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

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

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

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Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 overview

  • 1Description

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
UPC: 725211017035
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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
  • Limited 6-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 specs

    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
    Optical Design 18 Elements in 13 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9
    Featuresyursrvdceesu
    Image Stabilization No
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar Yes
    Physical
    Filter Thread 77 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 3.5 x 7.6" / 8.89 x 19.30 cm
    Weight 2.53 lb / 1150 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.19 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.5 x 6.3 x 5.9"

    Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 reviews

    70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF Lens for Pentax AF is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 64.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great value on the pentax mount. I'm using this on a pentax K10D as a hobbyist. On that mount it is a screw drive, and unlike some reviews on other mounts, I'm not seeing random back/front focus. However, the softness wide open at about 135 is present. Overall, image quality is very good, and wide open at 200mm, it perfoms well. It does have a very short throw for focus adjustment, which can be sketchy while hand-held. Switching from AF to MF on the lense pretty much guarantees you will not retain focus during the process due to the mechanism used.
    Date published: 2008-09-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lens depending on your needs 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.
    Date published: 2011-08-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Lens 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.
    Date published: 2013-02-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great addition to a pentax lineup Lens is an excellent low light telephoto lens (which is my primary use of it) Good for basketball games, dance recitals, and portraits. Some issues have been raised with the auto-focus of this lens on other mounts but it has been very good for me and I have been trying to brutalize it a bit with extremely dark focus points and severe dark/light contrast situations. Favorite thing about the lens is the quality of the images and colors that I am able to get from photos I would not have otherwise been able to take. Least favorite thing is the manual/auto focus switch, instead of having a clutch to seamlessly manually focus from auto focus you are required to pull back the focus ring and turn off auto focus on the body of the camera, which takes much longer and almost guarantees that you lose whatever focus auto focus was able to achieve beforehand.
    Date published: 2008-10-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2013-03-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Pentaxians 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.
    Date published: 2014-07-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast and sharp! I love this lens! It's sharp - sharper than the Pentax DA* 60-250 F/4 at the same aperature & shutter. Even wide open at F/2.8 it's wonderfully sharp within the in-focus area (and with great bokeh outside.) It's fast - fast enough that, combined with a bit of shake reduction from my K10D, I can get great shots handheld at 200mm on a cloudy Seattle day (despite the weight of the lens.) Really the only downside is the lens' weight and size - I had to buy a new camera bag to accommodate it.
    Date published: 2010-05-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Purchase ! If you are looking for a fast zoom lens, this lens fits the bill. A little heavy, however, very well made, fast focus, sharp images. I am very happy with this lens
    Date published: 2016-05-16
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    Designed for use with:

    • Pentax K-1
    • Pentax K-1 II
    • Pentax K-3 II
    • Pentax K-70
    • Pentax K-S2
    • Pentax K-x
    • Pentax KP
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