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 Nikon 70-200mm f2.8G ED VR for their suitability to various photography scenarios:
Size and Weight Comparison
The size of a lens is an important deciding factor when comparing two lenses. Nikon 70-200mm f2.8G ED VR is the longer of the two lenses at 215mm. The Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 LD with a length of 194mm, is 21mm shorter. On the other hand, the Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 LD has a larger diameter of 90mm compared to the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8G ED VR's 87mm diameter.
The 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 Nikon 70-200mm f2.8G ED VR which has a weight of 1470g.
Below you can find the dimension and weight table of the Telephoto Zoom Lenses in Nikon F (FX) Mount for size comparison purposes.
Telephoto Zoom Lenses in Nikon F (FX) Mount for Size Comparison
Both the Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 LD and the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8G ED VR has the same Nikon F (FX) lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Nikon F (FX) lenses are Nikon D6, Nikon D780 and Nikon D3500.
Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 LD is also available in Canon EF , Sony Alpha and Pentax KAF mounts.
Both lenses have the same focal range of 70-200mm and the fastest aperture of F2.8.