Tamron 70-210mm F4 Di VC

Announced Sept. 7, 2018


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The Tamron 70-210mm F4 Di VC USD is a lightweight telephoto zoom lens for DSLR cameras that comes in at an MSRP of $799 / £699 / €799, undercutting its Nikon and Canon competitors significantly. Despite the wallet-friendly price tag, the Tamron offers solid build quality and good optical performance. Let's dig into the details of how this lens stacks up.


Good sharpness at F4, particularly at the long end of the zoom
Fringing (chromatic aberration) is well-controlled
Out-of-focus highlights are impressively smooth
Vibration Compensation is very effective
Represents great value for money
Solid build quality, weather sealed
Internal zoom and focus
Distortion well-controlled
Good minimum focus distance


Ergonomics can be hit and miss
Autofocus motor slower than first-party options
Shooting at minimum focus distance and max zoom can leave your subjects looking slightly hazy
Patterns in flare can be distracting
No focus limiter
AF can hunt moving from near to far objects

Quick Specs

Lens Type Zoom lens
Focal length 70–210 mm
Image stab. Yes
Lens mount Canon EF, Nikon F (FX)
Max Aperture F4
Minimum aperture F32
Minimum Focus 0.95 m (37.4″)
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