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TamronSP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras
 
4.4

(based on 198 reviews)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (106)
  • Strong construction (98)
  • Consistent output (85)
  • Easily interchangeable (69)
  • Nice bokeh (69)

Cons

  • Heavy (57)
  • Slow focus (12)
  • Blurry focus (10)
  • Poor in low light (6)

Best Uses

  • Low light (117)
  • Weddings (91)
  • Landscape/scenery (84)
  • Video (58)
  • Night photography (53)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (65), Photo enthusiast (48), Pro photographer (35), Casual photographer (6), Photography student (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (155), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Jack of all trades

I shoot general photography, which includes all sorts of activity, from restaurant outings to gardening. When I bought this lens, I had currently owned the Canon 24-70mm L mark 1, and...Read complete review

I shoot general photography, which includes all sorts of activity, from restaurant outings to gardening. When I bought this lens, I had currently owned the Canon 24-70mm L mark 1, and loved that lens, except it didnt have IS, which is incredibly useful for video and low light. I found that my keeper rates have not changed going to the Tamron (if anything, it improved from great to excellent), but the sharpness had definitely improved at every focal length and aperture. I had to verify that it wasnt my imagination, so I tried a few tests on a tripod, using live view, and indeed the tamron was a tad sharper at every focal length and aperture on my full frame camera.

It's not the perfect lens though (I dont believe one exists!), it is the jack of all trades. VC is extremely competent, probably the best in the business. AF is not L fast, but fast enough that I dont miss shots, and even AI Servo works fine. The build quality is on par with the 24-105mm, very very solidly built. The bokeh does have issues(onion and a tad bit busy), but I've found them to be very minor with real world shots, and very easy to clean up. The color rendition is L level. Vignetting is kind of odd on this lens. The drop off is less overall than the mark 1, but where it actually vignettes, it's more pronounced. F2.8 is very sharp, from corner to corner, I have no hesitation shooting it wide open. There was no way I could get the canon 24-70mm Mark 1 to be as sharp as the tamron at F2.8. I was very suprised by that finding, but it is what it is.

In the end, it came down to a hard decision. Having a Canon L series lens is very comforting. You know that you've got the best tool made by the manufacturer. It had better bokeh, but was less sharp. It was built like a brick, and weighed like one too.... It didnt have VC no matter how you looked at it, and I found overall image quality slightly better on the tamron, since bokeh is mostly preferential, sharpness is not. It's not that the L is a poor performer, it's just that I found out that the Tamron is better, so I cant go back, it's no longer a logical decision if I did. I sold my L mark 1 after a few days of shooting and personal tests. Very happy with this lens.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Inaccurate Auto Focus

I am using this lens with Canon 5dmk III. I purchased the lens about three months ago. I was excited with the VC feature on this fast zoom range (one and only?)...Read complete review

I am using this lens with Canon 5dmk III. I purchased the lens about three months ago. I was excited with the VC feature on this fast zoom range (one and only?) 24-70.

Then I discovered inaccurate autofocus when I was using the left-most and right-most 3 columns AF points of 5dmk3. Not just slight out of focus but way off. Turned the lens in for service/calibrating. The technician said the lens has not been updated for the latest mk3. After a few days, I got the lens back, tested it, and the same problem still existed. Turned the lens in again for calibrating. Same result. The technician kept adjusting. As we were getting the closer to accurate, the center AF became compromised. Then we set back to default. Accurate center but inaccurate at edge.

Finally, I request for an exchange and they replaced it with another copy. Tessted the new copy, and I discovered the same problem. I talked to the technician and he said no idea why this happening. So they sent my sample images to Tamron Japan and still awaiting for replies until today i wrote this.

This is so frustrating, as I am using edge AF points 80-90% of the times. For still objects; shooting on tripod, I can AF with center point and pan. But for other cases (moving objects), in which I do the most, this method is not possible. I really wish Tamron will resolve this issue. I really like this lens but without accurate AF at all points, this lens does no good for me.

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5.0

Good enough for what I do.

By Aarron H.

from Saint Paul, MN

Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

My first choice are buy canon lens 24-70 f2.8. but change my mind go for tamron sp 24-70 f2.8, because I can save extra $ for buy others stuff.

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5.0

AF Micro Adjustment for the Win!!

