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

(based on 218 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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5.0

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

By Patsy

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I love my new SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Camera. I've been waiting a long time to purchase a new lens and was elated when I learned of Tamron's latest release. I really appreciate the instant rebate and the addition of the 82mm UV haze filter included at no extra charge.
Patsy I

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tamron delivers

By El Omo

from Tennessee

Verified Buyer

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

I LOVE Canon lenses but their hefty price tags require exploring options so I purchased this lens, my first ever Tamron product. Using it with a Canon 6D, I have made the following observations:
• The vibration control delivers as promised in hand held mode, especially in low light. It is not necessary to use the vibration control with a tripod.
• While my intended use was wide angle, I am delighted with its portrait and macro potential (see samples, all shot in hand-held mode).
• I experienced no compatibility problems with the Canon 6D at all.
• I received the $200 rebate within one week. I registered the lens before mailing the rebate form so that may have quickened the rebate processing.
• I haven't run into any downsides yet so I will be taking a closer look at other Tamron lenses in the future.

 
5.0

Exceeded my Expectations

By Chuck

from South Florida

Verified Buyer

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

Purchased this lens based on price and image stabilization. I use it to shoot in door basketball games and for a recent trip to Colorado.

I am very happy with the lens and I feel the quality of the photographs speak for themselves.

 
5.0

Happy with what I got

By O'Doyle Rules

from Amish Country, PA

Verified Buyer

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

First off, I'm not a pro and don't make money from photography. I'm a hobbyist. What I needed was a decent f2.8 as a walking around for street and family photography. This lens does that for me. I don't have regrets about the purchases (except for maybe not waiting a few more weeks to get the G2 versions) and I find no faults with the lens. Given what I needed it for, this lens is working great and was a decent deal with the $200 rebate.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love it!

By Lynnae

from Undisclosed

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

I did an engagement shoot right after getting this lens and the pictures turned out amazing! I don't think this lens will ever come off my camera.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great optics but build quality and QC could be better

By Chris

from Undisclosed

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

I got this lens as an alternative to the more costly Canon one and also because at the time I purchased it the Tamron it had image stabilization and the Canon did not and I had recently sold my Canon lens of the first version so was in the market for a replacement. 

Overall I found the optics to be great and even better than the Canon lens I had just sold off. I felt the lens focused quickly and quietly and had a very solid feel and images were tack sharp with minimal chromatic flaws. I was initially impressed that Tamron offers a 6 year warranty in the USA market.

Little did I know I would soon be using that warranty for a repair. After about 6 months of average use (I have quite an inventory of lenses) the lens malfunctioned and would not focus. If I attempted to focus the lens on any object close or far away it would attempt to lock on but would just keep focusing eratically from the closest to farthest setting while the US motor protested most loudly. I sent it in under warranty and with no questions asked had it back in a week, the turnaround is pretty good with Tamron's return FedEx ground shipping being the slow horse it is.

I've  had is now about 3 years and just last week was using it when I heard something inside go "clunk" and again I could not get it to focus. Upon inspection I noticed that the group of elements just behind the front element had come dislodged, I could see the set screws in the lens barrel and the contact points on the element group. Once again it went to Tamron for repairs and came back in a week but if their 6 year warranty is there for a reason!  I have owned a lot of Canon L lenses and never once had a warranty repair or even a breakdown after the warranty expired.

Something to think about. If not for the 2 repairs I would have rated it at 5 stars.

(2 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Received the lens immediately and the rebate timely

By James

from Undisclosed

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

I ordered this in Dec 18 and received the lens a few days later and I received the rebate yesterday.  All very quick.

 
5.0

Great lens for my use and the rebate makes it affordable

By raykrv6a

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

Couple of things to know.
1) The lens is made is Japan and very nice quality.
2) The lens comes locked.  Be sure and unlock it before twisting the zoom ring.

