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

(based on 203 reviews)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (106)
  • Strong construction (99)
  • Consistent output (86)
  • Easily interchangeable (70)
  • Nice bokeh (70)

Cons

  • Heavy (58)
  • Blurry focus (12)
  • Slow focus (12)
  • Poor in low light (6)

Best Uses

  • Low light (118)
  • Weddings (92)
  • Landscape/scenery (84)
  • Video (58)
  • Night photography (53)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (66), Photo enthusiast (50), Pro photographer (35), Casual photographer (6), Photography student (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (157), Yes (6)

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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(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Some issues

By evey

from Portland, OR

Verified Reviewer

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

I had this lens for about 3 years now IIRC and used it with Canon 6D and 5d Mark III. It is a good lens, slightly slower to focus than the Canon version, but this one has image stabilization. I am concerned about durability as twice it got stuck at 60mm and would not zoom out more. First time it got fixed under warranty and second time, 5 months after the first time, same thing happened and they charged me for it though it was still under warranty. Tamron's warranty is way pickier than others IMHO. It is a bit soft as well. I am planning on selling and buying the Canon.

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4.0

Solid Multi-purpose Lens

By Sours

from New York, New York

Verified Buyer

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

This is a sturdy, all around solid lens. I am an amateur photographer with a small business, which means I'm on a budget. I needed a lens that could cover a wide range and also be portrait quality. This lens is the perfect multi-purpose lens for those looking for quality and a wide range. It is cheaper than its Canon counterpart and significantly worth the upgrade from the Sigma version. The image quality is great, helped out by the stabilizer not present in the Sigma. It's a great piece of gear.

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2.0

I wanted to Love it but it wasn't better than what I have

By Tryn2lrn

from PA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • VC is Effective
  • VC is Silent

Cons

  • Blurry Focus
  • Slower to Focus

Best Uses

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

    Excited to receive this to replace my aging Canon 24-105 f4 IS. After all the glowing reviews everywhere I gave it a shot and purchased. I set up my basic lens testing rig to adjust front/back focus if needed, which this lens did not need. But looking at the pics all the numbers seemed a bit fuzzy to me so I put my canon 24-105 on and tested it. Either I got a horrible copy of this tamron or I have an exceptional copy of the canon. I tried it on my 1D, 7D, and 6D all with the same results. I really liked the lens build quality and the VC was silent and effective but I am not going to pay $1300 for a lens that is no better than what I already have. I would say that the Tamron was a match for the Canon I have. Maybe I got a bad one but I am not jumping through hoops to try more. I don't have a local dealer so I can't just go try a few. Guess I will just have to save more and buy the Canon 24-70mm for substantially more. I am not a canon snob and give 3rd party lenses a try once in a while, the other non canon lenses I ended up keeping is a sigma 150mm f2.8 excellent and a sigma 50mm f1.4 very good.

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    4.0

    Fantastic lens - clarity amazing, focus speed less so

    By ertnyc

    from New York, NY

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Great In Low Light
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Portraiture
    • Weddings/Events

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

    I'm very happy with this lens and glad I did my research. I had considered the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens and am very glad I saved myself the significant difference in cost because this Tamron is a fantastic overall piece of equipment. The clarity is amazing - even photographing my black lab in low light situations with ease! - and the image stabilization works well. The downsides have been covered by other reviewers - very heavy (similar to comparable lenses) and the auto focus is a bit slow - but they aren't deal breakers. I worried about using this for photographing kids because of the auto focus issues, but so far my pictures have turned out well! I think it may be more of an issue in my head (I'm used to the immediate click), than in the actual function. The picture quality and nice zoom range make this a great lens for portraits.

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    2.0

    Hoping for a good one but disappointed

    By tryn2lrn

    from PA

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    Pros

    • Nice Build Quality
    • Vc Is Really Silent
    • Vc Works Well

    Cons

    • Blurry Focus
    • Slightly Slower Focusing

    Best Uses

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

      Excited to receive this to replace my aging Canon 24-105 f4 IS. After all the glowing reviews everywhere I gave it a shot and purchased. I set up my basic lens testing rig to adjust front/back focus if needed, which this lens did not need. But looking at the pics all the numbers seemed a bit fuzzy to me so I put my canon 24-105 on and tested it. Either I got a horrible copy of this tamron or I have an exception copy of the canon. I tried it on my 1D, 7D, and 6D all with the same results. I really liked the lens build quality and the VC was silent and effective but I am not going to pay $1200 for a step backwards. Maybe I got a bad one but I am not jumping through hoops to try more. I don't have a local dealer so I can't just go try a few. Guess I will just have to save more and buy the canon for substantially more. I am not a canon snob and give 3rd party lenses a try once in a while, the only other non canon lens I ended up keeping is a sigma 150mm f2.8 excellent.

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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

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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

            Verified Buyer

            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

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            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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