a bit soft when shot wide open at f/2.8. Still very useable, but a bit soft. However, stop it down to...Read complete review

    As others have, I find that this lens is a bit soft when shot wide open at f/2.8. Still very useable, but a bit soft. However, stop it down to f/4 or more and it's razor sharp, at least with my Pentax K-30. Also, I have noticed none of the "slow focusing" problems that others have noted. Overall, I'm very happy with this lens.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Serious quality problems

    I shot film with Pentax for several years then moved to painting as my primary artistic outlet. I used point and shoot digitals as reference for painting. I recently decided to step back into...Read complete review

    I shot film with Pentax for several years then moved to painting as my primary artistic outlet. I used point and shoot digitals as reference for painting. I recently decided to step back into photography as it's own end, inspired by the sights that can only be seen at Burning Man. Feeling some brand loyalty, I purchased a K20D with the kit lens, a Sigma 10-20, and the Tamron 70-200 - all from B&H. I loved the bright clear shots to be had with the Tamron, then the first time I shot a burst in drive mode, it stuck full open. Eventually I would take one shot properly exposed and the second would be overexposed. I had to remove the lens after each shot, unstick the aperture lever, and shoot another one knowing that the aperture would stick open. I returned the lens in exchange for a new one (minus the manufacturer's box, because I tossed it). I didn't have this problem with the other two lenses. All the equipment was brand new. Hopeful that the first was an anomaly, I eagerly started shooting test shots with the replacement and within 20 shots it started sticking open again. Unfortunately, I fear I'm stuck with continually sending back bum lenses in exchange for more bum lenses because I can't trade up to a Sigma or a Pentax because I tossed the original box. I seriously recommend passing on this lens until Tamron comes out with a statement admiting the problem and describing their fix. I hate not having confidence in this lens except only when shooting full open at night or other low light situations.

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    5.0

    Great for Pentaxians

    By EHPhotos

    from Georgia

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Nice Bokeh
    • Price
    • Price To Quality Ratio
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • 2 Step Manual Focus
    • Heavy
    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Portraits
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF Lens for Pentax AF:

    Bottom Line Up Front: If you need a high quality 70-200mm lens at an affordable price for your pentax body that has in body stabilization, this is fabulous. My absolute best lens. Now on to my general review.I first ordered this lens from another retailer but it had a back focus issue (even after making a -10 adjustment in my K3 body). The current one works great. Although it doesn't have exceptional reach, I mostly use this lens for bird photography due to the great glass. It's been great for just about everything else as well. f2.8 is sharp. Getting the focus spot on is the real challenge at f2.8. Any aperture above f2.8 is very sharp. The focus motor noise is pretty average. Not loud but certainly not quite like my Sigma HSM. When focusing on something very small or in low light (particularly with the center focus point), it will rarely get lost/hunt and the camera slows the focus to avoid missing again (I think that is what it is doing)? With the k3's rear-focus button enabled, I just depress, press again and it will stop the slow searching and snap back into focus. It is heavy but that is the price of good glass. Just make sure you have a sturdy strap. I purchased the Joby Pro Sling from B&H and feel confident that the weight of the body and lens will NEVER stress this strap. I don't use manual focus on this lens so the 2-step manual switch (on lens and on body) isn't an issue for me but might be for someone else. This lens is classified as a macro lens by Tamron. It will let you get fairly close to your subject even at 200mm (about 3ft). It comes with a nice looooong lens hood that I like to keep on so objects and fingers stay away from the glass. It also comes with a sturdy and easy to remove tripod mount that I actually like to keep on it as the throw of the zoom ring is only about a 1/4 turn. Not sure what else to say except that I'm very happy with it. Wish I passed up some other lenses and bought this first.

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    4.0

    70-200mm fun!

    By beachmama

    from Bodega Bay, CA

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Great bokah
    • Large Aperature
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Sharp
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Big
    • Heavy
    • Noisy auto focus

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light

    Comments about Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF Lens for Pentax AF:

    I live on the beach and wanted a little more range and good glass. This is def not a walk-around lens. I've not taken it on the beach but have used it for portraits and shooting some photos at my son's graduation. The aperature is consistent all the way out to 200mm. I've gotten great portrait shots without being in someone's face.

