Cameralabs revewed the new Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD "It looks like a very good design ... but"

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Gordon Laing reviewed the Nikon version of Tamrons latest lens mounted on the D800.

"Testing the Tamron SP 70-200/2.8 VC left me with mixed feelings. It looks like a very good design delivering very good to excellent performance in many cases, but:

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Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD lens review by Gary Wolstenholme at EPZ

Gary tests this lens with a Canon 5D Mark II Full Frame dslr body:

"This telephoto zoom from Tamron certainly delivers. Sharpness is excellent from maximum aperture through much of the zoom range, plus chromatic aberrations and distortion are kept well in check. The suggested retail price may come as a shock for many, who may be expecting this lens to be considerably cheaper than lenses from camera manufacturers. Even so, the performance of this lens is on a par with those lenses, and suggested price at launch is rarely the price a lens will eventually retail for." . . . read more

The Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD excels at the DXO Mark bench: "When mounted on a Canon 5D Mark II, the Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 Di VC USD achieves an overall DxOMark Score of 24, the 2nd highest score in our database for a high-speed zoom."

So, the Tamron manages to closely match such expensive and optically well endowed lenses as the Canon 24-70mm f2.8L USM II, and the Nikkor 24-70mm G ED, both costing around the 2 grand mark in every major western currency:

"The Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD is in the top three best performing high-speed standard zooms currently available. We’ve only looked at the imaging performance, but it’s as impressive optically as the highly regarded Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8G ED. At $1,299 it’s not cheap but it is competitively priced – to improve on the image quality you would have to spend $1,000 for the sublime Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 II USM. Dropping down . . . read more

The Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 DI MACRO 1:1 VC USD lens gets the DXO mark stamp: Not as good optically as its predecissor, but not bad generally, and comes with Image Stabilization.

"Before making a buying decision, you need to work out if a macro lens is for you. Clearly if you want to shoot macro images, the answer is yes, but how about if macro is not at the top of your list? Well, macro lenses are actually some of the most versatile around, especially when they fall around the 90mm focal length, because they make very good portrait lenses that are sharp and offer a fast maximum aperture to help achieve a shallow depth of field. Many models now also include some form of image stabilization as well making them great in hand-held low light shooting. . . . read more

Tamron SP 90 mm f/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD lens review at LensTip: Sensational image quality in the frame centre up from the maximum relative aperture, very good image quality on the edge of the frame on APS-C/DX and full frame and negligible CA.

 the Tamron SP 90 mm f/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD

"Looking at the list of pros and cons, published above, and comparing the results of other lenses, tested by us in particular categories it is pretty transparent that all 90–105 mm stabilized macro lenses keep a similar, very high level. It doesn’t mean that there are no differences between them. The best performance seems to be presented by the Canon 2.8/100L IS USM which in many categories topped the list and had practically no slip-ups. Right behind it there are the Tamron and the Nikkor and the Sigma fares the worst. . . . read more

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Review at the PhotographyBlog: Excellent, but let's wait for the street prices to settle down.

It will be interesting to follow Tamron's SP (Superior Performance) venture into the marketplace. While Tamron has seemingly made every effort to match the big two in features, build and optical performance, they lost the one big advantage they had over the years: the usually much lower price.

"Image quality is generally excellent at the 70mm, 100mm and 135mm focal lengths, with fantastic sharpness virtually throughout the aperture range. Chromatic aberrations are very well controlled and flare is only ever an issue when shooting . . . read more

Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD review at PhotographyBlog: Generally excellent, but costs more than comparable lenses by Canon and Nikon.

Tamron Di macro SP 90mm f/2.8 VC USD

"The Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD is an excellent update of Tamron's very popular 90mm lens, with the new optical construction offering great image quality and lovely smooth bokeh, and the built-in image stabilisation increasing its versatility to include hand-held as well as tripod-mounted photography. The auto-focus system is fast and accurate enough to also make the lens useful as a short telephoto for portraits when used on a full-frame camera." . . . read more

Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD Lens review at PhotoRevue: The new 90mm macro is a big step-up from the previous model and comparable in quality to the other top SLR macro lenses made by Canon and Nikon.

