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TamronSP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Nikon
 
4.7

(based on 99 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)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (33), Semi-pro photographer (25), Pro photographer (13), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (75), Yes (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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5.0

Fantastic Lens

By LAN Master

from Atlanta, GA

Verified Buyer

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

Used this lens on my D750 to photograph my Grandson's Soccer game last weekend. I couldn't be happier with the quality of the images, the handling of this lens, or the service from B&H. A top notch Lens in my book!

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5.0

great lens

By Bobby O

from Parsippany N.J.

Verified Buyer

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

I was thinking about the Nikon but the price and function changed my mind. This lens is quiet and smooth and just as sharp as the Nikon. If you're name brand stuck , I can't help you. But , if you're open to a lens that's as good as Nikon , go to B&H and try one on! They'll help you look at this lens on a D750 and you can see for yourself! You won't be disappointed!

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5.0

Really good value

By Mendy

from Hillside

Verified Buyer
Staff Reviewer

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

I used this lens for a few events. I can't think of anything negative about it. It focuses quickly and accurately, and it's super sharp. It also focuses really well in low light (I can't say if it's quicker or slower than the Nikon version though).
I've used both Nikon 70-200mms, (the older version and the newer one), and I really can't tell much of a difference in terms of sharpness and overall quality. They both perform really well.
The build quality is also really good, although I don't think it's weather sealed.
For $600 less than the Nikon version, I think this lens is a really good value.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Satisfied

By TC Rick

from Traverse City, IM

Verified Buyer

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

I debated long and hard between this and the Nikon 70-200 VRII, reading reviews and researching extensively, including borrowing a friend's copy of the Nikon. Bottom line, I couldn't justify the $$$ difference, so I ordered the Tamron. Boy am I glad I did. This lens so far has been stellar, very sharp, excellent color and contrast and fast focusing. I am using it on a Nikon D500 and I can't wait for football season to start so I can see how it performs for sports.

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5.0

Satisfied even the pickiest shooter

By Mark

from Sydney, NSW

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

I am generally of the belief, you get what you pay for, and I more inclined to spend extra knowing that will normally give me a better longer lasting product.
After a decade of severe punishment my Nikon 70-200 2.8 VR version 1 can no longer manually focus and VR mechanism is damaged... the two elements I need for videography.
So when looking at a replacement I saw the glowing reviews of the Tamron 70-200 2.8 VR, which had been out for a while. And it was priced at nearly $1000aud cheaper than Nikon. Thats money that can buy another good quality zoom or prime. Or many accessories.
So I looked at all the reviews i coukd find across the web, and decided the weight of public opinion was worth the stretch. At worst, I use it few times, sell it and upgrade to Nikon, and maybe loose a few hundred in change over.
Over a month later, I can see this lens being my new workhorse alongside the Nikon 24-70mm.
Basically, focus is fast. its sharp, real sharp. can shoot wide open, clean. has a little bit of vignette which i actually seek. VR works very well. Cosmetically, it might not be quite as slick as Nikon or Canon (buttons etc), but who cares. In the hand this is a solid piece of glass. The thing I will say, I dont have as much confidence at this early stage that it could take the battering I have given my Nikon over the years. And by battering i mean multiple meter plus drops onto concrete, kicked on the ground, bouncing off seat in car etc etc. But short of that, it is still a tough lens that has internal element movements that could take a few bumps and knocks... its just i will be treating this lens with a bit more care for extended life.
I have a very high expectation on how my lenses perform, im glad i rolled the dice on this one. Impressed and pleasantly surprised its by Tamron

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5.0

Awesome lens at the right price!

By aqua270

from San Diego, California

Verified Buyer

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

I've been using this lens for about three weeks now and I love it. The Bokeh is awesome and the images are really sharp. Shooting on a Nikon D750.

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1.0

2 bad copies

By JR

from Vail, CO

Verified Buyer

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

I unfortunately received two bad copies of this lens before deciding not to swap it out for a third. Both of my copies would not produce sharp results at any aperture. After reading so many positive reviews I was looking forward to building a new kit around this lens and the D750, but this lens will not make the cut now. Very disappointing. Tamron needs to work on its quality control.

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5.0

Excellent!

By Dwood Photography

from Washington, DC

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Weddings/Events

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

    I read some comments about focusing and low light performance. I'm very pleased with the performance in both of those areas. Paired with the Nikon D5, this lens is excellent!

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    5.0

    Excellent ! Very happy with it.

    By Starwatcher

    from BC Canada

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

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

    I'm using this with a D810 and D500. Never had any issues on AF in low light, as someone posted on the reviews. Image quality is amazing. I'm really happy with is lens - not a single issue for me. May be just my lens but AF is fast and accurate, in low light also. Sold my Nikon AFS 70-200 f/4.
    The attached photo was taken hand-held, 200mm on D500 (equiv.200mm), at night. Focused in an instinct.

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    5.0

    amazing!

    By Marc

    from Hamilton nj

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

    this lens is just amazing. I did not like the fact the new nikon 2.8 was not a true 200mm and rented the 70-200 f4 and like the Tamron much better. focuses faster too. pictures come out fantastic and the vibration control allows me to slow down the shutter enough for low light situations, such as wedding receptions. this is a great lens!

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    5.0

    Terrific lens!

    By Debbie F

    from Doylestown, PA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Great For Sports Pics
    • Great Quality Pics

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action

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

    I take a lot of sports action pics of my nephew and niece playing lacrosse, basketball, football and soccer. With my f5.6 zoom lens, my pictures were good, but some shots would be blurry. With this f2.8 lens, my pics are amazing. While the lens is heavy, that is to be expected for the superior performance.