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    5.0

    Awesome lens!

    By Double H Photography

    from Whitney, TC

    Comments about Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF Lens for Pentax AF:

    I love this lens! It takes amazing action shots. I am currently using this lens to shoot bull riding events and my picture are crisp and clear!

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    4.0

    Very pleased with this lens

    By Derek

    from Newport, OR, USA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Sports/Action
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF Lens for Pentax AF:

    As others have, I find that this lens is a bit soft when shot wide open at f/2.8. Still very useable, but a bit soft. However, stop it down to f/4 or more and it's razor sharp, at least with my Pentax K-30. Also, I have noticed none of the "slow focusing" problems that others have noted. Overall, I'm very happy with this lens.

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    4.0

    Fast telephoto

    By k.j

    from Olympia, WA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Lifestyle
      • Macro Photography
      • Portraits
      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF Lens for Pentax AF:

      I was expecting this to be a cumbersome lens ased on other reviewers distaste of the weight. Thankfully for Pentax's in camera shake reduction, it doesn't bother photo quality (of course, as long as my shutter speed is above 1/160). The weight isn't bad, moreso getting used to having to carry such a long lens. The photo quality is insanely sharp and when you select your focus point, the AF is great. Occasionally it will search for something small (say, a flower, etc), but as far as portraits, it's fine. The build isn't something that will make this a "heirloom lens", but for the price and the duration of the warranty, it's worth every penny. Honestly, for the image quality and price, it would almost be doable to buy a new one every few years.
      The manual focus rung isn't the best design, but still functional. At 2.8 it's still pretty sharp, but you need to be very precise with your focusing. Fantascially sharp at f/4, even so, enough to see pores in portraits of multiple subjects.
      Contrast and compression are fantastic and need very little correction in post.

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      5.0

      Excellent Lens

      By Deacon

      from Tampa, FL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF Lens for Pentax AF:

      This lens is a high quality addition to my kit. Disregard any complaints about autofocus speed or hunting. I have had no such problems with this lens on my Pentax K-7. It performs on par with all the Penttax lenses without the built in motor. As for picture quality, it is sharp with that nice bokeh everyon wants in this category. It is a bit heavy, but f2.8 77mm glass needs a bigger form factor. Also wish Tamron would goose it up to 300mm for wildlife shooting. For the price as compared to proprietary or competitors' lenses, this beauty cannot be beat.

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      5.0

      Great lens

      By Dieter W

      from Nebraska

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF Lens for Pentax AF:

        Sharp. I am a Pentex shooter and this lens makes my kit lens look like a toy. I got this 70-200 Tamron and a 17-50 Tamron lens for less than the 70-200 from another 3rd party provider.

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        4.0

        I like it...

        By MiloBramble

        from Chandler AZ

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF Lens for Pentax AF:

        It did focus hunt a bit and I am still learning the lens, I have only had it a couple weeks. I checked "fast/accurate" focus below because it was, 99% of the time. So far I am extremely impressed with the IQ and Bokeh. I am glad that I have a BR RS-7, keep the weight off my neck.

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        5.0

        Great Value for the Money

        By C8Imager

        from Illinois

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Night Photography
          • Sports/Action
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF Lens for Pentax AF:

          Of course, the cheapest 70-200mm zoom around won't have everything for everyone, but after several hundreds of pictures "taken in the heat of battle," I can state the following:
          On a Pentax K5, as long as the lens focus does not get lost and cycle through the whole focus range, focus is quick and not at all noisy, just a quick brrr-lock. To get around that cycling, I just focus at a wide setting and then zoom in quickly.
          Optically, the lens seems to be a bit soft, but still very decently sharp, wide open. When stopped down to f/5.6 or so, it is scary sharp.
          The auto/manual focus system is clunky as noted by others, but it does work. Bokeh is very reasonable and generally smooth. The lens is a chunk, although it is the lightest 70-200mm zoom on the market: All that glass has weight.
          In summary, this is becoming my go-to lens quite frequently, despite the size and weight.

