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

(based on 129 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (97)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (24)

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    (3)

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    (1)

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96%

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

I would definitely recommend this to anyone!

By Gabriel

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Well what to say about this amazing lens...
It is absolutely amazing. The f2.8 at 200mm is the best thing that could happen to me. Its a really fast and silent lens. The only thing that I could "complain" about, is that it is heavy! But I will get use to it!

 
5.0

Best place to buy camera equipment

By Soulmates Photography

from Undisclosed

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

Hands down, B&H is the only place to buy or look at camera equipment. Knowledgeable and top rated gear. I highly recommend. The lens I bought was top shelf and not a grey market item. With the extra warranty it is a no brainer. The lens works flawlessly

 
4.0

Hidden Gem

By Daniel

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

Qualifiers: I'm a full-time news photographer and freelancing photojournalist, who also completes corporate event assignments and makes environmental portraits. I have since 2010.

Experience with this focal range: I've owned a Nikon 80-200 2.8 AF-S (rare), an 80-200 Push-Pull, a Nikon 70-200 VR1, the VR2, back to another 80-200 PP, then I chose this lens over the Nikon VR1. (the focus breathing I experienced with the VR2 was unacceptable for what I shoot and how I shoot it)

The Tamron Vibration Compensation is superior to Nikon's Vibration Reduction, IMO. I've owned many Nikon VR lenses. The Tamron has more pleasing aesthetics, in that it has a naturally slightly more contrasty look. Not a washed-out look that I need to correct when I use my Nikon lenses. (all very new model lenses, though with Nikon that only matters a lot when shooting under manmade light) The focal breathing of the Nikon VR2 wasn't acceptable, while with the VR1 and the 80-200's I found it nonexsistent. I haven't experienced this yet with the Tamron, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

1/60th at 200mm, all day long. But practicing good technique with a steady subject, 1/30th without concern. That alone was worth the price.

Some people report softness at the long end of the focal range, so I tested this specifically - since it's one of the main reasons I purchased this lens. On my D800E, shooting at 1/160th 200mm f/7.1 making waist-up portraits of my model with nothing but open skies and waters behind him at 7pm on a July day, the fine details of his face were unacceptably out-of-focus IN THE PREVIEW JPEG IN-CAMERA. Once I converted the 14-bit RAW images using the older CaptureOne Express 7, where the sharpening in my preset is set to only 300 out of 1000, my model's face was definitely "acceptably sharp". See attached PROOF image, converted but not retouched whatsoever.

I rate only 4 starts because I don't yet know about durability against wear and tear. I've had the lens less than a month.

 
4.0

Viable

By Daniel A Betts

from Toronto, Canada

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

I'm a working news photographer who also does corporate event photography and environmental portraits with this focal range. I've owned all Nikon's in this range, the 70-200 VR1 and VR2, as well as a couple 80-200's. I chose between this lens and another Nikon VR1. Focus is silent, literally. mice fart louder. it's contrasty, in an appealing way. focus locks acceptably fast IMO, even on my D800E. the claimed 3 stops VC (VR) are - to me - the guaranteed VC. Really. Better than VR. I read about softness at the long end, so I avoided it til today. in my LCD, the preview JPEGs looked soft. when I transferred the pix to my PC and inspected them, they are acceptable either good technique. One stop dragged shutter. worth the cost.

 
5.0

Quick, quiet and beautiful

By Andrea

from Idaho

Verified Buyer

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

I bought this lens to pick up where my 17-70 mm leaves off. I've shot pictures at my daughters' softball games and have been very impressed with its performance.

 
4.0

Great bokeh

By Breanna

from Undisclosed

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

Added this lens to my bag to get that creamy bokeh at a lower price than the Nikon, since it won't be my constant go-to lens. It delivers the bokeh I was after and the color is good. I'm not getting as sharp if images as I would like, but maybe I just need to find the seeet spot. Overall, seems to be a good lens for the price.

 
5.0

Upgraded and worth it!

By Guy Tosti

from Undisclosed

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

I bought this lens as an upgrade from the DI LD Tamron 70-200f2.8 (without vibration control). The sharpness, contrast, and overall quality are significantly better. I did not think that VC was that important since I would use a monopod. But even with high shutter speeds I was not able to achieve the clean crisp images that I get with this new lens.

 
5.0

I would definite buy again!!

By Ellen

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I love this lens...tack sharp and beautifully built!!! Great buy.

 
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

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

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
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 9 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

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.

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