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Tamron Auto Focus 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD IF Macro Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras (Model A001E)
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- 70-200mm focal length
- 105-300mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras, 112-320mm equivalent focal length on Canon APS-C cameras
- F2.8 constant maximum aperture; F32 minimum
- Micromotor-type AF motor without full-time manual focusing
- 77mm filters
- 0.95m/37.40" minimum focus
- Available in Canon EF, Pentax KAF, Sony Alpha, Nikon F (FX) mounts
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Item Dimensions||3.54 x 3.54 x 7.64 inches|
|Item Display Weight||1,300 grams|
|Item Weight||2.93 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||6 year|
|Material Type||Plastic and metal barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||200 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||70 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||37.4 inches|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9|
|Number of Elements||19|
|Number of Groups||16|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||34 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||4.3 pounds|
|Style Name||Canon DSLR|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Canon EF||Canon EF||—||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||Micromotor||Ultrasonic||—||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||3.54 x 7.64 x 3.54 in||3.39 x 7.76 x 3.39 in||3.38 x 3.38 x 7.74 in||3.39 x 7.76 x 3.39 in|
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|Lens Type||Zoom lens||Telephoto||zoom||Zoom lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||200 millimeters||200 millimeters||200 millimeters||200 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||70 millimeters||70 millimeters||70 millimeters||70 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 millimeters||77 millimeters||77 millimeters||77 millimeters|
L1) 70-200MM F2.8 DI LD(IF) F/CANON
From the Manufacturer
This exciting new high-speed, high-performance F/2.8 telephoto zoom for full-frame and APS-C format SLRs delivers outstanding imaging performance in a remarkably convenient package plus best close-focusing ability in its class down to 0.95m (37.4") (1:3.1 at 200mm) throughout the range. Its wide aperture permits the use of faster shutter speeds in any light, and the effective use of shallow depth-of-field to achieve dramatic pictorial effects. The ultimate in reach, speed, and performance for dual SLR formats.
SP AF 70-200mm F/2.8 Di Features
While overall dimensions are confined to the absolute minimum, the new SP AF70-200mm F/2.8 zoom lens is packed with features that allow stress-free photography: a versatile MFD of just 37.4" over the entire zoom range; best-in-class maximum macro magnification ratio of 1:3.1 at f=200mm; and an advantageous internal focusing (IF) system. The new tele-zoom lens covers a desirable focal length range of 70mm medium telephoto to 200mm telephoto when mounted on full-size format SLR cameras and a focal length range from 109mm to 310mm* ultra telephoto when mounted on a DSLR camera with an APS-C sized imager.
Digitally Integrated (DI) Lenses for Top Imaging Performance
Di (Digitally Integrated Design) is a Tamron designation that applies to lenses that have been optimized for digital capture using advanced multi-coating techniques and optical designs that assure excellent image quality across the entire picture field. Because of these characteristics, Di lenses provide outstanding performance on cameras with full-frame and APS-C format sensors as well as on 35mm film.
Low dispersion (LD) glass elements in a lens help reduce chromatic aberration; the tendency of light of different colors to come to different points of focus at the image plane. Chromatic aberration reduces the sharpness of an image, but glass with an extremely lowdispersion index, has less of a tendency to separate (defract) a ray of light into a rainbow of colors. This characteristic allows the lens designer to effectively compensate for chromatic aberration at the center of the field (on axis), a particular problem at long focal lengths (the telephoto end of the zoom range), and for lateral chromatic aberration (towards the edges of the field) that often occurs at short focal lengths (the wide-angle end of the zoom range.)
Super Performance (SP) for Discriminating Shooters
Tamron SP (Super Performance) series is a line of ultra-high-performance lenses designed and manufactured to the exacting specifications demanded by professionals and others who require the highest possible image quality. In creating SP lenses Tamron’s optical designers put their foremost priority on achieving superior performance parameters—they are all designed to a higher standard with little regard for cost constraints. As a result, Tamron lenses bearing the SP designation feature impressive and innovative designs that have established an enviable reputation for excellence among those knowledgeable photographers that demand the very best.
