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 II for their suitability to various photography scenarios:
Size and Weight Comparison
Size of a lens is an important deciding factor when comparing two lenses.Nikon 70-200mm f2.8G ED VR II is the longer of the two lenses at 209mm. The Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 LD with a length of 194mm is 15mm shorter. On the other hand, the Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 LD has a larger diameter of 90mm compared to Nikon 70-200mm f2.8G ED VR II's 87mm 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 210g (13%) lighter than the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8G ED VR II which has a weight of 1540g.
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 Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 LD and Nikon 70-200mm f2.8G ED VR II 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.