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