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

(based on 132 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (84)
  • Consistent output (64)
  • Strong construction (54)
  • Durable (49)
  • Nice bokeh (48)

Cons

  • Heavy (33)
  • Slow focus (5)
  • Blurry focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (86)
  • Landscape/scenery (83)
  • Weddings (64)
  • Night photography (51)
  • Video (23)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (39), Semi-pro photographer (38), Pro photographer (24), Casual photographer (4), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (101), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great lens for Nikon D750

I have been using a Nikon D300, with the Nikkor 18-200mm VR lens, since 2008, rather casually I must say, doing mostly urban photography. A couple of years ago I decided...Read complete review

I have been using a Nikon D300, with the Nikkor 18-200mm VR lens, since 2008, rather casually I must say, doing mostly urban photography. A couple of years ago I decided to try portraiture and flowers so I purchased the Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 VR Micro and the 50mm f/1.8 (great lenses). Last year I got the Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII and that lens rekindled my interest in urban photography (wow, what a lens!). A couple of months ago I stepped up to the Nikon D750 and ditched the D300 with the 18-200mm lens, which left a void in the wide-angle area. A cursory analysis of my photos with the D300 showed that I had shot a high percentage of photos in the 70-150mm range, with an almost equal number in the 18-30mm range (the number in the in-between range was much smaller). Armed with that information I began to search for a wide-angle lens. I did consider some primes. I know some people favor them and will quickly point out they zoom with their feet. I prefer zoom lenses, for combining them with my feet, I feel I have greater compositional flexibility, especially when shooting in low light with the camera on a tripod. Thus, I set my sight on the Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G and began the research. Then the 24-70mm f/2.8E VR was announced. Which to choose?

I did the obligatory read of many blogs and photo-review sites, as well as YouTube videos. The Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC kept popping up as a great alternative to the Nikkors. Keeping in mind that reviews are biased in one way or another, I revisited, again and again, some of the sites and videos that I found most informative. In the end I relied on Nasim Mansurov's site (photography life.com), Gordon Laing (cameralabs.com), and DXO Mark (dxomark.com). Nasim did a great job at reviewing the older Nikkor as well as the Tamron, which he rated at 4.3 and 4.1 (out of 5) respectively. His imatests showed that the Tamron surpasses the Nikkor in the sub-35mm range, from there up the Nikkor is better but only marginally. His comments don't really say that as he is clearly biased towards Nikkor, and to prove that, I'll mention his review of the Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VR, which he also rated at 4.1, but in comparing it to the Tamron, he concluded the latter was clearly superior. BTW, I did evaluate the 24-120mm for a few days and found it was comparable to my old 18-200mm, and I wanted something better.

Gordon Laing's reviews of the older and new Nikkors were enlightening. The new Nikkor is better than the older in some ways, and poorer in other ways, but in the end, not much better for the price. Comparing the older Nikkor to the Tamron pretty much proved what I concluded from Nasim's review.

DXO Mark was even more enlightening. The Tamron not only scores higher than both Nikkor lenses, but for the Nikon D750, it receives higher recommendation than any other lens in that focal range.

The choice between the two Nikkors was easy. For the price difference, it would be better to get the older one. The choice between the older Nikkor and the Tamron was a bit more difficult. In the end I reasoned that the Tamron was better in the range that I shoot more often, and given that Tamron had a good $200 end-of-year rebate, I chose the latter.

Tamron, in general, seems to have quality control issues as their copies are typically not as consistently good as Nikon or Canon. BTW, the new Nikkor seems to be plagued with QC issues as well. Common problems with Tamron's 24-70mm lens are: decentering, some focal issues between f2.8 and f4 (no change in bokeh), and troubles with the hood. As soon as I got my lens I ran it through a battery of tests (Nasim has a good page on recommended tests), and found that my copy was as perfect as it can be; that is, no decentering, focal, or even hood issues. I also ran Jason Friedl's auto-focus tests and found my lens to be very well calibrated.

It is certain that there is no perfect lens, and even the best lens money can buy cannot be a substitute for technique, composition, understanding light, and many other factors that make a photograph really good. This Tamron lens has some weaknesses, no doubt, but I am happy with it and I certainly recommend it to anyone who might be going through the same decision-making process I did.

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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

It's been my main workhorse lens for a while and it's great

By Jacob

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I've seen some other reviews of this lens where people have griped about inconsistent autofocus. I can't say I've really had any issues, it's worked great for me. I've been very impressed with the sharpness of this lens, and the Vibration Control is definitely very nice to have.

 
5.0

It is a great toy.

