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

(based on 173 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (90)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (72)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (98)
  • Easily interchangeable (92)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (88)
  • Durable (83)
  • Consistent output (77)

Cons

  • Heavy (69)
  • Slow focus (48)
  • Blurry focus (6)
  • Poor in low light (5)
  • Lens creep (4)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (95)
  • Low light (59)
  • Weddings (57)
  • Night photography (45)
  • Wildlife photos (45)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (39), Semi-pro photographer (35), Enthusiast (22), Pro photographer (21), Casual photographer (17)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (88), 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

 

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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2.0

Durability is awful and the autofocus is finicky

By luca

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I have had this lens for about half a year and it is already loose at every seam. Granted it did take a beating, I used the lens for mostly ski photography and landscapes so it did go through a lot in my backpack. Also, when the lens was new, I noticed that sometimes when I switched it from manual the autofocus would not work right away. It would make some whirling noises but it didn't focus. I had to switch it back to manual, turn to focus ring a bit, then switch it back to auto; this solved the problem most of the time. I would highly recommend either getting the vc version of this lens if you need a f2.8 or just getting the canon 70-200 f4 vc because you will get a much better build quality and the vc will make this lens much more useable. Defiantly don't make the mistake of buying this lens new if you are going to get it.

 
4.0

Great for the price!

By Dori

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

A good, solid lens for the price. Mechanism for auto/manual focus is a little awkward, but one can quickly get used to it. Part of my usual kit.

 
5.0

I would buy this lens again.

By Beth

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This was my first jump into the higher end lens and absolutely love it. Getting better photos right out of the gate. Look forward to what I can do with more experience with it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect lens for my needs

By Steve

from Undisclosed

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

This lens is perfect for my needs. I will be using it for concerts and have already used it for nature and portraiture. I'm an amateur photographer and the price for this lens was justifiable. Great lens for the money.

 
5.0

I would buy it again

By Zeis

from Miami Beach

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Macro 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:

I just got it but I am happy with this lens.. I know people who are already are working with it.. A little heavy, so if you have a grip makes it a good balance.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

Buena Calidad, Buenos Resultados!

By adcr24

from Arecibo, Puerto Rico

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro 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:

      Compré este lente para utilizarlo con mi Canon EOS 60D y estoy muy complacido con su trabajo. La óptica es muy buena, y es fácil de utilizar. No me arrepiento de haberlo comprado ya que está bien a la par con el lente Canon

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Tres bon ojectif.

      By G&US productions

      from Guyane Française.

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

      • Blurry Focus
      • Lens Creep
      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

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

      Il est simple et efficace.Ce n'est le plus rapide et il manque quelque fois son point alors que le petit collimateur est sur la cible il ne le fait pas dessus.Moi je l'utilise pour la vidéo donc il est parfait pour faire de la vidéo. La photo c'est autre chose.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love it!

      By NV-USPhoto.

      from Seymour, TN

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Night Photography
        • Sports/Action

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

        Second one I purchased! I photograph dirt track racing without a flash and this lens gives great results from a safe distance I might add

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Tamron 70-200 f 2.8

        By stunning-image.

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Couldn't be Happier

          By Erik S

          from Anaheim, CA just west of the Matterhorn

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          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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          • No
           
          4.0

          Nice lens

          By Mark

          from Maryland

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          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

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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.

           
          5.0

          worth the money

          By photo

          from us

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          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.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (8 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Not happy with this lens

              By JDM Photo

              from Oskaloosa, IA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              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.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                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

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Excellent Lens

                    By JDM Photo

                    from Oskaloosa, IA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    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.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    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.

                     
                    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.

                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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).

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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