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

As a ‘fast’ (f/2.8) zoom with VC and USD (ultrasonic type focusing), the Tamron appears to be good value, costing around $1000 less than the Nikkor version. However, the Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED VR performs nearly as well for $300 less and while the maximum aperture is ‘slower’, weight savings of 620g are not to be ignored (and may make all the difference between using the lens or not). If you want the sharpest 70-200mm for your Nikon D800 though, the new Tamron VC version is the lens for you, but lens choice is never usually that simple.