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

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85% Gold Award
Overall the Tamron comes so close to the much more expensive non-stabilized Canon and Nikon lenses, both optically and operationally, that it's difficult to see why most enthusiast photographers might choose to buy them instead.”

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Key Features

  • 24-70mm focal length
  • 36-105mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras, 38.4-112mm equivalent focal length on Canon APS-C cameras
  • F2.8 constant maximum aperture; F22 minimum
  • Ultrasonic-type AF motor with full-time manual focusing
  • Image stabilization, VC (Vibration Compensation)
  • 82mm filters
  • 0.38m/14.96" minimum focus
  • Available in Canon EF, Nikon F (FX), Nikon F (DX), Sony Alpha mounts

Product Description

The Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD is a high quality, highly functional, high-speed standard zoom lens. It includes both Tamron’s proprietary VC (Vibration
Compensation) image stabilization to reduce shake and its USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) motor, enabling speedy, silent autofocusing. This SP (Super Performance) series lens makes full use of specialized glass elements in its lens layout, including three LD elements and two XR (Extra Refractive Index) elements. It is also Tamron’s first lens to feature moisture-resistant construction.


Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 24–70 mm
Image stabilisation Yes (VC (Vibration Compensation))
Lens mount Canon EF, Nikon F (FX), Sony/Minolta Alpha
Maximum aperture F2.8
Minimum aperture F22.0
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Aperture notes Rounded aperture
Elements 17
Groups 12
Special elements / coatings 3 LD (Low Dispersion) elements, 2 XR (Extra Refractive Index) elements, 3 glass molded aspheric elements , 1 hybrid aspherical element
Minimum focus 0.38 m (14.96)
Maximum magnification 0.21×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Ultrasonic
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale Yes
DoF scale No
Weight 825 g (1.82 lb)
Diameter 88 mm (3.47)
Length 117 mm (4.6)
Sealing Yes
Colour Black
Zoom method Rotary (extending)
Power zoom No
Zoom lock Yes
Filter thread 82 mm
Filter notes Does not rotate on focusing
Hood supplied Yes
Hood product code HA007
Tripod collar No


DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other lenses in the same category at the time of review.

Score Breakdown
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Optical Quality
Build Quality
Image Stabilization
Ergonomics and Handling
Gold Award
Gold Award
85 %
Overall Score

The Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD is the first fast standard zoom for full frame cameras to feature optical image stabilization. Its combination of impressive optics, effective autofocus and image stabilization systems, and drip-proof construction makes it a compelling alternative to the much more expensive offerings from Canon, Nikon and Sony.

Good For

Enthusiast and semi-professional photographers looking for a high quality fast zoom for full frame cameras.

Not So Good For

User Reviews

4.40909 out of 5 stars
  • TheApprentice, Feb 1, 2013 GMT:
    Great lens in real life situations

    I was originally apprehensive about purchasing this lens. I read all the reviews about the "onion" bokeh and distortion at 24 mm. I almost spent the extra $600 on the Nikon, but I really wanted to have VC for low-light situations (weddings, etc.), so I gave it a shot. After a month of shooting, I can say with absolute certainty that this lens is nothing short of spectacular. I have taken several hundred photos and have come to the conclusion I made the right decision. I highly recommend ...

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  • Dodi73, Jan 2, 2013 GMT:
    Probably the most underestimated zoom lens out there.

    Having in my bag only Zeiss lenses, when I had to get my D600, I accepted the offer to pair it with the Tamron 24-70 VC USD. Actually my approach has always been a standard zoom lens and a set of three or more primes to fit the bag every time I exit (one at a time of course), depending on the subject. I was e)xtremely satisfied of all my previous Tamron lenses ( worth only saying I exchanged my 90 F/2.8 macro for no less than the Zeiss 2/100!) both the 28-75 and the 70-200. Actually, I'd ...

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  • gajuambi, Mar 19, 2013 GMT:
    2 consecutive Bad Copies

    I bought the 1st tamron 24-70mm VC Di lens from smartshoppers.in in india and found out that it has a known issue with canon t4i (650d). It drains out the entire battery of the camera within 48 hours even if the camera is turned off. They sent me a replacement and the replacement copy was still the same. I finally got it exchanged it for a canon 24-105 f/4 L lens. The quality and the build of the lens was good, it was way to heavy for a walkaround lens but no complaints about the quality ...

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  • WideAperture, Mar 7, 2013 GMT:
    Love this lens except it Froze the 5D Mark 3, just one time...

    Sharp images. Love the VC (IS / VR / OS) Problems: froze the camera during my initial handling of it on the 5D mark III it has been 1 week and no issues so far. Vignetting is serious at f2.8 but stopping down to 5.6 almost fixes it. distorting is there at 24mm of course. Both can be corrected in Lighroom with lens profile.

