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Tamron SP 70-200MM F/2.8 DI VC USD Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon EF Cameras

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  • The most compact lens in its class
  • Fast F/2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range
  • Moisture-resistant construction helps prevent moisture from penetrating the lens
  • New VC anti-shake mechanism with 4-stop advantage
  • USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) for quick and quiet focusing
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The apex of telephoto lenses in a compact package, "SP 70-200mm F/2.8 DI VC USD with VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization delivers leading-edge image quality in a body that is the smallest in its class. Equipped with Tamron's proprietary USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) motor, this lens boasts a speedy autofocus so you can capture that one decisive moment. One special XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) glass in concert with four LD (Low Dispersion) elements minimize chromatic aberrations. This combined with a new optical design that delivers high contrast and high resolution throughout the zoom range achieves leading-edge image quality. Tamron's advanced multi-layer coating technology dramatically improves lens performance by reducing flare and ghosting for crisper, clearer images. The rounded diaphragm affords the photographer spectacular blur effects, delivering the kind of rich expression only achievable with a high-speed telephoto zoom lens. The most compact full-size, high-speed telephoto zoom lens with VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization and USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) in its class delivers superior mobility, enabling photographers to capture the previously unattainable. Features USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) to power a speedy AF drive together with a continuous manual focus mechanism. The VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization mechanism reduces camera shake to deliver sharp images. Moisture-resistant construction helps prevent moisture from penetrating the lens. Specifications Model: A009 Focal length: 70-200mm; Maximum aperture: F/2.8; Angle of view (diagonal): 34°21′- 12°21′ (with full-size SLR cameras); 22°33′- 7°59′ (with APS-C sized sensor digital SLR cameras); Lens construction: 23 elements in 17 groups; Minimum focus distance: 51.2 in (1.3m); Maximum magnification ratio: 1: 8 (at f=200mm: MFD 51.2") ; Filter size: Ø77mm; Length : 7.4 in (188.3mm); Entire length : 7.7 in (196.7mm).


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Style: Canon EF Cameras
Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here [PDF]| User Manual [428kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 3.4 x 3.4 inches ; 3.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B00A34GQEC
  • Item model number: AFA009C700
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here [PDF]
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 7, 2012

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98 of 105 people found the following review helpful By ChrisB on April 8, 2013
Style Name: Nikon FX Cameras
First off, I am an amateur and don't get paid for the pictures I take. For this reason, I figured I would give the Tamron a try and if I didn't like it I could always return it and consider getting one of the Nikon 70-200's instead. I'm using this lens with a D600, and have admittedly never used the Nikon 70-200 2.8 VR I or II, or the new 70-200 F4. Maybe ignorance is bliss in this case, but for an amateur like me I found it very hard to justify the premium of the 70-200 VR II over the tamron (even with the recent $300 discount).

Build - The build of this lens seems very solid. It's not quite up to the standard of the Canon L white lenses, but I would say it's very close to all of the nice Nikon G lenses...mostly metal some hard plastic. Thankfully I don't have to take my gear into rough conditions, but if you did, I think this lens would hold up very well.

VC - The vibration control/reduction on this lens is fantastic. When looking through the view finder it really grabs the image and reduces nearly all camera shake. Occasionally it has a bit of a jitter before locking in on the image, but I have yet to see this affect any of the images, only my view through the optics. I can easily hand hold shots at 200mm down to 1/20 and lower if the subject itself isn't moving. I even did some shots down near 1/4 of a second and they were actually very usable, but I wouldn't depend on that unless I absolutely had to.

Image Quality - So far the color, contrast, and sharpness of this lens have all been superb. The lens might be just a hair softer at 2.8 than it is at 4.0, but that's only when pixel-peeping at 1:1 and even then it's an extremely close call. For anything beyond 4.0 the lens is extremely sharp, and I would have no hesitancy shooting at 2.
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81 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Lerch TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 25, 2013
Style Name: Canon EF Cameras
I have not purchased this lens, and given the price and the fact that I own the Canon Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM, I don't really need this focal range.

So why did I try this lens out? Why bother when everything tells me the Canon is excellent? Well, I just wanted to compare really. And I am certainly glad I am. My only regret? This lens wasn't available when I bought the Canon. Yes, I just said that.

For pixel peepers and those that care about DXO scores, this lens hits a 25. That's... really, really good. The Canon mkII? 24. Yeah, one point. And honestly, the one point difference? Nothing I noticed in my test shots. And just for fun, the Nikkor equivalent lens? It only hit a 24 as well, so if you have to go by DXO and not by real world use, you get a lens (at least mounted on a Canon body, sorry, not sure about the Nikon version since they don't list it as an option) with 1 point better than the "big boy" equivalent. And you get it for ~$1000 cheaper.

The real question is, how does it perform? It performs like a champ, no question. AF on my 1Dx is lightning quick, at least on par, MAYBE a fraction of a second slower than the Canon. Maybe.

Bokeh? Nice and creamy. AF noise? Non-existent. The Canon and Tamron are quite silent. Very, very nice.

The minimum focusing distance is a bit further than the Canon, but not by a ton.

There is no range limiter on the Tamron. The reason having the range limiter is nice is so that the lens doesn't try to focus during AF where you don't need it to. So if you're shooting at 4 meters all the time, on the Canon you flip the limiter switch and it won't try to focus below 2.5m.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jim Mercer on December 28, 2014
Style Name: Nikon FX Cameras
Purchased on 12/23/2014, although not via Amazon. (A direct dealer was less than 15 minutes away, and they provided a $100 rebate from Tamron - something I didn't see offered on Amazon at the time.)

Got it home and shot some low-light images on a tripod with VC OFF at F/2.8, ISO 100 at 200mm (effective 300mm) on my D7100 (DX). Exactly the quality I expected - stunning for those conditions.

The next day, I shot some pre-sunrise shots - wonderful results. Noticed a bit of softness on some focused objects, but didn't have a lot of concern - they were distant and it was still rather low-light. Once the sun fully came up, I shot a number of shots at varying ranges, and varying F-stops. The images were GREAT, although I still noticed a tiny bit of softness where I didn't expect any at this point under these conditions.

My kids arrived for a "second Christmas" on Saturday, and it was sunny - so I took some shots of them walking their dogs after the trip. I've attached three samples for your review.

Still very pleased with the quality, I took the time to auto-focus fine-tune the lens on Sunday. It required a +2 at 200mm and at F 2.8 in order to get the front and back focus perfect. Now... +2 is no big deal. I've got good quality Nikon's that have required +1, -5, etc. And I've got one extraordinary Tokina that required a -11 adjustment, and another extraordinary Tokina that didn't require ANY changes. If you're not quite getting that "tack-sharp" image you expect from ANY lens of quality (like this one), get an AF Tuning chart and test your lenses. You'll be very happy you did. :)

Anyway, took some more sample shots after adjustments, and I was very pleased with the results, even in dim, cloudy conditions.
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