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

The Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 is a lot cheaper than its proprietary rivals, but does it measure up for pros?

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Digital Camera World Verdict

There are a lot of reasons to love the Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2. It's well built, lovely to handle, focuses quickly and delivers very respectable image quality. It's not without its weaknesses and rivals, such as the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports, which is a little sharper and arguably a better all-rounder, but the lens offers a unique balance of quality and price. A definite must to consider for enthusiasts and pros alike.


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    -Center sharpness

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    -Build quality

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    -Image stabiliser

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    -AF speed


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    -Edge softness wide open

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    -Some adapter compatibility

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The Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 is one of the so-called 'Holy Trinity' lenses that need to offer exceptional sharpness, reliable autofocus and a solid build, capable of withstanding the rigors of professional everyday use.

For professional photographers and advanced enthusiasts, owning a trio of f/2.8 zooms – a 14- or 16-24mm, 24-70mm and 70-200mm – is seen as a standard for allowing the capture of images at the highest level. 

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