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Road test of the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 SP Di VC USD

discreetphoton 13 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2013 9:14PM
Since the 18-270 PZD project I did went down pretty well, I've been asked to give another lens a throw by EPZ and the lovely people at Intro 2020 Smile This time it's the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 SP Di VC USD . I'll post some of the photos here, but you'll have to follow the link for the write-ups for the time being.





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ste_p0270 6 74 England
3 Jun 2013 8:30AM
wow Smile
mikehit 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2013 10:30AM
Awesome, DP, especially the elephant one.
discreetphoton 13 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2013 2:03PM



ste_p0270 6 74 England
21 Jun 2013 12:48PM
keep 'em coming Smile

excellent shots.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
21 Jun 2013 6:57PM
Lovely shots. Seeing as this range lens is well covered by the 18-270mm which you roadtested last year, are you able yet to highlight any differences in usage/IQ apart from it obviously being a lot faster. From these few shots it looks to be better at isolating the subject by way of a narrow dof.
I know you're not doing a comparison between the two lenses; I'm just asking out of interest. Smile
discreetphoton 13 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2013 10:46PM
Thanks Chris. Yes, being a faster lens, it does separate the backgrounds in a more pronounced way, and it's plainly much sharper. They are obviously different beasts though, so it's not really right to compare them outright.
The 70-200 is considerably heavier, so I'm less likely to carry the camera on a whim. However, it does mean I'm more selective in what I shoot with this one. Being honest, I prefer it to its Nikon equivalent (old model mind you) but could do with a teleconverter that auto focuses with it.
The auto focus on the lens itself is amazingly consistent. I did have to calibrate my camera for it, but now that I have, I'm getting fewer failed action shots than I ever did with my trusty Nikon. That's been quite obvious from the in flight owl shots. I've been taking them for a year, and after only a couple of months with the Tamron, suddenly I've got loads of keepers.
discreetphoton 13 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2013 10:57AM
I've fallen a bit behind on this thread, but the road test has been powering on as usual. For anyone who has been thinking about a 70-200mm, it may interest you to know that I put my money where my mouth was recently. I already had the Nikkor 70-200 F/2.8 before the start of review, but after several months of use, I'm able to say categorically that the Tamron lens was sharper (a statement supported by DXOmark tests) across the frame and more reliable in the field. So I felt confident enough in it to sell my Nikkor in favour of the Tamron. The only real difference in use is that it doesn't have full compatability with teleconverters, but since using the D800, I've found that it's not an issue (since a converter seems to strip out more resolution than cropping from that camera).
















ChrisJD 8 100 Scotland
3 Feb 2014 8:06PM
Just stumbled across this thread - simply stunning shots.

1 Jun 2014 5:58PM
Lovely shots ! I've just bought the same lens and hope to do as well as these !

Initial results are encouraging, but nothing I'd put on public display for the moment
discreetphoton 13 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2014 10:10PM
Thanks very much Smile I hope it works out well for you Smile
Akutzer 2 1 United States
18 Sep 2015 1:44AM
AMAZING! I only wish I could produce the same images... I am shooting with a d5300 and a tamron 70-300 f4-5.6 and I cannot get good pictures! I shoot alot of sports for my school, and it's usually at night with stadium lighting. At 200-300mm, f5.6, and 1/800 or faster shutter speed, I am at 6400 ISO and images are terrible quality! Noise grain and color noise!!!!! Plus lack of sharpness! Plus my lens doesn't give much compression or background blowout. I am looking at either getting the tamron 70-200 2.8, use it on my d5300 for a bit then get a d750, or get the d750 and use my current tamron lens and upgrade it later. I am leaning towards getting the 70-200 and wait a little longer on upgrading the body, but please let me know what you think! Also if there are any tips tricks or secrets you could inform me with please do, I would love to get shots like the above ones!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

P.S. What camera bodies are used to capture the above images?
StrayCat 14 19.1k 3 Canada
18 Sep 2015 6:14AM
You don't need another camera, you need a better, faster lens, like the one discussed here, if it will work on the D5300. If not, look at the D7100 or D7200, and you won't need to search around for a decent teleconverter.
Great shots. Was the DSLR Nikon D7200 ? I am planning a similar rig. The D7200 with a Tamron 70-200 f2.8 G2. The Nikkor 70-200 f2.8 VRII / Fl is very expensive in India and the difference between the Nikkor and the Tamron G2 is about US$ 900.
discreetphoton 13 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2017 8:05PM
Camera was an D300 when I first got the lens, later changed to a D800

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