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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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Canon EF Cameras
  • 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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Technical Details

Style: Canon EF Cameras
  • Brand Name: Tamron
  • Model: AFA009C700
  • Lens Type: Telephoto
  • Minimum focal length: 70 millimeters
  • Maximum focal length: 200 millimeters
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Product Details

Style: Canon EF Cameras
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 7 x 7 inches ; 3.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00A34GQEC
  • Item model number: AFA009C700
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 7, 2012

Product Description

Style: Canon EF Cameras

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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At first I was happy with this lens, it seemed pretty sharp and the build quality is great.
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Focus is fast and quiet.
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58 of 61 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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53 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Mark on June 7, 2013
Style Name: Canon EF Cameras
UPDATE*****

I sent this lens to Tamron a second time, and initially they could find nothing wrong with it (which was strange as it needed the same MA on five different cameras). The held onto it for over a week and I'm not sure what they did but it is MUCH better now, with no micro adjustment needed. Looks like it will finally be useable.

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I gave this lens a try because of its great DXOmark scores in comparison to the canon 70-200 2.8 is II which I was renting quite often. This is my favorite range because the compression at long focal lengths gives a larger than life perspective to your photos. At first I was happy with this lens, it seemed pretty sharp and the build quality is great. After owning it for three months, I regret my purchase.

In comparison to the canon, it does not have the vivid L glass colors. The canon, straight out of camera, leaves little for post production in terms of colors. The tamron is not as sharp as the canon either. The tamron is also shorter at 200mm; it's really about 185mm. You don't get the same compression effects that you do with the canon at it's longest length.

For the price difference, I could live with these drawbacks. However, what I cannot live with is the AF inconsistency. This is not a problem with focus accuracy, it doesn't need any microadjustment when it hits focus. It just...doesn't hit focus consistently. I shoot weddings and when I use this lens on people coming down the isle, 1 shot out of 5 or so is in reasonable focus. NOT acceptable. And even on stationary subjects, the focus is very, very inconsistent.
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43 of 48 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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