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          5.0

          Awesome, Fast zoom

          By Dan

          from Brunswick, Maine

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF Lens for Pentax AF:

            Bought this to use as a zoom on safari in Africa. Bright, Sharp, FAST. Excellent color rendition and Bokeh.

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            5.0

            Bright, sharp super-zoom

            By waytoxic

            from Lancaster, Ca

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF Lens for Pentax AF:

              With two Tamron lenses I have everything covered from 28 to 200mm, both at f/2.8. It makes my daypack much smaller. I use the 70-200mm for wildlife photography, and for photographing railroad trains in the distance. The lens works seamlessly with my Pentax. When the lens is mounted on a tripod the camera/lens is balanced. At higher shutter speeds the lens can be hand held.

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              4.0

              Good price & Good quality image

              By Ray

              from Los Angeles, CA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF Lens for Pentax AF:

              Pentax telephoto zoom lens that is difficult to obtain. There are not many kinds. DA55-300mm or the DA * 50-135mm is not only about. In other companies, there are 70-200mm telephoto zoom lens. However, there is not much to be able to choose from Pentax.

              Tamron 70-200mm might be a good choice. This product is a good price. And image quality is great too.

              Tamron 70-200mm is a little slower than Sigma 70-200mm OS HSM.
              However, Tamron is much cheaper. Quality is so bad than Sigma.

              I would like to recomend to pentax users.
              This would be a good choice.

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              4.0

              Great Lens

              By Tim

              from New York

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Amazing glass
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • It's great for the price
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction
              • Very Light

              Cons

              • Auto focus is slow

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Night Photography
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF Lens for Pentax AF:

              Great for portrait, color is nice and crisp. Also, for a big lens it's light. Auto focus is not that fast but I don't really shoot a lot of sports, so it works just fine for me.

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              4.0

              A good lens

              By Vytautas

              from Lithuania

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Night Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF Lens for Pentax AF:

                Optically, excellent lens. Autofocus is OK. The only problem - contrast control detect autofocus in Live View does not work (is not able to focus correctly). For me, not a big problem, as I do not use contrast control focusing.
                Otherwise, excellent.

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                4.0

                A true sleeper

                By RIPvanwillie

                from southern Oregon

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Close Focus
                • Great optics

                Cons

                • Too much plastic

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Sports/Action

                Comments about Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF Lens for Pentax AF:

                This lens has great optics but it has some issues. The manual focus ring only rotates a quarter turn which makes it more difficult to get an accurate manual focus, the lens itself isn't built to be durable and auto focusing is almost useless in other than ideal light situations. However, due to it's price point this lens is a good, no, a great buy. No way to get quality optics (which is IMO the most important factor) and a fast F2.8 constant aperture in a telezoom lens for anywhere near the price. Not durable enough for a pro photographer in the field but an able amateur should get fantastic images with this lens. Some comments have said this lens is too large but in reality it is the smallest and lightest lens in it's class, you have to compare it to other zoom lenses of similar focal length and aperture range. It is very easy to hand hold this lens but a tripod will always get a better image. This lens also focuses very close, almost a macro lens, much closer than the competition. I really like this lens, I hope it holds up with time.

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                5.0

                Great lens depending on your needs

                By Jonny K

                from Roanoke, VA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF Lens for Pentax AF:

                    I did a lot of research on this lens and the Sigma before I bought it. I will list the pros and cons below and assign a significance to each one that represents its value/importance to me (1-5).

                    Pros:
                    - IQ (5)
                    - Closeup capability (4) Approximately 1 meter min focusing distance
                    - Fast lens 2.8 (4)
                    - Saves a few hundred $ over the Sigma (4)
                    - Bokeh (3)
                    - Lightweight for its type (3)
                    - Handy mounting bracket that is easy to convert to portrait (2)

                    Cons:
                    - Screw-driven focusing is loud and hunts in low light (2)
                    - Switching to manual focus on Pentax requires focus clutch AND adjustment to camera body (1)

                    Anything not listed above was too irrelevant for me to put in here.

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                    5.0

                    Incredible Nature shots!

                    By Animal Lover

                    from Lancaster PA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF Lens for Pentax AF:

                    We purchased this lens for a trip to Alaska. I got wonderful shots of black bears, moose, red fox, humpback whales, sea lions, orca whales, Mt. McKinley and more! The lens works quickly and well on auto-focus. We had many cloudy days and with the f/2.8 I still got amazing, clear close-ups. The zoom is smooth and easy to create the perfect frame.