Things I like about this lens on my D7100.  I'm going to upgrade to a D500 when a real deal comes along.

1) The sharpness is impressive.  I need to shoot it more, but at the focus points I checked zooming in it was very sharp.
2) I love the Tamron VC.  I think it's better than Nikon's VR.  I'm not a shaky person, but the VC is on.  
3) The autofocus is a winner and it's quiet.  Shooting continuous it will keep my dog in focus on the majority of shots.
4) The build quality is very good and moisture resistant.
5) I bought the SP 24-70 because I was impressed with the SP 70-200.  
6) These lenses have been around a while now and they most likely have been updated internally to fix any weak points that Tamron has gotten from warranty repairs.  Just like cars, a model is improved on behind the scenes every year, you just don't know it.

I'm a amature shooter and not a professional, so I didn't want to pay the price for Nikon if the Tamron would do the job.

 
4.0

Really nice for videography with a single big caveat

By Justin

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

The 24-70mm zoom platform is amazing for documentary and live event videography and the vibration control helps out a bit on Canon cameras that lack IBS. The bokeh is nice and creamy and f/2.8 as well. 

However, if you're a videographer, particularly a Canon videographer, you're probably focusing manually, and this lens's zoom and focus are reversed from what pretty much every single other lens has trained you to expect. If you swap lenses a lot during a shoot, this is going to throw you off. 

However, the vibration control setting, image quality, and sweet price more than makes up for it in my opinion. Just know what you're getting yourself into!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very sharp lens

By Mark

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I mainly use this lens for outdoors and CrossFit photos. I've noticed that this lens doesn't auto focus as well as the Canon 24-105 lens. But, this is a very sharp lens. Comparable to the the Canon 24-105. This is an excellent lens! Also, I got my $200 rebate in about 2 weeks. Thanks for a such a quick turnaround Tamron.

(0 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

broken

By Annette

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

it came with the focus ring stucked

(2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good value good product.

By nstepro

from Southern Indiana

Verified Buyer

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

Huge upgrade in picture quality for me.

(6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Great lens on older bodies but not new

By Gareth

from Undisclosed

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

I tried this lens on my 6D and my 5D MKIII and it was amazing. It had fast autofocus and the sharpness was impressive. I upgraded to a 5Ds and now I can no longer use live view as it won't focus at all. Even without using live view and going through the viewfinder sometimes the autofocus is off, sometimes its way, way off. Going to have to sell this to someone with an older body and get a Canon 24-70 instead.

As I said, this lens is great, but if you have a 5DS or 5Dsr I'd strongly recommend avoiding this lens.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sharp as a tack

By Manny

from Palm Harbor, FL

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

I was debating between getting this Tamron SP lens or waiting for the Canon 24-70mm f2.8L IS II, but I had a project due and could not wait. I'm absolutely thrilled at how sharp the images were from my Canon 80D. Seems to be the perfect matching lens and it's not coming off! And I saved $400 vs the Canon!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Lens!

By Sharp Shooter

from Canton,Ohio

Verified Buyer

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

Bought this lens because I wanted a f/2.8 zoom with stabilization. I use it on my Canon 5D MK III, and am very pleased with the purchase and results. I considered the Canon f/2.8 24-70 but it did not come with image stabilization, and, it was $600 more than the Tamron, and the Tamron comes with a 6 year warranty. I also considered the Canon f4 24-70 with IS for $300 less than the Tamron, but I wanted the extra stop of light. Bottom line (w/o fancy technical testing), I am very pleased with every aspect of this lens, from photo's, to movies. If you are an Ordinary Average Guy like me, you will not go wrong with this lens. I own 2 Canon L-lenses and swear by them, but for the money at the present time, the Tamron is an excellent lens.

(14 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Some issues

By evey

from Portland, OR

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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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

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

By Tryn2lrn

from PA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Hoping for a good one but disappointed

    By tryn2lrn

    from PA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    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.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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