Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Review (Nikon) [Izim AA Photography]

One of the first pieces of kit a Photographer should get is a good, well rounded lens that will cover most situations. This is the reason why kit lenses are in the 18-55mm range on cropped sensors or 24-120/24-105mm range.  Sure, you could go with a lens from Canon or Nikon, but is the extra cost worth it? Some would argue that in the 4-figure price-range it should be more about image quality. As mentioned in my previous review, Tamron has really taken it upon themselves to place themselves in fierce competition with Nikon and Canon not only price-wise but also quality wise. Let’s take a look in our Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Review for Nikon.

(This Review may apply to all versions of this lens, but the Nikon version is tested here)

THE SPECS:

  • Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens (Nikon Mount)
    Model A007N
    Lens Construction (Groups/Elements) 12/17
    Angle of View (diagonal) 84°04’ -34°21’ (for full frame 35mm format cameras)60°20’ -22°33’ (for APS-C format cameras)
    Diaphragm Blade Number 9 (rounded diaphragm)
    Minimum Aperture F/22
    Minimum Focus Distance 0.38m (15.0 in)
    Macro Magnification Ratio 1:5 (at f=70mm: MFD 0.38m)
    Filter Diameter ø82
    Weight 825g (29.1 oz)*
    Length * 108.5mm (4.3 in)*
    Full Length ** 116.9mm (4.6 in)*
    Diameter φ88.2mm (3.5 in)
    Accessory Flower-shaped Lens hood
    Mount Canon, Nikon, ++Sony A mount
Tamron SP 24-70mm Di VC USD Nikon Mount (Model A007N)

Tamron SP 24-70mm Di VC USD Nikon Mount (Model A007N)

 

Tamron SP 24-70mm Di VC USD Nikon Mount (Model A007N)

Tamron SP 24-70mm Di VC USD Nikon Mount (Model A007N)

 

Tamron SP 24-70mm Di VC USD Nikon Mount (Model A007N)

Tamron SP 24-70mm Di VC USD Nikon Mount (Model A007N)

 

Tamron SP 24-70mm Di VC USD Nikon Mount (Model A007N)

Tamron SP 24-70mm Di VC USD Nikon Mount (Model A007N)

 

Tamron SP 24-70mm Di VC USD Nikon Mount (Model A007N)

Tamron SP 24-70mm Di VC USD Nikon Mount (Model A007N)

 

 

THE GOOD:

  • USD (Ultra Sonic Silent Drive)
    • Very quiet and quick, absolutely no problems focusing.
  • VC: (Vibration Compensation)
    • Absolutely no issues with hand-held shots at shutter speeds as low as 1/20th of a second. Absolutely phenomenal vibration stabilization functionality. I wouldn’t recommend turning this off at all unless of course you’re on a solid tripod or very slow shutter speed.
  • Great Bokeh!
    • The 9 Blade rounded diaphram creates some absolutely beautiful bokeh.
  • Build Quality
    • This lens is obviously built to last. It is built solid and the weight lets you know that immediately.

 

THE BAD:

  • Slightly Over-Weight
    • Sure, when you use solid materials and build a high quality product you are bound to end up with a heavier, more durable product, but in our tests and continuous use of this lens for all kinds of event shoots we have found our wrists becoming sore and painful. This lens, clocking in at 865 grams, is heavy and there really isn’t any way around that. Not a deal-breaker here but more of a note for smaller photographers, those with weight concerns and/or back/wrist/neck issues. However this is still lighter than the 900 gram Nikon equivalent.

 

THE COST:

  • $1299.99

 

SAMPLE IMAGES:

Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens

Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens

Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens

Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens

Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens

Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens

Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens

Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens

Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens

Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens

Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens

Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens

Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens

Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens

 

CONCLUSION:

We absolutely love this lens. Sure, it could be a little lighter and a very tiny bit sharper at its top-end range (~60-70mm), but it’s still extremely competitive and what’s there not to like?  This review is quite frankly more of a long-term review than a quick test. We have been using this lens on almost every single event shoot (Engagements, Weddings, Proposals, Birthday Parties, Family Events, Religious Events, Portraits), and it never leaves our camera bag. It has never failed to focus or perform under pressure and the only constant issue we ever have with this lens is the weight. But most professionals expect that, and when you carry a 70-200mm lens as well in the bag along with a bunch of other equipment you tend to be more forgiving.

 

RECOMMENDATION: Must-Have (4.75 / 5.0)