Tamron 24-70 vs. Nikon 24-70...Worth the price difference?

Started Oct 29, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Tamron 24-70 vs. Nikon 24-70...Worth the price difference?
In reply to Jose Rocha, Oct 29, 2012

Jose Rocha wrote:

If sharpness is your only concern then the Tamron may be the best value, but in all other things the Nikkor is the best (besides the VC, of course).

The tonal gradations, ability to shoot against the sun keeping contrast on a high level, color "pop" and bokeh are on a higher level, making the Tamron seem too expensive. I don't know if the Nikkor is too expensive or not, but probably both are There's no real competition to the Nikkor unless you switch to Canon.

From what I've seen, the Tamron is very good but I think it's overpriced compared to the Sigma 24-70 HSM II. Both look mostly the same optically, the difference is that the Tamron has VC and the Tamron seems to be more flare resistant. Both have 82mm filter threads.

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I'm sorry, but this is simply not true. There is absolutely no noticeable differences in "tonal graduation" and "color pop." Bokeh was about the same. As I still owned the Nikon 24-70 at the time I "wanted" to prefer the Nikon, but the Tamron was really in the same league overall. You'd really be picking nits to choose one over the other for IQ.

As I said, the VC works very well and my friend is enjoying the Tamron's ability to shoot handheld at very low shutter speeds. Other than that there are really no reasons you couldn't produce pretty much identical results with either, assuming your skills were at a level to explore them.

Cheers,

Robert

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