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Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Canon

You Pay: $1,499.00

Mail-In Rebate: -$100.00

Offer ends: DEC 31 '14
Price after rebate: $1,399.00
Product Highlights
  • 70-200mm Telephoto Zoom Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-32
  • Ultrasonic Silent Drive Motor
  • Advanced Vibration Compensation
  • Extra Low Dispersion Element
  • Moisture Resistant Construction
  • Compact Design

The Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Canon is a high-speed standard to telephoto zoom lens with a fast f/2.8 maximum aperture throughout the zoom range. Designed for full-size SLR and DSLR cameras, it offers superior image quality accentuated by advanced Vibration Compensation (image stabilization) and an Ultrasonic Silent Drive Motor for quiet, smooth and precise autofocus.

A new optical design for this popular focal length zoom delivers high contrast and high resolution throughout the zoom range and one Extra-low Dispersion element with four Low Dispersion elements minimize chromatic aberrations. A circular diaphragm that retains its round shape even when taken down two stops from f/2.8 offers expressive background blurring.

A compact build with large focus and zoom rings and a moisture resistant construction, this lens comes with a removable tripod collar and a petal-type lens hood.

Vibration Compensation
VC (Vibration Compensation) is Tamron's proprietary image stabilization mechanism which reduces the effects of camera shake to deliver sharp images in low light and at slower shutter speeds. It is a newly developed three coil system that employs a lighter moving coil mechanism which contributes to its improved performance and overall compact design.
Ultrasonic Motor
USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) Motor is the power for a fast and quiet autofocus drive that works in harmony with continuous manual focus mechanism.
XLD and LD Optics
One special XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) and four LD (Low Dispersion) elements minimize chromatic aberrations.
Multi-layer Coating
Tamron's advanced multi-layer coating technology dramatically improves lens performance by reducing flare and ghosting for crisper, clearer images.
Moisture Resistant
Moisture-resistant construction helps prevent moisture from penetrating the lens.
Compact Design
Improvements in the lens' Vibration Compensation system and a new overall design keep this 70-200mm lens slightly smaller than others in its class. Diameter is 3.37"(85.8mm) and length is 7.4" (188 mm).
Tripod Collar and Lens Hood
A rotatable, removable tripod collar comes with this lens and allows for stable, balanced tripod mounting, and a matched petal-type lens hood is also included.
Performance
Focal Length 70 - 200mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Canon (APS-H)
Angle of View 34° - 12°
APS-C Picture Angle: 22° - 7°
Minimum Focus Distance 51.2" (1.30 m)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:8
Elements/Groups 23/17
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Yes Removable - rotating
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:77 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.38 x 7.41" (85.8 x 188.3 mm)
Weight 51.85 oz (1470 g)
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Canon
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Tripod Collar
  • Lens Hood
  • Limited 6-Year Warranty
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    TamronSP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Canon
     
    4.8

    (based on 82 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    • 4 Stars

       

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    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (49)
    • Strong construction (44)
    • Nice bokeh (39)
    • Consistent output (30)
    • Durable (29)

    Cons

    • Heavy (32)

    Best Uses

    • Weddings (40)
    • Low light (35)
    • Sports/action (33)
    • Landscape/scenery (29)
    • Wildlife photos (27)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (22), Photo enthusiast (14), Pro photographer (14), Casual photographer (4), Photography student (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (63)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    This is a Real Luxury, Razor Sharp Lens

    After much debate and thorough research on getting a 70-200mm 2.8 lens, I opted to purchase this lens over the Canon 70-200mm IS II series. I figured if it didn't deliver as...Read complete review

    After much debate and thorough research on getting a 70-200mm 2.8 lens, I opted to purchase this lens over the Canon 70-200mm IS II series. I figured if it didn't deliver as I heard it did, I would simply return it and get the Canon version. After 20 minutes of shooting at around 6pm with this razor sharp lens in all of the f/stops, I couldn't find a single reason to switch to the Canon version. This lens is sublime. From its solid construction (not as heavy as most people complained it is) to its extremely quick and quite motor while focusing. Focus has been rapid in all the lighting conditions I put it through since that first day of testing. I'm still elated with the new VC technology (Vibration Control) and the fact that the zoom ring was repositioned to being nearest to the front edge of the lens on this upgrade to the Tamron 70-200mm 2.8 series.

