Tamron 70-200 mm f2.8 G2 (SP series, Di VC, USD) Telezoom for Nikon and Canon

Telephoto lens Tamron 70-200 mm G2

With the SP 70-200 mm G2, Tamron has further developed its proven A009 model, which has been highly praised by customers, and has given the telephoto lens improvements across the board. According to Tamron, both optical performance and VC image stabilization, as well as the speed and accuracy of the autofocus, have been improved. Photographers who like to get closer will also be happy about the new model (A025), as the closest focusing distance has been reduced from 1,3 to 0,95 meters. The only "deterioration" is, in principle, that the G2 version of the lens is only available for Canon and Nikon cameras. Support for Sony cameras has disappeared.

Model for Nikon cameras

Tamron SP 70-200mm F / 2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens for Nikon black, A025N
  • Extremely high resolution and excellent contrast reproduction.
  • Outstanding image stabilization with up to 5 f-stops according to CIPA standard.
  • Extremely fast autofocus.

Model for Canon cameras

Tamron SP 70-200mm F / 2.8 Di VC USD G2 - for Canon EF, A025E, black
  • Extremely high resolution and excellent contrast reproduction.
  • Outstanding image stabilization with up to 5 f-stops according to CIPA standard.
  • Extremely fast auto focus. Membrane blades: 9. Angle of view: 34 ° 21 '- 12 ° 21'

 

With the G2 (model A025) Tamron has significantly improved the tried and tested telephoto lens. Unfortunately there is only one model for Canon and one for Nikon. The variant for Sony has not been further developed (Photo: Tamron).

With the G2 (model A025) Tamron has significantly improved the tried and tested telephoto lens. Unfortunately there is only one model for Canon and one for Nikon. The variant for Sony has not been further developed (Photo: Tamron).

Technical data of the Tamron SP 70-200 mm

Since the G2 model of the telephoto lens differs from the "old" A009 model in some specifications, I would like to briefly list the technical data here:

  • Model Number: A025
  • Focal length: 70 - 200 mm
  • Light intensity: F / 2,8
  • MOD (shortest setting distance): 0,95 m
  • Max. Reproduction ratio: 1: 6,1
  • Fiter size: 77 mm
  • Weight: 1500 g (Canon), 1485 g (Nikon)
  • Group elements: 17 - 23
  • Angle of view: 34 ° 21′-12 ° 21 ′ in full format / 22 ° 33′-7 ° 59 ′ in APS-C format
  • Number of aperture blades: 9
  • Smallest aperture: F / 22
  • Largest diameter x length: 88 x 193,8 mm
  • Accessories: lens hood, front. and back cover, lens pocket

Equipment and improvements of the Tamron SP 70-200 mm F / 2.8 G2 (model A025).

Price difference new and old model (A009 and A025)

Even if a lot has changed in the inner workings of the Tamron lens, the price difference to the old model (A009) is only marginal. The old Tamron 70-200 mm currently costs around 1216 EUR while the new model (G2, A025) at 1215 EUR does not even cost 50 EUR more. From this point of view, it is definitely worth buying the new model directly. Whether a switch from the old A009 to the A025 is worthwhile depends of course on the price for which the old Tamron 70-200 mm can still be sold. The old model (Tamron 70-200 mm Di VC USD) can be found on eBay classifieds at prices around 600 euros. An "upgrade" with the sale of the old lens would cost around 600 euros.

Extension of the focal length with teleconverter to 400 mm

For photographers who cannot get close enough to the action with the 200 mm focal length, Tamron has various teleconverters on offer with which the focal length can be extended to up to 400 mm. You can find a 1,4x and a 2,0x converter, but you should take the 2x converter directly, as the "smaller" model received significantly poorer ratings.

With the 2-fold teleconverter from Tamron you can do a 70-200 mm telephoto zoom on the 140-400 mm lens.

With the 2-fold teleconverter from Tamron you can do a 70-200 mm telephoto zoom on the 140-400 mm lens.

Of course, there is also a model for Canon connections and one for Nikon connections of the converter. You can find the corresponding links here:

 

Reviews of the lens by customers

On Amazon you can always find many customer ratings that can give you a good impression of the lens. I would like to single out a few customer testimonials that I find particularly interesting:

A customer who already owns the Nikon 70-200 mm f / 2,8G VR II had the Tamron 70-200 mm f / 2.8 VC G2 "compete" against the Nikon lens. The Tamron keeps up very well and even shows a smaller vignette. In terms of sharpness, there are also no compromises compared to the Nikon, although the Tamron reaches its full "sharpness" from f / 5,6. Only in terms of color reproduction does the customer have a slightly cooler picture compared to the Nikon Telezoom. However, this can easily be adjusted in post-processing.