                    The only down side, is the weight! With the SLR/Digital and the 70-200mm lens, I was sometimes tired of carrying them. But, I always kept the set with me, didn't want to miss any wildlife!!

                    I had no problems with the lens.

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                    5.0

                    Best value of the class

                    By TW

                    from NE Ohio

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Resolution
                    • Rugged
                    • Sharpness
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • No SDM HSM

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF Lens for Pentax AF:

                    I picked this lens after extensive research but am biased by the fact that I love my Tamron 17-50 f/2.8. I tested this lens with a Pentax K-5. The 16MP sensor is quite demanding on resolution. This lens is sharp, sharp and very sharp ... even wide open. Images at 300% on screen magnification are still sharp, well defined and contrasty. I tested it against comparable zooms and primes and it can compete with primes ... let alone other zooms. Once you achieve precise focus, this lens can deliver superb results. I am not a sports photographer; so I cannot comment on AF speed. I sometimes even use manual focus on LV, which is what I used for testing this lens.

                    I also checked out the claimed field curvature that some reported at 135mm FL. Yes, it does indeed has some minor field curvature but that is only relevant for near subjects and at wide open aperture. If the subject is 10 ft or further away, it may be detectable on screen at 100% or higher magnification. If you stopped it down to f/4.0, you can't even detect it. IOW, there is really nothing to worry IMO.

                    The build quality of this 70-200 is substantially better than the 17-50. While the Tamron 17-50 is not built like a tank, I have nothing to complain. Many people thought it was heavy; I don't find it heavy at all. I also have a Sigma 100-400 f/4.0, now that is a heavy lens.

                    Factoring in the "relatively" low cost compared to other 70-200 f/2.8, this lens has the best value in this segment. It is still not a cheap lens, but this lens must be on the short list if you are in the market for this class of zoom.

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                    4.0

                    Sharp but slow focusing lens

                    By momotazur

                    from Providence, RI

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Heavy
                      • Slow Focus

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF Lens for Pentax AF:

                        I use it with my k-x and the results are clearly much better than my kit lens 50-200. I use it mostly to take portraits of my kids outside. It is very hard to focus moving objects and it tends to hunt a lot.

                        Bottomline: If you are shooting something non-moving, you will get great IQ.

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                        4.0

                        Exceeded my expectations!

                        By babyjames

                        from Pac NW

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Nice Bokeh

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Sports/Action
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF Lens for Pentax AF:

                          The sliding focus ring/switch is a bit annoying, but not a deal breaker. If you want a "macro" lens, buy a macro lens. This one will focus on subjects as close as 1 meter, but it is NOT a macro lens. Otherwise, pretty spectacular! Image quality is better than I'd expected. Considerably! With the K7 the autofocus is reasonably fast and accurate. Got some great shots at my first-grader's field day a few weeks ago. Buy one before the price goes up!

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                          • You Pay: $53.95
                           

                          Hoods & Covers

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                          OP/TECH USA -  Hood Hat, Large
                          • You Pay: $8.25
                           

                          Cases & Wraps

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                          Pearstone -  Onyx 70 Lens Case
                          • You Pay: $13.79
                           

                          Protection/Camouflage

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                          LensCoat -  Lens Cover for the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro Lens (Black)
                          • You Pay: $79.99
                          Usually ships in 3-7 business days i This is a special order item. Est. arrival at B&H is 3-7 business days (subject to availability). Your order will be charged at the time of shipment.
                           
                          LensCoat -  Lens Cover for the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro Lens (Realtree Max4)
                          • You Pay: $89.99
                          Usually ships in 7-14 business days i This is a special order item. Est. arrival at B&H is 7-14 business days (subject to availability). Your order will be charged at the time of shipment.
                           

                          Lens Mount Caps

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                          Sensei -  77mm Clip-On Lens Cap
                          • You Pay: $3.95
                           

                          Tripod & Support

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                          Oben -  ACM-2400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod
                          • You Pay: $59.95
                           
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