Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD

Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD

Lens Summary

Brand: Tamron

Also Known As: Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8

Lens Type: Zoom Lens

Format: Full Frame / FX

Focus: Autofocus

Lens Mount: Canon EF, Nikon F

Release Date: 2012-09-13

MSRP Price: $1499

Made in: Japan

Infrared Rating: Good

Production Status: In Production

Lens Description: The apex of telephoto lenses in a compact package. SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD with VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization delivers leading-edge image quality in a body that’s smallest in its class. Equipped with Tamron’s proprietary USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) motor, this lens boasts a speedy autofocus so that you can capture that one decisive moment. For sports, journalism, fashion, weddings, or even landscapes, the 70-200mm will exceed your expectations every time.

Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Specifications

Lens Specifications
Lens TypeZoom Lens
Focal Length70-200mm
Mount TypeCanon EF, Nikon F
FormatFull Frame / FX
Compatible Format(s)35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor Canon (APS-C)
Compatible with TeleconvertersYes
Zoom Ratio2.85x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio1:8
Vibration Compensation (Image Stabilization)Yes
Aperture Information
Aperture RingNo
Maximim Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/32
Maximum Angle of View (Full frame or larger format)34° - 12°
Optical Information
Lens Elements23
Lens Groups17
Diaphragm Blades9
Focus Information
Built-in Focus MotorYes
Ultrasonic Silent Drive (USD)Yes
Internal FocusingYes
Minimum Focus Distance1.30m
Filter Information
Filter Size77mm
Accepts Filter TypeScrew-on
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust SealingYes
Mount MaterialMetal
Tripod CollarYes
Dimensions85.8 x 188.3mm
Other Information
Available in ColorsBlack

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I would be very interested in the comparison between this Tamron 20-200mm f/2.8 VC lens compared to the Nikon 20-700mm f/4 lens.
Both are in the same price range; one is very light f/4 and the other one is heavier f/2.8. For professional journalists I would imagine f/2.8 has advantages… but for a non-pro who likes nature, wildlife photography (many times dusk/dawn situations), I wonder how these two would compare?


Tamron 20-200 is a super-zoom; Nikon 20-700 even more so :-)


I suspect that 20-700 in the above post is typo. Should read 70-200

Vie Darano

I know it’s not recently released lens, but any plan to compare this one with Nikon 70-200 VRI, VRII, and F4 VRIII? In need of your review and comparisons.