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Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD Macro

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Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD Macro


The Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro Lens is a telephoto zoom lens with a large maximum aperture of F2.8 throughout the zoom range. It focuses down to just 3.1' (0.95 m) throughout its entire zoom range, with a maximum macro magnification ratio of 1:3.1 at  the 200mm. end.

Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD [IF] Macro
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Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
Pentax K
Aperture Ring
Automatic, 9 blades
18 elements, 13 groups
Mount Variant
Check camera compatibility
Max. Aperture
Min. Aperture
AF (screwdrive)
Min. Focus
95 cm
Max. Magnification
Filter Size
77 mm
Internal Focus
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 22-8 ° / 18.5-6 °
Full frame: 34-12 ° / 29-10 °
Lens Cap
Weather Sealing
Other Features
Tripod Mount
Diam x Length
89.5x194 mm (3.5x7.6 in.)
1150 g (40.6 oz.)
Production Years
2008 to present (in production)
$769 USD current price
Engraved Name
Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD [IF] Macro
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Registered: May, 2010
Location: WA
Posts: 149
Lens Review Date: October 1, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $350.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharp, affordable
Cons: Some AF hunting, MF very touchy focusing on distance objects

Picked up used at a great price. I loved my 50-135mm F2.8, but wanted a bit more length. The autofocus does occasionally go hunting, but mostly hits the target correctly. I tend to shoot manual mostly, so not a big issue for me. IQ was the most important feature for me, and the sharpness is quite good. My only issue is shooting objects at a distance, the lens focusing seems to be very touchy on object further than 300 feet.


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Registered: October, 2018
Location: Paris
Posts: 51
Lens Review Date: July 4, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: image quality
Cons: weight, autofocus
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Autofocus: 6    Handling: 5    Value: 8    New or Used: Used    Camera Used: K-1   

I have very mixed feelings about this lense.

I can't give a bad overall score, because of the fabulous image quality for the price.

But I took it for sport, and the maximum focal is not enough on a FF body, if you are not closed to the field. Worse, the autofocus is far too slow for action / drive mode + continuous AF.

You can use it this lens for portraitures, and it will be great ! but I usually use primes lenses instead for that use.

Surprisingly, when looking at the focal lenght, I'm happier in using this length for landscapes. It's a good lense when you move for a few days, but not for long travels, where weight and size are a problem : I'd better take my old Pentax F 70-210 instead (slower but lighter, noisier but by far quicker to focus) or any 70-300mm.

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Registered: June, 2018
Posts: 70

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: April 16, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $800.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp as brass tacks. Gorgous Bokeh. Price.
Cons: Build quality won't compare to a DFA* 70-200
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 10    Autofocus: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 10    New or Used: New    Camera Used: Pentax K7   

Fantastic lens, they kept telling me it's a giant killer and I can absolutely confirm that. I've had it about 8 months (Wow has it been that long?!) though I purchased it and the had to build me a copy in Japan to meet UK supply.

I love it. I literally cannot praise it enough, in terms of cost versus quality, yes of course you're losing build quality and it's not WR but my goodness it delivers! It can be a touch soft at 2.8 but you dont buy a 800 dollar lens to just shot at 2.8. Once you're up at 4.5 it's just sublime.




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Registered: July, 2007
Location: North West UK
Posts: 382
Lens Review Date: February 1, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $700.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharp! Bargain price, fast focusing. Great colours.
Cons: "Only" screw AF. some occasional issues focusing in low light
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 10    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K-1 K-3II K-70   

When it comes to "bang for your buck" this lens positively proves it. It is very sharp, possibly too sharp in the studio with the K-1. Oh boy do you have to work PP to reduce the sharpness as opposed to making an image sharper. This though, is a good thing, I prefer an image to pull back than trying to sharpen.

It is quite big, but lighter than other 70-200mm F2.8 lenses, which is great. But of course that is due to the lack of silent AF and sealing. But unless you are going to shoot outside in the rain, not a problem.

