Further readings for the Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 Di VC USD Nikon
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We summarize the scores and analyses of multi-purpose zoom lenses in this second part of our review of the best lenses for the Nikon D5. More versatile than primes, zoom lenses are often a more convenient choice for shooting in fast-paced environments when you don’t always have time to switch lenses. Although primes generally deliver better image quality, with noticeably improved edge sharpness and transmission, zoom performance has steadily improved, and now some come close to rivalling the performance of a prime.
The Tokina AT-X 24-70mm f/2.8 PRO FX (Tokina 24-70mm f/2.8) is a wide-angle to short telephoto, fast-aperture standard zoom for use on full-frame Canon or Nikon DSLRs. Great lens metric scores from Tokina’s latest affordable, pro-grade, standard zoom for Nikon full-frame DSLRs.
After releasing the highly-regarded 35mm and 24mm f1.4 DG HSM Art series primes, Sigma has introduced an ultra-fast, high-grade 24-35mm f2 DG HSM Art zoom intended to appeal to enthusiasts who might favor convenience over outright lens speed. Available in Canon and now Nikon lens mount versions, the Sigma 24-35mm f2 DG HSM Art is a constant-aperture, full-frame zoom designed to rival the equivalent focal length f/2 and f/2.8 primes in image quality, and tempt people away from standard zooms.
Launched back in August 2015, but only recently available due to unexpected shipping delays, the new AF-S Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR (Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E) is an updated version of Nikon’s FX-mount fast-aperture standard zoom.
The Nikon D750 is an affordable 24.3Mp full-frame DSLR with attractive-looking specs for both the enthusiast and the professional photographer. It’s capable of producing outstanding pictures, but the quality of the lens used has a bearing on image quality. We’ve analyzed the performance of 105 lenses on the Nikon D750, and in part one we bring you an analysis of the top three zoom lenses in six different categories.
Nikon’s mid-term refresh of the firm’s hugely popular D800 and D800E models resulted in a single model, the D810. Like the D800E it aims to maximize the resolution of the full-frame 36-Mpix CMOS sensor and omits a modified AA filter completely. We’ve analyzed the image quality of over 100 different lenses mounted to the new camera to discover how well this new model performs.
Following on from the lens recommendations for the earlier full-frame Nikon D600, we’ve now had the opportunity to assess a wide range lenses with that model’s replacement, the 24-Mpix D610. We’ve analyzed a total of 95 Nikkor and third-party prime and zoom models with the D610 to assess image quality, and we’ve come across some unexpected results. Read onto find out more about that and which lenses perform best when paired with the camera.
This is the second part of our lens recommendations for the Nikon D7100 where we’ve analyzed nearly 60 Nikkor and third-party standard and portrait prime and zoom models to assess their optical quality. Read onto find out which of these lenses are the best performers when paired with Nikon’s ultra-high resolution 24-Mpix APS-C format semi-pro model.
Tamron has an excellent reputation for macro lenses and their 90mm focal length is practically legendary. The latest version has a new state of the art optical design and adds image stabilization (vibration reduction) as well as an ultrasonic type AF motor. Read on to see how well this new significantly updated model performs in our labs.
Tamron’s new full-frame high-speed standard zoom won plaudits for its high image quality and balance of features for the price. However, while the Sony Alpha mount version similarly includes an ultrasonic type AF motor, it doesn’t have the optical stabilization feature because of the stabilized sensor platform of the Alpha camera bodies. Read on to see how well this revised version performs on the Sony SLT Alpha 99.
I am looking to buy this lens. I do a lot of flash photography. Is it possible to use the lens while using the on camera flash in iTTL mode? Does Tamron 24-70 convey the lens focal length to the speedlight mounted on camera (iTTL)? I ask this because I read somewhere that third party lenses do not convey the lens focal length to the flash for use in iTTL metering mode. Thanks.
I'm confused on your statement: 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 with 15 P-Mpix, and Sigma 24-70mm 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 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.
Are you saying that Tamron is the best of the lot BUT only Prime lens can take advantage of the 36mp sensor? Thanks! Rich
Hi Rich, Thanks a lot for the kind words and for your participation to this forum. You are right to say that the difference between best prime and best zoom is a bit large. So if you want to use the D800 at its best, maybe you should use a prime lens. Best regards.
I own a nikon 24-70 and use it professionally. I cannot recall a single time I need VR for it. The Nikon is built like a truck and the lens quality is outstanding. I am sure the Canon is the same. I do not understand how the Nikon misses focus, as every shot needs composition and in that instant, the lens focuses. When you spot focus and not have your camera set on 'professional' you do not have focus issues. The Tamron has an extending pump barrel, a feature that sucks in dust. A feature best reserved for lower use lenses. I work in dusty environments so the Tamron would never make my short list. I am sure the Tamron is a great lens, but not to be carried away by hype from users who may also be employees of Tamron.
I use both the Nikon and Tamron version of this lens in professional applications. I've used both to shoot stills and video. Typically I used the Nikon in the studio and indoors while I like the Tamron for outdoor shooting. I've found the Tamron to be the better overall lens for my needs overall. The only area where the Tamron comes in second to Nikon is corner sharpness wide open where the Nikon slightly bests the Tamron. But that has pretty much been a non-issue. I've pretty much settled on the Tamron. It's VR capability makes it far more versatile for me on both still and video and has enabled me to get more useable shots and footage. I've not found the pump action detrimental and I work in dusty environments. My last shoot involved an afternoon at two wineries and a horse stable. I didn't see sensor dust as an issue.
Hi, how do you consider uContrast and flare resistance while scoring? Pro Nikkor's generally blew away others by their uContrast, bokeh, build, flare resistance, weather seal and more importantly service-ability.
I was wondering if you have tested this lens at longer distances? Is this part of you testing regimen? Or do you only do the tests in a small lab?
In my experience it was fine when focused close but when you focus on objects that are far away the Nikon lens blew it out of the water. It could be that I had a bad copy but I have seen the same conclusion on other websites.
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 AD into second with 28 points, and is well ahead of the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM with 23.