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Tamron releases image-stabilized 24-70mm F2.8 zoom

By dpreview staff on Feb 6, 2012 at 16:34 GMT
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Tamron has announced a 24-70mm F2.8 zoom for full frame cameras that features inbuilt optical stabilisation - a first in this class of lens. The SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD, to give it its full name, also incorporates an Ultrasonic Silent Drive motor for autofocus, which allows full-time manual focus. The lens is moisture-resistant, and features a circular aperture diaphragm for the attractive rendition of background blur. It will be produced in Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts, with price and availability to be confirmed at a later date.

Press release:

 Tamron develops full-size, high-speed standard zoom with built-in image stabilization – SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A007)

With class-leading resolution and Tamron’s proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation)

February 6th, 2012, Saitama, Japan - Tamron Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of optical equipment, announced the development of the SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A007), a full-size high-speed standard zoom lens equipped with VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization and USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive), with resolution at the top of its class.

The price and availability of the SP 24-70mm will be announced at a later date.   

Product Features

  1. A full-size, high-speed standard zoom with built-in VC ( Vibration Compensation). Even when shooting in low-light conditions with a slow shutter speed to render sharpness, Tamron’s acclaimed VC allows for stable handheld camera work, to more fully enjoy the benefits of this high-speed zoom lens.
  2. Uses special high-grade glass in the three LD elements, three glass molded aspherical lenses, one hybrid aspherical lens and two XR (Extra Refractive Index) glasses, delivering top-of-the-class quality images suited to this high-grade lens. Using a rounded diaphragm, the lens achieves gorgeous blur effects. This rounded diaphragm retains a nearly circular shape even when taken two stops down from its fully open state.
  3. Features Tamron proprietary USD ( Ultrasonic Silent Drive) to power a speedy AF drive together with a continuous manual mechanism.  
  4. This high-speed standard zoom lens has a wide-end focal length of 24mm that expands the photographic area.
  5. The lens adopts the new technology including the latest optical design, VC ( Vibration Compensation) image stabilization and USD ( Ultrasonic Silent Drive), all in a lighter and more compact package.
  6. Moisture-resistant construction helps prevent water from penetrating the lens.

Specifications:

Model A007 
 Focal length 24-70mm
 Maximum aperture F/2.8 
 Angle of view (diagonal) 84°04’ -34°21’ (for full frame 35mm format cameras)
60°20’ -22°33’ (for APS-C format cameras)
 Lens construction 17 elements in 12 groups
 Minimum focus distance 0.38m (15.0 in) 
 Maximum magnification ratio 0.20x
 Filter size 82mm 
 Length 108.5mm* 
 Diameter 88.2mm
 Weight 825g* 
 No. of diaphragm blades 9 (rounded diaphragm) 
 Minimum aperture F/22
 Standard accessories  Flower-shaped lens hood
 Compatible mounts  Canon, Nikon, Sony**

* Length and weight values given are for the Nikon mount
** The Sony mount does not include VC, because the body of Sony digital SLR cameras includes image stabilization functionality. The product name for Sony cameras is “SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di USD” without the VC designation

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Total comments: 191
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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Feb 6, 2012)

I see a lot of comments about price. Is it listed somewhere or is it all speculation?

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CrunchyLens
By CrunchyLens (Feb 6, 2012)

Generally speaking Tamron, Sigma and Tokina price their "equivalent" (i.e. ones that have a 1st party counterpart) at a lower price point. By how much varies greatly, and there are exceptions (the sigma 50mm f/1.4 for example) and most of the time the lower price is deserving due to lower image quality indicative of the "you get what you pay for" lens ecosystem.

In this case I am more hopeful, and would happily purchase this over the 24-70 II if the IQ is up to snuff.

tl;dr: speculation.

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Tommaso Lorusso
By Tommaso Lorusso (Feb 6, 2012)

We hope that it does not have problematic of the other objectives tamron about CA.

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CrunchyLens
By CrunchyLens (Feb 6, 2012)

I am so excited by this lens, ever since I saw the announce this morning on PR, however the headline says "releases". Totally got my hopes up DPR :(

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Jens_G
By Jens_G (Feb 6, 2012)

I recently sold my Canon 24-70 to fund the purchse of 35 and 85mm primes - I'm 99% sure I'm getting this.

3 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Feb 6, 2012)

I guess if you must still use a full-frame 135-type sensor digital camera, this thing could be as good as any lens for it.

