Tamron 24-70mm: Picture 1 regular $1,299.00

About Tamron 24-70mm

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Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A007), the world's first full-size high-speed standard zoom lens equipped with VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization and USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive), with resolution at the top ofits class.

VC (Vibration Compensation) VC (Vibration Compensation) is Tamron's proprietary image stabilization system. Tamron's VC is a three-coil system, whereby three driving coils activate the shake-compensating VC lens group electromagnetically via three steel balls. The VC lens elements are held in place only by contact with the steel balls, achieving smooth movement with little friction. This provides a stable viewfinder image with excellent tracking performance. And as the VC lens may be moved in parallel using only the motorized control, the mechanical structure hasbeen simplified, enabling the creation of a more compact lens.

New VC system (moving coil method)
Tamron's original VC image stabilization mechanism utilized a moving magnet system whereby a heavy magnet was positio ned near the moving VC lens element. In the new VC unit the positions of the magnet and the coil are reversed, because of this the VC optical lens element is attached to the coil. The new VC mechanism employs a moving coil mechanism with a lightweight coil, and the lighter coil reduces the load on the drive system. Thus, the lighter, more compact new VC unit contributes to the lens's overall light weight and compact size. Because the 24-70 mm F/2.8 Di VC USD is a high-speed zoom lens with maximum aperture of F/2.8, its VC system must drive a lens that is larger and heavier than other zooms. Therefore, the shape, size and layout of the drive coils are all designed to obtain sufficient thrust. The result is a full-size, high-speed zoom that provides the same high level of compensation effect.

About the ultrasonic motor
In the ultrasonic motor, a piezoelectric element arranged in a ring formation generates ultrasonic vibrations in a metallic ring stator, and the vibration energy is used to rotate a metallic ring rotor that is attached to the stator. The rotation energy is in turn transferred from the metallic ring rotor to operate the focus lens.

The Tamron 24-70mm is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Low light, Night photography, Weddings and more.The Tamron 24-70mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Pro photographer among others.The Tamron 24-70mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Tamron 24-70mm: Consistent output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction

Tamron 24-70mm Features

  • World's first full-size, high-speed standard zoom with built-in image stabilization (VC - Vibration Compensation)
  • Fast F/2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range
  • Top-in-class quality images with 3 LD, 3 Glass Molded Aspheric, 1 Hybrid Aspheric and 2 XR (Extra Refractive Index) elements
  • New VC anti-shake mechanism with 4-stop advantage
  • USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) powers a speedy AF drive together with continuous manual focus control (Full-Time Manual/FTM)
  • Moisture-resistant construction helps prevent water from penetrating the lens
  • A rounded diaphragm retains a nearly circular shape even at two stops down from its fully open F/2.8 aperture for beautiful bokeh
  • Internal AF motor

Tamron 24-70mm Specifications

12 Groups/ 17 Elements
Angle of view
84°04' -34°21' (for full frame 35mm format cameras)
60°20' -22°33' (for APS-C format cameras)
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Closest Focusing Distance
0.38m (15.0 in)
Maximum Magnification
1:5 (at f=70mm: MFD 0.38m)
No. of Diaphragm Blades
9 (rounded diaphragm)
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
4.3" x 3.5" (108.5 x 88.2mm)
29.1 ox / 825g
Mfr #

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Most Liked Positive Review


Nice lens!

I have used this lens to photograph events and portraits. The auto focus and image stabilization work great. I researched 3 24-70 2.8 lenses: Nikon, Sigma, and Tamron. I am happy with my decision to go with the Tamron.


Most Liked Negative Review


Tamron 24-70 Nikon mount

I tried the lens for a week or so. I must say this lens is not bad at all. It's really not as sharp as others have specified. I returned it and got the daddy of lenses , the prime Nikon 24-70mm. Right away I saw the differences. Not only in bokeh or in the depth of field but in the sharpness of the photos. For the price is not bad at all. I would recommend this lens to a beginner. Not for a pro level photographer.

Reviewed by 31 customers


What a lens


Checked out all the reviews on youtube and they were spot on. Great lens and a great price.


Excellent purchase


I am a portrait and wedding photographer. This lens is amazing. It is fast and amazing in low light. The bokeh is beautiful. If you are looking for a lens with tons of versatility, this is the lens!


Stop thinking and buy it.


I have been looking for a lens that I can put on the camera and go out for they day. I bought this only a week ago but I've used it already for a photoshoot. Amazing lens to use. The colors are vibrant, the photos are clear and crisp and razor sharp. I'm so glad that I purchased it. So far the only thing I noticed was in lower light it did search for focus one time. So in closing stop reading this review and buy it.


