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Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 Di VC USD Hands-On
« on: November 28, 2012, 04:38:52 PM »

The new Tamron 70-200!

A lot of people have been eager to hear and see how good the new Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 VC lens is. Coming in at a mere $1499 compared to $2099 for the Canon version, it has a chance to sell well for Tamron if it can at least be close to the highly regarded Canon.


Photo News had a chance to play with one and have come away pretty positive about the Tamron. There are lots of pictures and thoughts about build, the AF and optical performance of the lens.


From Photo News


The Tamron 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD brings Tamron’s legendary optical performance into the 21st century with the addition of USD and VC. The autofocus is fast with the addition of USD, the VC is effective , and the image quality is what we’re used to from this legend. Tamron has fixed a few quirks of the older version and we’d feel comfortable taking this lens on any job or just a walk in the park. The deciding factor for this lens will be the price point.


The Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 Di VC USD is due to start shipping on November 30, 2012.


Read the entire review


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Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 Di VC USD Hands-On
« on: November 28, 2012, 04:38:52 PM »

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Re: Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 Di VC USD Hands-On
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2012, 05:01:07 PM »
What is the price of this lens?

The review seems to say $2099 but the canonrumors blurb mentions $1499.

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Re: Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 Di VC USD Hands-On
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2012, 05:11:56 PM »
What is the price of this lens?

The review seems to say $2099 but the canonrumors blurb mentions $1499.

The price at B&H is $1499

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Re: Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 Di VC USD Hands-On
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2012, 05:21:43 PM »
It doesn't have the red ring, therefore, I'll stay with Canon f2.8 IS II  ;D
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Re: Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 Di VC USD Hands-On
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2012, 05:24:39 PM »
"LEGENDARY" quality for Tamron? Let's say it's acceptable. How can that guy call it LEGENDARY? Did they try the 18-270?!

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Re: Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 Di VC USD Hands-On
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2012, 05:24:57 PM »
I'll wait to see more formal testing then just a few handheld field shots, but it certainly looks tempting.  I just got the Tamron 24-80 f/2.8 -- barely used it yet, but so far it seems fantastic and a great price compared to Canon (even though it doesn't have the red ring).


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Re: Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 Di VC USD Hands-On
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2012, 05:26:19 PM »
"LEGENDARY" quality for Tamron? Let's say it's acceptable. How can that guy call it LEGENDARY? Did they try the 18-270?!

Yeah, that kind of jumped out at me too .... someone was just copying a press release for part of the article.  Hopefully the review portion was based on the author's judgment and not the publicity agent's.


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« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2012, 05:26:19 PM »

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« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2012, 05:52:33 PM »
This will be a difficult decision for me. I have the SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD, love it, and have no intention of "upgrading" to the EF24-70L II due to $700+ price difference and IS. I know there are a lot of granite-armed gunslingers out there who insist that IS is not necessary in this focal range, but I find it incredibly useful. This choice is not so obvious as it is more apples to apples. I look forward to seeing more samples and some in depth reviews. Hey Rogier, how about a quickie? I am still hoping the EF70-200L II will drop below the $2000 level sometime after the holidays. Thankfully, I have a copy of the most wonderful EF70-200 f/4L IS, so I'm in no major hurry...

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Re: Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 Di VC USD Hands-On
« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2012, 05:54:40 PM »
It doesn't have the red ring, therefore, I'll stay with Canon f2.8 IS II  ;D

But it could have the red ring... I have added the red ring to several zoom lenses. Go to the grocery store, get some broccoli, go home and eat it. Take the red rubber band that was on the broccoli and stetch it over your lens and voila! You have a lens with a red ring!

Seriously though, you can use an appropriate sized rubber band, half on the zoom ring and half on the lens body, to combat the evils of lens creep :-)
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Re: Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 Di VC USD Hands-On
« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2012, 06:24:01 PM »
As they write in the disclaimer of the article:

PHOTONews Canada is owned by Amplis Foto Inc. Amplis Foto Inc. is the distributor of Tamron lenses for Canada. The words are our own based on the lens we were provided by Tamron Japan.


Not to say there's an obvious bias, but I would check out a few more reviews before dishing out $1500

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Re: Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 Di VC USD Hands-On
« Reply #10 on: November 28, 2012, 06:40:42 PM »
What is the price of this lens?

The review seems to say $2099 but the canonrumors blurb mentions $1499.

The price at B&H is $1499

Ah, from the review:

"This lens has an MSRP of $2099.00 in Canada. Street price will obviously be below that number, but we’ll have to wait and see where the photo dealers price it."

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Re: Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 Di VC USD Hands-On
« Reply #11 on: November 28, 2012, 06:45:58 PM »
'Legendary' immediately rang alarm bells for me... It's the marketing spin that's legendary I would say.

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« Reply #12 on: November 28, 2012, 07:00:08 PM »
That's real nice to see the third party manufacturers can make good lenses.  Thus, we will have more choices and it could push Canon making better products for us.  However, this lens is too late on the market.  Canon 70-200 F/2.8 IS MK2 have been released for three years.  Moreover, if the IQ is only similar to Canon 70-200 F/2.8 IS MK2, 1500 USD is too expensive.  The reasonable price tag should be about 1300 USD.
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« Reply #12 on: November 28, 2012, 07:00:08 PM »

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« Reply #13 on: November 28, 2012, 07:13:31 PM »
I'm loving these third party lenses.

On my wish list:
Sigma 35 1.4
Tamron 70-200 2.8
Also need a 17 - 55 (approx) but the Canon f2.8 one is too expensive. Anyone know if the Sigma 17-50 2.8 is good?

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Re: Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 Di VC USD Hands-On
« Reply #14 on: November 28, 2012, 07:37:18 PM »
I'm loving these third party lenses.

On my wish list:
Sigma 35 1.4
Tamron 70-200 2.8
Also need a 17 - 55 (approx) but the Canon f2.8 one is too expensive. Anyone know if the Sigma 17-50 2.8 is good?

the tamron 17-50 2.8 without VC is supposed to be pretty good, apparently the VC version is a bit softer.  That being said I used to own a canon 17-55 2.8 it was awesome and I still miss that range on FF.  the 24-70 gets close, but I loved the fact that at 55mm on apc c the canon was a good portrait lens too.  70 on ff is just a little short of ideal. 

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« Reply #14 on: November 28, 2012, 07:37:18 PM »