Tam­ron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD £930, $1500


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Tam­ron’s con­stant-aper­ture 70-200mm f/2.8 is a di­rect com­peti­tor to the equiv­a­lent Nikon lens but, in the UK at least, costs about half the price. Build qual­ity isn’t of the same top-flight stan­dard as the Nikon lens but the Tam­ron is ro­bust, and has weather seals. Tele­photo reach isn’t as long as with some lenses on test, but you can use tele­con­vert­ers (Tam­ron’s UK dis­trib­u­tor rec­om­mends the Kenko brand).

The ring-type ul­tra­sonic aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem has full-time man­ual over­ride, but lacks the Sigma lenses’ ‘man­ual over­ride’ trick mode. The op­ti­cal sta­biliser has no switch­able pan­ning mode, al­though Tam­ron claims that its pro­pri­etary VC (Vi­bra­tion Com­pen­sa­tion) sys­tem doesn’t need it any­way.


Aut­o­fo­cus speed is more im­pres­sive than in the Tam­ron 150-600mm, and the wider aper­ture rat­ing en­ables bet­ter aut­o­fo­cus per­for­mance in dull light­ing con­di­tions. In our tests, stabilisation dur­ing pan­ning proved less ef­fec­tive than in the Nikon and Sigma lenses.

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