There is one minor issue that the lens has (well my copy). shooting in the studio, and the light is less then normal, it starts off fine, but then struggles to shoot when locked on with the K-1. Put another lens on the body, it is fine. Seems that the lens gets to a point of "had enough for a bit" when it comes to focusing in lower light before the flash triggers. Very odd. Give it a rest, and all is fine. Like I say odd.

But overall, this is an excellent lens.
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Registered: January, 2017
Posts: 9
Lens Review Date: October 21, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $600.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Great for sports and action, nature, low light, sharpness
Cons: Heavy, screw drive
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Autofocus: 10    Handling: 8    Value: 10    New or Used: Used    Camera Used: K-S2   

Purchased this lens to shoot action sports--baseball, soccer, basketball- and nature in lower light and it works great. Normally on a tripod or monopod, I found it produces crisp, sharp photos of action at shutter speeds around 1/1000 and apertures of only f/4 to f5.6, and an ISO of less than 1600. It's great in low light situations. Additionally, really works great for nature photography. Yes, its heavy and a bit of a challenge to work with. I tried to take it on several hikes but it does weigh you down. I've moved to the 55-300 PLM version for those trips sacrificing the low light capability. It's build very solid and I just love the results, and the price/value is fantastic. I have also paired it with my Tamron 1.4x tele-converter and the results have been fine. The issue of the older screw drive technology or some noise doesn't bother. Its a great lens that will remain part of my kit for its sharpness and low light capability.

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Registered: October, 2015
Posts: 32

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: August 23, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $500.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Image quality
Cons: Heavy,
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 8    Value: 10    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K3   

I bought this lens during my 4 month trip in Japan, and I have tested it there.
It adds me a lot of weight, but it was totally worth it: the image quality is just awesome. The handling might be hard, specially when I want to switch to manual focus. But for the price I payed (60000 Japanese Yen), I can forgive some small issues.
I would definitely recomand it.

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Registered: March, 2016
Posts: 5
Lens Review Date: September 20, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $600.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: ALL except...
Cons: weight and size, not wr?
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Autofocus: 9    Handling: 8    Value: 10    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K3II   

An incredible lens, with excellent optical quality, its sharp at f2.8, incredible at f3.5. It works perfectly with the Kenko Pz-Af x1.5 teleconverter although at 2.8 (4 with the teleconverter) it loses a little sharpnes and contrast (something even interesting for portrait). At F3.2 very well and to 3.5 excellent again. When using this combo the camera does not recognize the duplicator so for her we are using the 70-200 without the teleconverter and this is triggered in that the stabilizer does not work so well but I have been able to make sharp photos at speeds slightly above 1 / 100. Focusing sometimes it takes a little but only when the x1.4 is on.
May not be the best example (iso 500) but you can get an idea of the potential of this combo. K3II with the teleconverter at f2.8 (f4) ISO 500, 100% crop. and original. UNPROCESED RAW.

Pentax 60-250 f4...?
Pentax 70-200 2.8...?
Pentax x1.4 teleconverter...?

Tamron 70-200 2.8 600$
Kenko PzAf x1.4 150$
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Registered: November, 2016
Location: Vungtau
Posts: 36
Lens Review Date: February 16, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharp at 2.8 all length focal, fast AF
Cons: Heavy, noise AF, silly AF/MF switch
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Autofocus: 9    Handling: 8    Value: 9    New or Used: Used    Camera Used: K-5 IIs   

This is my first 70-200 2.8 lens. This lens is sharp at 2.8 and ultimate sharp from 4 to 5.6 all length focal. Auto focus with screw is faster than my old DA*50-135.
2 thing i dont like this lens is super heavy and af/mf switch...
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Registered: March, 2015
Posts: 3

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: November 5, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $560.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Price, sharpness
Cons: sound is on a loud side, but nothing you can not live with
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 8    Value: 10    New or Used: Used    Camera Used: K-1, K-3   

