Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD review

The Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD keeps things simple (but mostly effective)

Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD
(Image: © Tamron)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Canon and Nikon both make highly acclaimed full-frame compatible 70-200mm f/4 lenses for their DSLRs, which are somewhat more compact, lightweight and ‘affordable’ than the respective own-brand f/2.8 lenses. This Tamron lens gives a little extra at the long end of the zoom range, stretching to 210mm, while maintaining the same constant-aperture f/4 rating. It also has a much more competitive selling price. Performance and image quality are pretty good, making it a sensible buy.


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    Constant-aperture design

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    Useful zoom range

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    Relatively inexpensive


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    Fairly basic feature set

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    Modest sharpness levels

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The Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD goes up against own-brand Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM and Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR zooms, which are much pricier to buy. As such, it’s a typically lightweight alternative to a ‘trinity’ f/2.8 telephoto zoom, giving a useful range of telephoto focal lengths with a still reasonably fast aperture rating that remains constant throughout the zoom range.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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