By Jeff

from Huntsville, Alabama

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

    I got this lens after previously purchasing the Tamron 70-300mm and then the Tamron 70-200mm f28. I moved from a Canon 60D to the Canon 6D and purchased the Tamron 24-70mm f 2.8 ( mainly because I just love the results I have gotten with my previous 2 Tamron lenses. I shoot a lot at small music venues and it is pretty much always dark. I liked the 24-70mm out of the box, but realized early on that my images were soft ( unlike the 70-200mm, which were amazingly sharp ). I tinkered with the settings and eventually took some daylight shots only to discover that the images were still soft no matter the f-stop. After researching AF Micro-Adjustment on cameras and finding that luckily mine supported this option, I ran some tests and sure enough the AF was off both at 24 and 70mm. After making some compensation in the camera settings, I am proud to say that this Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 is a killer of a lens in sharpness and I am relieved and thrilled. In my research, I have discovered that lens are released from the factories with a plus/minus tolerance of focus acceptability. Whether or not your images will be sharp, will rely on the combination of that tolerance and the tolerance of acceptability that your camera was set to at the factory. If your camera was set more to the negative side and you purchase a lens that was also set to the negative side, then there is more of a chance that your images will be slightly out of focus ( focusing slightly in front or slightly behind your target). It doesn't mean you got a dud of a lens, it only means that an adjustment needs to be made either by the manufacturer or by you ( if your camera supports AF micro-adjustments or AF Fine-tuning ). There are many sites and Youtube videos that discuss making these adjustments and they are easy once you get your test situation set up. If you have a lens that seems to suffer from soft focus, I recommend you look into this ( as it was a life-safer for me ). I especially recommend it if you have purchased a 3rd party lens. I hope this was helpful. Have a great day and happy shooting .

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    5.0

    Tamron makes good products this my 3rd lens by tamron.

    By Vasco

    from Roseville, Ca

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Night Photography

      Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

      I do take a lot of indoor and night shots and this 2.8 lens helps a lot in those area's.

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      5.0

      Awesome lens!

      By Linden

      from Knoxville TN

      Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

      I'm basically a Canon-only lens user since I've only owned one non-Canon lens over the years. I owned the Ver I 24-70L f2.8 but wasn't happy with its sharpness, and I needed a bit more low light performance than my kit 24-105L could provide for weddings and low-light events. I sold them both, but with the new Canon 24-70 II f2.8's big price hike and STILL no IS, I started looking for other options. Tamron's 24-70 VC was getting very good reviews, so I decided to give it a shot (especially with some of the current rebates and a 6 yr warranty) and I'm extremely happy I did. It's sharper than either of my Canon lenses that it replaced, has VC that works amazingly well, and is only slightly larger and heavier than the 24-105L with similar build quality. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for an alternative to the 24-70L. While the Tamron isn't quite as sharp as the new 24-70 II, it's not far behind, but having excellent VC will assure that you actually get to use all of that sharpness in many more situations.

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      5.0

      Absolutely love it!

      By Logan

      from Colorado

      Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

      Did a lot of research before buying this lens and when I got it, it didn't disappoint. I had to do some AF micro adjusting to really dial it in but after that it was perfect!

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      5.0

      Great Lens

      By Orland

      from Orland

      Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

      Outstanding Lens. Beautifully sharp. Use with Canon 6D

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      4.0

      Great Lens Great Price

      By TI

      from Rayne, LA

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Blurry Focus

      Best Uses

        Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

        I'm compairng this lense to a Tamron 24-50 and a Sigma 18-200. Both sub $500.00 lens. I'm using a Canon 70D, known for focus issues when shooting f2.8 or wider. Compaired to the two lenses above, the 24-70 is a step up in both image sharpness and color. Focus is faster, and quiter. I don't shoot much video, but with this lense. focus is quite. VC makes videos look much better when handheld. Build quality is very good, but I've never used a Canon L lens. This lens is heavy, but I think this is a positive. Another area were this lens out performs the two lens above is image sharpness from 24 to 70mm. One down side is consiistant focus at f2.8. This may be my camera because I had same issue with the Tamron 24-50 at f2.8, so I can blame lens completely on this. Not sure how you can do better in this price range.

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        4.0

        Great lens. Hard to get use to

        By Facundo Luzardo

        from Montevideo, Uruguay

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

        Amazing in everything.
        But as a new user I can´t get over how hard the zoom is to turn and how counter intuitive it is coming from Canon and Sigma lenses since you zoom and focus the oposite way.

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        4.0

        Nice lens

        By BB

        from USA

        Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

        This was my first big lens purchase and I am happy with my decision! It's created some beautiful images for me.

