Tamron Announces SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens, by Alex Cooke

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Jul 012017

For many photographers, a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens with vibration compensation is a holy grail. Tamron has just introduced their second generation of that exact lens with many improvements and a slick redesign. Check out the new lens!


  • New dual Micro-Processing Unit for quicker and more precise AF and improved Vibration Compensation performance
  • Two extra refractive elements, three low dispersion elements, three glass-molded aspherical elements, and one hybrid aspherical element to reduce distortion and aberrations
  • eBAND and BBAR coatings to reduce flare and ghosting
  • USM autofocus motor with full-time manual override
  • Five-stop Vibration Compensation with two modes (normal and panning)
  • Moisture resistance with fluorine-coated front element
  • Minimum focusing distance: 15″
  • Maximum reproduction ratio: 1:5
  • 17 elements in 12 groups
  • Nine-blade diaphragm
  • Front element: 82mm
  • Weight: 1.99 lbs. (904 g)
  • Compatible with optional TAP-in Console

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Sep 092015

Tamron are known for their affordably priced, feature rich zoom lenses. The 17-50mm f/2.8 VC (Vibration Control) and 24-70mm f/2.8 VC are popular budget choice lenses for video shooters using APS-C and full frame cameras respectively. The latter a particularly interesting number as there is no other direct replacement for it (both Canon, Nikon and Sigma standard zoom lenses offer Image Stabilization or a fast f/2.8 aperture, not both).

Whilst Tamron has offered much in certain departments it has lacked in others. Build quality has always been a downside when comparing to other lenses, and short focus throws make them tough for video shooters. The new SP (Super Performance) prime pair look to make some changes, offering up a first for Tamron in the high quality fixed focal length sector (ignoring their current macro lenses).


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