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

(based on 165 reviews)

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    (70)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (3)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (97)
  • Easily interchangeable (91)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (87)
  • Durable (82)
  • Consistent output (77)

Cons

  • Heavy (68)
  • Slow focus (47)
  • Blurry focus (5)
  • Poor in low light (5)
  • Lens creep (3)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (92)
  • Low light (58)
  • Weddings (54)
  • Night photography (44)
  • Wildlife photos (43)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (39), Semi-pro photographer (35), Enthusiast (22), Pro photographer (19), Casual photographer (15)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (84), 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!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

THIS BIRD HAS FLOWN

I have a Canon 70-200 f2.8L Lens, but the reviews of the Tamron lens showed it as being much sharper and so I purchased it. I have Parakeets which fly around in my...Read complete review

I have a Canon 70-200 f2.8L Lens, but the reviews of the Tamron lens showed it as being much sharper and so I purchased it. I have Parakeets which fly around in my house. I fitted my 5DII with the Canon lens and took shots of the birds sitting in various different places, as they fly around quite a bit. Next I fitted the Tamron lens and took the same shots. By the time the lens would focus, the bird had flown. So I got NOTHING. This is a lens you would probably 'grow old with' because by the time I could find something that this lens would focus on, I needed to shave again. On the bright side, this lens is sharp and the colors are true.I feel bad that I have to return this lens, but I'll always remember the sweet whirring sound it made while trying to focus.

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3.0

Tamron 70-200 f 2.8

By stunning-image.

from Chicago, IL

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Night Photography
    • Video
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    Pros: good lens, good focus and quality overall, chromatic aberration very similar with canon 70-200 f2.8 IS.It can focus very close compare with canon 70-200.Nice for macro.

    Cons: Very loud engine noise when auto focusing, hard to use in a quiet church without getting people attention.

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    5.0

    Couldn't be Happier

    By Erik S

    from Anaheim, CA just west of the Matterhorn

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    This Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 is my second Tamron f/2.8 lens (first is the 17-50 f/2.8) and I could not be happier. I'm using this with my Canon D20 and use the Av setting for most all of my shooting.
    The lens arrived before the 4th of July and I had a blast with our block party and took over a couple hundred photos. The lens is heavy but well worth its weight. I do not see the slow focus many talk about and find this lens to change focus great for my shooting. We have to see how the surfing photos come out after the next big swell.
    The speed of this lens is outstanding for low light telephoto shooting. I was able to get great shots of the neighbors and fireworks after sunset and into the dark without a flash and the ISO set at 1600.
    I am very happy with the sharpness and depth of field capabilities and spent some time playing around to see the ranges.
    I would highly recommend this lens to anyone who can't step up to the higher cost f/2.8 lenses .
    The purchase from B&H was outstanding, simple, quick and shipped very fast. Saving the 8% tax was also a reason to purchase from B&H. Any other photography needs will surely come from them.

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    4.0

    Nice lens

    By Mark

    from Maryland

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

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

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

    I bought this lens because of the price and that I had a very good experience with my last Tamron lens.
    I have been using this for mostly still life and some portraits. It works perfectly and the image quality is spectacular.
    the good things are: Image quality, nice build, focus to 3 feet, and not to heavy.
    The not so good things were: a little noisy during focus, not the fastest at focus but I cant really complain is fast enough for general photography.
    I had to calibrate this lens to my camera to eliminate some front focus.
    I can say I am very happy with the lens, and I will get allot of use out of it.

    Mark

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    4.0

    Decent Lens

    By schmilly

    from nj

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

    I love the look of this lens- discreet and no fancy buttons all over the place. The picture quality is great, but you would have to shoot at a high shutter speed to avoid camera shake since there's no stabilizer. The only thing that bugs me is the auto focus which takes quite awhile to focus. Other than that, it's a great buy for the price listed.

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    5.0

    worth the money

    By photo

    from us

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    Pros

      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:

        Glad I finally got this lens. Take indoor sports photos. Was using Canon 70-200 F4. The 2.8 has made a big difference in the quality of my shots, even with my inexperience.

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        1.0

        Not happy with this lens

        By JDM Photo

        from Oskaloosa, IA

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        Pros

        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

        • Blurry Focus
        • Heavy
        • Lens Creep
        • Poor in Low Light
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

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

          I purchased this lens to be use primarily for my motorsports photography business, but to also do some other photography with it as well. This lens has issues! In manual mode, the lens is extremely touchy on finely focusing. The focus also creeps after taking the shot, resulting in having to continually refocus. In full auto mode, the lens refuses to find the focus on a subject. The focus just goes crazy, from one extreme to the next. Sometime the auto focus will not move at all! I have had my camera checked and it is not the camera. I had another Canon photographer use the lens with the same issues. I do not recommend this lens! My original review and opinion of this lens has changed since I first received the lens. Don't waste your time with this lens.

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          5.0

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

          By riharryo

          from Harrisville, RI

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          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

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              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

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              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

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              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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                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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                        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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                        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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                          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

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                          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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