Internal Focusing (IF) System
Internal focusing provides numerous practical benefits to photographers including a non-rotating front filter ring that facilitates the positioning of polarizing and graduated filters, and more predictable handling because the lens length does not change during focusing. Even more important, Tamron’s Internal Focusing (IF) system provides a much closer minimum focusing distance (MFD) throughout its entire focusing range. In addition, IF improves optical performance by minimizing illumination loss at the corners of the image field, and helps to suppress other aberrations that become more troublesome at different focusing positions.
Top Customer Reviews
AF - Lets get to what everyone is concerned about...Auto Focus. I have two Nikons that I've use this lens on. A D5000 (cropped 1.5x sensor) that I use for quick pics of the kids and vacations (non paying gigs) and a D700 full frame for my professional paying gigs and if the kids have very special events like my daughters kindergarten graduation. I'm really not seeing what everyone is fussing about this lens AF's just as fast as my Nikon DX lens....55-200 VR for example. I use this lens for in and out doors and have never had a problem with it auto focusing. It's like any lens you use.....take a person dressed in black standing in front of a black background and any lens will have a hard time trying to find the focus. Adjust your focal point on the face where the contrast is different and boom it finds it. This is only rare occasions but it does happen sometimes and it also happens with my Nikkors. One thing I do notice is my D700 AF quicker compared to my D5000. It's not by much but it is noticeable, but not an issue. I honestly believe it's due to the difference of the AF systems in the two cameras. D700 is known for its superb AF.
AF Accuracy - Spot on, never a problem. I have my D700 set where it will not release the shutter unless it's in focus and I've never have had a problem with it being fooled or hunting for focus unless it's in a dark closet.
AF loudness - Is the Tamron louder than the Nikkor lenses when Auto focusing? Yes it is. It's not quiet but it's not loud by any means. You have to remember you're the one looking through the viewfinder and of course you're going to hear it. Others won't even notice it. The shutter closing/opening when taking a picture is twice as loud as the Tamron AF system. It's not even an issue. I don't know if I would take it out to the Amazon taking pics of dangerous and exotic animals where my life depended on it......but then again you'd still probably be ok. Remember the shutter is louder than the auto focus.....again it's not even an issue I don't think.
Sharpness - Super sharp at all focal lengths. I've actually have been very pleased with all of my Tamrons and the sharpness it produces. When hand held at 200mm 2.8 it is a tad softer but 95% of that is due to camera shake. I've tested this and have mounted it on a tripod at that setting with sharp as a tack results. Vibration Reduction or Tamrons VC would be a huge plus but it's not totally necessary.
Construction - Very well made, very hefty and durable. I've used Nikons version and it's a fantastic piece of engineering that is weather sealed, built like a tank and is without a doubt more durable. I think this is where the price difference is. The Tamron is not cheap feeling by any means. When you hold it you know its made very well but the Nikon just takes that to another level which is why its $2000 plus US dollars and the fact this it has Vibration Reduction. If you're going to be going through some rugged terrain on a paid photo shoot it would only make sense to purchase the Nikon. Honestly if you took care of the Tamron and kept it clean I'm sure it could make it out fine also but I wouldn't try it.
Overall - Superb sharpness, old school but very effective AF system and AF accuracy, AF noise is not a problem and is really not even loud enough to even mention in this review but I know people have brought it up and are concerned. I'm 100% pleased. Even if I would have paid more I still would have been pleased but that's the beauty of Tamron. Giving you a great professional lens at a great price. Quick story: I was outside under the patio just a couple of days ago taking pics of the massive storm that we had here in Oklahoma using this lens. I would AF on the clouds and press the shutter and to my surprise the shutter would not release. Remember I have it set where it will not take the pic unless it's in perfect focus. After a few times of this I was getting very frustrated and thought to myself........this is what everyone must be talking about when they mean the Tamron has trouble AFing. Few seconds later the shutter goes off taking pics of nothing. I'm thoroughly confused now and then it hit me. Just a day earlier I was taking some self portraits for my online profile and I was using the auto delay 20 second timer and I still had it in that setting.......sigh.....I was quick to blame the Tamron....poor Tamron.
