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 (Nikon): The highest ranked pro standard zoom for Nikon

01-Measurement

Achieving an DxOMark Overall Score of 29 tested on the Nikon D800, the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Nikon ranks 80th for all Nikon lens/camera combinations. Crucially it ranks 1st for professional 24-70mm f/2.8 standard zooms.

A sharpness score of 17 P-Mpix is impressive in terms of the direct competition again ranking 1st for pro standard zooms, ahead of the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED with 15 P-Mpix, and the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM with 16 P-Mpix.

Considering the huge 36-megapixel sensor in the D800 however a sharpness score of 17 P-Mpix is less than half of the camera’s resolution and put into that perspective is less impressive. So whilst the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD – and pro standard zooms in general – offer good features, build and versatility, lenses that cover such a focal range with a large fixed maximum aperture aren’t the sharpest. 

Pros:

  • Best performing Nikon mount 24-70mm pro standard zoom tested on D800
  • Excellent price point
  • Image Stabilization
  • Good build quality
  • Weather sealing
  • 825g weight
  • USD AF motor & full time manual override

Cons:

  • Sharpness of 17 P-Mpix is less than half the resolution of the D800