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TamronSP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Nikon
 
4.6

(based on 121 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (62)
  • Nice bokeh (50)
  • Strong construction (46)
  • Consistent output (42)
  • Durable (39)

Cons

  • Heavy (38)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (52)
  • Low light (43)
  • Wildlife photos (40)
  • Weddings (35)
  • Landscape/scenery (22)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (75), Yes (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (33), Semi-pro photographer (25), Pro photographer (13), Casual photographer (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Do your research, this lens rocks.

I researched Sigma, Tamron and the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses until I was blue in the face. I read everything. Specific review, review comparisons, everywhere on the internet. The only...Read complete review

I researched Sigma, Tamron and the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses until I was blue in the face. I read everything. Specific review, review comparisons, everywhere on the internet. The only conclusion that I could make is that I didn't want to spend the extra $900-$1000 for the Nikon version.

In the reviews it was conclusive that the Nikon was top dog, but only a winner by a nose. I know some Nikon purist will snub the idea of owning a third party lens, and in all fairness, I did not have the Nikon to test. So I didn't see first hand if the extra $$$ was actually worth it. So maybe it is, worth it.

However, I did have both the Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM and the Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD for over a week on my Nikon D7000 and took on average around 1000 photos with each. I shot mainly high school football during the day and under the lights well after dark on each lens.

I'll cut the chase. Here were the decision factors to go with the Tamron:
1) zoom on tamron was in the same direction of all of my other nikon lenses. I found myself going the wrong was in critical times out of habit.
2) Tamron warrantee 6yrs vs 3yrs from Sigma
3) Tamron was noticeably faster AND quieter focusing
3) Tamron had slightly sharper (and I calibrated each. Tamron dead on, Sigma was -5)
4) Tamron much better low light focusing.

Here are the things that the Sigma had that I wish the Tamron did:
1) better tripod collar, locking mechanism and smoother transition from landscape to portrait.
2) Came with nice soft case.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great Image quality but still lacking

First and foremost I cannot say enough about the services from B&H. Hands down the best service.

Unboxing the lens: (nicely packaged) After holding I noticed I actually...Read complete review

First and foremost I cannot say enough about the services from B&H. Hands down the best service.

Unboxing the lens: (nicely packaged) After holding I noticed I actually think the finish and feel of the lens is better then the Nikon vr2 ( I own it). The rubber gripping on the zoom/focus ring has a nice feel. The lens has a solid smooth feel. I think the lens is actually a bit smaller in dimension's and weight compared to the competitor's.
I mounted the lens to my d800 and I noticed the tripod foot is a little close to the camera body. Its actually annoying but not a deal breaker. I removed the foot then snapped a few shots. It was cloudy out and I was shooting some birds, flowers, people and random objects at different lengths. Optically this lens is better the the Nikon. How much better? Marginally better. The auto focus was smoother in the way it focused on a far object to a close. It didn't jump around it all. Sometimes my Nikon does bounce a little before it locks (not much). As far as AF speed it was very quick. Faster then the Nikon in real world use. The VC/VR was nice I didn't see any issues like I read about it warming up before it works. I noticed abot 2-3 stops with it vs hand holding it. This was all outside at about 430 in the afternoon on a partially cloudy day. I wanted to see how it preformed in dim light so I went indoors. This is where I noticed some issues. It hunted
pretty bad. the lens really struggled in locking focus in a timely manner. I don't think I would be comfortable shooting a wedding with this if I relied solely on auto-focus. I shoot with mostly Zeiss primes so it still wasn't a deal breaker for me. I decided to try manual focusing. When I grabbed the focus ring it was very easy to focus with one finger. Almost to easy, I have a concern of the focus ring having problems down the road. If you have ever used the new Nikon 28mm 1.8G it reminds me alot of that ring. Loose. It makes it easy to quickly manual focus but I have a real concern of some issues within a year of regular use.
I then put it away and debated on returning it. I waited two days to take the lens to a indoor volleyball game (I regularly shoot this sport so I needed to be put through the ringer) The lens tanked. The auto Focus wouldn't lock on anything. The easy manual focus was great and had it been stiff I would have been up a creek without a paddle. I still question the build of it but its ease made it usable.
The fallowing day I used the lens at a wedding (indoor) the same thing I couldn't lock focus with it at all. To be fair my 24-70/70-200 Nikon wouldn't lock either. It did great outdoors even in cloudy weather.

I wouldn't trust this lens for any low light photography that you need auto focus. It just wont cut it. Optically I have zero complaints, I actually would agree that it is better the Nikon. dXomark gave it 3 points higher then the Nikon. I was really hoping to use this lens as a replacement but I decided to return it due to the lacking AF in low light. Outside the Tamron's AF was speedy. So If you don't shoot sports or weddings indoors I would suggest this lens over the Nikon.

I hope this was some help.

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4.0

Very Good lense

By Sive Manana

from Manzini, Swaziland

Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Nikon:

I bought this lense in Johannesburg recently. it's a bit bulky, but it is a very good lense. sharp, delivers professional image quality. I'm not a gear acquisition maniac. I'm looking for me

 
4.0

Solid lens

By Joseph

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Nikon:

Solid lens. I bought this then returned it for the newer version and I'm very happy about my choice to upgrade. That being said, this lens is still great- the images I got off of it were sharp, focus was fast, and had no major problems, just wanted the new one :)

 
5.0

Great in low light

By Prescilla

from Undisclosed

Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Nikon:

Compared to my kit lenses and 35mm this lense is amazing! Love the focus capability because I'm still amateur. I used this lens while shooting a bday party for about an hour and its not that heavy as the reviews said so don't let those comments affect your decision. Very glad I made this purchase and I haven't slept well because I'm so excited to use this lens again tomorrow ? I was so amazed at the clarity in low light it just puts a big smile on your face

 
5.0

Great lens but heavy

By Sebastian

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Nikon:

Bought this for my girlfriend and am very happy with the purchase. Very sharp with great bokeh. Heavy but that is expected

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Lens and Value

By Fred

from Denver, Colorado

Verified Buyer

Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Nikon:

This lens is delivering as promised. I've enjoyed using the lens indoors and out. Beautiful bokeh!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tamron does it right.

