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TamronSP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Nikon Cameras
 
4.6

(based on 144 reviews)

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93%

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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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great specs, but poor QC & questionable durability.

By Richard

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

When this lens arrived I immediately ran it through a focus test. I was pleased to find just a slight front focus issue, easily corrected in-camera (Nikon D750). But a month later while processing my first photo-shoot w. this lens, I noticed the far left side of every image was blurred, something a central target in a focus test would not reveal. Obviously, one or more lens elements were out of alignment.

I called Tamron and requested a refund since the lens was new, but beyond B&H's return period. I had little confidence that such a serious issue could be fixed on their work bench and I didn't want a refurbished replacement that would probably be an older lens. They said to send the lens in and they would call me back to let me know what they could do for me. It cost $30 to ship, they never called back and surprisingly, just a week later I got the lens back. I checked it out and the problem was corrected. The lens is sharp in the center at all focal lengths and apertures to f/11, but soft on the edges at 24 to 40mm.

I appreciate the fast repair service, but still, I have little confidence in the quality and durability of the lens for professional work. If you order this lens, be sure to thoroughly check the focus accuracy and full-field resolution within B&H's return period.

 
5.0

I would buy this item again!!

By Ellen

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Tack sharp....great price...good build...great buy!!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tamron Satisfies Again

By Craig

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Excellent low light lens. Using it for my sons music performances at clubs that don't always have great lighting and this lens works great, especially paired with the Nikon D500. Very pleased with the quality for the cost. My second Tamron lens. Highly recommend Tamron.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Lens for Low Light

By Kringle1Kat

from Melbouren, FL

Verified Buyer

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

I purchased this lens for use in low light settings. I had a major event (Prom) to shoot. This lens did not disappoint! The images are crisp, action is stopped and I am supper happy with the outcome.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not bad, but ended up selling it for Nikon 24-70 non VR

By Thomas

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

It's fairly cheap considering what it is, but materials and function are a little less than ideal. Don't like push/pull zoom, plus dust and water has opportunity to get into lens. There are some focus breathing issues at 70mm, but it does give off nice Bokeh at 70 2.8. It's darn sharp for the price on my D750. The VR does help, but makes the lens that much heavier.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great lens I would buy again

By james

from Corpus Christi, Texas

Verified Buyer

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

I am a serious enthusiast who used to a photojournalist in the film days. This lens is my all purpose walk around that I keep on my camera (Nikon 7100). I cover everything that comes up my way with this lens and it provides fast, sharp auto focus and really good zooming.

The images are sharp and the color reproduction is excellent.

Tamron has once again produced a product that is on par with any other glass out there - a friend shoots the Canon made version of this lens and my Tamron produces photos that look a touch better than his - we shot a high school basketball game side by side last weekend.

Great value ... a well made, handsome lens that is proving to be a solid performer.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Lens!!

By Brian

from Undisclosed

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

This is a super smooth, quiet and sharp lens. It is well built though not as well made as the Nikkor counterparts. The Hood is a pain at times. For example, using the Nikon 70-200 hood and the way they snap on and disengage easily is very nice. There have been two occasions when using this lens where the hood went on slightly crooked and becomes a headache to take off. The weather sealing is also inferior to the Nikon glass. Very good optically and the VC works well. A solid lens at the price point!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

I wanted to love it...

By NorCal Gal

from Sierra Foothills, Northern California

Verified Buyer

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

I'm looking for a faster, sharp, mid-range zoom with image stabilization to use hand held, so thought I would give this lens a try. It's very sharp in a good portion of the frame, but this copy was consistently not sharp on the entire left side of the frame, and especially in the lower corner. I also have a Nikon 24-120mm f/4 that I was comparing it to, and aside from the above problem the Tamron was often sharper. However, the Tamron was quite bright to the point of looking a little washed out, didn't have as much contrast as the Nikon, and the image stabilization didn't work as well for me as the Nikon. For those reasons I returned it and I'll stick with my 24-120mm. In the past I've also tried the new, image-stabilized version of the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, and I didn't find it nearly as sharp as it's predecessor.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

nothing but LOVE

By ernie

from Santa Clarita, CA

Verified Buyer

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

Exceptional

 
1.0

Poor Quality Lens/Focus issues

By DROPE

from Sugar Land, Texas

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

After testing the lens for two days I just sent it back and ordered the Nikon 24-70 2.8 ED.
It seems that there is a focusing issue with the Tanron lens. I took pictures with the 24-85 3.5-5G (kit lens)
and compared with the ones for the Tanron. The kit lens was actually sharper and there was not a real difference in the colors. For this been a professional lens the WOW factor was not there.
It may be the case that the lens just needed calibration, but I do not want to keep trying until I get a good copy of it.
All of the Nikon lens that I own have been working perfect out of the box. I do not expect a mid range zoom to be as good as my 50 1.4 D but sharpness is a must to me.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gave me my confidence back.

By Lisa

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I am just a hobbiest but was getting so frustrated with my skills. I borrowed this lens from a friend and liked it, so I bought it. Oh. My. Gosh. I am in love with it. I shot 483 pictures the other night at an event and every single picture was sharp as a tack. My lens purchase was easy and fastly arrived to my house. I couldn't be happier with my lens ( and the rebate was very nice as well)

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Lens

By Frankw

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great lens. Crisp Images and fast. Haven't taken it off the camera since I got it!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

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

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.

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It is a great toy.

By Randall

from undisclosed

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.

(4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
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 4 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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
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

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic Lens!!!

By Dee Fos

from Bronx, New York

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.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

So far I really like it!

By Pam

from Springdale, AR

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.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

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