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Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD Macro Nikon F

Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD Macro Nikon F

"It's a great lens, definitely worth saving the money from the Nikon 70-200mm. It's great for portraits as well, and it's more durable and sturdy than I expected." bhphotovideo.com

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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 89 mm
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Length 193 mm
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Weight 1.1 kg
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Zoom range 2.9x
#2

Pentax SMC DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 ED SDM

Pentax SMC  DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 ED SDM

"The build quality seems top notch, no play in the focus or zoom rings at all, and very smooth action of both." bhphotovideo.com

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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 76 mm
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Length 137 mm
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Max focal length 135 mm
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Focus motor Pentax SDM
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Weight 0.7 kg
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Zoom range 2.7x
#3

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 35-100mm f/2.8

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 35-100mm f/2.8
 
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Quite short
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99 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 69 mm
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Length 99 mm
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Max focal length 100 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Min focal length 35 mm
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Weight 360 g
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Zoom range 2.9x
#4

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

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

"I bought this lens to take pictures of my sons select soccer games, with my f/5.6 lens the pictures would have a blur. The pictures I took this weekend are unbelievable. There was no blur and I took about 300 photos over two days." bhphotovideo.com

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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 89 mm
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Length 193 mm
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Weight 1.1 kg
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Zoom range 2.9x
#5

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

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM Canon EF
 
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More advanced image stabilization
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Sigma OS
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Diameter 86 mm
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Length 198 mm
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Focus motor Sigma HSM
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Weight 1.4 kg
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Zoom range 2.9x
#6

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

Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Canon EF
 
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More advanced image stabilization
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Tamron VC
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Image stabilization Tamron VC
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Diameter 86 mm
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Length 188 mm
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Focus motor Tamron USD
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Weight 1.5 kg
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Zoom range 2.9x
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Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD Macro Sony Alpha

Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD Macro Sony Alpha

"I love this lens! While it is a little heavy (I agree with the others), you get use to that quickly because of the quality." bhphotovideo.com

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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 89 mm
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Length 193 mm
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Weight 1.1 kg
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Zoom range 2.9x
#8

Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di USD Sony Alpha

Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di USD Sony Alpha
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 86 mm
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Length 188 mm
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Focus motor Tamron USD
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Weight 1.5 kg
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Zoom range 2.9x