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Tamron70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF Lens for Canon EOS DSLR Cameras
 
4.4

(based on 160 reviews)

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    (83)

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    (69)

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    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (95)
  • Easily interchangeable (89)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (85)
  • Durable (81)
  • Consistent output (75)

Cons

  • Heavy (66)
  • Slow focus (46)
  • Blurry focus (4)
  • Poor in low light (4)
  • Tough to attach (3)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (90)
  • Low light (56)
  • Weddings (53)
  • Night photography (43)
  • Wildlife photos (42)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (37), Semi-pro photographer (35), Enthusiast (22), Pro photographer (17), Casual photographer (15)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (79), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

It's a great lens - you will be happy.

If you are like me, you are interested in creating great photographs but you do not make a living by selling them. If that is the case, this is a great lens for...Read complete review

If you are like me, you are interested in creating great photographs but you do not make a living by selling them. If that is the case, this is a great lens for you and you will be very happy with it. Before buying this lens I looked at all the options and read all the reviews. I fought back the urge to pay twice as much for L glass, and I weighed the pros and cons of image stabilization vs a faster lens. The bottom line is I am extremely happy with this lens and I would make the same decision again. Below is a summary of why I chose this lens over the various canon 70-200mm L lenses:

Canon f/2.8L IS II
This is the ultimate lens in this category and if I was making a living from my photographs, it is the lens I would buy. That is not my life, however, so it was not worth the $2,500.

Canon f/2.8L IS
Mostly the same as above with an older IS system. Still costs $2,000 so it was still out of the question for me.

Canon f/2.8L
This was a little tougher because it is the L lens equivalent of this Tamron lens. The reality for me was that this lens still costs about twice as much ($1,400) for very minor improvements in sharpness and a quieter USM motor (the AF motor on the Tamron is not loud, it is just louder than a USM motor). It also has weather proofing, but since I do not allow my lenses to get wet that does not matter to me. I have owned L glass in the past and they are great lenses, but they are not twice as great by any means. My experience is that you pay about twice as much for about a 5% improvement in image quality.

Canon f/4L IS
At $1,300, the trade-off with this lens is losing 1 stop of light to gain image stabilization. It was not a trade I decided to make because when you have to choose between them, available light is still more important than image stabilization. A faster shutter speed will stop camera shake, but IS will not stop a moving subject in low light (it will compensate for you moving the camera, but it will not compensate for your subject moving - only shutter speed will do that). An f/2.8 lens will give you a shutter speed that is twice as fast as an f/4 lens. There is an overlap in the benefits of shutter speed and image stabilization, but for me faster shutter speed is a benefit a greater percentage of the time. The f2.8 IS II lens listed above is the best because it has everything: f/2.8 aperture, image stabilization, and L glass; but that's also why it costs so much.

Canon f/4L
The lure of this lens is owning an L lens for about the same price as the Tamron lens. The obvious downside is the f/4 lens is half as fast as the f/2.8 Tamron (the shutter moves half as fast for every 1 stop of light you lose in the lens). I told myself years ago that I would not by slower lenses because I invariably ended up in low-light situations when slower lenses would not get the job done. Additionally, if you ever use a 1.4x teleconverter to make the 70-200mm lens a 98-280mm lens, you lose 1 stop of light which gives you an f/5.6 lens that is very slow. The same holds true for the f/4L IS lens above.

The Tamron lens is a great lens and I have no regrets in buying it. The images are sharp and the color reproduction is great. If you have money to burn and can't fight off the urge to buy an L lens, then knock yourself out. If you don't have money to burn, you can have this great lens for way less money and still be very proud of your results.

