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Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD Macro

Sharpness 
 9.6
Aberrations 
 9.0
Bokeh 
 9.2
Handling 
 8.3
Value 
 9.7
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Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD Macro
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Description:

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
No
Diaphragm
Automatic, 9 blades
Optics
18 elements, 13 groups
Mount Variant
KAF
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Max. Aperture
F2.8
Min. Aperture
F32
Focusing
AF (screwdrive)
Quick-shift
No
Min. Focus
95 cm
Max. Magnification
0.32x
Filter Size
77 mm
Internal Focus
Yes
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 22-8 ° / 18.5-6 °
Full frame: 34-12 ° / 29-10 °
Hood
Included
Case
Included
Lens Cap
Included
Coating
Multi-coated
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Tripod Mount
Diam x Length
89.5x194 mm (3.5x7.6 in.)
Weight
1150 g (40.6 oz.)
Production Years
2008 to 2018
Pricing
USD current price
Engraved Name
Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD [IF] Macro
Product Code
A001
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New Member

Registered: September, 2020
Posts: 1
Lens Review Date: September 19, 2020 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: optical quality
Cons: screw drive focus
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: Kp   

A crisp clear lens with really excellent optical quality. However the autofocus is a bit lost with this lens, and the screw drive is sloooooow.

Excellent results in astrophotography

   
New Member

Registered: October, 2019
Posts: 3
Lens Review Date: September 5, 2020 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $400.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Super sklo,ve všech aspektech,ostrý jak břitva.
Cons: Nic.
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: K 5-IIs   

Skvělé sklo. Váha adekvátní velikosti. 9 lamel. Je to prostě skvělé sklo, velmi doporučuji. Jen někdy hledá AF, ale s tím jsem počítal a věděl jsem to o něm. Clona 2.8 je super a ostrost na největší clonu je skvělá. Jestli se chcete podívat.... Zaklikl jsem ANO- DOPORUČUJI a pořád se objevuje ne. Chyba.

https://www.zonerama.com/Jindras/Album/6539815

Tyto nahrané fotografie ztratily ostrost,asi komprimací.










   
Forum Member

Registered: June, 2018
Posts: 98

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    Handling: 9    Value: 10    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.

F5


F5


F4.5


Wide open
   
Junior Member

Registered: January, 2017
Posts: 43
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    Handling: 8    Value: 10    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.


   
New Member

Registered: March, 2016
Posts: 2
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    Handling: 8    Value: 10    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$
   
New Member

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    Handling: 8    Value: 10    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 !
WORKS LIKE NEW !
here is the disassembly process if you're interested: https://goo.gl/fW0Im6
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
   
Senior Member

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    Handling: 8    Value: 10    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.
   
Veteran Member

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    Handling: 8    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-3II   

Wow.
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.
   
New Member

Registered: September, 2013
Posts: 3

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: June 4, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $400.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great sharpness and bokeh, short focus ring throw, precise and rather quick AF, quiet internal mecahnics
Cons: Rather soft at f/2.8|200mm, front-heavy,
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 6    Value: 10    Camera Used: K3   

This lens has a great and quite predictable margin of absolute sharpness, at least for the 24mpix pixel-to-pixel resolution (from f/2.8 at 70-120 and from f/3.5 at 120-200).
The bokeh is simple and not disturbing, yet rather bright.

The focusing ring throw is quite short - circa 75 degrees, that favors fast AF, but it's still no problem for precise manual focusing due to the enormous focising ring diameter. The AF is quite snappy, it's the first out of 8 lenses I used on Pentax that can give reliable results with tracking AF.
The double-move AF switching can be an unpleasant feature, but I got used to it before, with Tamron 90 macro lens. And even with active clutch, the K3 focuses at exactly the same speed, though a little bit noisier.

I was quite surprized with the quietness of the aperture drive as other Tamron lens I use (17-50/2.8 and 90/2.8 macro) have a very loud aperture drive, much louder than the K3 shutter sound.

The tripod collar is centered at the exact equilibrium spot with K3 (no battery grip) on, so the tripod ball-heads are really pleasant to use in this combunation. Though, the lens itself is not well balanced (compared to a couple of Canons 70-200 and Sigma 70-200 I've used for a while) - it's front-heavy and long handheld shooting leads a significant left arm fatigue.

