Tamron lens gives photographers an extra dimension
Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 Di VC USD. Price: €1,450. Rating: *****
There was a time when you had to buy same-brand lenses to be guaranteed of the best available optical quality for your camera. Japanese firm Tamron is going a long way to dispelling this perception with some of its new lenses.
A case in point is its recent 70-200mm F2.8 model - a piece of glass designed to appeal mainly to professional photographers because of its flexibility in switching between high-end portraiture and general use.
For Canon users, the standard-bearer has been Canon's 70-200mm F2.8L ISii, renowned among professional photographers for its high performance and robust build. Tamron's rival performs very favourably in most regards, even beating Canon's lens for definition and clarity in some tests I carried out on it.
Its image stabilisation (which it calls 'vibration control') works well and will appeal to videographers. It's relatively weathersealed, too, with a mixture of metal and rubber. It comes with its own hood and a bespoke tripod brace.
Is it better than Canon's lens? I couldn't discern a significant difference in the test shots between the two. However, there is one key difference: price. Tamron's lens is at least €600 cheaper than the best price that I've seen Canon's equivalent at. If you're looking for a top quality professional lens, I doubt this will disappoint.