This review is my opinion. I am a professional photographer, but as always, your views may differ from mine.
This lens was introduced by Tamron in February 2008 so there are a few lenses, with the Nikon mount, in this category that have come out after it. Two that come to mind are the Nikon VRII and the Sigma OS. That being said, this lens is fantastic. It is extremely sharp, even wide open, although like most zoom lenses, sharpens up even more after f4.
When I purchased this lens, it was sharper than the Sigma non-OS and as sharp, in my opinion, to the 80-200 Nikon and 70-200 VR 1. I have not had the time to try the Nikon VR II or the Sigma OS versions at this point.
Pros: Very sharp, inexpensive for a pro quality lens with a 2.8 aperture, lighter than the Nikon and Sigma versions, very solid build
Cons: No VR/VC, slightly louder and slower to focus than the HSM motors in the Nikon and Sigma.
My conclusion: This is one of, if not my favorite, lens. The quality of the images are amazing, even when using entry or mid level bodies, such as the D5000. If you absolutely need some sort of vibration control or reduction, then maybe this lens isn’t for you, but with a monopod, tripod or steady hands you will not regret owning this lens. I personally don’t have extremely steady hands, yet I still find this lens to be great in every way. That being said, I do look forward to a VR/VC version when they release it. This is only due to a very small percentage of shots, such as a dimly lit room during a weddings or events I’ve shot at. For the cost, you can’t go wrong.
Unfortunatly, at the moment of writing this blog, the only large retailer that sells Tamron in Ontario and has it listed on the web site is Henry’s. I know Vistek also sells Tamron, but I could not locate this item on their website. I find this odd, especially after the information from Nikon Rumors yesterday that Tamron has actually outsold Nikon lenses in Japan.
Price, at the time of writing this blog, at Henry’s is $899.9
- NIKON AF-S 70-200 F2.8 VR II LENS at Henry’s is $2,399.99
- NIKON AF-S 70-200 F2.8 VR II Lens at Vistek is $2,249.
- Sigma AF 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM at Henry’s is $1,599.99
- Sigma AF 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM at Vistek is $1,519.00
- Sigma Non OS at Henry’s is $1,299.99
- Sigma Non OS at Vistek is $1,199.
I apologize to any resellers that I’ve missed, please message me and I will edit this post with more information.
For a full review of this lens, please visit DP Review.