The Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD SP telephoto zoom lens review.





By: Smari S Smarason

 

 

The Tamron 70-200 ƒ/2.8 Di VC USD SP telephoto zoom lens was announced in September 2012, the lens is available in Nikon, Canon and Sony lens mounts. (for this review Nikon mounts)

The lens features a constant ƒ/2.8 aperture across all focal lengths and is designed to for both (APS-C) DX and full-frame FX, on DX frame camera bodies the lens will have an equivalent field of view of 105 – 300mm on Nikon and Sony cameras.

This lens is a very reliable workhorse and very sharp.

I have own this lens for almost 2 years now when I’m writing this, and I remember the first time I got this lens, I used to go out every day to take pictures, but slowly by slowly I stopped taking this lens out for my daily walk around the town because it so freaking heavy.

Now I just use this lens when I’m doing professional work, so for me this lens is a workhorse, this is a must-have lens (70-200mm f/2.8 of any kind) for professional work, you don’t think so much about weight when you are doing pro work, then it’s all about good quality and this lens has a good quality.

The Tamron 70-200 ƒ/2.8 Di VC USD SP telephoto zoom lens comes with good lens hood.

Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 SP DI USD NIKON
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 SP DI USD NIKON
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD SP
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD SP NIKON

The VC on Tamron lenses is very good, I have also Tamron 150-600mm and the VC is also very good on that lens.

Tamron 70-200mm f / 2.8 Di VC USD SP
Tamron 70-200mm f / 2.8 Di VC USD SP NIKON

Technical Specifications

Lens Construction – Groups/Elements 17/23
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
Maximum aperture f/2.8
Minimum Aperture F/32
Minimum focus distance 1.3m – 51.2 in
Macro magnification ratio 1: 8 at f=200mm: MFD 1.3m
Filter Diameter ø77
Weight 1470g – 51.9 oz
Diameter φ85.8mm
Entire length 196.7mm – 7.7 in
The No. of diaphragm blades in the 70-200mm VC lens is 9 and all rounded, that means for example,

Starburst in long exposure photography is gonna be 18 stars,

all rounded means The 70-200mm VC lens have almost circular bokeh effects on all apertures.
Flower-shaped lens hood
Mount Canon, Nikon, Sony A
Including detachable tripod mount.

Advantages of the Tamron 70-200 ƒ/2.8 Di VC USD SP lens in my opinion

This lens is very versatile – professional and reliable workhorse with good sharpness and great bokeh effects.

Of all the lenses that I have, I use this lens 70% of all professional photo shoot that I do,

Outdoor/indoor concerts – Parties – Wedding – Birthdays – Studio indoor/outdoor portraits – Landscape – long exposure – Food photography.

I use my old D7000 DX camera as my second body alongside with my Nikon D810, and the beauty about that is, I have 300mm Focal Length on my old D7000 when I’m using this lens, this lens is one of the reasons I’m always gonna use FX and DX cameras 50/50, Soon I’m gonna update my D7000 to D7200.

Bokeh test and Sharpness

Sharpness and Bokeh effect
In the Photographic world, all lenses used properly have sharpness.
Sharpness in lens performance is usually overrated and you need to find your own way and see what lens is good for you.
But this is my definition of sharp and Bokehlicious lens (something that I’m looking for) is a fast lens that has been stopped down from Maximum aperture of any kind,
for this example f/2.8 lens that has been stopped down to aperture f/5.6 for a portrait shoot, the background is Bokehlicious and my subject is sharp and really pop from the background,
it literally looks like my subject have been photoshopped from another photo and replaced into my new photo (the 3D look) I want to see strong and perfect separation between my subject from the background.
Of course my subject needs to be in the desired distance from the camera and the background, lighting plays a big role here too.
The best lenses for this type of photography (lenses that I have and own) Is
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM
Nikon 50mm f/1.2 AI-S
Nikon 50mm 1.4G
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 vc
What do all this lenses have in common, the all have 9 diaphragm blade for beautiful bokeh effect, the Sigma 85mm 1.4 – Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 vc and the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G have 9 rounded diaphragm blades,
and when you look add all the most expensive lenses, the all have 9 diaphragm blade in common, other lenses like kit lenses have 7 diaphragm blade in common, i’m not sure if this is the reason way this lenses are sharper than the others, but I like to thinks so.

This photo here down below is a very boring photo, but good sample of what I was trying to demonstrated here above.

Tamron 70-200mm f / 2.8 Di VC USD SP
Nikon D810 Tamron 70-200mm @ 82mm f/5.6 1/1000s ISO 100

Of course you can do this with almost all lenses, but not all lenses have this strong and perfect separation between the subject from the background.

CROP
Tamron 70-200mm f / 2.8 Di VC USD SP
Tamron 70-200mm f / 2.8 Di VC USD SP

I mostly use this lens for portraits and events.

Tamron 70-200mm f / 2.8 Di VC USD SP
Nikon D7000 Tamron 70-200mm VC @ f/2.8 200mm =300mm. 1/500s ISO-100
Tamron 70-200mm f / 2.8 Di VC USD SP
Nikon D810 Tamron 70-200mm VC @ f/2.8 200mm 1/100s ISO-125
Tamron 70-200mm f / 2.8 Di VC USD SP
Nikon D810 Tamron 70-200mm VC @ f/2.8 200mm 1/100s ISO-160
Tamron 70-200mm f / 2.8 Di VC USD SP
Nikon D810 Tamron 70-200mm VC @ f/2.8 145mm 1/640s ISO-100
Tamron 70-200mm f / 2.8 Di VC USD SP
Nikon D810 Tamron 70-200mm VC @ f/3.2 200mm 1/400s ISO-64 SB-910 off camera flash
Tamron 70-200mm f / 2.8 Di VC USD SP
Nikon D810 Tamron 70-200mm VC @ f/2.8 100mm 1/1600s ISO-200
Tamron 70-200mm f / 2.8 Di VC USD SP
Nikon D810 Tamron 70-200mm VC @ f/2.8 70mm 1/100s ISO-500
Tamron 70-200mm f / 2.8 Di VC USD SP
Nikon D810 Tamron 70-200mm VC @ f/2.8 200mm 1/100s ISO-64
Tamron 70-200mm f / 2.8 Di VC USD SP
Nikon D810 Tamron 70-200mm VC @ f/2.8 200mm 1/250s ISO-100
Tamron 70-200mm f / 2.8 Di VC USD SP
Nikon D810 Tamron 70-200mm VC @ f/2.8 200mm 1/200s ISO-450
Tamron 70-200mm f / 2.8 Di VC USD SP
Nikon D810 Tamron 70-200mm VC @ f/2.8 200mm 1/125s ISO-450
Tamron 70-200mm f / 2.8 Di VC USD SP
Nikon D810 Tamron 70-200mm VC @ f/2.8 125mm 1/400s ISO-64
Tamron 70-200mm f / 2.8 Di VC USD SP
Nikon D810 Tamron 70-200mm VC @ f/2.8 78mm 1/400s ISO-140
Tamron 70-200mm f / 2.8 Di VC USD SP
Nikon D810 Tamron 70-200mm VC @ f/3.2 200mm 1/800s ISO-64
Tamron 70-200mm f / 2.8 Di VC USD SP
Nikon D810 Tamron 70-200mm VC @ f/8.0 70mm 1/320s ISO-100
Tamron 70-200mm f / 2.8 Di VC USD SP
Nikon D810 Tamron 70-200mm VC @ f/8.0 112mm 1/320s ISO-100