Reviews and Problems with Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 Di VC USD
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20 May 2013
Summary: The Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD is the first fast standard zoom for full frame cameras to feature optical image stabilization. Its combination of impressive optics, effective autofocus and image stabilization systems, and drip-proof construction makes it a compelling alternative to the much...
Pros: Extremely good optics, Highly effective image stabilization, Silent, accurate focusing, Impressive flare resistance, Very good build quality including sealing, Competitive price compared to camera manufacturers' equivalents
Cons: Unpleasant vignetting at F2.8 on full frame at the telephoto end, Slightly less-fast autofocus than Canon or Nikon equivalents (but far from slow), AF and VC switches rather stiff, difficult to change quickly
Excerpt: The announcement of the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens raised more than a few eyebrows. For many years, photographers (including me) have been requesting a full frame compatible 24-70mm f/2.8 lens with optical image stabilization.
Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD: A Constant Aperture “Full Frame” Zoom
6 May 2013
Summary: Okay, I would have preferred the lens to accept 77mm instead of 82mm filters, since my accessories top out at 77mm, and large glass circular polarizers are an expensive proposition, but that’s the price you pay for fast glass. That said, I never once felt at cross-purposes with the lens.
Excerpt: The Tamron SP 24–70mm f/2.8 Di VC lens is a fast lens designed to work with full-frame cameras (but it will work with smaller sensors, too). It’s available for Canon, Nikon, and Sony; however, the Sony version doesn’t include vibration compensation (VC) because Sony DSLRs already have that feature...
Pros: Image quality; VC; price
Cons: Very slight vignetting and barrel distortion
Excerpt: This highly anticipated lens from Tamron covers the popular 24-70mm range with a fast constant aperture of f/2.8. It is one of Tamron's 'SP' lenses, which denotes that it should be able to produce professional quality results.
Conclusion: The Tamron SP 24–70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD lens does what its big-name competitors can’t do. It allows you to take sharper handheld photographs in all lighting conditions without compromising quality.
Pros: Sharp, Image-stabilized, Well built, Dependable
Excerpt: A full frame 24-70 mm fixed f/2.8 aperture lens is an instrument aimed mainly at professionals which need an all-purpose, fast tool. A tool that will provide an excellent image quality and won’t let you down during many hours of intensive working.
Cons: weak performance by maximum relative aperture and middle of the focal range,, huge moustache distortion at the widest angle of view,, significant spherical aberration near the maximum focal length,, vignetting on full frame is noticeably higher than that of the rivals,, work against bright light ...
Summary: Image stabilisation is deemed surplus by many in a lens like this, but I find it useful for low-light work as it increases the versatility of this high-quality, general-purpose optic. Build quality is good, although I would like to see a couple of tweaks to the handling, such as a wider focus ring.
Tamron AF 24-70mm f/2.8 SP Di USD VC (Canon EOS) - APS-C Review / Lens Test
1 June 2012
Conclusion: The Tamron AF 24-70mm f/2.8 SP Di USD VC already delivered very good results in the full format scope so it's not a surprise that the APS-C results are even better! The resolution characteristic is almost flawless with an excellent center from f/2.8 up to f/8 and a very good outer image region.