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        5.0

        Awesome lens

        By Steve

        from Jacksonville, Fl

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

          Great walk around lens and fantastic for low light indoors. Good build and awesome IQ. Can't say enough good things about the Tamron 24x70

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          5.0

          Love it

          By JeannetteB

          from Rio Rancho, NM

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

            I have several Lseries lenses but Canon doesn't have this focal range at 2.8 with image stabilization. After much consideration and reading through the reviews I decided I had nothing to lose. If it didn't live up to my needs I would return it.
            As a portrait photographer, I haven't been disappointed! I've also shot a few landscape shots and I can't find anything to complain about. It's sharp! I love the heavy weight and size and the build quality is better than some. I also have the Tamron 70-300 SP VC that I've been using for years now and it continues to impress me. I'm looking forward to many years of use with this one. I've come to trust and believe in Tamron. They make a good product. What more can I say. Save yourself some money and get 2.8 with image stableization.

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            5.0

            Tamron Lens

            By Bob

            from New Jersey

            Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

            I'm very happy with the Tamron lens

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            5.0

            Tamron lens

            By Jen D

            from North Carolina

            Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

            Great lens, everything I expected and wanted in a lens for portraits and variable settings. Love it!

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            4.0

            Good IQ. Good for video.

            By Evan

            from Durham, NC

            Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

            Good IQ. Zoom ring a bit stiff. That said, for video work, it's fine since if you're doing zoom actions, that's likely going to be a different camera/project anyway.

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            5.0

            Once you've tried black, you'll never go back

            By Charlie Coyote

            from Rio Dell, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Portraiture
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Canon

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

            Excellent build quality, performance and great IQ at 1/3 the cost of CanON white lenses. With my Tammies; 24-70, 70-200, 150-600 and Tokina 16-28 I have my perfect combination for the 5D Mark III and developing with DxO Optics Pro 9 all lens' imperfections are automatically corrected.

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            5.0

            Happy camper

            By jim

            from NorCal

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Portraitfashion
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

            Used for portrait/fashion shooting as a compliment to the canon 70-200 2.8 zoom.

            Bit of a beast in both weight and volume. As long as my 24-105 and bigger around. Seems sharp so far. AF is a little slower than other Canon zooms I have but still pretty quick and didn't have to hunt. Seems well built. Zoom is a little tight, but on the other hand doesn't seem to drift either.

            I just didn't see any significant difference between this and the Canon 24-70 I rented.

            One down side is that the filter size is bigger than the canon default 77mm

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            5.0

            Excellent Lens

            By Steve R

            from Fleming Island, FL

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Solid
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Video

              Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

              I've owned this lens for about a month now and absolutely love it. It takes very sharp images. Even in hand-held, low light conditions with VR enabled the images are very sharp.

              It's true that this lens a little bit heavy for a 24-70mm lens, but I actually like the weight. It feel solid like it's made with quality.

              For me, this is a general purpose lens; one I would use on vacation or at family get-togethers. But I've taken some nice close-ups of flowers and small creatures with it too.

              Really, no complaints about this lens with the exception that it is a little pricey. But considering the sharpness of images it takes, it's an f2.8, it has Image Stabilization and it's a solid quality build, I would say that it's worth it! I'm happy that I purchased this lens over the other 2 that I was considering (one was a Canon).

              After the initial pain from the cost of this lens, I am very happy with this Tamron on my Canon 7D Mark II camera.

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              3.0

              Mixed Emotions

              By LF

              from Minneapolis, MN

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

                Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

                For the most part the lens is good. The only issue is EVERY time I place the lens on my camera, I will get an error messeage. I have to take off the lens and put it back on several times before it starts to work with no error message. Once it does work, it works great.

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                4.0

                A keeper.

                By PhotoRich

                from Pennsylvania

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

                This is my walking around lens...does many things well. I shoot landscapes, crowd events, flowers, I have used mine for almost 2 years, first on a crop-sensor 60D and now on a full-frame 6D, with moderately heavy use. Very sharp, fast to autofocus and quiet, and also works well in manual focus mode with Live View. It is large, but similar in size to other 24-70 mm lenses. I read that some people find it sharper with the image stabilization off, I haven't noticed that, but I will do some testing to check that out. The lens is pretty well made, not so good as Canon L glass, but almost. After a year of use, I had a problem with autofocus grinding when trying to focus close. I sent it off to Tamron, and had it back in about a week....really fast service on their part. It has worked perfectly since that time. Focuses in low light well. All in all, this is my all-time favorite lens for a full-frame (not crop frame) camera.

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                4.0

                turn off the VC

                By DW

                from Montreal Canada

                Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

                Sharp at f2.8, nice lens. Used for a while, found the VC blurs the photos a little bit. In good light condition, turn VC off to get the best results. Turn the VC on only in low light condition, you really need it. The difference is very visible, try and see.

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