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

£TBA/$1299 www.tam­ron.eu

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Tam­ron’s new G2 ver­sion of its 70-200mm f/2.8 tele­photo lens fea­tures a re­vised op­ti­cal con­struc­tion boast­ing 23 el­e­ments in 17 groups. The new lay­out is touted as de­liv­er­ing in­creased sharp­ness and con­trast re­pro­duc­tion over the pre­vi­ous lens, while re­flec­tions and flare are min­imised by Tam­ron’s so-called eBAND (Ex­tended Band­width & An­gu­lar-Depen­dency) coat­ing.

Bokeh should also be en­hanced by the new op­ti­cal de­sign, as well as the new cir­cu­lar nine-bladed di­aphragm, while chro­matic aber­ra­tion will be kept at bay by XLD (eX­tra Low Dis­per­sion) and LD (Low Dis­per­sion) glass el­e­ments.

But ar­guably the most sig­nif­i­cant re­vi­sion is im­proved Vi­bra­tion Com­pen­sa­tion, which Tam­ron claims will en­able a five-stop shut­ter speed re­duc­tion. The VC sys­tem can be used in three modes, de­pend­ing on whether you want to pri­ori­tise the sta­bil­ity of the viewfinder pre­view, achieve max­i­mum im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion, or pan with your sub­ject.

The lens also fea­tures bet­ter aper­ture pre­ci­sion courtesy of elec­tro­mag­netic di­aphragm ad­just­ment, plus it gets a re­vised Ul­tra Sonic Drive AF sys­tem with im­proved speed and ac­cu­racy over the pre­vi­ous model.

Min­i­mum fo­cus­ing dis­tance is down from 1.3m to 0.95m, there’s a weather-sealed lens bar­rel, and a flu­o­rine coat­ing on the front el­e­ment to re­pel wa­ter, dust and fin­ger­prints. First im­pres­sions_

Tam­ron has been de­liv­er­ing some ex­cel­lent lenses of late, and this new 70-200mm f/2.8 G2 may well prove to be a se­ri­ous ri­val to Nikon’s class-lead­ing 70-200mm f/2.8E.

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