The only mechanical flaw I've found is a "nervous" zoom ring - it needs very little effot to move (that's good for me as I prefer to zoom using only little and ring fingers while other three control focus), but it moves in a "shaky" pattern, not smooth enough, so it's defenitely not for videography.
   
Veteran Member

Registered: August, 2009
Location: The British Isles
Posts: 2,400

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: April 24, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $550.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: IQ, bokeh
Cons: weight, stiffness
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-5   

I bought this lens based on the reviews here as a zoom to use for macro with extension tubes. It hasn't disappointed; I'm happy with what it puts out from f/2.8 upwards and for someone like me who has never had a decent modern lens in this focal length it's a real treat. It isn't small, it isn't light, but I didn't expect either with a f/2.8 zoom. For manual macro the focusing and zoom rings aren't as buttery smooth or sensitive as I'd like but that's my only quibble.
   
Pentaxian

Registered: September, 2011
Location: Vaasa
Posts: 818

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: April 21, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $429.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: 2.8 all round
Cons: None.
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-30   

I bought this lens(used) for shooting portraits. A friend of mine is a wedding videographer and wanted me to join him as photographer.

I think I am in love with this lens. Its sharp wide open. I now understand why this lens is used by professionals.

Even though its heavy as most have said, I find out that I am able to handle it quite easily.
   
Pentaxian

Registered: February, 2015
Posts: 8,718

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: April 6, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $570.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Fast, IQ, Price
Cons: Focus breathing, does not AF with LV
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 8    Value: 10    Camera Used: K200,K-5,K-3   

The best Autofocus, IF , 70-200 f2.8 full frame lens you can buy for $570. Beside its relatively cheap price, what you can do with this lens is really great. It is a bit soft and not so contrasty @ f2.8 but quickly becomes sharp and contrasty (on a 16 or 24Mpixel APSC sensors...) when stopped down a bit @f3.5 , sharp at f4 and very sharp at F5.6. Even when used at f5.6 / 200mm + x1.4TC for birding , it's almost as good as the Pentax DA* 300. For photographers who wonder about the difference between a 55-300 and a Tamron 70-200, the Tamron is of a different category; it's faster, sharper, more contrasty, full frame compatible (and also heavier and larger). For me, together with the Tamron 17-50, the 70-200 is a must have.

Pros:
- Sharpness
- Contrast
- f2.8 aperture
- works on full frame
- price/value
- reliable AF
- AF works fine with HD x1.4 TC
- 5 year guarantee from Tamron

Cons:
- A bit big, a bit heavy (lot of good glass inside)
- LV CDAF does not work on K-3 (works on K-5)
- Plastic
- AF not so speedy in AF-C mode (faster with K-3 than K-5)
   
Forum Member

Registered: January, 2015
Posts: 83

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: January 7, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, bokeh, image quality, quality
Cons: AF sometimes wrong
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: Pentax K-3   

Beautiful lens, is really nice in the pictures than in other situations too wide open, I find it very comfortable on my k-3 with BG as the weight is well balanced and avoid mistakes even hand free to 200mm, maybe in some flaw situations with autofocus but in total it is a fabulous lens.

Alessandro





   
New Member

Registered: November, 2014
Posts: 1
Lens Review Date: December 5, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $680.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharpness, fast lens
Cons: not dust proof ; no quick shift focus ; far not stealth
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 8    Value: 9    Camera Used: Pentax K5   

Very good lens at a reasonable price, very sharp even wide open. After 3 years of normal use I can see not so many but yet some specks of dust inside the front lens. I think it won't affect that much the image quality, nevertheless I can't help but seeing them.
This lens is a great performer when shooting sports thanks to its aperture, but can also be used for portraits with very good results.
   
Veteran Member

Registered: February, 2011
Posts: 4,873

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: September 30, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $800.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharpness, Bokeh, Cost
Cons: No WR, No quick shift
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 7    Value: 10    Camera Used: Pentax K-5   

Don't believe the reviews you see online about generic Tamron's, tested on Canon or Nikon. Pentax's screwdrive is more powerful than on those brands.

The autofocus of this lens is as fast as any telephoto available for Pentax.

Sharp, great bokeh, cheap. Excellent value and the best telephoto available for Pentax.
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