The image stabilizer is highly praised by customers. With a shutter speed of 1 / 12s and 300 mm (he takes the Nikon D500, so that by converting with the crop factor you get 300 mm), he was still able to take reproducible, sharp photos. Compared to the Nikon VR II, the customer sees a stabilization advantage of 1,5 f-stops, because the Tamron simply stabilizes better. However, it is important that you first fully press the release button about one second after activation. If the stabilizer lacks this second, the images quickly become blurred.

Advantages of the Tamron lens compared to the Nikon VR II

I have these points too Customer rating on Amazon taken from:

  • Price advantage compared to Nikon VR II approx. 35-50%
  • very good value for money
  • 5 years manufacturing guarantee
  • The tripod base on the lens is compatible with Arca Swiss
  • very good autofocus
  • very good image stabilizer

Disadvantages of the Tamron 70-200 mm

Where there is light, there is usually also shadow and so there are the following points that customers complain about the Tamron lens:

  • The tripod base is so close to the lens housing that it is difficult to grab and hold there.
  • The auto focus motor is a bit noisy (other customers say: extremely quiet).
  • Zoom ring is at the front so that you can accidentally get to the focus ring.
  • The zoom ring can no longer be operated if the lens hood is attached the wrong way round.
  • The lens doesn't look quite as valuable as the more expensive Nikon.
  • When the aperture is open, photos of moving objects sometimes become blurred (one user had problems with this).
  • The direction of rotation of the zoom wheel works the other way around than with original Canon lenses.
  • The 1,5 kg dead weight plus the camera weight is clearly noticeable if you want to take photos with your hand for a long time.

Overall, the few negative reviews of this lens seem to be due to defective goods. Some customers write that the focus is not "right" at all and others are enthusiastic about the sharp photos. For me, this suggests that some of the lenses we shipped simply have a defective autofocus. A customer also wrote that everything would be fine after replacing the lens.

Focal length-specific adjustment with a tap-in console

A recommendable purchase as an accessory is probably the Tamron tap-in console. This can be used, for example, to carry out firmware updates and fine-tune the autofocus based on certain focal lengths. This has led to even better results for some customers.

46,00 EUR
Tamron TAP-01N Tap-in Console for Nikon black
  • Adjust the functions of the selected TAMRON lens.
  • Focus adjustment.
  • Tap-in console

If you want to look at or buy the Tamron telephoto lens with 70-200 mm, you can do so using the following product boxes:

Model for Nikon

Tamron SP 70-200mm F / 2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens for Nikon black, A025N
  • Extremely high resolution and excellent contrast reproduction.
  • Outstanding image stabilization with up to 5 f-stops according to CIPA standard.
  • Extremely fast autofocus.

Model for Canon

Tamron SP 70-200mm F / 2.8 Di VC USD G2 - for Canon EF, A025E, black
  • Extremely high resolution and excellent contrast reproduction.
  • Outstanding image stabilization with up to 5 f-stops according to CIPA standard.
  • Extremely fast auto focus. Membrane blades: 9. Angle of view: 34 ° 21 '- 12 ° 21'

Video review of the Tamron 70-200 mm in the G2 variant

In this video, ValueTechTV takes a look at the new edition of the Tamron classic. The evaluation is consistently positive and shows that Tamron did not get it wrong and much right when revising its popular predecessor. Thanks to the internal image stabilizer, handheld shots in low light are also no problem, so that beginners can definitely recommend the Tamron SP 70-200 mm G2 as a better alternative to the predecessor.

 

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1 comment

  1. Robert says:

    The previous version of Sony was only available for the old A-mount. Tamron never released the lens for the current E-mount. It is therefore understandable that Tamron is now restricting itself to Canon and Nikon, although an inexpensive 70-200 / 2.8 for Sony (and also the new mirrorless mounts from Canon and Nikon!) Would be desirable.
    The (old) Sony version that I was holding in my hand was really disappointingly blurry at f / 2.8. From f / 4 it was fine. Everyone should test for themselves whether the sharpness with open aperture is sufficient for them - because why pay (and drag) f / 2.8 when you only use it at f / 4.

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