I had this lens for almost 2 years now on my k-3 and just couple months ago upgraded to the K-1
heaps of sharpness and quality gains on k-1 compared to k-3, however k-3 was no slacker either.
just recently it started to act up, focusing motor seemed to not work properly. even in the manual mode I could feel the weight on it.
I had the feeling that somethings were scraping on the inside against each other.
So, long story short I risked and took the lens apart!
This was probably very stupid to do, but judging by the outcome, I could not be happier !
here is the disassembly process if you're interested:
ofcourse pentax 70-200 f/2.8 is a better lens that this (which is just a refresh from tamron)
but for the price, you really can't beat what you're getting
however if you need weather resistance and better focusing speeds, definitely go with pentax variant
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Registered: November, 2009
Location: Denver, Colorado
Posts: 209

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: October 19, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $599.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Fast, sharp, price
Cons: Collar, AF/MF clutch
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Autofocus: 9    Handling: 8    Value: 10    New or Used: New    Camera Used: Pentax K-3II   

Tamron has produced a remarkable lens. For action sports, outdoor portraits or close wildlife photography this lens is an amazing value. Fast f/2.8 constant aperture gives sharp images even wide open. Stopping down only a 1/3 f-stop produces superbly clean edge to edge images.

This lens has everything I need and nothing I don't. It is a simple and robust design. The barrel is solid, well fitted and feels great in hand. The focusing and zoom rings are lightly dampened with no play. The front element and overall lens length does not change during zoom or focus which makes the balance consistent during use.

The tried and true screw drive auto focusing may be a bit slower and noisier versus newer hypersonic (HSM, SDM) type systems. But those systems are prone to failure and screw drive always works. On my Pentax K-3 focusing is fast at all distances even in low light.

The tripod collar is solid and spins smoothly. There are no detents to identify rotation by feel so you must line up marks on the barrel.

The hood fits well and nicely reverses for storage. The hood lacks a filter access door so polarizer users may be frustrated.

Compared to the Pentax alternative makes this purchase a no brainer. The Pentax is 3 times the price. It offers weather sealing, a more complex optical design and perhaps marginal improvements in autofocusing speed. Thankfully Pentax is dropping the infamous "SDM" in favor of the "DC" motors. Overall I am hard pressed to find a reason to buy the Pentax.

The Tamron lens is made in Japan.

Registered: June, 2015
Location: South West UK
Posts: 1,493

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: May 22, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $420.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: IQ
Cons: Silly AF Clutch
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 8    Value: 10    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K-3II   

Fantastic value. Extremely good lens, optically.
I use this lens a lot for dog photography, it's perfect for long range action candids and narrow DoF portraits while being able to stand back, out of their 'zone of interest'. Also fantastic for head and shoulders portraits, but you'd need to be in the next county for a full length shot. Also useful for garden birds and not-too-distant, not-too-speedy, sports work.
AF is fairly fast and accurate on my K-3II although it was a little disappointing on my old K-50. It is screwdrive, so is a bit noisy compared to a DC/SDM type...not that bad though.
Enough has already been said about the AF clutch switch - just silly, but you do get used to it and you're not likely to be switching that often to be too much of a problem.
All in all, for the price you are hard pushed to fault this lens.
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Registered: April, 2016
Posts: 18

4 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: April 17, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $420.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: sharp, minimum focus distance, AF performance, cost
Cons: clunky manual-focusing, slightly soft at 200/2.8
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 6    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 4    Value: 8    New or Used: Used    Camera Used: K-3   

I bought this lens because I wasn't getting as much reach out of my 50-135/2.8 as I had hoped for. I looked at the legacy Pentax FA 80-200, the Sigma 70-200, and the Tamron 70-200, and, overall, I think I made the right decision for my use. WARNING: This review contains Canon L-series comparisons.

The Pentax-mount Tammy is probably the most economical 70-200/2.8 you'll find, as it doesn't have IS or an in-lens AF motor -- it's also a design that's been on the market for a while now, so there's a ton of them floating around used.

It has a solid construction blending metal and plastic where appropriate, and I feel like it's going to be able to handle as much of a beating as those funny-looking white lenses with the red ring.

Speaking of that, I sort of got spoiled shooting for my school newspaper, where I had 24/7 access to L-glass -- specifically 70-200/2.8s, 300/2.8s, 400/2.8s. That was several years ago, and since then, I've missed having long, fast glass that "just works" at all apertures and focal lengths. The Tamron 70-200 definitely fits in that category, with respect to optical performance. This lens is tack-sharp in the center, even wide-open, at all focal lengths except toward the extreme of the 200mm mark.

