Also Known As: Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 VC G2
Lens Type: Zoom Lens
Format: Full Frame / FX
Release Date: 2017-02-06
MSRP Price: $1299
Made in: Japan
Production Status: In Production
Lens Description: A popular telephoto zoom for a variety of shooting applications, this Nikon F-mount SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens from Tamron is characterized by its bright f/2.8 constant maximum aperture, as well as sophisticated optical and physical designs. In regard to optics, an improved layout contains one XLD element and five LD elements to suppress color fringing and chromatic aberrations for notable clarity and color accuracy, and both BBAR and eBAND coatings have been applied to reduce flare and ghosting.
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Specifications
|Lens Type||Zoom Lens|
|Mount Type||Canon EF, Nikon F|
|Format||Full Frame / FX|
|Compatible Format(s)||Full Frame / APS-C|
|Compatible with Teleconverters||Yes|
|Maximum Reproduction Ratio||1:6.1|
|Vibration Compensation (Image Stabilization)||Yes|
|Maximum Angle of View (Full frame or larger format)||34° 21'|
|Minimum Angle of View (Full frame or larger format)||12° 21'|
|Diaphragm Blades||9 (Rounded)|
|Low Dispersion Glass Elements||5|
|Extra-Low Dispersion Glass Elements||1|
|Built-in Focus Motor||Yes|
|Ultrasonic Silent Drive (USD)||Yes|
|Minimum Focus Distance||3.12' (95 cm)|
|Accepts Filter Type||Screw-on|
|Weather / Dust Sealing||Yes|
|Dimensions||Approx. 3.46 x 7.5|
|Weight||3.28 lb (1.49 kg)|
|Available in Colors||Black|
I was hoping to upgrade my VRII to the G2 after seeing the great reviews on the Tamron. I have a Tamron 24-70 G2 which I love so I was in no way stuck on having to use Nikor glass.
My VRII is in excellent shape and I felt I could sell it for what I would pay for the Tamron (or more)…I really wanted this to work.
Anyway, I went through three copies of the Tamron through my local camera store and they all were significantly softer than the Nikon at 2.8. I spent a lot of time trying to fine tune the lenses using the tap-in-console to no avail (my 24-70 is turned perfectly). I even tried two different bodies, D500 and D810.
This was a real – and surprising – disappointment for me.
I have a quick question about the Tamron 70-200mm…. I rented the Nikon 70-200mm VRII a couple of months ago and took a few hundred photos and thought it was very sharp.
I just purchased the Tamron 70-200mm G2 and have taken about 100 photos and I have to say I’m not impressed with the image quality in terms of sharpness. I have heard so much good about it that it’s making me think that I have a bad copy.
I’ve been selling my images as stock so I examine them at 100% before submitting. The Nikon was sharp at 100% while the Tamron isn’t.(Just comparing the subject, not the whole image)
I know you can’t answer for my images, but for your own did you examine the two at 100% and notice a significant difference. Can you comment on your impression of the image quality at 100% when comparing the images from the two cameras?
I’ve getting ready to send back this copy and I’m trying to decide whether I should get a refund or have them send me another copy to give it another shot..
Looking forward to your thoughts..
Boss almost one year have gone for tamron 70-200mm f2.8 G2 lens. But you have not posted full review and sample images yet. I am waiting for your full review.