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TamronSP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Nikon Cameras
 
4.7

(based on 80 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (56)
  • Consistent output (46)
  • Strong construction (38)
  • Easily interchangeable (35)
  • Durable (34)

Cons

  • Heavy (20)
  • Slow focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (59)
  • Landscape/scenery (55)
  • Weddings (44)
  • Night photography (35)
  • Sports/action (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (26), Photo enthusiast (24), Pro photographer (18), Photography student (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Heartbreak to send it back

I ordered this lens with high hopes; to use as my all-purpose "walk around" lens etc... I was blown away by the IQ, colors, contrast, and VC. Everything...Read complete review

I ordered this lens with high hopes; to use as my all-purpose "walk around" lens etc... I was blown away by the IQ, colors, contrast, and VC. Everything about this lens was perfect. Then I started checking out the bokeh in the shots I took in my garden and of kids standing in front of trees with dappled light... and my heart just sank! I had not read the reviews about the "onion bokeh", but it is DEFINITELY there, and for me it was a problem - VERY distracting. I will watch what happens with this lens and will purchase again if this issue is corrected (or if the lens becomes significantly cheaper in the future). For now though, I will have to pass.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good images but not sturdy

I received that lens and was delighted by its dimensions. I was very surprised when trying to disengage the sun hood, it was hard to remove.After one week shooting the problem went worse,...Read complete review

I received that lens and was delighted by its dimensions. I was very surprised when trying to disengage the sun hood, it was hard to remove.After one week shooting the problem went worse, I noticed the lens barrel turned by 2mm and broke the inside focus motor. This was due to the fact that the sun hood was of a bad production batch. Its unproper dimensions made it unproper to safely disengage.
I had to return it to the aftersale service, and as a journalist I informed Tamron there was an issue.
The lens was repaired within one week.
I had no more confidence in this lens due to its not sturdy construction.
Tamron wants to play in the PRO yard, but does not build sturdy enough, they have to improve this side.
It is a pitty, as the lens diserves interest, the images shooted are sharp and punchy, but the zone outside of the focus does not propose a nice bokey, it looks like drug pills, not soft at all.
The AFspeed is satisfying also, although a little slower than the Nikon 24-70 and 24-120, the stabiliser is good, stable enough for low speed shooting ar 1/15th sec, and good too for video shooting with a Nikon D8OO. I also have a Tamron 70-200 f2.8 its a good lens and it is sturdy.Very bright and satisfying.
I hope that Tamron is going to better the mechanical part of the 24-7O because the optical part deserves it.

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5.0

Great lens with all the best features!

By Steve the Poppy

from Knoxville, TN

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Night Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

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

    I mostly take photos of my two grandchildren, and this lens on a Nikon D750 is perfect. I originally purchased the Sigma 24-105 mm f4 from B&H; however, I decided that I would really like the faster f2.8 of the Tamron. I really liked the Sigma, but I used B&H excellent return policy to return it and get the faster lens. With the Tamron and VC, I can take sharp pictures hand held at 1/3 of a second or so at f2.8 - incredible! Hopefully, the lens will be reliable for many years, and with the Tamron 6-year warranty I am essentially guaranteed 6 years of good performance. This lens is a real winner!

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    5.0

    Great lens

    By Rick

    from Missouri

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery

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

      This is my first Tamron lens as I always have bought Nikon lenses. I did a lot of research on this lens before I purchased it. I compared it to the Nikon 24-70 mm f/2.8 ED AF-S. I knew I wanted one or the other. A really good site to review cameras and lenses is DxOMark. They rated the Tamron higher than the Nikon. The Tamron also had Vibration Compensation that the Nikon did not have. The price was considerably better, so with all that in mind I purchased the Tamron. I'm glad I did and have not looked back. The lens is everything I had hoped it would be. I think I would also have been happy with the Nikon and I have high regard for their lenses. I think a combination of the lower price, good reviews and the fact that the Tamron had the Vibration Compensation made my decision for me. Below I've listed my pros and cons. 1. Tamron is fast lens at f2.8. It is great in low light and is good for portrait and landscapes2. Vibration compensation. It is great for video. Minimal shaking.3. The focusing is fast and quiet.4. This lens is unbelievably sharp.5. Bokeh is really nice. I have not seen any onion ring bokeh that was mentioned on some sites I looked at when I did my research. 6. The hood comes off easily and is firmly connected. I read on some sites where others thought it was too tight. I didn't find that to be the case.7. The lens cap snaps in position a lot easier and firm than my Nikon lenses.8. It has a 6 year warranty. 9. The lens is made in Japan.10. When I purchased it, it had a $ rebate.11. The lens is solidly constructed.The only con I see for this lens is this and it is not a big deal:1. The filter size is fairly large at 82mm. I wish it was a 77mm like my other lenses. But not a big deal.B&H Photo is a great company. I've purchased a lot of camera equipment from them. I've always had a positive experience dealing with them.