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Absolutic
By Absolutic (Feb 6, 2012)

I got really excited about it at first when I noticed the ad, thinking, wow, Nikon 24-70 is $1700 and it is a monster in terms of weight. I used one during a wedding and my arm was ready to give up at one point. So I see this, and thinking to myself, a light little Tamron 24-70 F/2.8 for $600 probably, where do I sign up. Yes the ring AF will be slower of course, but who cares for half the price? Then I look at the picture and see 82mm filter, and all my excitement is starting to vanish. Then I look at the specs for weight and see close to 900 grams.... Not so excited now

2 upvotes
matt lit
By matt lit (Feb 6, 2012)

You're joking right? You don't get 2.8 with a small diameter...at $600 I can sell my Nikon used, buy this and bank some cash. AND image stabilization?

Sounds very good to me.

4 upvotes
Nick Gombinsky
By Nick Gombinsky (Feb 6, 2012)

You can get the Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 (non VC) for $450, and it weighs around 500 grams.

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marike6
By marike6 (Feb 6, 2012)

@Nick Gombinsky While back I was thinking of the 28-75 2.8 for my 5D, until I read the Photozone test of this lens. Seems it's not so great on FF as it pretty soft at the edges of the frame, unlike the 17-50 2.8 which is about as good as it gets in this class of lens.

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vagtanklan
By vagtanklan (Feb 6, 2012)

The 28-75 is at least sharp wide open - none of the three 17-50mm I have had have been anywhere near as sharp.

Yes, the 28-75mm has corner issues wide open, at the wide end. But concider these two samples at 28mm, and 75mm - both wide open. I for one could easily live with soft corners at the wide end as long as the center is sharp.

D700, 28mm, f/2.8
http://www.flickr.com/photos/emmkayfive/6113631906/in/set-72157628292936503

D700, 75mm, f/2.8
http://www.flickr.com/photos/emmkayfive/6254228525/in/set-72157628292936503

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (Feb 6, 2012)

this interests me... given Canon hasn't yet offered an IS version of their EF24-70mm F2.8L yet.

so far, using their fastest prime 24s (EF f1.4L II and TSE 3.5L II), but wanted a fast f2.8L 24-70 w/ IS... on my ExpSim LV FF

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Don Richardson
By Don Richardson (Feb 20, 2012)

I'm in on this lens if it test out OK but would it work to buy one good 82mm CPL filter for the Tamrom 24-70 plus a step-down ring from 82-77 and use the same CPL for both the Tamron 24-70 f2.8 VC & Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS lenses?

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dylanbarnhart
By dylanbarnhart (Feb 6, 2012)

Any speculation on the price? It will be competitive at $999 market price, considering that the Sigma 24-70 2.8 HSM is $899 (without OS).

0 upvotes
snake_b
By snake_b (Feb 6, 2012)

Wonder how this stacks up against Canon's f2.8 24-70 on full frame cams.

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audijam
By audijam (Feb 6, 2012)

don't bother to compare the two.

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pomoville
By pomoville (Feb 6, 2012)

@audijam Yes, it makes little sense to compare a lens with IS to one without it, as the IS lens has a clear advantage. That said, it'll probably not be as sharp as the Canon.

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crustyjuggler66
By crustyjuggler66 (Feb 6, 2012)

Then switch of the IS, i want to see a comparison of the optics! Shooting at 2.8 on a bright sunny day the IS wouldn't make much of a difference in quality anyway.

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audijam
By audijam (Feb 6, 2012)

yeah i should mention IQ first. 24-70 with or without IS shouldn't matter that much though. i'd rather have IS on my 135L

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audijam
By audijam (Feb 6, 2012)

@crustyjuggler66....cannot agree more

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jtmon
By jtmon (Feb 6, 2012)

@pornoville since tamron's IS lenses seemingly historically have less IQ than their non IS versions it would seem to make sense to compare them.

0 upvotes
Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Feb 7, 2012)

@ jtmon, his name is pomoville, not porno ville. LOL.

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Joe P Doyle
By Joe P Doyle (Feb 6, 2012)

Brilliant well done Tamron, hope the focus speed is a little better than the 70-200mm

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ngollan
By ngollan (Feb 6, 2012)

825g for a standard zoom is a wee bit nuts. The unstabilised 28-75mm/2.8 weighs well under 600g and is already a clunker to lug around. Especially on an APS-C sensor, I'd really think twice about it.

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pomoville
By pomoville (Feb 6, 2012)

Evidently, the new Canon 24-70 II weighs more, even without IS.

4 upvotes
questionlp
By questionlp (Feb 6, 2012)

The Nikon version (which does not have VR/IS) weighs in at around 900g -/+ 10g. As good as the Nikon lens is, I can't justify the cost and size over three faster primes.

2 upvotes
hesbehindyou
By hesbehindyou (Feb 6, 2012)

The problem with the weight of the 24-70 f2.8 is the same as the problem with the weight of all the other 24-70 f2.8 zooms. Canon's new counterpart is external focusing and without IS partly to keep the weight down. One of the selling points of Tamron's old 28-75 f2.8 is the relatively low weight - absolutely NOT a clunker!

