Reviews and Problems with Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 Di VC USD
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Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 VC
1 August 2012
Excerpt: The Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD is a new 2.9x zoom that was announced April 2012 and is the first ever stabilized large-aperture standard-zoom compatible with full-frame DSLRs. With its gold-ring, constant f2.8 aperture, and a price-tag of around 1000 EUR it is in direct/fierce competition to Nikon's own professional AF-S 24-70/2.8G Nikkor or Canon's EF 24-70mm 2.8 II L USM. This makes it a very interesting lens that is indeed one-of-a-kind.
Excerpt: With smooth bokeh and a versatile zooming range, both Nikon and Canon full-frame shooters (e.g. Nikon D700 and Canon 5D Mk II) have continually relied on their respective 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses. The only problem? Canon’s option lands in around $1,300, while Nikon’s is nearly 2-grand, making the glass alone cost nearly as much as a base full-frame body.
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 more expensive offerings from Canon, Nikon and Sony.
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: 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. Unlike lenses in this range from the main camera manufacturers, this optic has Vibration Compensation, which should help to tame camera shake at low shutter speeds.
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. Those wishes appeared to fall upon deaf ears until this lens was announced. Kudos to Tamron for listening to the customer!
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. At less than half its competitors’ price, serious photographers will be well justified in buying the sharper-priced Tamron.
Pros: Sharp, Image-stabilized, Well built, Dependable
Excerpt: The Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD features a USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) that allows near-silent auto-focusing. Importantly, this solution allows instant manual override even when the focus mode switch is in the AF position. Focusing is fully internal, meaning the length of the lens always remains constant. In use, we found the focusing to be indeed very quiet, and pretty fast - but definitely not instantaneous - with the lens mounted to a Canon EOS 5D Mk III body.