Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 is a good lens for the budget-conscious photographer
Getting a DSLR is the easy bit these days. Getting a good lens is when the struggle starts as most options from a DSLR brand are costly. This is where a Tamron or a Sigma come into play. We recently got our hands on the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8. Tamron is way cheaper than Canon/ Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8, but is Tamron a better alternative? Here’s our review.
The body is all-metal, but it looks like an old design. However, the lens grips very well and felt good for the hand-held shots. Tamron calls the IS (Image Stabiliser) as VC (vibration compensation), and it comes with an On/Off button unlike the same Canon lens which has IS level 1 and 2.
This lens features USD (ultrasonic silent drive), and the autofocus is not so fast, but it is good. The USD feature did work well when we tested it on a Canon 6D body. The focusing is fast and silent. One unique feature is that the length of the lens remains same even as you zoom. While it is cool, you are in a way waiting for the lens to become longer. The feature helps the lens reduce noise.
On the flip side, the zoom ring is in the front, and focussing ring, behind which is quite annoying for a manual user. I think this is a big flaw in design.
The image quality is pretty decent of what we shot, the picture results are quite good. With Focal Range from 70-200 mm and maximum aperture f2.8 to minimum of f32, we shot with various combination of focal lengths and aperture, the results are sharp and colours good. If you want a bokeh, this lens will not disappoint you.
While the picture quality is good, our testing with a similar Canon lens showed that the latter offered sharper images. Overall, I am happy with the image quality this lens gives considering the price range.
If you are on a budget and looking for a lens as good as brands like Canon or Nikkon, go for this lens. Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 lens gives almost the same results a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8, but at a more affordable price point. Go for this one if you don’t have too many issues using a compatible lens in your Canon or Nikon DSLR body.
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 lens comes for both Canon, Nikon and Sony mount, and costs around Rs 1,12,000.
* Estimated street price: Rs 1,12,000