Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD (Nikon): The highest ranked pro standard zoom for Nikon
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.
- 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
- Sharpness of 17 P-Mpix is less than half the resolution of the D800
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The Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD is distinguished by being the first fast standard zoom for full frame cameras to include optical image stabilization. The fact that it does so in a design that includes a ring-type ultrasonic motor for fast, silent autofocus and a degree of weathersealing (Tamron uses the term 'drip-proof'), all at a significantly lower price than Canon's non-stabilized EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM that was announced around the same time, might lead you to think suspect must be some serious compromise involved in its design. But there isn't.
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