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Questions & Answers


Full Frame: F2.8 vs. F4?

This is about zooms: 16-35, 24-70, and 70-200. Canon is unique in offering both F2.8 and F4 versions. Nikon only has F2.8. Sony FE (the new A7 models) are only F4. But there are differences: 1) While the 70-200 has IS for both apertures, the F4 has for the 16-35 and the 24-70. For low light stills, IS may provide 2-4 F-stops more light with a slower shutter speed (although with more motion blur of a moving subject) while the F2.8 is just one F-stop faster. For low light stills, F4 IS would seem to be preferable. 2) F2.8 will produce a slightly shorter DOF. It is the same difference as using the same F2.8 lens on an APS-C (e.g. 7D) vs. full frame: F4 full-frame DOF = F2.8 APS-C DOF. Does that really matter, especially at lower focal lengths which generally have a long DOF? 3) A lens or camera isn't very useful unless you have it with you. The two 16-35s are about the same weight (the new Tamron 15-30 F2.8 VC is nearly double), the F4 24-70 IS is about 1/2 pound lighter, but the F4 ...

DavidNJ100 asked
1 month ago


Answer: Review your own research, compare your needs to the data you have gathered, and make a decision. Continue Reading

Rick Knepper answered
1 month ago

David, You have some good questions, but I'll just say this first: I'm never short of amazed how much money I see being spent on things that so often make so little difference and so often purely on the quest to have "the best". I have seen insane amounts of money spent on gear that first gets used only to take pictures of ducks and squirrels, and then ends up on Craigslist with the description "Mint condition! Only used three times!" I don't see this just every so often... I see it a LOT! Now, with that brief editorial out of the way, I'll address a few of your issues. First, the 70-200 lenses. Yes, you are correct that IS can help 2-4 stops for still subjects. You are also correct that moving subjects will blur at low shutter speeds. So what does that mean for you? Well, if you shoot still subjects and that extra stop of bokeh is not worth a cool thousand, then the f4 might be good for you. We actually own both the f2.8 and f4 IS versions. Wedding photographers probably end up ... Continue Reading

1 month ago

Agreed, those are the three that we all want. As for the weight of the 70-200 2.8 IS II, it rarely comes off of my camera because I absolutely love shooting with it. The weight is only an excuse mostly for those that can't have it. Continue Reading

Blessed answered
1 month ago


Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD with Nikon D750

Hello Friends.. Need some help... recently I bought Nikon D750 and Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens ... I am having battery drain issues .. I thought its a battery issue but I tried it with other battery, still the same issue. A full charged battery takes only 150-160 shots though nikon claims 1200 plus shots. To do further research I started using my Nikon f1.8G prime lens and I found that the camera battery is performing much better... takes around 600 plus shots with some video clips as well. Can someone assist if they have faced any such issues with Tamrom 24-70. Needless to say.. the Tamron lens is just amazing.. much better & the pictures are tech sharp and also the clarity is amazing. I am just worried with the battery drain issue...pls assist.. Is it an issue with Nikon D750 or with Tamron Lens? Any help would be appreciated. I am located in Delhi, India

Manishcool asked
1 month ago


I don't know if this information will actually help, but here goes - I currently use the Tamron 24-70 with a D7000 and I find the battery life exceptional. I have just finished a weekend shoot consisting of a wedding rehearsal and an 8-hour wedding shoot (yup, not a typo!) and I currently have 99% remaining reading for the EN-EL15 in the body and 30% remaining on the EN-EL15 in the MB-D11 grip. I shot around half my frames with the Tamron, and the other half with a Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 I hope this information is useful. ;) Continue Reading

WiredKiwi answered
28 days ago

One issue that a few have noted with the Tamron 24-70mm is that when the VC is used for the first time in awhile(or for the first time) it seems to sometimes take awhile to "warm up" and can actually end up blurring the image. Perhaps that could be the cause here? the VC over acting using up the battery faster. Continue Reading

MoreorLess answered
28 days ago


Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 hybrid aspherical lens how does it last in time

I am considering buying one with Sony A mount.  The reviews are awesome and beside  vignetting and barrel distortions at f/2.8, and 24 focal distance (which are somehow normal and also present in the more expensive zooms). My main worry is how the hybrid aspherical lens is going to last in time. My understanding is that the hybrids are made from a spherical lens behind which optical quality resin is injected to form an aspherical type of lens by superposition. This resin (some call it plastic, but it may be resin too) may degrade in time faster or even detach from the glass. Is there any information about how these types of lenses behave in time. Is aging affecting them? Does anyone have experience with this type of lenses with hybrid components? Thanks, Bogdan

24 days ago



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