The type of photography that you are planning to use is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated the Tokina 70-200mm F4 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 Tokina 70-200mm F4 with a length of 168mm is 29mm shorter. Besides being longer, the Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 VC USD also has a larger diameter of 86mm compared to Tokina 70-200mm F4's 82mm 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. Tokina 70-200mm F4 weighs 980g, which means it is 490g (33%) 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 Nikon F (FX) Mount for size comparison purposes.
Telephoto Zoom Lenses in Nikon F (FX) Mount for Size Comparison
Both Tokina 70-200mm F4 and Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 VC USD 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 VC USD is also available in Canon EF and Sony Alpha mounts.