Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD

Announced Feb 6, 2012 •
Zoom lens | Canon EF, Nikon F (FX), Sony/Minolta Alpha | A007
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Announced Feb 6, 2012

The Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD includes both Tamron’s proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization to reduce shake and its USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) motor, enabling speedy, silent autofocusing. This SP (Super Performance) series lens makes full use of specialized glass elements in its lens layout, designed with top priority on image quality, including three LD elements and two XR (Extra Refractive Index) elements.

Overall, we're extremely impressed with the Tamron 24-70mm F/2.8 VC. It demonstrates that it's entirely possible to add an effective image stabilization system to a lens of this type without a significant drop in quality elsewhere. The optics are excellent, the autofocus fast, silent and accurate, and the build quality very good indeed. The Tamron comes so close to the much more expensive non-stabilized Canon and Nikon lenses, both optically and operationally, that it's difficult to see why most enthusiast photographers might choose to buy them instead.

Quick specs
Lens type Zoom lens
Focal length 24–70 mm
Image stab. Yes (VC (Vibration Compensation))
Lens mount Canon EF, Nikon F (FX), Sony/Minolta Alpha
Max aperture F2.8
Min aperture F22.0
Min focus 0.38 m (14.96)
Max magnification 0.21×
Weight 825 g (1.82 lb)
Length 117 mm (4.6)

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Our review

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.

Good for: Enthusiast and semi-professional photographers looking for a high quality fast zoom for full frame cameras.

Not so good for: Photographers who require the very fastest autofocus and most robust construction. Owners of APS-C/DX cameras may find lenses in the 17-50mm F2.8 class offer a more useful focal length range.

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