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Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD (Nikon) review: An affordable ‘fast’ standard zoom that comes out on top

By Paul Carroll - Monday April 22 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD lens performance | Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD versus competition | Conclusion

Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD: A 3rd party option that offers great value for money

Boasting great features, a solid build and most importantly top image quality, the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD is an excellent 3rd party lens for Nikon.

A DxOMark Overall Score of 29 ranks the Tamron 1st for image quality on professional standard zooms, just pushing the own brand Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED into second with 28 points, and is well ahead of the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM with 23.

The Tamron offers better sharpness overall, scoring 17 P-Mpix, compared to 15 P-Mpix for the Nikon, good performance at f/2.8 and boasts significantly better chromatic aberration results, too.

What’s more with a $1299 price tag it’s a whooping $600 cheaper than the own brand alternative making it superb value for money for Nikon shooters.