People mention the 200/2.8 center softness of the lens, but I think it's more of a contrast issue than a softness issue. Pushing up local and global contrast adjustments in images off of this lens make the frame look fairly snappy at 200/2.8. Stopping down just a hair -- say f/3.5 -- really cleans up the center softness/contrast issue, and at f/4, the entire frame's sharpness is completely usable across all zoom lengths. I don't think there's much room to improve sharpness after that, but at f/5.6-f/8, I noticed the contrast of the images really deepens considerably.

The bokeh is... well, different. You know the buttery-smooth bokeh from those classic Pentax long primes? Yeah, you're not going to get that with this lens (or any other 70-200/2.8 I've worked with). Specular highlights are crispy. Low-contrast areas are velvety and smooth. With this lens, if you want your background to look like butter, you have to be really careful about point light sources. Having said that, under controlled lighting, you'll get bokeh comparable to a Pentax prime.

It relies on screw-drive AF, and on my K-3, the autofocus of the lens performs as fast as -- maybe even faster than -- my 50-135/2.8's SDM autofocus. End-to-end focus travel is super snappy, with just a bit of hunting in lower-light conditions.

The manual focus on this lens is essentially unusable to me. You're not going to tap the focus ring to clean up a bad AF hit, since there's no quick-shift focus on this lens. To go from AF to MF, you need to turn the dial on your camera body to MF, and you have to click the focus ring back to engage it. I suppose you can leave the focus ring engaged, saving a step when you need to manually-focus, but this will probably reduce AF speed -- not to mention, the focus ring will spin around while the AF system is running. Very silly indeed, but again, this lens is quite a bit cheaper than the Sigma/Pentax versions, and offers incredible optical quality.

Speaking of focus, the Tamron has a bit of focus-breathing that reduces its 200mm focal length down a bit when focused at extremely close subjects. The Canon 70-200/2.8 is famous for having the opposite problem. This means the effective FOV may be quite a bit wider than you're expecting when shooting close subjects.

In the class of 70-200/2.8 zooms, the Tammy is not particularly heavy nor lightweight. It feels about as heavy as the Canon L-series one. I have absolutely no problems hand-holding it, but I *do* notice that when I pick up my Pentax 50-135/2.8 after shooting with the Tammy all day, I feel like I'm holding one of those tiny Limited primes. Do not underestimate the weight of this thing if you're used to shooting with short primes.

Last but not least, this lens deserves praise for its close-focus abilities. When mounted on a crop-body, this lens is essentially a 1:2 macro lens, which -- at 200/2.8 -- is super useful for killing noisy backgrounds and respecting the personal space of whatever tiny things you'd like to photograph (wasps? scary spiders?).
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Registered: November, 2012
Location: Stockholm
Posts: 793

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Lens Review Date: March 9, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $800.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Very sharp, Internal zoom, nice bokeh
Cons: Auto-/Manual focus switching, heavy
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Autofocus: 7    Handling: 9    Value: 10    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K-3 and K-5II   

Excellent value for the money. The lens really surpriced me beeing very sharp wide open and excellent from 3.5 on. It has screw drive auto focus and therefor works best on the K-3. AF is quite fast with just a bit of hunting occasionally but no more than any of the other lenses I own.
Unfortunately you can't fine tune focus if you have auto focus activated. In order to use manual focus it has to be set on booth camera and lens wich renders it practically useless for fine tuning. Over all it's a great lens

Some examples:

170 mm f 2.8

200 mm f 3.5
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Registered: December, 2008
Location: NJ, USA
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Lens Review Date: November 14, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $550.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: sharp wide open.
Cons: handling with tripod col.
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Autofocus: 8    Handling: 8    Value: 10    New or Used: Used    Camera Used: K3 and K5   

This is a great lens for concert and event shooting. It has a great range and is fast at a constant f2.8 Since it is very sharp, I do not hesitate to shoot wide open...

