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Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD [IF] Macro Lens for Canon

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  • Extends the focal length range to 200 mm

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Product details

Style Name: For Canon
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 9 x 9 cm ; 1.3 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 2 Kg
  • Item model number: A001E
  • ASIN: B0013DG08E
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan. 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

Product Description

Style Name: For Canon

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Cluttered backgrounds rendered well out of focus

Tamron's SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro lens exemplifies the second of the two zoom focal lengths considered essential by many professionals. At just 7.6 inches long and weighing only 1150g, long days of shooting become easier, and high quality optical design and manufacturing assure the image quality that makes long shoots rewarding. A fast and constant F2.8 maximum aperture renders cluttered backgrounds well out of focus, extends low-light shooting freedom and enables a brighter viewfinder image. The IF (Internal Focus) mechanism maintains a fixed barrel length throughout the focusing range, and optics featuring LD (Low Dispersion) glass assure remarkable image quality.

Di Lenses

Tamron Di lenses are performance optimised for digital SLR cameras and usable with DSLRs featuring sensors commonly referred to as APS-C, measuring approximately 24mm x 16mm, as well as larger full frame (36mm x 24mm) sensors and 35mm film SLRs.

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Low dispersion glass reduces chromatic aberration

Super Performance for Discriminating Shooters (SP)

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.

Low Dispersion (LD) Glass for Great Lens Sharpness

Low dispersion (LD) glass elements in a lens help reduce chromatic aberration, i.e. the tendency of light of different colours to come to different points of focus at the image plane. Chromatic aberration reduces the sharpness of an image, but glass with an extremely low dispersion index has less of a tendency to separate (diffract) a ray of light into a rainbow of colours. This characteristic allows the lens designer to effectively compensate for chromatic aberration at the centre 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.)

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Small minimum focal distance allows for great close shots

Internal Focusing (IF) System

Internal focusing (IF) provides numerous practical benefits to photographers, including a non-rotating front filter ring that facilitates the positioning of polarising and graduated filters, and more predictable handling as the lens length does not change during focusing. Crucially, Tamron’s Internal Focusing (IF) system provides a close minimum focusing distance (MFD) throughout its entire focusing range. Also, IF improves optical performance by minimising illumination loss at the corners of the image field, and helps to suppress other aberrations that become more troublesome at different focusing positions.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Steve on 7 Sept. 2013
Style Name: For Pentax Verified Purchase
I've bought this as the best option for high image quality in the up to 200mm f2.8 zoom lens region on my Pentax K-30 without spending over £500 or so. The Pentax 60-250 f4 would match it optically but it's not as bright and costs over twice as much but does have quiet AF whereas the Tamron is body driven screw drive old school AF. The HSM Sigma 70-200 f2.8 isn't in the same class optically by all accounts so I never considered it, it's also much more expensive. Pentax cameras from the K-7 on are quite fast with most screw drive lenses though, they have torquey motors and this made this Tamron a viable option on the K-30 (in theory anyway).

Testing the lens, it meets all my expectations for image quality. I found a little body AF adjustment made it even better as it was slightly front focusing at f2.8 - it's as sharp as zooms ever come - as good as most primes in fact throughout all of the 70-200 range. f4 seems to be a bit sharper than f2.8 but f2.8 is fine. I took a load of cat pictures indoors focusing on her nose from across the room and every pore and whisker was razor sharp. Focus holds good if the zoom is adjusted after an AF lock - a handy quality. Smaller apertures are also great, maintaining sharpness, important for obtaining deeper depth of field when needed. The AF is fast enough but there may be the odd hesitation and fine adjustment in time honoured Pentax screw drive tradition - I think release priority rather than focus priority in the K-30 will sort that one out. It's nowhere near as noisy as a lot of screw drive lenses. As long as the main priority is image quality, which it is for me, it's a great lens.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Tord Eriksson on 23 May 2010
Style Name: For Pentax
I have had my Tamron 70-200/2.8 for a few months now, and while I am still learning, I can say, without hesitation, that it is a lens you can easily get attached to! The optics are superb, and while the bulk is at times annoying I can find no fault with this lens at it both is a good macro, and a good zoom tele lens, quite in the same leage as Canon's, or Nikon's, offerings, but at a budget price! Adding a monopod to it increases its usefulness, and improves balance, a lot. I have used it with a hefty Metz AF-1 flash on top, and a Manfrotto monopod, which adds up to a fairly heavy package, but it balances much better with the monopod than without (kind of poor man's steady cam .-)!).

Some doesn't like the focusing, as it is a tad slow, and in weak light it sometimes gets the focus wrong, but everything else is so great. Excellent macro lens, too!

But I heartily recommend a monopod with it!

Avialiable for most makes of SLRs, and independent tests have shown it far better optically than the Sigma 70-200!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alan Guest on 2 Mar. 2014
Style Name: For Nikon Verified Purchase
This is a dated design with slow auto focus but the images are tact sharp wide open. Yes good optics and fit for purpose at a low Amazon price to boot!
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Aly Bowman on 7 Sept. 2010
Style Name: For Nikon
I am only a keen amateur so not a perfect reviewer but I am very pleased with this lens. I use it for shooting rugby matches in sunshine, afternoon gloom and under floodlights and it copes very well. When firing off a series of shots as a player runs it does auto focus fast enough even for the quickest wingers and I have captured several great action shots.
It is fairly heavy but not difficult to balance...and I am an older woman not a fit young thing;) I don't bother with a tripod or monopod as I prefer to move around a lot but shooting from a crouch with elbow on knee gives perfect support and no wobble.
I have no idea how it compares to the same Nikon lens but given the price difference this one has to be worth a try and it works for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Higham on 31 Aug. 2014
Style Name: For Pentax Verified Purchase
I am lucky enough to have two dslr's canon 40d and pentax K30, to buy the equivalent lens for the canon would have cost me 4times as much.IS is in camera with the pentax so I don't have to pay for it in the lens , I have tried the canon 70-200 2.8 is ,great lens, this tamron matches it in most respects,colour, sharpness and bg blur,not as quick to lock on but for £1200.00 I can live with that.
Feels good in the hand not too heavy, if you have a camera with built in IS get this lens.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Will Clark on 3 Feb. 2014
Style Name: For Pentax Verified Purchase
Used this in the studio a couple times now before writing a review. All I can say is WOW! the optics of this is amazing. Noisey focus but I can live with that as the performance and level of detail is excellent
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Style Name: For Pentax Verified Purchase
Won't go into details about this great (big!) lens, others have done a sterling job on that front. Just wanted capture my experience regards focus accuracy.

Love the versatility of this lens, although I found I had to adjust the focus for this lens within my Pentax K5's menu. I found the images slightly out of focus at the 70 mm end, so I bumped the focus adjustment on my Pentax to maximum +'ve to get it acceptably sharp. Interestingly this did not appear to have a negative impact on the 200 mm end. Interestingly I found I had to do the same with my Sigma 28-70 mm F2.8 at the 70 mm end.
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By B. Bahra on 15 Sept. 2014
Style Name: For Sony Verified Purchase
Great value for a amateur user. The lense is well built but heavy and you would require a large camera bag to keep it in, but you do get a padded bag to keep it in if you dont. The picture quality as a jump from a zoom 18-250 is really good and I look forward to using it on landscape and outdoor sports.
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