    I have not experienced any softness at 200mm as I have read in other reviews but I will continue to look for that. Maybe I have been blessed with a perfect copy :). This lens renders superb color throughout the picture. This lens is much more than I imagined it to be using it on my Canon 7D. I have tested the VC in video mode and I'm blown away as well by the stabilization or vibration control. AMAZING quality all around!!!.

    I love the lens cap design and the hood just fits like a glove and is superior to lots of hoods I have for other lenses. I love the fact that you can actually adjust the manual focus ring while in automatic mode as well. It allows for great video shooting effects.

    Not only would I recommend this lens, I will state a few reasons why anyone on the fence about getting one of these should go right ahead and purchase your copy. This lens is cost efficient. You will not find any lens out there with this range, less expensive or one that will deliver all of the qualities this lens possesses.

    Although I have never tested Canon's latest 70-200 series for more than a couple shots at the store. I have found the Canon latest version to be way pricey, much heavier and bulky when I mounted it to my camera at the store. This Tamron version is far more streamlined (reasonably sized) and the color being the same as my camera makes me feel more safe and comfortable walking around with it. The Canon version would make me nervous as it is outstanding and most everyone would recognize it to be the L series Canon expensive lens which would make me a target to be robbed. However, I would have returned this copy for the Canon latest version if this Tamron version wasn't delivering, but happily this won't be the case as I am extremely happy with Tamron's latest version. Very happy I took this route first. I figured any slight softness I may detect could be adjusted while editing my pics so it is worth giving Tamron a shot.

    Bottom line, this lens is worth more than it costs and I would recommend it 100 percent as it has surpassed all of my expectations. Super excited to work with this lens in my photography business. This is a great investment and I can see why this lens will be my new goto lens :)

    I added some unedited pics I took on the first day of testing :)

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Awesome lens with issues

    Quality build, optics are amazing. Lens was amazing but had focus issues with my 6D. The focus was erratic and failed focus 3 or 10 shots. Wanted to love the lens, but...Read complete review

    Quality build, optics are amazing. Lens was amazing but had focus issues with my 6D. The focus was erratic and failed focus 3 or 10 shots. Wanted to love the lens, but the focus didn't cut it. I wish Tamron would fix this issues. If they did it would be an awesome lens.

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    5.0

    Beautiful Lens

    By Tomdiep

    from san antonio

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Canon:

    i had a photo shot right after i received is. its pictures came out beautiful. i love this lens. This lens has 6 years warranty i think i ll be covered form now. I had bought Tamron 70-200 on @ once, but ended up returned it because its did not have the 6 years wananty for Tamron.

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    5.0

    great lens. very sharp, quiet and quick

    By J

    from USA

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Canon:

    I researched a lot on the various 70-200mm 2.8 lenses and this one is wonderful. The price is fantastic and the VC is a must with photographing clients. Very happy with it

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    5.0

    The best!

    By Tracydf

    from New Jersey

    Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Canon:

    As a newby to the world and expense of photography I wanted a telephoto lens to add to my new camera body. I followed the advice of Scott Kelby and am beyond pleased! The immediate difference In my photos was evident immediately and the capabilities I posers make me feel like a pro! Great value and excellent quality!

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    5.0

    Excellent

    By amajo75

    from MI

    Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Canon:

    Great lens that exceeded my expectations. Comparable to all other lenses in this range. Portraits, landscapes, and everything between are sharp and the 2.8 offers a great dof.

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    5.0

    It's amazing!

    By Fit

    from Nevada

    Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Canon:

    I hesitated for months and I finally pulled the trigger and purchased the lens. It's the best investment so far. I should have made the moved sooner. Thanks B&H!

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    5.0

    Love this Lens

    By Fera

    from Bel Air, MD

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Canon:

      1k Less than the Canon and does the same job

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      • No

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      5.0

      Don't hesitate to buy this lens.

      By Larry

      from NE

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Canon:

            Reading copious reviews and comparisons convinced me to buy this lens. My number one concern with any lens is image quality. I can tolerate most any other issue as long as the end result is a sharp clear image. Image quality is excellent with this lens from 70 out to 200mm. Good build quality, fast auto focus and pleasing Bokeh. Great lens at a great price.

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            5.0

            Great lense

            By Jose

            from Puerto Rico

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Rugged

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Canon:

            This lense is great for wedding portraits and the such. It has a great VC stabilizer. Coudln't get any better!

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            5.0

            Fantastic For The Money!!!!!

            By garygoody1

            from Westminster Maryland

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Canon:

              At just about a thousand dollars cheaper than the Canon equivalent, it's hard to pass this baby up.