Happy shooting!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 Macro

I purchased this lens for general photography and use it with my Canon EOS 40D. Overall, it's a very good value.
I am generally happy with lens in good lighting conditions. Even...Read complete review

I purchased this lens for general photography and use it with my Canon EOS 40D. Overall, it's a very good value.
I am generally happy with lens in good lighting conditions. Even though there is no built in stability, the photos are very sharp and it's a good alternative to the expensive ($$$) Canon 70-200 IS.
I do have some reservations and they include the fact that for the 1st time, I've received error messages indicating that there is a communication problem between the body and lens. In addition, the transition from Autofocus to Manual focus should be a little smoother.

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5.0

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

By riharryo

from Harrisville, RI

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      Love the lens. works great

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      4.0

      Excellent Lens

      By JDM Photo

      from Oskaloosa, IA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • Lens Creep
      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

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

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

      I purchased this lens as an addition to my other lenses for my business and to use primarily for Weddings, motorsports and other sports photography. The lens performs as good, if not better than the more expensive line of lenses. The only thing that kept this from being rated at 5 stars is the lens seems to creep out of focus in manual mode slightly and auto focus seems to have a hard time focusing in low light situations.

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      5.0

      Paid for itself with the first shot!

      By JDN2 Photography

      from Commerce Township, MI

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

      I took the lens with me on a trip to Northern Michigan and took several pictures of wildlife and birds. It was the best purchase I have ever made.

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      5.0

      Amazing lens for the money

      By Keller

      from Virginia

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

      Absolutely love this lens. Well worth the money.

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      5.0

      have to get used to it

      By Conewbie

      from Denver, CO

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clarity
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      I use this for a multitude of shots and have been very happy with the image quality so far. I am not a pro, I use it as a dad, friend and just to play with a Canon T1i DSLR. I am finding that fine line between shutter speed and lens length to be challenging as I am way to used to using VR lenses. I need to get used to setting the shutter speed instead of relying on aperture alone as I have done with my slower lenses (with VR). I have taken some crystal clear portrait shots and a few great distance shots, this really seems to be the perfect lens for anywhere there is room to use it. I would recommend it so far highly (5 stars).

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      5.0

      Pretty great Lens for Low Light

      By JBarineau

      from San Francisco, California

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        For the price this Lens is pretty great. I've used it to video events from the back of a 75' long room I was able to frame the presenter head and shoulders in a low light situation.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Nice Lens

        By Dave

        from New York

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        I have only used the lens once and that was for an indoor concert. It did pretty well but thought it would do a little better witht he 2.8f. although that could be my inexperience showing who knows. Nice lens though

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        4.0

        Great lens

        By Shutters

        from Minnesota

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

        Recovers this lens recently and have used it several times both in and outdoor. For both ice hockey and portraits. Great all around lens.

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        4.0

        Great images, great build.

        By Johnny D

        from Cincinnati, OH

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        without $- $ to drop on some Canon L glass, this fits my budget nicely. So far, I have used this lens for nature photography, and some night shoots, I have Wedding video planned and this will do PERFECTLY for my secondary/walk around camera! In daylight, this seems to autofocus just fine, not perfect, but it suits me. I will say it is hit or miss in low light, you NEED to find something high contrast to focus on. I really need to take this to some indoor basketball games and give it a go. Chromatic Aberration only noticeable at the far zoom. SOOO much better than my canon 70-300. Ive done just a little night photography with it, and i can shoot 1/20 second at 200mm.... I just recommend taking a burst of shots without Image Stabilization, we should all know that. Attached to my camera body (T3i), it still fits in my Lowepro fastpack 200 (a medium size bag) so thats a huge plus in my opinion. Canon's is too large for that!The macro is there, but its not amazing. my Canon G15 shoots much better macro. So I still use that for wedding ring closeups.The lens feels very solid, no question there. The focusing and zoom rings are large and give you a solid grip as well.So far, I really do enjoy this lens, it dwarfs everything else I have. this lens really solidified my commitment to becoming a REAL photographer.Note: Photos were edited in RAW only. Also, I have had the lens just 2 weeks

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        2.0

        Poor all around.