By Randall

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Lots of thoughtful, professional comments are posted here. I have a confession: it is a wonderful toy. Pressing down the button and feeling, then seeing, the quick, crisp response, is a joy.

 
5.0

Amazing

By Daniel

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Amazing lens i have a tamron collection 24-70 , 70-200mm and 15-30 vc and they all amazing

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very nice lense

By Raymundo

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Optics seem to be as good as Nikon lenses in about an 90% to 95 %. Differences are not noticeable unless you paid attention to detail.

 
5.0

I have only owned this lesns for a short time

By Mike

from Glen Rock, PA

Verified Buyer

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

this lens is great for landscapes and taking pictures of birds at the feeder. I purchased this lens mainly for my grand daughters and family outings. It appears to be heavier than I assumed but not too heavy. The construction is excellent. It feels sturdy. The results are very nice. The lens focuses quickly and the results are sharp at all f stops

 
5.0

Fantastic Lens!!!

By Dee Fos

from Bronx, New York

Verified Buyer

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

I'm a pro photographer and i must say the lens is fantastic. most problem i have with lenses are distortion at the corners, this lens is simply great, I've taken hundreds of photos with no distortions or blur.

 
4.0

So far I really like it!

By Pam

from Springdale, AR

Verified Buyer

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

I got my lens 3wk ago and just really got to use on 2 outdoor sessions this past weekend. So far, so good! I like the feel of it on my D7100 and look. It's heavy, but feels well built. The AF seems fast and quiet. The bokeh at 2.8 looks good! Although I don't think it's as sharp as my 50mm 1.8, but for a fast mid range zoom, which is what I needed for my limited space when indoors and working with kids I think it will be exactly what I've been looking for. Should be a work horse! I'll update as I get more use out of it. Can only give 4 stars for now.

 
4.0

Nice for my D810

By wildboardan

from Manhattan, IL

Verified Buyer

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

Generally this is a great lens. Sharp focus along the range with F2.8 being just a tad soft as other reviewers have mentioned. I have a Nikon 28-70 2.8 and to be honest it is not much different in this regard. I think all 24-70mm F2.8 Zooms have focal weakness at 24mm/F2.8 Vignetting is also present as other reviewers mentioned, but Lightroom knocks this out when you use the Lens correction function, so no real biggie there. One thing I will mention that was unanticipated was the switch protrusion on the 9:00 position of the lens. On the D810, the switch protrusion tends to crowd the 10-pin port on the left side of the lens mount and makes it a little tricky to mount my remote wireless switch. I have to un-mount the lens, mount the trigger, then install the lens again. Not anything that ruins my day, but something to consider if "ergonomic convenience" is a obsession for you.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice Lens on D750

By Christina

from Cincinnati, OH

Verified Buyer

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

Ok, this lens is quickly becoming my walk around lens. It's nice that I can go a little wider than 50 or zoom in just a little, making it pretty versatile for me. Also I learned the hard way just how weather sealed it is after getting caught in a torrential downpour with no protection for either of us. This thing is sharp, fast - and substantial (but well-balanced on my D750). I've had a couple of issues with vignetting when shooting wide - turns out its my filters. Be sure to get thin profile filters!!! (Seems so obvious now... :)

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

This is a good, not a great lens !

By The Traveler

from Wadsworth, Ohio

Verified Buyer

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

I purchased the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD lens as an upgrade from my Nikon 24-85 f 3.5 to f4.5 G ED VR lens. I compared the two lenses using a photo test chart and taking landscape shots. All shots were taken using a Nikon 810 body on a tripod using the same f stops with the ISO at 60 for the sharpest results. The Tamron is sharpest at f11 & 36mm for my copy of this lens. The Tamron does have better color than the Nikon. The Tamron tends to underexpose most of the time which is easy to correct. I enlarged all of the test images 50 times and the Tamron only as sharp as the Nikon in a few shots. I also notice that the Nikon has better depth of field at the same f stops.
I think my lens focused correctly as there was no difference between auto focus and manual focus.
It is possible that i had a bad copy of the lens.
I elected to return the lens per B&H,s gracious policy.
I replaced the lens with a Nikon prime 20mm f1.8 G ED lens which is very sharp and has excellent depth of field !

(0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tamron 24-70MM 2.8

By Len Toy

from Fla

Verified Buyer

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

so far its very good len ...