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    5.0

    Great lens

    By JerryB

    from Oswego, IL

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Night Photography
      • Weddings/Events

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

      I bought this lens specifically to do a wedding, but of course will use it for other shoots. The wedding festivities started out mid afternoon and went into and past sunset. As expected it worked great while the light was good. But I was really happy and surprised at how well it did as it got much darker. The couple had very few artificial lights up, so it was a challenge. But the lens did it! Kept it at 2.8, various focal lengths and on my D750 and it just kept going, all handheld too! Highly recommended.

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      5.0

      Finally I made the choice!

      By Harrisgirl

      from SE Idaho

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light

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

      For the past three years I have wanted a 70 to 200 Nikon lens. Like many of you are probably doing, I researched and read and talked and asked until I wore myself out! With the $100 rebate and recommendations from a professional photographer who endorses how well made these Tamron lenses are, I made the leap. Now just to be clear, I am an amateur photographer with a small studio in my home who enjoys taking photos of grandchildren. But I love this lens and my best advice is to get over the notion that it has to be a Nikon brand only… I certainly wallowed iin that trap. Just buy it you'll be glad you made the choice.

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      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wasn't sure

      By Jones

      from South Dakota

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

      I purchased this but wasn't sure I would use it enough to warrant spending the dough. I was really wrong!!! I use this lens for everything!!! It is the perfect lens for everything that I shoot!!!

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      (9 of 50 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      MADE IN CHINA!

      By EyeTerra

      from Kansas City, MO

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Made In China

      Best Uses

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

        I saw the 360º imagery of the lens on B&H and Tamron's site and the lens says made in Japan. I ordered this lens and it boldly says made in CHINA right on the lens. No where on either websites does it reveal where it's made. All of the online reviews comparing against the Nikon 70-200 discuss both lenses being made in Japan.

        I called Tamron and discussed my dissatisfaction with not knowing the lens was from China and she hung up on me. By no means was I rude or belligerent. She just didn't want to hear what I had to say about how my lens resell/value is far less by it being a Chinese lens. Some would consider it gray market, regardless of my box with the 6 year warranty.

        The lens hood says Made in Japan for what it's worth.

        A bit of a bait and switch.

        Anyway, I kept the lens because neither party (Tamron and B&H) could guarantee that I could get a replacement made in Japan.

        I also kept the lens because I wasn't to impressed with renting the Nikon 70-200 that cost significantly more.

        I'm pleased with the lens, haven't put it through the trials as of yet.

        Bokeh is good. Sharp images, focus seems to be quick and quiet. The VC let's me hand hold and shoot at lower shutter speeds than 1/200th at 200mm.

        The lens hood is way too big and when you flip it around you can't adjust the focal range or focus ring. It does hide the Made in China badge. :)

        As far as those people that complain about it's weight, it's heavy like all others in its class. I appreciate the weight because I know it equates to quality and an f2.8 class. Shouldn't even be a topic of discussion.

        Decent lens, but know that you could be buying a lens made in China. Especially if you're taking advantage of the rebate.

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        4.0

        One of the best!

        By SeaBass

        from Tampa, FL

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events

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

        Finally broke down and bought this lens after doing tons of research on it's competitors. Of course the Nikon was very close, but this one ended up being a little sharper wide open. It's been two weeks and it hasn't left my camera body once. The only downside is the weight, it's a very heavy lens. I realize there isn't much that can be done about that, just wishful thinking I guess. I've finally completed my "Tamron Trinity"!

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        5.0

        Great lens! Great Price!

        By cj

        from Queens, New York

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

        I decided to choose between this or the Nikon version. The guy in the Bh lens section helped me decide and thanks to him I chose this lens. Dxo Mark says that this lens is better than the Nikon one.

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great lens

        By mac1864

        from Monroeville, AL

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          At the moment I'm having to use this lens for everything as my other lenses (both Sigma, which I'll never purchase again) have aperture issues. This lens is great for my wildlife and outdoors, and most of my portraits. I've been using it since May 2015. There is an issue with the aperture opening. Some of the opening has an "arm" that is out of place, which should be covered under warranty.

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          4.0

          Very quiet!

          By relief bridge

          from Green Mountain, NC

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          I am a staff photographer at a summer stock theatre. This augments my wide angle for picking individual faces out of a group scene, or getting close in on intimate stage scenes without scaring the actors. This lens is SO QUIET! Good for video work where the microphone might pick up lens motor noise. I expected a little sharper images, but I'm still trying to find the "sweet spot" between shutter and f/stop. But the savings over the Nikon was substantial, and dampens my negative feelings, minor though they are. Having a constant f/2.8 throughout the range is a real boon. It is VERY HEAVY. I imagine on a long hike the neck strap will strain against my neck. But for park and shoot or studio locations, it works just fine with an extra tripod just for the lens. The lens bonnet snaps into place, unlike the Nikon which can fall off.

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          4.0

          Great Lens

          By San Diego Photographer

          from San Diego, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Sports/Action
          • Weddings/Events

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

          After watching and reading many reviews on a number of 70-200 2.8 lenses I decided to purchase this Tamron, and I couldn't be happier. I have it for close to two weeks at the time I write this review and my initial impressions are great.

          It has a fast focus, is very sharp, and didn't have much trouble locking focus in low light which was a worry of mine. Bokeh is very creamy and pleasant. Build construction seems solid and it is a heavy lens. I feel this is a great lens and am very happy with the purchase.

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