Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 SP Di LD [IF] macro - Full Format Review / Lab Test - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Canon EOS (Full Format)

Sample Images

Here're some sample images taken with the EOS 5D II and RAW converted via PS ACR.

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Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/800s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 79.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/800s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 139.0mm
Aperture: f/3.2
Exposure 1/4000s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 89.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/400s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 70.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/400s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 70.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/640s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 113.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/40s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 70.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/13s

Verdict

The Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 SP Di LD [IF] macro showed a very good performance during our APS-C format tests and it is only slightly worse in the full format scope. The center performance is very good at f/2.8 and excellent at medium aperture settings. The border/corner quality remains very high at 70mm and it's still decent beyond. However, don't except too much from the macro aspect of the lens - the results get quite soft at closer focus distances specifically towards the 200mm setting. The amount of light falloff is about class-average which translates to very visible vignetting at f/2.8 and slight vignetting at f/4. Lateral CAs are very well controlled and not really an issue in field conditions. The amount of distortions is moderate throughout most of the range. A primary aspect of a fast tele lens is the quality of the bokeh and the Tamron delivers a pretty impressive job here except maybe for the (rather common) cat's eyes (highlight shapes) which can get slightly disturbing towards the borders at max. aperture. In critical situations you may spot some bokeh fringing at f/2.8 but this effect dissolves when stopping down a little.

The build quality is on a high level but it does not reach Canon L level here. The main weakness of the lens is its conventional AF. It is not all that bad when using phase-detection AF but it is far from being a speed demon. Contrast AF is downright miserable and manual focusing is cumbersome.

So optically & mechanically the Tamron may not be able to touch the Canon L zoom lenses in its range but it terms of price/performance it's really hard to beat.

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