We finally got some decent non rainy weather here in Seattle, so I decided it would be the perfect chance to get out there and really test out the Tamron SP 70-200mm f2.8 DI VC. I grabbed my trusty Nikon d7100 threw on my trusty Black Rapid sport strap and then went for the big gun. First thing that I noticed was that this bad boy was heavy! It felt so solid and well built, I immediately started to smile. I told my daughter to put on her sneakers and we both headed off for the play park.
Once we got there I played around with the zoom to kind of get a feel for it. The zoom was very smooth and not loose like my old nikon 55-200mm 3.5-5.6. The autofocus is fast, unless you're a pro sports photographer whose job depends on getting every shot, this lens's autofocus is plenty fast. The vibration control/reduction on this lens is amazing. When looking through the view finder it really snags the image and reduces nearly all camera shake. I had now issues at all with this lens. The hardest thing for me was getting used to the weight. Going from a almost all plastic 55-200mm, to this beast is a big jump. But man is it worth it. I highly recommend the Tamron SP 70-200mm f2.8 DI VC. I am so glad that I went with this over the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 and saved myself well over $1000.