Top Result: Tamron SP 70-200MM F/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Nikon

Match Score



  • Very convenient focal length
  • Excellent build quality
  • 95 percent as good as the Nikon 70-200, for half the cost
  • Works on crop sensor or full frame cameras
  • Excellent sharpness


  • A good deal compared to the Nikon, but still an expensive lens

Note From Jim

This choice is pretty easy. I would absolutely recommend a Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 as my first choice. It's a fantastic lens, but it costs over $1,000. So if that's not in the budget, go to choice two, and three, and four. The 85mm is another very good lens and is much less expensive, but also less versatile. This is really a budget-driven decision.