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bradleyg5
By bradleyg5 (Feb 6, 2012)

Pretty sad Tamron beats the major manufactures to the punch on this one. I have a sigma 24-70mm so this would be a logical step. If it comes in under or close to a grand I'm sold.

Canon and Nikon really should have developed one of these by now. Their large aperture primes is where you need the IS the most. shooting indoors at events.

To be able to confidently lock the shutter at 1/60th and the aperture at max then just put it on auto ISO, that sounds like a dream of a workflow, but my hands are just not quite stable enough to know I won't wreck any shots myself.

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Markoe Photoe
By Markoe Photoe (Feb 6, 2012)

This is just ahead of Canon's new 24-70 f2.8L II which also has an 82mm filter requirement and also the larger price tag. Curious how these two will compare on IQ.

3 upvotes
Vamp898
By Vamp898 (Feb 6, 2012)

The SP Lenses of Tamron (according to DxO (for sure both tested on the same body)) are the same quality than the L-Lenses of canon (1-3% tolerance, but cost only a 1/3 or even a 1/4.

This is a SP Lense too so i hope to see Canons ass kicked (they create awesome cameras for an awesome price but the L-Lenses are just exorbitant expensive)

Too sad that Tamron only have a handfull of lenses and only some of them are SP, but in the end, im lucky about one more =)

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photo_rb
By photo_rb (Feb 6, 2012)

Would you have a link for that DxO review?

Thanks.

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Absolutic
By Absolutic (Feb 6, 2012)

Not true as to SP, yes, that is what Tamron wants you to believe, but I have owned several SP Tamron lenses over the years and noticed nothing special about SP. I mean even their 28-105 F/2.8 which is the softest lens ever at F/2.8 was designated as SP, all the 17-50s and 28-75s are SP, 70-300 is SP. SP is not like "L"

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hesbehindyou
By hesbehindyou (Feb 6, 2012)

@ Absolutic

Yeah, SP is more akin to enthusiast, though IQ tends to be to a high enough standard the lack of USM is frustrating. Now they're adding that and IS into the mix I reckon things will start to get exciting for Tamron.

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Absolutic
By Absolutic (Feb 6, 2012)

@ hesbehindyou. I have experienced the latest Tamron lens with their version of USM (70-300 SP) Their version of ring USM unfortunately is much slower than Nikon, Canon, and even Sigma. Their IS is the best in industry, yes, although the picture jumps for a second when it is settling. But their USM is the poorest.

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Chriscosejo
By Chriscosejo (Feb 6, 2012)

This lens would be helpful for low light shooting and it's full frame. can't wait to see the reviews..........I hope this is not just another useless lens......there makin...........

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marcel smit
By marcel smit (Feb 6, 2012)

If this lens is as good as the Nikon version, i maybe buy one.
I can,t wait for the reviews. lets hope for the best......

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vallver
By vallver (Feb 6, 2012)

Just to be clear, does this work on an APSC sensor Canon? Or just Full-Frame?

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Mark B.
By Mark B. (Feb 6, 2012)

It's for full-frame Canon, which means EF mount - so yes, it will work on all Canon DSLRs.

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marike6
By marike6 (Feb 6, 2012)

It will work, but the 17-50 is a better choice for APS-C if you want the wide end.

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Faintandfuzzy
By Faintandfuzzy (Feb 6, 2012)

Finally!

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Infrabasse
By Infrabasse (Feb 6, 2012)

Pentaxians feeling the love :(

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Faintandfuzzy
By Faintandfuzzy (Feb 6, 2012)

As Pentax has no FF cameras...it shouldn't matter. As well, IS is built into the cameras....so this lens wouldn't work.

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ksgant
By ksgant (Feb 6, 2012)

FF lenses work on APS cameras you know. All of Pentax's legacy lenses will work on it...albiet with manual focus.

As for the IS, there's a little switch thingy that you can turn it off on the lens.

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xmeda
By xmeda (Feb 6, 2012)

It would work (function) but question is about how many can be bought = little profit for tamron.

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The Customer
By The Customer (Feb 6, 2012)

It would be great for my *ist DL, which DOESN'T have stabilization built-in...

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djwuk
By djwuk (Feb 6, 2012)

Well I hope it doesn't have the horrible plastic finish my 17-50 vc has and the af is vastly better with noisy whining and hunting .

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pete_mb
By pete_mb (Feb 6, 2012)

I don't think the 17-50 VC has the new USD focusing system does it? USD works pretty well on the 70-300 VC.

