Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta SLR

Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta SLR

Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta SLR

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Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro Overview

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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
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Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta SLR
  • 77mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum Lenses
  • Lens Hood for the SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di and VC Lenses
  • Case
  • Limited 6-Year Warranty
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    Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro Specs

    Focal Length 70 to 200mm
    Maximum Aperture f/2.8
    Minimum Aperture f/32
    Lens Mount Sony A
    Format Compatibility Full-Frame
    Angle of View 34 to 12
    Maximum Magnification 0.32x
    Minimum Focus Distance 3.12' / 95 cm
    Optical Design 18 Elements in 13 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9
    Focus Type Autofocus
    Image Stabilization None
    Tripod Collar Yes
    Filter Size 77 mm (Front)
    Dimensions ( x L) 3.5 x 7.6" / 8.9 x 19.30 cm
    Weight 2.5 lb / 1150 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.3 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.5 x 6.2 x 6.1"

    Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro Reviews

    70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta SLR is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 78.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the money I couldn't justify spending twice as much for the newer Tamron 70-200 that doesn't have VC in the Sony mount. Sony's in camera VC does a good job with this lens. The only reason for a 4 star rating is the slow focus at times, but that I knew this after reading several reviews in my research before purchasing. When using this lens indoors in poor lighting I simply switched to manual focus. The lens is heavy, but that is to be expected with any lens of this focal range. I would recommend using a vertical grip attached to the camera body to balance the weight of the lens when hand holding. The included tripod ring and lens hood are a plus.
    Date published: 2014-02-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from $ it is a steal!! I bought this lens based on the review at DPREVIEW. I... It is now one of my favourite lenses. I have had 3 similar lenses and found this one to be the best. It is light(for its specs), well built and optically excellent! The lens also comes with a plastic hood ( to cut down the weight ), a nice pouch and a collar. It is not just a sports lens, also a pretty good Macro lens. Honestly, I have not found anything that I don't like about the lens. The AF might be a little loud for some, but it is not a problem for me. I have got 3 weddings coming up and am counting on this little beast!...
    Date published: 2008-09-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Having fun with this lens! Been having a ball getting acquainted with this lens.I'll take pictures of just about anything but I prefer wildlife, macro and grandkids.The f/2.8 arpeture is giving me more versitility with all types of lighting and the solid build gives confidence of it's durability.Like most lenses though there can be some drawbacks.Wide open at 200mm. pictures are a little soft(not surprised).Stopped down a little or back off on the reach and pictures look good.The auto focus is quick enough to stop birds in flight with good light.Not as fast in twilight but thats what manual focus is for.
    Date published: 2014-01-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Lens for sports This was my first non-Sony lens purchased for my a100. I wanted a zoom lens with a f/2.8 and didn't want to spend the money for the Sony version. My Sony 75-300mm f/4.5 takes great daytime photos, but fails when the light goes down. My kids have swim meets in the evening outdoors, and I was always unhappy with the outcome of my pictures with my other lenses. My Sony 50mm f/1.4 did great, but no zoom. After using this lens at a couple swim meets, I can tell a huge difference in my pictures. They turned out vibrant and colorful with such depth. I can see using this lens for many more things than for what I bought it for.
    Date published: 2010-07-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great value at its price point This lens is sharp even wide open and its colors are either spot on or very close to it. I have not seen any fringing or vignetting either. As with all f/2.8 lenses, it's a bit heavy, but I stood for hours taking pictures of a parade with this lens on my camera at all times and my arms rarely needed to rest. If I had to give any complaint at all, it's that the lens will, rarely, hunt too much for a subject. This happens most often when taking pictures of airplanes against a cloudless sky. I look forward to shooting sports action at night with the lens. From what I can tell, it'll perform quite admirably then, as well.
    Date published: 2010-07-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lens...at this price point!! I recently purchased this lens for my Sony a77 slt. This is a great match up, since Sony SLR's have stabilization built into the camera. I had to make a micro-adjustment of +4 to get sharp performance from this lens. The compression and bokeh quality of this lens is awesome. I would highly recommend this lens to other Sony users. I can't speak for Canon or Nikon performance, because I don't use those products. Overall, this lens is a great value. Frank Betancourt Portrait Photographer Texas
    Date published: 2013-05-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good glass! After comparing it with the Sigma, I went for the Tamron because of several little things: - Better optical performance overall - Better IQ of APS-c and FF - Better price tham the Sigma. There are some things I'd like to mention: Recently on Dpreview there were some rumors this lens wouldn't last over 40-50.000 shots. I've only shot 300.000 and never had any glitch, so I cannot confirm this rumor. The AF isn't as good as the Sigma, but for someone like me coming recently from a MF SLR, this isn't a deal. AF is indeed as fast ( on continuous) as I can get! 100% recommendable!
    Date published: 2009-07-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent lens for the money I use this lens mainly for portraits and plants/flowers. It is razor sharp with consistent output. Excellent bokeh gives a nice blurry background/sharp on subject. Cropped pics from macro shots are crisp and usable 8 x 10 and larger. Focusing speed is good. I hardly miss seagulls and squirrels with this lens. Build quality is solid. However, I found the zoom/ focus rings a bit loose compared to all my other lenses (including Tamron 17-50 f2.8). It is heavy but for the excellent image quality, it is worth to carry it like a baby with both hands while walking in nature trails.
    Date published: 2009-07-15
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    Designed For Use With:

    • Sony Alpha A68
    • Sony Alpha A77 II
    • Sony Alpha A99 II
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