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      4.0

      Very happy with this lens

      By Stephs2125

      from Michigan

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

      When it comes to lenses I am always looking for the perfect balance of quality, sharpness, and price. I really believe this lens delivers just that. Image quality is excellent. It feels incredibly well built and the price is right (especially with the $100 rebate I got). This is my go-to, every day lens. It is on my camera 80% of the time. I wholeheartedly recommend this lens.

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      5.0

      Great Lens.

      By Judie

      from NYC

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

      Comfortable to use on camera, good focus, clear image across the board, minimal distortion on the 24 end.

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      5.0

      great lens!

      By kevpho

      from southern az

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          A terrific lens, with excellent VR as a bonus and advantage over similar lenses from other manufacturers. As sharp or sharper than the Nikkor equivalent; slightly more susceptibility to flare under extreme conditions, but a better price and few compromises.
          An excellent alternative the the Nikkor, which is also a great lens.

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          3.0

          Stiff zoom, bad for video

          By ISDNY

          from NY, NY

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Stiff Rings

            Best Uses

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

              Purchased this lens exclusively for video, due to the VR option.
              The VR works fine, but..
              1. Major issue with stiff zoom ring. This is by design, not a flawed lens. You cannot zoom while shooting, the footage will shake. I have never encountered such a stiff ring.
              2. The focus is bad for video, it is only a few mm between focusing at 10 ft and focusing at 50 ft. Not a deal breaker but very difficult to work.

              Quality built and decent image quality, but killed by the issues mentioned above. Decent photo lens, but not as good as the mainstream competition.

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              5.0

              Loving the Light

              By Jim

              from Killeen, TX

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Night Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Weddings/Events

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

                I started using this lens immediately for indoor photography. I love it! Turning a dark gym into great photos and under lit banquet rooms into photos printed in the local newspaper.

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                5.0

                Impressive Lens

                By Noel

                from Aiken, SC

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

                Great lens. Chose the SP because of the additional quality and planned usage. Decided on Tamron because it was in my budget. Get clear, sharp pictures.

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                5.0

                Quite Nice Lens

                By Don

                from Denver, CO

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Ease of Use
                • Image quality
                • Solid Contruction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery

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

                  About to depart for several days in Iceland, at the last minute and based on widespread positive reviews, I decided to splurge on this medium zoom for my D700 and am glad I did, the item arriving by overnight UPS the day before I left. For landscapes, the majority of my shots, this lens was great. Given the high ISOs of my camera, I didn't need f2.8, but it's use for occasional intentional bokeh is a nice bonus. The lens feels solidly constructed, so much so that my several consumer grade equivalent focal lengths tend to feel flimsy in comparison. It handles nicely, and I like the snugness of the zoom and focusing rings. Sometimes used in rain more than I wanted, its weather sealing gave me confidence to do so. Image quality appears quite good. The vibration control feature and significantly lower price swayed me away from Nikon's 24-70, and I'm quite pleased with my choice of this SP Tamron. It's now my 'go to' lens.

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                  4.0

                  lens hood problem

                  By jzw

                  from nj

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

                  It's a good lens overall on my d610. 2.8 is sharp. However the lens hood is a major issue. I read on some forum before that the hood is so snuggy peopel broke the internal parts when tried to rotate the hood in place. I tried it, and they were right. I cannot get the hood to click into the final position. I need to get a replacement.

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                  5.0

                  Excellent Value

                  By etcher55

                  from Birmingham, AL

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight

                  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 Nikon Cameras:

                    Fast and accurate focus, weight is not an issue.
                    I use it on small excursions with a friend, we are both hobbyist and this lens has proved it's worth, especially in lower light situations. Mostly landscapes, waterfalls and a few caves.

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                    5.0

                    AMAZING Lens!

                    By Joeli

                    from United States

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

                    I was debating between buying this one and the more expensive Nikon version and after a lot of research, decided to buy the Tamron. A photographer friend of mine told me this was a great piece of glass and I would not be disappointed and he was right! Save some money and buy this lens. I can see this lens being on my camera the majority of the time.

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                    5.0

                    LOVE IT

                    By Mike

                    from Oregon

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                    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 Nikon Cameras:

                    One of the best i have ever had.