I've owned this lens going on 3 months now and have used it extensively for indoor events (weddings) and low light evening portrait sessions. I'm still very pleased with the performance. There is one thing I'm a little disappointed in but its not a deal breaker but enough to drop my original 5 star rating to a 4.5.
At f2.8 and 200mm the sharpness takes a hit some, its actually more of a soft image.....especially in low lighting. If you back off the focal length to 165mm or under it improves. Stopping down to f4 is razor sharp. Its annoying that I can't use f2.8 for razor sharp pics but in reality there's not a lot of lens that are razor sharp when completely stopped down to its maximum, with the exception to some. I'm finding all my Tamrons are this way at f2.8. Of course when asking owners of the $1750 Nikon 24-70 2.8 and $2200 Nikon 70-200 2.8 VR they all say its tack sharp at 2.8.
Auto focusing -
Its still does a great job at AFing but now that I'm getting used to other lenses in my bag (Nikon primes and Tamron Zooms) and then coming back to this 70-200 I am seeing a difference in speed. Its not much and its not a problem but I do feel the difference. Its a tad slower....even slower than my Tamron 28-75 2.8 which in my opinion is still fast. My Tamron 17-35 2.8 does not have internal AF and is a screwdriver cam type where you rely on the camera to do the AFing. Its so fast that it can become violent..it will take your finger off if not careful...ha,ha.
If you read through the comments and reviews, you'll see a pattern emerge. Many people have commented on the fact that the focus is either "slow" or "misfocuses" often. After using this lens a great deal, I can answer this without any qualification: the lens is not particularly slow in focus, but it tends to focus and re-focus a great deal on fast moving subjects. So the people that say that this lens is "laser fast" to focus are in a sense correct. The lens focus happens very quickly and this is great if you have a stationary subject. However, when the subjects are in motion (such as children playing, talking, or moving their heads quickly) the lens will constantly be picking different focus points. The result is that some images will be in very sharp focus and others will be just slightly off.
Part of this is due to the fact that when buying an F/2.8 lens you may want to shoot at F/2.8 and this will mean a very small depth of field. This is often true because people understandably want to "blur" the background. But to help understand this a little, the depth of field at 70MM at F/2.8 with a subject 12 feet away from you would be about 1.5 feet. At 200MM (fully zoomed in) the depth of field would only be about two inches. That means that the sharp crisp focus zone is only two inches zoomed in to 200MM (or 1 1/2 feet at the widest setting). So if you were shooting kids playing with the lens at F/2.8 and the lens acquires one of the subject's noses in one image and then one of their sets of hands in another, one image might have their faces in sharp focus, and the other only their hands in sharp focus. Or what more often happens is that in one image one of the people's faces are in sharp focus, but not the other. On the other end of the spectrum, if you were shooting at F/22, you would have a depth of field of 15.8 feet at 70MM and 1.5 feet at 200MM (still at 12 feet, which is a number I picked at random to make the calculation). This means you have a deeper focus area and less chance of missing shots when the lens is acquiring the focus point.
I've played around a lot with this lens and what I tend to use it for now are portraits of stationary subjects. If I am shooting subjects that are in motion, I will make sure that I'm not shooting at F/2.8 or anything close to give myself a much deeper depth of field (or sharp focus area) so that the camera is likely to get the whole target in focus. I shoot a lot of sports events and will not use this lens for those jobs as I like to have a narrower depth of field, but the likelihood of missed shots is simply too high.
I've attached a couple of shots taken with this lens as examples of what it can do. I added one image of myself shot at F/2.8 and obviously I wasn't in motion, but you can see how sharp it is. The image of the sheep was taken more in the middle of the aperture range to ensure that I would catch them in focus (and as you can see, it works just fine.) Note that the sheep image has been edited to enhance their fur, but if you look closely you'll see blades of grass in the air that have been kicked up by their feet that are quite sharp.
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