differences

Reasons to consider the Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Canon EF

Has a constant aperture Yes vs No
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Constant aperture lenses offer the same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
Significantly narrower aperture f/32 vs f/22
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At its narrowest, the SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Canon EF goes 1.1 f-stops narrower
Wider aperture f/2.8 vs f/4
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At its widest, the SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Canon EF captures slightly more light (1 f-stop)
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Canon EF Learn more about
the Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Canon EF

Reasons to consider the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II

Better image stabilization Canon IS II vs Tamron VC
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Less risk of blur
Shorter 108 mm vs 188 mm
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More than 40% shorter
Lighter 390 g vs 1.5 kg
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3.8x lighter
Has a silent focus motor Generic motor vs Tamron USD
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Focuses quickly and silently
Smaller diameter 70 mm vs 86 mm
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Around 20% smaller lens at the end
More zoom 4.5x vs 2.9x
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Around 60% more zoom, giving you more flexibility for photos
Cheaper $124.98 vs $899.00
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The best price we've seen is $774 cheaper (7.2x less)
Better telephoto 250 mm vs 200 mm
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Around 30% more reach, less perspective distortion
Slightly better wide angle 55 mm vs 70 mm
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More than 20% better wide angle
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Learn more about
the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II

similarities

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Canon EFTamron VC
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS IICanon IS II
Max focal length Good telephoto Help
SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Canon EF200 mm
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II250 mm
Auto focus Auto focus Help
Easier to use
Prime lens Both are zoom lenses Help
Typically not as sharp as prime lenses

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Min focal length Good wide-angle Help
SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Canon EF70 mm
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II55 mm

LensHero is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

competitors

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Competitors

Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Canon EF

Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Canon EF

Macro lens

$118 - $129

Max focal length Better telephoto
Magnification Slightly more magnification
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount

Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount

Wildlife lens

$180 - $348

Diameter Slightly smaller diameter
Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III

Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III

Wildlife lens

$120 - $199

Wide minimum Significantly narrower aperture
Max focal length Better telephoto
Image stabilization No image stabilization

Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Canon EF Competitors

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM

Macro lens

$1,299

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Wide minimum Significantly wider aperture
Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Canon EF

Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Canon EF

Wildlife lens

$449

Max focal length Better telephoto
Weight Lighter
Fixed aperture Has a variable aperture
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD Macro Canon EF

Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD Macro Canon EF

Sports lens

$769

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Weight Slightly lighter
Image stabilization No image stabilization

discussion Which do you think is better?

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