By Joshua

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Nikon:

Great lens. Very good sharpness through. An incredible value when you compare it's results and features to other options.

 
4.0

Still new

By Ray

from Floresville Tx

Verified Buyer

Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Nikon:

haven't had it very long but I really like the AV system it works great

 
5.0

AMAZING Lens

By Wes

from Undisclosed

Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Nikon:

This is such an amazing lens for the money. It competes with the new Canon and Nikon versions for A fraction of the price. Really universal lens. The YouTube reviews really helped make my decision and I couldn't be happier.

(2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Returned it. Defective

By Dennis

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Nikon:

These are made in China now. I bought from B&H and the lens was not usable at 2.8. It had a severe front focus problem. At 70mm the focus was not even on the test chart.

 
5.0

Great Lens - Glad I got it

By Armando

from Van Nuys, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Nikon:

This lens has allowed me to improve my results. I had been using the kit lens that came with my Nikon the last two years. WOW - what a difference!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent value.

By Shawn

from Undisclosed

Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Nikon:

I took this beast of a lense to the Bronx Zoo to test the lense. Working like a charm. Love it

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love this !!!!

By Anindyakumar

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Nikon:

I love this lens. I purchased this lens along with Nikon D750. I am delighted to see the performance. I could not afford to but Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 so decided to buy this lens.

I am highly recommending to buy this lens.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sharp pictures even in low light.

By Scott

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Nikon:

I purchased this lens for nighttime soccer games and it has performed well. It is best when used with a monopod as the lens does have some weight and it helps to lessen blurring during a fast-paced shooting sequence.

 
5.0

My lens for K9 action shots!

By Olivier

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Nikon:

I researched this lends for a long time before purchasing. While I have never used the Nikon VRII, it was a $1000 cheaper and the review clearly shows that this lens is at the same level of quality, some say even better. I used this primarily for K9 action shots. I am very pleased with the results. It is also a remarkably light lens for what it delivers. Great purchase! As always B&H provided GREAT service helping me decide which lens to purchase.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would purchase again.

By Allan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Nikon:

This is an excellent high quality lens, which I use for white water kayaking images and landscapes. Fast and quiet to focus. I do not see obvious edge drop-off in sharpness at any aperture; though I am not a pixel peeper. While quite heavy it is easily balanced both handholding and tripod mounted to a Nikon D700. VC is excellent.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Initial Read

By Gary

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Nikon:

I am using this on a d810, so the per-pixel sharpness demands are quite high. After test for just two weekends i will say that the lens delivers on the key attributes: sharpness and VR while being reasonably fast in AF. I did need to dial-in -3 micro-focus adjust for back-focussing and that is not enough i think; i will try -5. Between the aperture and long focal length tiny errors in focus are evident and the tolerances are exquisite, so having to do so should not be counted against the lens, though i note that this is the second Tamron lens requiring AF adjustments and none of my Nikons need it. It seems surprisingly well built; about like the "plastic" gold rings. Overall a nice lens for high resolution Nikon dSLR sensors for those of us that no longer shoot as pros. It would be the bees knees in wedding use.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would recommend this lens to anyone.

By Robert

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Nikon:

I am a military photographer and I do photography on the side for a little extra income. I love this lens. I have had it for a couple of weeks and it performs great. At work I use the Nikon 70-200mm lens and I wanted it for my personal use as well but I couldn't spend that kind of money on it. I went with the Tamron instead and I took one photo with it and looked at my wife and said "I'm in love." She laughed. After playing with it on our family vacation in Tennessee I can say it is as good as the Nikon 70-200mm I use at work. Great lens. (FYI I shoot with a D800 at work using the Nikon 70-200mm VR AF-S GII and a D7100 at home using the Tamron 70-200mm VC.

 
5.0

Very good lens at a fair price.

By Dr Steven

from Lakeway, TX

Verified Buyer

Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Nikon:

This is a fine lens at a fir price. I have no way to compare it to a Nikon lens, as I do not own one nor the equipment to measure the performance of one vs. The other. This does the job for me and that's all I can ask for!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One of the finest lenses for portrait photography

By Kevin

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Nikon:

I bought this lens for a month already and so far it is the sharpest lens I've ever used. It's as sharp as the Nikon and Canon version. A huge step up for my portrait photos

 
5.0

Great lens for the money

By raykrv6a

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Nikon:

With the rebate saving around $900 over the Nikon current version.
First Tamron lens I've bought and impressed so far.  Very solid with high build quality.  Made in China, but a lot of what we buy and use is made in China.  The Nikon version is out of my price range at $2700.
Build quality.  I would say it's really good. Very solid and works smooth for the the zoom.  Focus ring is a little stiff compared to what I'm used to.
Autofocus.  Spot on for me and you cannot hear any movement.  I tested it with my puppy running at me at 6 frames a second (D7100) and most of the photos were sharp at the Focus point.  Seems to be very fast.
Great color and Bokeh for me.  I haven't seen the onion effect yet.
The Stabilization seems to be very good.  Shooting hand held isn't a problem except it's a heavy lens.  Probably not a great carry around lens.
Lens hood built in Japan and works just like a Nikon.  Firm on and off.  No issues with it.
Hoya filter threaded right on and no issues.
Just a long term novice picture taker here.  I went by the reviews and testing found online.  For the money, it seems to be a good buy.
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