Event shoot is very demanding. I shoot my daughters marching band in daylight and under night lighting. Under lighting I need to shoot wide open and need to push out to 200mm quite often. The lens never fails to deliver on IQ. Given the action of a marching band, and my need to move from subject to subject, I put a lot of demand on the AF system. In most cases I hit but there are some misses.
It is a noisy AF system, but for the price it is fine.

I want to go back to IQ. The IQ wide open is impressive, and It seems to meet the demands of the k3 with 24Mpixels without an AA.
I find little CA and post processing for CA, or other aberrations, is not necessary. I find the IQ on par with the DA 50-135.

The price is great as well.
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Lens Review Date: November 9, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $600.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Very sharp, nice bokeh, less CR than other lenses I have
Cons: Manual focus clutch, loud fucusing, rear lens cap, low contrast/softer at 200/f2.8, tripod mount
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 8    Autofocus: 7    Handling: 8    Value: 10    New or Used: New    Camera Used: K-r and K-5 II   

Before this lens I used Pentax DAL 50-200 mm f4-5.6 with my K-r. Size and weight change is huge with this Tamron 70-200. Holding that weight steady is something I must get used to. My first shots at 200 mm in low light was disappointment. If I can get steady shot with plastic lens at 1/15 I can't at 1/60 with this Tamron. But truth is K-r have poor stabilisation which sometimes hurt more than help. True when recording handheld video with this Tamron, I get better result if stabilisation is off (not so with plastic Pentax lenses).

Lens gives very sharp image, if focused right. Bokeh is nice, but can be nervous a little if subject is close to some tree. I love the image by all aspects from 70-135 mm at any aperture. But over 135 it become soft when fully open with weaker contrast and blured edges on contrasty elements. On target like newspaper, Pentax plastic lens would be sharper, more contrasty. But than if Tamron is stopped down to same f5.6, it is much sharper than Pentax lens. This softness is only visible if tree with thin branches is pictured at f2.8 against bright sky. But on human face, it makes nice and soft skin. So not as bad as it seems at first sight.

Lound, but not louder than other Pentax lenses that I have. This lens hunt focus a little, but again not worse than DAL 50-200. Focusing is just about the same in every aspect as DAL 50-200. It seems as "kit lens" performance with PRO level of image quality and build quality somewhere in between. Lens have accurate focus with my K-r - no correction needed. Outdoor with decent light gives high ratio of succesfull focused images. But if subject moves randomly (my kids...) Tamron + K-r can have some troubles focusing right.

Somehow my copy does not focus in live view either: Tested on Kr and K-5 II.

It is very hard due to only 90 degrees of ring turning. At 200mm only slight touch of ring change focus vastly. Ring is very sensitive. It can be done though but with great amount of "hunting". My wife get bored and kids impatient until I "catch" manual focus, and redo shots many time. I would not want to focus manual on wedding with this Tamron (as with my other plastic KIT lenses).

Tamron + Pentax K-r VERDICT:
This basic and old camera have it's own focusing limitation so Tamron 70-200 can't improve much over kit DAL 50-200 in sufficent light. I can't see much benefit over KIT lens, regarding handling and even image quality if light is ok. Real benefit is wider aperture, thus greater bokeh, which gives that "professional look" to wedding photos. What is worth is when light is not sufficent, Tamron can focus in less light and overall gives better results with more successfull shots. Especially coupled with external flash gives great results and focuses right. I would bought and keep this lens even with K-r camera only and would use it when payed project would arise. For capturing my kids I'll keep small plastic lenses one on my K-r.

I must mention that Pentax K-r have bad pedigree of front focusing under yellow, low light. Tamron can not solve this.

HANDLING - the bad:
I just started to hate three things of this lens straight from testing it in the store:

1) manual focusing clutch - it's impossible and useless.
2) lens tripod mount - gets in the way
3) Rear lens cap - it's impossible

manual focus clutch:
First camera must be on MF, than focusing ring must be pulled back. It makes loud smack sound and just like unsynchronized gearbox in the car it doesnt engage if gears are not aligned. So several atempts with slight turning the ring is needed. Pointless to say you move focus by that. But disengaging is even louder with sound as one would crack thick plastic slat.