        By Fito

        from Astoria, NY

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Rugged

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

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

          In a nutshell: The "macro" is a joke; it is THE NOISIEST lens I have ever used; it is exaggeratedly heavy; the clutch focus switch is cumbersome and an odd/unnatural design; slow focus; the images are consistently soft. It took be about 48 hours to decide to return this lens.

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          5.0

          Great lens

          By Daniel

          from Borlänge, Sweden

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            Cons

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

                A great lens, worth its price. I think I will use this lens a lpt.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Couldn't be happier

                By Lauren Mac

                from Wasington, DC

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Sports/Action

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

                  I am a professional newborn photogrphaer but all of my portrait lenses don't do so great at the play ground. This lens is used at the playground with my kids and for serving on the media team at church. Contrary to other reviews mine DOES focus pretty fast! It is sharp even at 2.8. My only complaint is the zoom ring isn't so smooth, but I don't care much about that. I wanted a great recreational lens at a great price and this is it! I thought I would only use it for personal use, but I would definitely take it to a family shoot.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Great Lens!

                  By Martha Ortiz

                  from México

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy
                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                  I bought this thinking about using it for action photography since I was hired for that kind of photography, I was silly enough to be extremely excited about it that I completely overlooked the specs of the lens and focused on the focal distance.

                  Still, this is a great lens! I just happened to bought it for the wrong reasons but I highly recommend it for portraits, macro photography (as the name of the lens implies), street photography, in short, conditions and events that does not require a super fast focus. It is a little bit difficult to focus at 200mm even with AF.

                  It is very heavy so I would recommend to use a monopod if you're going to use it for a long event or photoshoot to have some support but overall this is an excellent lens, I highly recommend it.

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                  5.0

                  Execellent Lens

                  By dgmac13

                  from Toronto, ON

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Excellent Concert
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy
                  • Tough To Attach

                  Best Uses

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

                    I use this lens almost exclusively for concert photography, and it has been brilliant. It has sa very fast auto focus and the colours it picks up are beautiful. It is slightly heavy, and when the light is very low it does lack slightly, but otherwise it is a fantastic piece of equipment.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Good lens, that works

                    By Atee29

                    from Culpeper, Virginia

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • 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 Canon EOS DSLR Cameras:

                    This lens is used in low light church photography, without being in their face. The speed is fine for weddings, First Communion and other events.

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                    4.0

                    Great lens but..

                    By Swedetee

                    from Ny

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Pros

                    • Low Aperture
                    • Price
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Heavy
                    • Slow Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery

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

                    I use it for portraits and theater. I love this lens because of the fstop and price BUT it is VERY heavy which is a big drawback!

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great affordable lens

                    By Dave the Teacher

                    from Houston, TX

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light

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

                      We needed a larger lens for our school and this fills the bill! Great quality and affordable.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      The grass was greener on the other side

                      By LilJoshyPooh

                      from Morganton, NC

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Wildlife Photos

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

                      Finally getting to use this lens after having it two weeks I took it to Cades Cove in Tennessee and got some AMAZING shots with it. Being able to go from a f/4-5.6 lens to a f/2.8 changed everything!! Yes the lens is a little on the heavy side but that is a given with the 70-200 f/2.8's. For the price you pay I say it is a bang for my buck! Seeing people complain about shooting a fast moving sport or something and focus being slow... I did not see that at all!

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                      4.0

                      worth the money

                      By htg

                      from Israel

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Studio Pics
                        • Weddings/Events

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

                        i use it for studio pictures and also outside pictures. sometimes i get an error announcment. if you into sports dont buy it!!!you can miss some important shots. but for me, in the studio i just press the shutter release button and it's ok.pictues are v e r y sharp.
                        lense is quite and fast.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Great lens for the price

                        By DyrlandProductions

                        from Bellingham, WA

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Video
                            • Wildlife Photos

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

                            I love this 70-200mm f/2.8. I shoot on a Canon 5D Mark II. Everything is good except I'm not sure why my camera doesn't recognize it sometimes. I shoot photos and video with it.

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                            • No

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