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70-200mm f/2.8 – Nikon vs. Tamron


In this video our colleague Patrick Hall from Fstoppers tests 4 different 70-200mm lenses from both Nikon and Tamron to see which one is the best and which is the best value for money.

Both Nikon and Tamron released new 70-200mm lenses recently. Nikon updated their pro level zoom telephoto lens with a new version that has Fluorine coating and better optics and better image stabilization and without breathing (which was always a problem with the older version).

The new G2 70-200mm f/2.8 Tamron is also improved both in terms of the VC system for image stabilization and the image quality as well as the general build quality and design.

Hall seems to be pretty impressed with both the new lenses but given the huge difference in price it seems that for most users the G2 is simply a no brainier.

Here are the four lenses on this test and their prices – there is a huge difference betwen Nikon and Tamron and even a very big difference betwen the cost of the new and old Nikon lens.

  • Tamron SP 70-200MM F/2.8 DI VC USD – $1200.
  • Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC G2 – $1300.
  • Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II AF-S – $2100.
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR – $2800.

You can check out more of videos from our photography gear guides section here on LensVid.

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