Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F/2.8 DI LD (IF) Macro Lens

Last updated (13 June’10):
– Review by Lenstip

Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD IF Macro is a telephoto zoom lens. The lens features 70-200mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/2.8. The lens construction has 18 elements in 13 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 34 degrees to 12 degrees @ 21 feet and horizontal angle of view at 28 degrees @ 51 feet to 10 degrees @ 17 feet. Closest focusing distance at 37.4 inches and has a filter size of 77mm. The Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD IF Macro lens weighs 40.6 ounces and it measures 3.5 inches in diameter and 7.6 inches long.

Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD IF Macro
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD IF Macro Reviews

Lenstip reviews the Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD IF Macro and writes;
“The maximum aperture is sharp at all focal lengths and even at 200 mm it reaches the level of 35 lpmm. On stopping down slightly, the results become even better – they cross the 40 lpmm level. The even results, presented by the lens, deserve our praise – the 200 mm focal length doesn’t stand out from the shorter range behaviour.”
rating: N/A

Whatdigitalcamera reviews the Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD IF Macro and writes;
“Optical testing revealed mixed results: the figures achieved at the extreme focal-length settings were much better than those recorded for the intermediate focal-length.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Ephotozine reviews the Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD IF Macro and writes;
“For the price, this lens represents excellent value for money which isn’t unusual for Tamron. Available in all the main mounts, it makes an ideal alternative to the OEM offerings, especially if you can live with the slightly slower focusing. The AF/MF switchover is a boon and the close focusing ability, at just under a metre, is handy too..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

The-digital-picture reviews the Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD IF Macro and writes;
“In shooting my own pictures with this lens, I found myself overshooting to make sure I got the shot I wanted. When AF was on, results were very nice. As I said before, stopping down the aperture increased the keeper rate nicely.”
rating: N/A

User Opinions

Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD IF Macro User Reviews

Nice lens but I returned it. | Rating: ★★★★☆
“This is a nice lens. No quality issues, but I returned it because the autofocus is much slower than an OEM Canon lens. Plus, no image stabilization. But for the price, you can’t beat it. “ – by A. Chin

I really like this lens! | Rating: ★★★★★
“Last night I used my a300 and this lens. And the results were better. I shot in “A” mode at f2.8 between 100mm to 200mm from a tripod. In fact, I was impressed with many of the shots. Some of them looked like they were shot in the studio and not from 100′ away. Very nice colors and sharp.” – by N Doxey

FANTASTIC lens, Well worth the money!, | Rating: ★★★★★
“Well I finally made the jump and purchased this lens. It has met my expectations though I can see how I probably would not prefer this lens for high speed sports shooting! However I feel it will serve my purpose for photo shoots, family photos and possibly wedding photos. All in all I am very satisfied with the optics, build and weight of this lens. “ – by Antonio Sanchez

Great experience with Tamron AF 70-200mm | Rating: ★★★★★
“I had read about the superb quality of this lens which is priced at less than 1/2 of the cost of the Sony 70-200mm. I am really fussy about lenses and this lens is so good it surprised even me. I am just delighted with my purchase. This lens is sharp wide open and at close up as well as full zoom. The contrast and color are great. “ – by Michael J. Mitchell

Fantastic Tele Zoom Regardless of Price and … Great Price | Rating: ★★★★★
“This is a really superb telephoto lens: The best one I’ve ever used. Bright, fast focus, crisp sharpness and contrast, beautifully balanced, small (overall size) in its class, breeze and a joy to use. Focuses down to about 30 inches which gets you about 3:1 and lovely sharp close-ups. “ – by J. Blilie

Tamron vs. it’s main competitors, | Rating: ★★★★★
“Image Stabilization allows you to use slower shutter speed by an average of 3 EV stops. Let’s say you can make sharp picture without image stabilization at 1/200s with 200mm zoom.Image stabilization would allow you to make similar sharp image at 1/25s 200mm. “ – by OZ

great lens, great price | Rating: ★★★★★
“the snap back for manual focus ring is very cool. wish all lenses did this. it makes a AF switch seem pretty dopey in comparison because you don’t have to move your hand anywhere to change modes. its seemless between manual and auto modes which is great when shooting fast moving subjects. “ – by Steve Oakley

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Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD IF Macro User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD IF Macro Specifications

Mr. Morio Ono, President of Tamron Co., Ltd., has announced the development of the SP AF70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO, a lightweight, high-performance and fast tele-zoom lens designed for SLR cameras with full-size image sensors.

