Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Review

March 27, 2017 | Mark Goldstein |


The Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 is an outstanding telephoto zoom lens, with the improved optical construction offering fantastic image quality and lovely smooth bokeh, and the enhanced image stabilisation system greatly increasing its versatility in both low-light and for action shots. The latest auto-focus system is faster than on the original version, and Tamron's optic is still noticeably smaller and more compact than the Canon and Nikon equivalents.

Image quality is excellent at almost every focal length, with fantastic sharpness virtually throughout the aperture range. Chromatic aberrations are very well controlled and flare is only ever an issue when shooting directly into the sun or if you choose not to use the large lens hood. The only real optical issues are obvious corner shading at the maximum aperture, and a lack of critical sharpness shooting wide open at f/2.8 at the 200mm focal length, although again this is a big improvement on the original version of the lens.

The SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD is crucially cheaper than the Canon and Nikon alternatives without compromising on performance, build or image quality. Sigma currently offer the cheapest fast telephoto 70-200mm lens with built-in image stabilisation, but that's an older lens that isn't part of the latest "Art" or "Sports" ranges. If you're looking for a classic 70-200mm lens, then make sure to check out the new Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2.

5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 5
Features 5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 5
Value for money 4.5