A Mixed Bag


I've used this lens for six months so have a good idea of it's performance. After hearing all the hype I was hoping for better sharpness than my 24-105, but found it not as good as the Canon at any aperture or focal length. The problem seems to be the AF, which is unreliable. If you focus manually the lens is as good as Canon, though not better (however, I seem to have a blueprint-perfect 24-105 copy, FWIW). My first copy stopped communicating with the camera after six shots, so it was exchanged. The second copy was okay in that regard, but had to go back to Tamron due to a non-functioning VC and wonky AF. The VC now works, but AF is only marginally better. I'll keep it because of the aperture and VC in low-light situations (which is really why I bought it) and because I'm okay using manual focus, but the Canon is much more reliable and a far better walk-around lens. In summary: a respectable special-purpose lens with very good optics and low-light capability, and poor AF with iffy build-quality. I'll probably send it to Tamron again in a couple of months in hopes they've sorted out the AF situation. BTW, Tamron Customer Service was excellent and the three-year warranty is very nice.


Perhaps I Received a Bad Copy...


Ordered to satisfy my curiosity: I am a stong proponent of Canon glass for my Canons (1DsMIII's). After checking MTF (photozone.de and dpreview.com, et. al.) and other reviews I bought this unit. The autofocus is respectably quick, and the effects of the stabilization are quite obvious...but the lens is terribly soft in the periphery, and is not consistently sharp paraxially. I must have a bad copy, so have initiated an exchange. Problems seem worse using Automatic Focus Point Selection on the camera. Very intent on keeping a copy due to the image stabilization...


Tamron 24-70


Great for night shooting handheld W/ my D610 @ 400 or 800 ISO. This lens is very sharp and well built. I would recommend it to anyone with a full frame camera. The lens is heavy but balances well on a small full frame like the D610.


A fine value


Almost as good as the Canon, has image stabilization, 5 year warranty... half the price. What's not to like? Lightroom does a great job fixing any barrel distortion and vignetting. I gave it 4 stars because I had to send a copy back due to the IS causing blur. But Tamron fixed it very quickly and with no fuss.


Excellent lens for the price!


I've had quite a lot of different lenses, from 24-70L to Tamron 28-75, 24-105L, e.t.c. Tamron 24-70mm VC doesn't disappoint. It builds on the success of the 28-75mm but adds a little bit of sharpness in addition to VC. Focusing is pretty fast, just like the Canon's L-version. The lens is very sharp in the center. One thing to keep in mind is vignetting. Since many professional photographers use this lens for wedding work, it even compliments their styles to bring the eye towards the subject. Also, the lens is big! It's bigger than the 24-70 II. If you're used to the old 28-75mm Tamron, this thing will be much-much bigger! It's build quality is very good as well. Tamron has added a protective ring around the metal mount. Vibration Compensation is adding 3-4 stops, which could mean ISO 1600 instead of 6400 in poor lit conditions. Overall I give it A+. If you know its limitations and could live with vignetting, this is an excellent glass for the money. Don't expect the sky to fall for $1,000. However, it's a great improvement if you're coming from 28-75 or 24-105L.


Quick Shipping. Great lens.


I love the lens. I am using it on a crop sensor, however, and hope to soon go full frame as it isn't wide enough for me on crop sensor. This lens was shipped very quickly and had no problems with the transaction!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent Lens for Canon


I bought this lens to give me good coverage from 24-70mm. The fact this lens is equipped VC (Tamron talk for IS). This allows hand holding this lens while shooting street photography. This could only be done by using high ISO, and fast shutter speeds, when using Canon, and Sigma lenses. It is a bit heavy and will pull the camera forward, and down. So, you have hold the camera up as you shoot. On a Canon 7D the lens is great, on full frame, it gives some vignetting a the lower end. This not the case with a crop body. This lens, and image quality fills the gaps from 24mm-70mm, Canon L, fills the 70-200, and the Tamron 200-500 covers the spectrum for less $.


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Gina M  I'm not sure what to purchase with my Nikon D750: The Tamron sp24-70 mm f/2.8 or The Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens for Nikon. If I take photos with the 24-70 and then crop it in a lot, will it have just as good of a quality print as if I would use the zoom of 200 on the f/3.5? My budget doesn't allow me to get both. Thanks
MICHELINE F  No you won't get the same results, your amount of pixels left will be much less if you crop. On the other hand, the quality of the image on the 24-70 is superior to that of the 28-300 without talking about its possibilities in low light. To have a f 2.8 lens allow for more flexibility in low light. You have to ask yourself what kind of pictures you take. do you do portrait? landscape? wildlife? If you want an all around lens to travel and you don't care too much about the small details of the picture, or if you do lots of wildlife than you may want the 28-300 But if you do landscape or family pictures you are probably better off with the 24-70 specially with such a good camera, you probably want this quality not hindered by the lens you choose. I already have the 24-70 with my D600 and I am very satisfied.
Gina M  Thanks Micheline. To answer your question I take landscape and indoor gym photography
Jack B  Does the lens extend when zooming?
KEVIN W  Yes...i love the lens. it has been my go lens for wedding and portraits.
Jack B  Thanks, Kevin. Small sensor or full frame? JB..
Jack B  Does the lens extend when zooming?
KEVIN W  Yes...i love the lens. it has been my go lens for wedding and portraits.
Jack B  Thanks, Kevin. Small sensor or full frame? JB..
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