The new SP AF70-200mm Di LD (IF) MACRO (Model A001) is an F/2.8 fast tele-zoom designed for full-size format SLR cameras. It inherits the product concept of the award-winning SP AF28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di (Model A09) standard zoom lens that is highly acclaimed for its compactness and speed, which lets photographers enjoy a high cost to performance uniqueness.

While overall dimensions are confined to the absolute minimum, the new SP AF70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO zoom lens is packed with features that allow stress-free photography: a versatile MFD (minimum focusing distance) of just 0.95m (37.4) over the entire zoom range; an excellent maximum macro magnification ratio of 1:3.1 at f=200mm; and an advantageous internal focusing (IF) system. The new tele-zoom lens enables the user to cover 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 equivalent* ultra telephoto (7°59′ angle of view) when mounted on a DSLR camera with an APS-C sized imager.
(*) The ratio Tamron uses to convert from full-size to APS-C focal length is 1.55X.


1. 0.95m (37.4) MFD over the Entire Zoom Range for 1:3.1 Maximum Magnification Ratio
This zoom lens, designed for use with full-size format SLR cameras, boasts a fast maximum aperture of F/2.8, yet it allows close-focusing down to 0.95m (37.4) over the entire zoom range. The maximum magnification ratio is 1:3.1 at the 200mm tele-end. The filter diameter is confined to φ77mm as a result of the use of an advanced optical design pursuing optimum optical power distribution.

2. Soft Out-of-Focus Effect and Sharp Depiction
In order to realize soft out-of-focus effect and sharp depiction performance at the same time, the zoom lens uses three LD (low dispersion) elements. As a result, the optical system effectively compensates for lateral and on-axis chromatic aberrations that are major image-degrading factors in telephoto photography, in order to provide edge-to-edge sharpness and high-contrast image quality with flat-field characteristics over the entire zoom range in various photographic situations.

3. Lightweight, Yet Fast F/2.8 Maximum Aperture
The lens features a fast maximum aperture of F/2.8, yet it weighs a mere 1,112.6 grams (39.2oz.)*, since it uses barrel parts made of engineering plastic materials having excellent dimensional stability and sufficient strength for professional use and even industrial applications.
(*) As of February 2007, based on Tamron’s research of lenses in the same class, excluding the tripod base.
4. Internal Surface Coatings Minimize Ghosting and Flare
Through the use of “Internal Surface Coatings (i.e., multiple-layer coatings on cemented surfaces of plural elements) and multiple-layer coatings to prevent reflections from lens surfaces, ghosting and flare due to reflections that occur when light enters through the front element as well as reflections caused by the imager itself in the mirror box are reduced to the absolute minimum.

5. One-touch AF/MF Switchover mechanisms (for Canon and Nikon only)
The models for Nikon and Canon cameras are equipped with AF/MF switchover mechanisms to allow one-touch switchover from AF mode to MF mode or vice versa electronically and mechanically by simply sliding the button. (Sony and Pentax systems require AF/MF switchover operation on both the camera and lens.)
Since the lens uses an IF (internal focusing) system, the focusing ring does not rotate during focusing, which ensures good holding balance at all times. In the MF mode, focusing is performed as easily and comfortably as with an MF lens. Since the overall length of the lens does not change due to zooming or focusing, it offers excellent operability and holding balance.

6. Detachable Tripod Grip Ring
The lens is supplied with a lightweight and rigid aluminum removable tripod socket.

7. Flower-shaped Lens Hood
A flower-shaped lens hood is included as a standard accessory. The special hood provides optimum shading of superfluous light rays that enter from the rectangular frame outside the image field.


Model Name: A001
Focal Length: 70-200mm
Maximum Aperture: F/2.8
Angle of View: 34°3′ – 12°3′
Lens Construction: 18 elements /13 groups
Minimum Focus Distance: 0.95m (entire zoom range)
Maximum Mag. Ratio: 1:3.1 (at f=200mm, MFD=0.95m)
Filter Diameter: φ77mm
Overall Length: 194.3mm *
Maximum Diameter: φ89.5mm
Weight: 1112.6g* (without tripod holder)
Diaphragm Blades: 9 blades
Minimum Aperture: F/32
Standard Accessory: Flower-shaped Lens Hood
Compatible Mount: Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony

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