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Tamron SP 24-70 mm f / 2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens rating

The post Tamron SP 24-70 mm f / 2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens Review first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Kunal Malhotra.

The 24-70 mm is undoubtedly one of the most desirable lenses for obvious reasons. With the focal length range in a single lens, you can photograph multiple genres, such as street, landscape, portraits, and travel.

I recently got to know the Tamron SP 24-70 mm f / 2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens and I have been using it for more than a month now. I also made a comparison with the Canon variant, which I am talking about at the end, along with sample images.

This lens is available in Canon and Nikon holders designed for FX and EF format cameras. It can also be mounted on DX / EF-S housings.

Build quality and ergonomics

Talking about the construction of the Tamron 24-70 mm f / 2.8 G2, it consists of 17 elements in 12 groups and 9 rounded aperture blades. This lens has a moisture-resistant construction and the front element has a fluorine coating that protects against dust, dirt and smearing.

The moment I was holding the Tamron 24-70 mm f / 2.8 G2, my first impression was that this lens feels premium. With the new SP series, Tamron has revised and strengthened the design of their professional lenses. The AF / MF and VC ON / OFF switches are of superior quality and the rubber handles for focus and focal length adjustment feel comfortable.

One thing that impresses me on this Tamron lens is the placement of the focal length ring. I am used to the Canon 24-70 mm f / 2.8 lens, which has the focal length ring near the camera. While the Tamron 24-70 mm f / 2.8 G2 lens is placed close to the front element. After using both lenses, I feel that the placement of the focal length ring is much more user-friendly on the Tamron lens.

In terms of technical progress, the Tamron 24-70 mm f / 2.8 G2 lens is compatible with the TAP-in console (to be purchased separately) for fine-tuning the focus adjustments and also for updating the lens firmware.

Focus speed and accuracy

The lens is equipped with an autofocus motor from the Ultrasonic Silent Drive that is designed to provide fast and accurate focusing. After using the lens for a month, I feel that the focus is precise and fast, even with fast-moving subjects. As a street and travel photographer, my priority is to capture the focus, and this lens compliments my camera perfectly.

I also took the Tamron 24-70 mm f / 2.8 lens for a spin in low light and I was happy to see how quickly it locked the focus. Even in the continuous focus mode, it was hardly focused. In general, this lens is a charmer in the focus speed and accuracy department.

After using the Canon 24-70 mm f / 2.8 lens for almost 3 years, the Tamron lens did not give me the feeling that I was using a slower lens. It was almost the same experience for me. With the sharpest distance of 1.25 ft or 15 inch (same as the Canon version), I was also able to take photos at close range.

Sharpness and image quality

There is one highlight feature in this Tamron zoom lens that the Canon variant lacks, and that is VC (Vibration Compensation) or Image Stabilization. VC helps minimize camera shake by up to 5 stops, which can be effective in low light.

Thanks to the VC on this lens, I was able to shoot with slower shutter speeds such as 1 / 10th -1 / 15th sec and lower ISO values ​​without introducing shaking in the photos. In practice, with this lens I was able to achieve 3.5 – 4 stops Image Stabilization performance, something that I could not do with my Canon version.

Canon and Tamron 24-70 mm f / 2.8

From f / 2.8 to f / 4, the Canon is slightly sharper in the center and has better contrast performance. But during testing, these lenses started to generate comparable results in terms of sharpness and contrast at f / 4 and narrower.

In general, the Canon 24-70 mm f / 2.8 lens scores better in terms of image quality. While, for me, the Tamron is a winner considering the price-quality ratio and the build quality.

LEFT: recording in 1/15 sec with VC OFF. RIGHT: Shot at 1/15 sec with VC ON

Conclusion

At a good price, the Tamron SP 24-70 mm f / 2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens seems to be an excellent choice for travel, street photography, wedding photography and even landscape photography. The image quality is superior and the focus speed and accuracy are just right. If you are looking for a 24-70 mm f / 2.8 lens that is slightly cheaper than the Canon // Nikon variant, but still performs very well, this could be an ideal choice.

The post Tamron SP 24-70 mm f / 2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens Review first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Kunal Malhotra.

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