SOLUTION to overcome impossible manual clutch:
a) I can leave it on manual all the time*, since all my plastic KIT lenses have fixed manual ring, and I'm used they rotate during AF. So it works as other lenses. I'm mostly holding this Tamron by having palm under zoom ring, but for doing that my second annoyance (tripod mount) must be removed.
b) I can have quickshift with any lense without switching camera to MF. I just press lens release button on camera (thanks to this forum) with my righthand ring finger. AF screw dissengages. Than I do my manual focus and I release the button again.

*Some says that leaving focus ring always in manual position can make unnecessary stress to AF motor. Indeed focus gear inertia of this Tamron lens is much higher than on any Pentax plastic lens. While K-5 II's autofocusing works OK, I rarely manual focus and focus ring is now rather dissengaged.

lens tripod mount
The tripod mount foot is far too close to the lens that would make holding in between possible. I see other lenses have much bigger foot with larger distance away from lens. If Pentax K-5 II have battery grip mounted it will not stand on mount and will tip on the lens. Not good. Same reason prevents holding the lens by the foot. Canon and Nikon have better solution, not to mention new FF Pentax 70-200. Even worse is the big screw at the side pointing upwards. Removing the ring saves me 175 g of weight and makes better grip handheld. When shooting with tripod, It's ok.

rear lens cap:
For unknown reason Tamron decided that their rear lens cap must be taken very seriously when attaching. So each time I want to put cap back on lens rear, I must find white dot on lens and marking on the cap and carefully align them together. As cap only fits in exact ONE position - with 1mm tolerance. Original Pentax cap costed far less than my nerves (8 EUR).

HANDLING - the good:
In body focus motor is strong, so focusing is not slow and I can live with it. With K-r focusing speed and accuracy is not the best. But with K-5 II there is little to none problems. It gives nearly 100% accurately focused shots, both in good or low light, regardless of color. It only struggles a bit with moving target - let say my kids playing football, and they are running toward me. But we know this already - Pentax never was sport champion, and this Tamron can't fix that.

Regarding AF speed, I must mention my Sigma 18-35 f1.8. While almost silent, the focus speed is only negligible better than plastic Pentax KIT lense DAL 18-55. Than Tamron's AF speed is same as speed of KIT DAL 50-200. So it must be camera not lense(s).

The Tamron 70-200 is front heavy. Centre of gravity is where fucus ring begins. That means holding it straight will cause fatigue with small camera like K-r. But With K-5 II with battrey grip, it works much better.

Zoom ring is sticky and with too little damping. It is on par with Pentax kit lenses. It gets job done, but I do not like it for video, because zooming is jumpy. Focus ring is smooth, but only marginally stiffer than kit lenses. And when engaged in manual focus it grinds like some gear would scrub on housing.

Front cap is good. It is easy to remove or replace the cap even if lens hood is attached - which is huge. You can place it blindly and it will stick to the lense. I wish the rear one would be more like it.

Lens bag is very good and practical. It's similar but more basic design as "thinktank" lens pouches. But instead of having attachment for the belt, it have rather short brace for carriing as handbag. I do prefer belt attachment though. So as was with Sigma's pouch I didn't save here neither. Being included or not, I must buy proper thirdparty pouch.

With Pentax K-5 II:
Great companions. Almost perfect focusing in any condition, great IQ, fast focusing, almost good tracking of moving targets (sorry Pentax: New K-3 II is allegedly good, but excelent is none Pentax yet).

I bought this lens much because of reading this forum. So many thanks to all contributors. I hope my review would help someone too. I love this lens after some testing with various sotuations on my K-r and K-5 II. I'm confident to work on some live event with this lens, like commemoration, celebration, anniversary, wedding. Even for predictable sports. If I managed to work before with my K-r and DAL 50-200, than armed with Tamron 70-200 f2.8 on K-5 II, will do even better. At F4 is sharp at any lenght. Up to 135mm is very sharp already at f2.8, and regardless of camera it returns more sucessfull shots than cheaper plastic lens. I do not plan to sell it in near future, since there is no viable alternative.
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