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              5.0

              Epic

              By Jack

              from Los Angeles, CA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Sports/Action
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Canon:

              I used this lens on an interview series. Super crisp and clear. Great for closeups. EPIC lens.

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              5.0

              Excellent value

              By Matt

              from Wisconsin

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Canon:

              Pictures are sharp, VC works well even at 200mm, and the price is terrific.

              I went to the zoo a few days ago and was able to see individual hairs on a tiger that was quite a distance away. The lense has also performed really well for portraits, with the zoom range allowing for quick changes between headshots and half or full body shots.

              My only real gripes with the lense would be the minimum focusing distance and maximum magnification. I would love to be able to get a little closer to my subjects during headshots and nature close ups. There have been a few times when I have had to back up during portrait shots as my intended framing was too close to focus.

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              2.0

              Awesome lens with issues

              By 93octane

              from Brownsville TX

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Blurry Focus

              Best Uses

              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Canon:

              Quality build, optics are amazing. Lens was amazing but had focus issues with my 6D. The focus was erratic and failed focus 3 or 10 shots. Wanted to love the lens, but the focus didn't cut it. I wish Tamron would fix this issues. If they did it would be an awesome lens.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great lens!

              By at23

              from Pittsburgh, PA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Canon:

                I bought this lens a few weeks ago and have used it at a couple of weddings. It produces crisp images, is not too heavy, and is a great addition to my lens lineup. I definitely recommend this lens!

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                5.0

                Get it and don't look back

                By RP

                from Fargo, ND

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Af Not As Fast As Canon
                • Not As Fast As Canon Mk I

                Best Uses

                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Canon:

                For $ less you won't be disappointed. I'm not much for being over kill on lens comparison nit picks; but one thing DXO mark says is true: this lens transmits light better than others!You won't be disappointed; it holds up VERY well to the Canon Mk ii

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                • No

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                5.0

                Just Get It Already

                By JG

                from Long Beach, CA

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Price
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action

                Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Canon:

                Right out the box this lens was impressive. I was torn between this lens and the Canon. I am glad that I decided to go with this one for a $ less. I am not a professional so didn't need to spend the extra cash, but when I did show the photos I took with it to a pro, they were impressed. This lens is a little heavy when on the camera, so be ready to use both hands or tripod/monopod.

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                5.0

                What a GREAT LENS!

                By Outlaw JR JAmes

                from Fort Lauderdale, FL

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Canon:

                  What an UNBELEIVABLE lens! Just took it on an HONOR FLIGHT where we took 89 WWII Vets to Washington DC for a day, wow, the clarity and color, I'm still just reeling it is so clear and warm. Shoot with a 7D, have used Canon lenes for years. VERY Satisfied with my puchase. B & H shipped on time, well packages, was able to track inbound. B & H also sent me the rebate forms in an email. Way to GO!!! Super Job. Will be buying again from B & H.

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                  5.0

                  Nice Lens

                  By Mirek

                  from Roselle Park NJ

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Canon:

                    Was little bit scared to buy third party lens for my new 6D, but when tryied this lens in action I was very pleased with preformance. Sharp pictures, acurate autofocus, great built quality, no complains, very good product by Tamron. Thanks B&H for super fast shipping.

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                    4.0

                    Canon, watch out!

                    By Johnny D

                    from Cincinnati, OH

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Canon:

                    Have had this lens for Six weeks or so, I must say, the Image quality is amazing. Im using it on my Canon 6D. I classify myself as a semi pro. Ive used it for a few portrait sessions and at two weddings. images are crisp wide open at f2.8. Autofocus is quick and quiet.

                    I would have given this 5/5 stars however, in the first one I got, the aperture blades got stuck and i had "ERR 01", not allowing me to shoot anymore, BH sent me a replacement and no problems since. only having the lens 6 weeks or so, I cant really comment on its overall durability, but that $1000 i saved vs the Canon 70-200 will allow me to get another lens and maybe a speedlight

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                    5.0

                    Great Lens!

                    By Wes

                    from San Antonio, Tx

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Canon:

                    This lens is simply amazing. I haven't been able to use it much yet, but did shoot a wedding this past weekend with it. My first time using a 70-200, so I had to get used to the weight, but it felt right. Focus is good and very quite.

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                    5.0

                    Great lens

                    By Amy

                    from Cincinnati, Ohio

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Canon:

                    I was a little apprehensive to try the tamron over the canon, I have always bought Canon. So happy i did, its a wonderfully sharp lens. I am so glad i bought it!

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