Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD (Nikon) review: An affordable ‘fast’ standard zoom that comes out on topBy Paul Carroll - Monday April 22 2013 Lens Review
Launched in February 2012 the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD is a ‘fast’ standard zoom available in Nikon, Sony and Canon lens mounts. On full frame DSLRs its wide-angle through to short telephoto focal range is ideal for general use photography, and featuring Tamron’s VC image stabilisation system, as well as a fixed f/2.8 maximum aperture, its low-light credentials are pretty hot, too.
Tamron’s SP, or ‘Special Performance’, range is targeted at the pro market and the Di suffix identifiesTamron lenses optimized for full frame DSLRS, although they’re compatible with APS-C cameras too.
The SP 24-70mm is well specified featuring a fixed f/2.8 maximum aperture, Tamron’s USD, or Ultra Silent Drive, motor for quick and quiet autofocus and their VC, or Vibration Compensation, image stabilization system.
Although not cheap the $1299 price tag is more affordable than own brand options like the $1887 AF S Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 G ED and, as you’d hope at this price, build quality is good including weather sealing, a zoom lock switch and a large 82mm filter thread, although the manual focus ring is fairly narrow.
The optical arrangement features 17 elements in 12 groups, including elements and coatings to reduce aberrations and improve image quality, so let’s take a look at how it performs.