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marike6
By marike6 (Feb 6, 2012)

It appears to have the same finish as the 17-50 VC, which is quite nice. I have the 70-300 VC and I couldn't be happier with the build quality. If you want a metal barreled zoom, you'll need to go to the Nikon or Canon 17-55's. These lenses, at least the Nikon, will be double the price and weight, however.

As far a noise, my Tamron 70-300 VC is as quiet as can be.

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qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (Feb 6, 2012)

Great, I love choices, love stablization even more.

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Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul

82mm filter size is not nice for me. :(

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Mike Cialowicz
By Mike Cialowicz (Feb 6, 2012)

82mm filter. Bummer.

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Yiotis
By Yiotis (Feb 6, 2012)

didn't saw that, damn

well i' m happy with my 17-50 2.8

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Jens_G
By Jens_G (Feb 6, 2012)

It's not a bad thing. All other things equal, bigger = better IQ.
At this price it's an instant buy for me.

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aardvark7
By aardvark7 (Feb 6, 2012)

I don't know about other makes, but the main issue for me using third party lenses on a Sony is that the data for the lens in the microadjust system is not always correct.
Consequently, adjusting for one can overwrite that for another lens, leaving focus errors.
If Sony were to release all the background information and I could be sure of no conflicts, this would be of interest. As it is, Sony won't guarantee the body will support the lens properly and Tamron will almost certainy say their lens will work correctly, leaving the customer to discover the truth for himself!

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Archer66
By Archer66 (Feb 6, 2012)

Can't blame Sony for Tamrons unwillingness to get a license so Tamron can release lenses with proper unique ID.

Not to mention leaving VC out but still having same price.

Shame on Tamron !

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davidxyz
By davidxyz (Feb 6, 2012)

Great, if its on par with 28-75 f2.8 quality I'm there. At the very least it keeps pressure on Nikon to release an AFS-VR version. But the lens that needs the most attention is their 70-200. I think even adding USD alone to that lens would create a real winner.

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marike6
By marike6 (Feb 6, 2012)

I'm hoping it is significantly better IQ than their 28-75 2.8. The 28-75 is nice on APS-C, but on FF it is soft in the corners, and soft wide open. The Tamron 17-50 2.8 non-VC is the benchmark that I'm hoping it meets. If so, I will buy it as my 24-105 L is extremely heavy with f4 max aperture.

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Feb 6, 2012)

Amen. I've had several Tamron 28-75s and despite the rave reviews, they are pretty soft in the corners on full frame. What will be interesting to see with this new Tamron is how much variation there is from one lens to the next.

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Vasyl Tsvirkunov
By Vasyl Tsvirkunov (Feb 6, 2012)

I was somewhat disappointed with 28-75 when I got it. So I contacted Tamron and sent it in for free recalibration. The difference was huge. Been using that lens ever since and could not be happier. If I get another Tamron lens I will just send it for recalibration immediately.

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David Emery
By David Emery (Feb 6, 2012)

What's the filter size? 77mm?

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onlooker
By onlooker (Feb 6, 2012)

"Filter size 82mm" (specs above)

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photo perzon
By photo perzon (Feb 6, 2012)

Sorry I only buy mirror less now

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lol101
By lol101 (Feb 6, 2012)

And this is relevant because...??

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Feb 6, 2012)

and WHO cares what you do?

not even your mother!

4 upvotes
Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Feb 7, 2012)

Don't know why Olympus brings out the worst in people. I also shoot Olympus m4/3 but the forum section isn't worth visiting with all the wild claims of Olympus beating very camera.

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Feb 6, 2012)

okay now it will be interesting to see if Canon's New 24-75/2.8 will have IS or not

Two Issues I have with Tamron:
1: For Canon Version can they make the zoom ring to operate like Canon Lens? (you twist left to zoom in rather than the opposite)
2: I hope the AF really works flawlessly (had issues with the 70-300 USD on my 7D, some AF points didn't work with the lens)

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miejoe
By miejoe (Feb 6, 2012)

Sorry to break it to you - rumors point to no IS on Canon's new EF 24-70 f/2.8L II.

http://www.canonrumors.com/2012/02/canon-ef-24-70-f2-8l-ii/

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Bgn007
By Bgn007 (Feb 6, 2012)

IS with this new lens is what makes it unique. Assuming that the IQ is acceptable, it will most certainly force Canon to rethink their 24-70 f/2.8 line.

1 upvote
Carsten Pauer 2
By Carsten Pauer 2 (Feb 6, 2012)

Arrrrr... ...Excellent, one more Lens for me. ;-)

1 upvote
D1N0
By D1N0 (Feb 6, 2012)

The Sony won't have VC because it has in body stabilisation.(don't expect a lower price though).

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Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (Feb 6, 2012)

Will wait for the review. Atleast on paper this looks like a good fast standard zoom lens.

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