Tamron Lens SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Nikon mount) review: High performance and excellent value

By Kevin Carter - Thursday, June 13, 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | Tamron Lens SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD lens performance | Tamron Lens SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD versus competition | Conclusion
Tamron Lens SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Nikon mount) review: High performance and excellent value

Tamron’s latest 70-200mm f/2.8 is the first from the firm to feature image stabilisation (VC or Vibration Compensation, as Tamron calls it) and is now available in with a Nikon mount. After the Canon mount, read on to see how it performs on the high resolution Nikon D800.

Appealing to sports and action photographers as well those who use the immensely versatile range for portraits, the Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 is a rightly popular lens. Invariably though it’s a pricey option, especially with built in ultrasonic type AF motors, weatherproofing and image stabilization. Until recently, more affordable models lacked some or all of these features. However, while the new Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD sees a substantial increase in price (up from $770 from the non-VC version to $1,699), it’s still more accessibly priced than the Nikon (or for that matter the Canon) versions.

Tamron Lens SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD lens performance

Tamron Lens SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD versus competition

Conclusion