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
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Achieving a very high 31 points on the overall DxOMark Score, when mounted on the Nikon D800, the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 VC is the highest rated of its type yet featuring a Nikon mount. It’s not just control of distortion and CA that account for this lens’ lofty ranking, but it can also boast the highest sharpness score of any 70-200mm mounted on a Nikon D800. Both the transmission and vignetting scores are as expected for this type of lens. If there’s a shortcoming at all, it’s that the performance varies a little over the focal range (indicated by our DxOMark Score gauge).

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Nikon is the best zoom telephoto for the Nikon D800:

 
Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Nikon169931
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II269929
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR139928
Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED185026
Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO Nikon77026
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM Nikon169925
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM II Nikon94925
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO HSM Nikon88023


Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Nikon is the sharpest zoom telephoto for the Nikon D800:

 
Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Nikon169922
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR139921
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II269920
Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED185015
Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO Nikon77015
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM Nikon169914
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO HSM Nikon88013
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM II Nikon94913