(23 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Lens

By Rick

from Yorktown VA

Verified Buyer

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

I purchased this lens after trying out a Nikon 24-70 VR. This review is an update I promised after returning the NIkon 24-70 VR and purchasing the Tamron 24-70. Just to set the record straight, this review is not intended to bash Nikon, because I have a lot of Nikon lenses and this Tamron is the only non Nikon lens I own. I just think Nikon missed the boat with the new 24-70 VR when it comes to IQ and price compared to this Tamron. I must say, this Tamron is sharper than the Nikon version and the VR is superb, and keep in mind this is just my opinion. The Nikon does focus a little faster, but not over a $1000 faster. I just shot a wedding using this lens; images were taken in daylight, flash, very low light and wide open aperture hand held with slow shutter speeds and I was impressed how sharp and crisp the images came out. This lens focused fast and the focus tracking was dead-on during the wedding procession which I shot in continuous servo due to the speed of the people moving forward. Available light images taken at F/2.8, 70mm hand held at 30th of a second and ISO 1000 were crisp and sharp; the VR is superb. The only issue I can see with this lens is the VR switch is located very close to my 10 pin remote connector on my D810 and D700; so screwing in the cable release is a little problematic but still doable. I would have giving a rating of 4.5 for that reason, but the lens performance out weighs that minor inconvenience. I am very pleased with this lens and I believe you will be also. You can read my review of the Nikon 24-70 posted on 04/14 of this year. I am not a professional gear reviewer just an everyday real life user.

(5 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very pleased so far

By Mike

from Louisiana

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

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

    I have several Nikon primes for my D750. But when I cover events I don't want to have to reach for a second body or swap glass. I picked up this Tammy based on the reviews and tests done on the D750. It ranks higher on every site I found over the Nikon 24-70 f/2.8. Since it's not my main glass I could not justify spending extra on the lower rated Nikon. I haven't used it much yet but I'm please with the results so far.

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    • No

    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    So far so good

    By dumuc

    from Maryland

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      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 am an amateur photographer and had experience using this lens (rented) twice before for wedding. I did try to have Nikon and found it is
      too heavy, especially it did not have VR at that time so I return if for Tamron. In both occasions, this lens gave me a good result.

      The first thing I noticed, after mounting it on my D600, is wheezing sound when trying to focus. It is not loud but it is bothering somewhat.
      I have tried the combination between AF/MF with VC On/Off and found there is no sound only when you are in MF. So it is AF mechanism when engaged.
      If you are outside, you may not noticed this.

      Last weekend I took it out for test shots and I do see the exposure is a bit brighter which can be compensate by exposure compensation.
      The focus is fast enough for me although I see some review mentioned it is slow, so I have no problem with this.

      Overall, except for the noise mentioned above, so far so good for the price.
      Here are couple of pictures I took with some minor editing in Photoshop

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      • No

      (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Choice

      By BreKre

      from Minneapolis, MN

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None At This Time

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action

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

      I have only been using the lens for two weeks, but it came highly recommended from several photographers I know. Very thankful for their insight and recommendation! I have been very happy with the quality and ease of use. I like the lock mechanism, especially when photographing my grandchildren and need to hold a kid with one hand and the camera with the other...the lens does not slide. Great price and very happy with this lens!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Worth the savings!

      By BreKre

      from Minnesota

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

      After a lot of research I decided to invest in the Tamron. After using it for the past week I could not be happier with my choice!

      (4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Does the job

      By Tnikon

      from Boulder, CO

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events

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

      Its been great so far, decent build and can be really sharp if you stay on top of it. The manaul focus ring is way too close to the back of the lens and often my fingers grab it a touch and jiggle the focus. That would be my biggest complaint so far. Very nice at 70, decent bokeh. Lens flare is also not so good on this one, my 24 1.8 can handle shooting into the sun a lot better. I wouldn't say this is the best camera for landscape work in certain situations, like shooting into the sun.

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      • No

      (7 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Not So Good

      By Bob

      from Michigan

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Exposure Problems
        • Not As Sharp As Hoped

        Best Uses

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

          For Tamron's sake, I hope I just got a bad individual lens. This lens received an excellent rating by DXOMark, so I bought it. The lens performed terribly for me. I had to underexpose every shot to get a normal exposure (strange but true), the contrast was poor, and the sharpness was much less sharp than my Nikon 70-200mm. I returned the lens in exchange for the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 ED lens.

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          • No

          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Excellent Alternative to overpriced Nikon

          By Jared

          from Boulder, CO

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          I haven't used a zoom lens in ages because I prefer to use prime lenses, but was drawn to this lens because of its speed and mid-range zoom. I love this lens and it has proved to be the the lens I use most when walking around town. I think that I will continue to enjoy it. My only problem with it it that it is very heavy compared to my usual primes.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC

          By SPB

          from PA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            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:

              slower auto focus then nikkor or canon i have both, but its just as sharp if not sharper

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              • No

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