Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 DI VC USD G2

Here’s our concise review of the Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 DI VC USD G2 telephoto zoom lens…

Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 DI VC USD G2

Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 DI VC USD G2

Tamron has been around for years, but its recent releases have really impressed us with both image quality and construction. This all-purpose G2 zoom is no exception. Featuring a sturdy design with a huge 23 elements in 17 groups which include both XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) and LD (Low Dispersion) glass, as well as an eBAND coating. This design near-eradicates ghosting, flare and aberration and during testing we didn’t come across any issues at all.

Sharpness is very impressive, even compared to the pricier Nikon and Canon equivalents. Wide open at f/2.8 the centre is pin-sharp, with solid corners. At f/5.6 the entire frame is incredibly sharp and returns excellent results.

Its proprietary VC (Vibration Control) optical stabilisation is included, promising 5 stops of compensation on the G2 version. This works very well, and allows you to hand-hold at slower shutter speeds than otherwise practical. Overall, this is a great lens made sweeter by the pricing.

Find out more at the Tamron website.

Pros
Fits Canon and Nikon
Very sharp
Optical stabilisation

Cons
A fraction less sharp than the Canon and Nikon

Spec
Min aperture: f/22
Max aperture: f/2.8
Elements: 23/17
Filter size: 77mm
Min focusing distance: 95cm
DxH: 88x194mm
Weight: 1500g