My initial findings Tamron 24-70 G2

Started Aug 22, 2018 | User reviews thread
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Stacey_K Veteran Member • Posts: 8,945
My initial findings Tamron 24-70 G2

Got one of these a few weeks ago and have been able to shoot several events with it. Unlike some other reviews, I found the AF to be very good across the range out of the box. The VC is AMAZING and I couldn't be happier with the sharpness and the overall performance of the lens.

BUT... (isn't there always something?) I have found shooting outdoor events the bokeh is a bit on the harsh side. I haven't tried turning off the VC outdoors in decent light to see if it might be introducing this? I am a self proclaimed bokeh whore and shoot with prime lenses like the Nikon 58 1.4G and the old 85mm f1.4D known for bokeh over outright sharpness so I'm probably being picky. I've honestly not used a zoom in this range with what I would call outstanding bokeh but felt I had to mention it.

For indoor events, I haven't noticed it and honestly, this lens and this focal length range is more useful indoors anyway. I can see going back to my 58G/80-200 f2.8 or 35G/80-200 f2.8 combo for outdoor events.

I'm going to give it 4 stars, great build quality, AF works nice, VC is amazing and sharpness is there. I have to personally take one star off for the bokeh.

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Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 Di VC USD G2
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