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                    5.0

                    ALL I CAN SAY IS WOW

                    By Chuck

                    from NW IN

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      I bought this lens to replace my Nikon 24-70 because it lacks VR. However, there was no perceptible loss of sharpness. Great job, Tamron.

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                      5.0

                      1st Tamron lens and I'd buy more.

                      By GALofy

                      from West Bend, WI

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Sports/Action

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

                        I bought the lens for low light indoor sports photography. But, the 1st time I used it was for a portrait shoot and as an afterthought. I was very pleased with the image quality and boken of the lens. Some reviewers have complained about it's weight, but it balances nicely on my D800 and battery pack.

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                        4.0

                        Does what I need it to do

                        By Shotokan

                        from Santa Barbara, CA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery

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

                          I had initially decided to skip a mid-range zoom in favor of 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm primes for indoor photography involving family gatherings and my wife's indoor woodwind quintet performances. However, I often could not properly frame my shots with primes because I could not move either close enough to or far enough away from my subject. So I picked up this zoom. I'm impressed by its performance for these indoor events. VC switched on really does give me a 3-stop advantage compared with VC switched off. Its focus is accurate and it is also quick enough for my needs. Finally, I used it at an outdoor mid-day wine festival set in a wooded environment and the reflections from tree leaves resulted in quite noticeable "onion" bokeh. Maybe it's just because others had commented on it and I was looking for it, but once I saw it I couldn't ignore it. Consequently, for scenes that have smallish bright highlights against dark backgrounds I will continue to use prime lenses and my other zooms (Nikkor 18-35mm f/4 and Nikkor 70-200mm f/4). In most other situations, the bokeh transitions are quite smooth.

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                          5.0

                          Amazing!

                          By Paolo

                          from Caracas Venezuela

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            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 Nikon Cameras:

                            I still can`t figure out how a tamron lens can do the same things a Nikkor does, reducing those awful blue fringings, adding VR, while at the same time costing a third less. Really, I am blown away, what a bargain. I use it with a Nikon D610 body (24Mp). This lens is incredibly sharp even wide open, with sharpness decreasing for the 50-70mm at f2.8, but still being wonderfully sharp. Contrast is phenomenal, while color is great too.

                            I had the 24-70 Nikkor until it fell and broke and can tell you I don't miss it at all now. Autofocus is a tad slower (really don't mind that bit), but now I have VR and virtually no chromatic aberrations. If you are thinkin about it, go for it. The famous onion bokeh is really not a problem for me: it appears only on very few occasions with certain lights on the BG. But then, I can easily fix it on Lightroom with blur or de-clarifying tools. I actually love the creamyness of the background in tha majority of my pics.

                            Other details such as distortion and vignetting are not a problem today. Just a click and LR fixes it with its lens profiles. Would definitely recommend to pro photographers. For Dx shooters there are obviously better choices. For Fx, I think this is the must have until Nikon comes out with a new 24-70 without those terrible CAs, and with VR. But then, will it cost 3K? better get this lens!

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                            5.0

                            Buy it

                            By Paul 7 of 8

                            from Near Chicago, IL USA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

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

                              I'm not a pro, just a serious amateur. I'm using the Tamron 24-70 with a Nikon D800. For years I had been shooting with a D700 with Nikon's 24-120 f/4. I had upgraded to the D800, but really was never very happy with the 24-120. I replaced the Nikon 24-120 with Tamron's 24-70 and 70-200. I couldn't be happier.

                              I *really* like the image stabilization on the 24-70. I shoot indoors a great deal and am not a big fan of flash -- like to take advantage of natural light. Having IS on a standard zoom is probably my favorite feature.

                              I also find the lens to be very sharp. In fact, the quality of the photos of the Tamron 24-70 is so much better than my Nikon 24-120 that, in hind sight, I'm thinking there was a problem (e.g. front- or back-focus issue) with the Nikon 24-120. Putting the Tamron 24-70 on my D800 brought out the sharpness that I felt should have been there all along, but had no basis for comparison.

                              My *only* complaint -- same as some other reviews -- the lens hood fits *very* tight. I have adopted a special way of putting it on and taking it off so as not to twist the lens. It has become a little easier over time, but it still quite a snug fit.

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                              5.0

                              Great lens

                              By COLLEEN

                              from MANHATTAN BEACH CA

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • Heavy

                              Best Uses

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

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

                              I love the Tamron 24-70 for shooting portraits. I was researching a couple pricier lens but was impressed with the VC feature. A great value - the results are phenomenal.

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                              5.0

                              Great lense

                              By L

                              from Maryland

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easily Interchangeable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery

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

                                Great lense. Would like to see the outter housing more like Nikon though.

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