Tamron 90mm F/2.8 Macro and 70-200mm F/2.8

For those who can't afford the popular Canon versions (or maybe you just don't want to pay those price), these two alternative 90mm and 70-200mm Tamron lenses have just arrived at B&H. The 90mm F/2.8 Macro with VC would be a similar style lens as the Canon 100mm F/2.8L IS Macro, but is about 25% cheaper.

Tamron 90mm
Tamron 90mm F/2.8 Macro
Canon 100mm F/2.8L IS Macro Lens

The Tamron 70-200mm F/2.8 with VC is about $1000 dollars cheaper than the Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS. I use the Canon 70-200mm F/2.8 quite a bit in studio because i'm able to blur out backgrounds and narrow my field of view when shooting on 9ft backdrops. I sometimes find myself wanting a second 70-200mm lens for a second angle, and this new Tamron is looking like a good option.

Tamron 70-200mm
Tamron 70-200mm F/2.8
Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS II

13 thoughts on “Tamron 90mm F/2.8 Macro and 70-200mm F/2.8

  1. @ry, I have one of the latest 70-200mm 2.8 OS sigma's and I love it! I have used it on my t3i, 60d, 6d and 5dm3 and it has rocked on all of them. Very fast focusing, very sharp at 3.2-3.5ish and up. It is a tad soft at 2.8 tho.

  2. Emm

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    @Ry - The Sigma is very good also. I had an older one which had more noise during auto focus, but image is very nice from a Sigma.

  3. Ry

    Hi Emm,

    What are your thoughts on the Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Canon Mount compared to the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 SP Di VC USD Zoom Lens for Canon?

  4. Thanks Emm

    I think I mis-explained a bit though... I have no plan on selling anything. Whatever lens I get I plan on keeping for years. Just trying to figure out which one to buy.

    From your reply it sounds like you wouldn't recommend the tamron. I guess I just have to figure whether to get the 24-70 L or 70-200 L. The problem is, I want both. 🙂

    Thanks again.

  5. Emm

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    @Mark Fogarty - I might the wrong person to ask about purchasing lenses. For me personally, I think such lenses are an asset (not a loss). The great thing with the high end Canon L glass, is that if you wanted to sell it three years later, the resale value is very high. Maybe i'm always trying to justify the price, but I don't see myself spending $2000 dollars, just putting it into an asset that I will later sell to get my money back out (or at least a majority of it).

  6. Emm

    I'm getting ready to make a big lens purchase and would LOVE your advice.

    I shoot video for a living, 75% tripod shoots, 25% handheld, using a Canon 7D and the Canon 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8 and Tokina 11-16mm.

    I have been getting more and more into photography lately, but it's a hobby, not a paid gig.

    I had planned that my next lens would be Canon's 70-200mm 2.8 IS... but then I borrowed my friends Canon 24-70mm v1 for a handheld shoot... AND LOVED IT. That forced me to re-think my purchase and maybe get Canon's latest 24-70mm 2.8 instead.

    Here's my dilemma... the photographer in me wants the reach of the 70-200mm, but that doesn't pay the bills. The video-shooter in me wants the quality and flexibility of the 24-70mm, but wonder if I can continue to survive with my current primes. The budget conscious in me wants the Image Stabilized Tamron 24-70mm 2.8, but I'm concerned the photographer in me will hate the slower auto-focus on it.


    I would love your thoughts. btw... with all the help your blog has been to me over the years, I will certainly use your affiliate link to purchase from B&H.


  7. ever since buying the tamron 24-70 i've become a fan. the 90mm doesn't have a sufficient discount or superior performance to tempt me, but i'd seriously consdier their 70-200 if i needed another one.

    one thing to note is that their lenses, even canon mounts, turn in the nikon direction. i've gotten used to both directions but some people have trouble with it.

  8. Rob S.

    The Tamron that really has my eye is the 24-70 VC. Better than the old Canon 24-70 but not as good as the new one and with image stabilization. Sounds like a winner for video.

  9. Doc Hutch

    The price is a huge difference between the two 70-200's but the tamron 90 is only $150 cheaper than the Canon 100. I think I'd shell out a few more bucks for the canon.

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