Tam­ron SP AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD [IF] Macro £630/$770

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Retro chic at a knock­down price

Un­like some of the more new-fan­gled lenses on test, this is some­thing of a stal­wart tele­photo lens, dat­ing back to 2008. It was a good year for Tam­ron, as some of its ex­ist­ing Nikon-fit lenses were up­graded to in­clude aut­o­fo­cus mo­tors, and this one had a mo­tor fit­ted right from the start. Aut­o­fo­cus is there­fore pos­si­ble on bod­ies like the D3400 and D5600, as the lens doesn’t rely on the AF drive mo­tor of a host cam­era.

Plus points in­clude good build qual­ity and a ro­bust-feel­ing con­struc­tion, and the lens is sup­plied com­plete with a tri­pod col­lar, hood and soft case. How­ever, the Tam­ron is one of only two lenses on test to lack op­ti­cal sta­bi­liza­tion.

Per­for­mance

Im­age qual­ity is im­pres­sive, helped by XLD (Ex­tra-Low Dis­per­sion) and LD (Low Dis­per­sion) el­e­ments that team up to de­liver good sharp­ness and con­trast through­out the zoom and aper­ture ranges. The ba­sic elec­tric AF mo­tor, though, is nois­ier and more slug­gish than ring-type ul­tra­sonic sys­tems.

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