The type of photography that you are planning to use is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated the Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 LD and the Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 VC USD for their suitability to various photography scenarios:
Size and Weight Comparison
Size of a lens is an important deciding factor when comparing two lenses.Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 VC USD is the longer of the two lenses at 197mm. The Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 LD with a length of 194mm is 3mm shorter. On the other hand, the Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 LD has a larger diameter of 90mm compared to Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 VC USD's 86mm diameter.
Weight of a lens is as important as its external dimensions, especially if you are planning to hand hold your camera and lens combination for longer periods. Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 LD weighs 1330g, which means it is 140g (9%) lighter than the Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 VC USD which has a weight of 1470g.
Below you can find the dimension and weight table of the 'Telephoto Zoom Lenses in Canon EF Mount for size comparison purposes.
Telephoto Zoom Lenses in Canon EF Mount for Size Comparison
Both Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 LD and Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 VC USD has the same Canon EF lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Canon EF lenses are Canon 1D X III, Canon 6D MII and Canon 5D MIV.
Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 LD is also available in Nikon F (FX) , Sony Alpha and Pentax KAF mounts.
Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 VC USD is also available in Nikon F (FX) and Sony Alpha mounts.
Both lenses have the same focal range of 70-200mm and the fastest aperture of F2.8.