Tamron's new 90mm macro lens, sans hood.

"he stabilisation system in the Canon and Nikon versions is the latest version of Tamron's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) technology. As before, it uses voice coil motors to activate the shake-compensating lens group electromagnetically via three ceramic balls.  The new system has a lighter moving coil attached to the VC element reducing the load on the drive system. (Lenses with Sony mounts lack stabilisation as it's provided in the camera bodies.) . . . read more

Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Review at Ephotozine: Optics, construction, but also a price that matches the other big stars in the league.

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

"Distortion is very well controlled throughout the zoom range. At 70mm only 0.645% barrel distortion is present, which is replaced with 0.42% pincushion distortion at 200mm. If straight lines are paramount, then you'll be pleased to learn that the distortion pattern is uniform across the frame, making it relatively easy to correct in image editing software afterwards, although this distortion is so mild, very few people will actually need to apply any corrections. . . . read more

Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro VC USD Lens Review at Ephotozine: As good, and as expensive as any quality 90mm macro lens we've seen so far.

Tamron SP 90MM F/2.8 DI MACRO 1:1 VC USD  review test

"Even with the inclusion of Vibration Compensation, this lens isn't much heavier than it's predecessor, striking a good balance between the use of high quality materials and construction and light weight. Weighing about 550g and being just short of 123mm long, it balances well on the Canon EOS 5D MkII used for testing. The lens sports a moisture resistant design and a thin rubber gasket has been placed around the metal lens mount to help prevent the ingress of dust and moisture into the camera body. . . . read more

Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD First Test at Ephotozine: Excellent resolution, minimal Chromatic aberration, looks like we've got a winner.

"We've got the new Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD lens in for testing, and are currently putting together our full review, but in the meantime, feel free to have a look at our sample photos and test data from the lens. We are testing the lens on the Canon EOS 5D Mark II."

Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Review at Camera Labs

Tamron's intention with the SP (Special Performance) line is to play in the league of big boys, like Canon's "L" lenses, but at a lower price point. The experiment has been mostly successful:

"Focus accuracy and repeatability is critical to consistently produce sharp shots. Repeatability (the accuracy of focus on the same subject after repeated focus-acquisition) of this lens is excellent with no outliers over a series of 20 shots. And there is . . . read more

Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD review by Nasim Mansurov

"Just like the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G, the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 feels very solid in hands. Although its barrel is made of plastic (versus the all-metal construction of the Nikon 24-70mm) it does not have a cheap or “plasticky” feel to it at all. Keep in mind that plastic does not expand and contract like metal does when temperatures change quickly, which can actually prolong the life and performance of a lens. All new Nikon AF-S primes, even the most expensive ones like the Nikon . . . read more

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Currently in developement)

Tamron Press Release

The most compact*1 full-size, high-speed telephoto zoom lens, delivering leading-edge image quality with Tamron’s proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) and USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive).

SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A009) . . . read more

Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Currently in developement)

Tamron Press Release

Tamron announces the redesign of their legendary 90mm Macro lens, equipped with VC (Vibration Compensation) and USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive)

SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Model F004) . . . read more

Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Review at the Photography blog

This phrase from the review sums it up really well:

"Tamron's lens doesn't have quite the same build-quality as the Big Two, but the USM focusing is fast and quiet, the construction is shower-proof and most importantly the image quality is excellent." . . . read more

Tamron SP AF 200-500mm F/5-6.3 Di LD (IF) review at photodo

"Sigma currently offer two lenses of a similar range. Their 150-500mm lens costs £695 and has optical stabilisation and a silent, hyper sonic focusing motor. They also offer a similar 120-400mm lens, which apart from being 100mm shorter at the long end is £100 cheaper than the 150-500mm. Sigma also offer a 500mm f/4.5 prime lens for those absolutely serious about the 500mm focal length. As a result it

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