Amateur Photographer - - Testbench Lens Test -

It’s al­ways re­fresh­ing to see a third-party lens maker ven­ture into new ground, and with the 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD, Tam­ron has spot­ted a gap in the mar­ket and made a gen­uinely in­ter­est­ing al­ter­na­tive to the 70-300mm lenses that Canon and Nikon of­fer as up­grade op­tions from their en­try-level tele­zooms. It strikes a very at­trac­tive bal­ance be­tween im­age qual­ity, ro­bust­ness and porta­bil­ity, mak­ing it a par­tic­u­larly tempt­ing op­tion for users of mid-range APS- C DSLRs such as the Canon EOS 80D or Nikon D7500.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, this lens isn’t quite as stun­ning as its f/2.8 sib­ling, but it comes pretty close, given that it costs less than half the price. In­deed, my main gripe is that the front-mounted zoom ring com­pro­mises han­dling. If you can live with that, though, it’s a great choice for en­thu­si­asts who value im­age qual­ity over tele­photo reach.

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