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
Poor Excellent
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

Photographers who require the very fastest autofocus and most robust construction. Owners of APS-C/DX cameras may find lenses in the 17-50mm F2.8 class offer a more useful focal length range.

User Reviews

4.35 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


Which would you choose? Primes vs. Zooms

I'm a new videographer who just purchased most of my gear, except the lenses. I have a Canon 5dmkii with a Canon 55mm f/1.8 After reading lots of reviews and recommendations I've narrowed down the field to some third party lenses I'm considering going in on. At this point my budget is roughly $600-$900, so that puts me at either one zoom lens or two primes. For zooms I'm looking at the:Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 ( image stabilization) vs the Canon 24-70 f/2.8 (with no IS). I've also heard mixed reviews about the Canon 24-105 f/4 because it has such a large range but it is a bit slow. There is a huge thread discussing the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 at the moment, but it seems users are going both ways on it. For primes I would buy a single wide lens, and a single portrait lens about 85mm. Wide: Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 vs Samyang 35mm f/1.4 Portrait: Rokin 85mm f/1.4 vs Samyang 85mm f/1.4 I plan on mainly shooting video: documentary interviews, b-roll, short films, etc. What do you guys prefer, zoom or ...

3 months ago


Some of the Nikon F to  Canon EF adapters fit a little loosely. Look for the adapters that have a leaf spring - these fit well. Fotodiox Pro adapter (~$70.00) works very well, Bower adaptor (without the leaf spring) is loose. I use a Nikkor AIS 50mm f/1.2 as my normal prime - nice lens. Continue Reading

NancyP answered
3 months ago

If you are going to do video and considering non-AF lenses anyways; I would seriously look at Adapter+Nikon F-mount old Nikkor lenses.  You can pick one up for ridiculously cheap; you can follow the online instructions on how to remove the "f-stop clicks" so you get basically a cine-lens style no stop aperture.  You can probably pick up a Nikkor 50mm F1.8 AIS for $20.  I am sure if you swim around evil-bay you can pick up old Nikkor lenses in those desired focal lengths for pennies on the dollar. I was in Singapore a few months ago; and a tv station was filming there.  I walked over there to see what they were "filming" with.  Canon 7D + adapter + Nikkor 50mm F1.2.  I talked to the guy, only lens he has.  Shoots every single on location with that combo.  They filmed and then watched the review right away to see if they needed another take.  The combo worked amazingly well. So it's a cheap(er) alternative and suggestion if you haven't considered it.  If I was doing video; even though ... Continue Reading

Albert answered
3 months ago

Just a quick FYI. Rokinon/Samyang are the same lenses. Samyang is the Korean company and Rokinon is one of the names it sells its lenses under. Other brands they use are listed here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samyang_Optics I have heard great stuff about the 85mm in particular and Samyang lenses in general. Never owned any though because they are fully manual lenses. While this would be great on a mirrorless camera due to things like focus-peaking and the WYSIWYG nature of EVFs, it's not ideal on a DSLR in my opinion. The trade-off though is you get excellent optical quality and mechanical reliability at a really low price, weight and size. On the general video recommendation front, sorry but I don't shoot enough of it to weigh in. Continue Reading

Pritzl answered
3 months ago


The right wide-angle zoom

Hey everyone. First time posting on the forum, so bear with me. I shoot sports and action a lot - basketball, etc... I have two Canon bodies (70D and T3i) and am looking at a better wide angle lens. Here are the lenses I have: 18-55 kit lens 70-200 2.8 50mm 1.8 85mm 1.8 I'm thinking to sell the 85mm 1.8 and buying a better wide-angle (2.8) lens where the AF is going to work fast enough for sports like basketball. As I see it, I have 2 or 3 options if I'm not going with a Canon 24-70 (since I don't have over $2000 to spend). 1) 18-55 f 2.8. It's not an L series lens but seems like the AF would be quick enough? and price is $850-$900 range... which is doable. 2) Tamron 24-70 VC 2.8. I know it's Tamron's run at Canon's 24-70, but what does the AF look like on this one? I've never bought a Tamron lens and I'm sure it looks fine comparatively for my taste, but I'm definitely concerned about the function of the AF in comparison to a canon... 3) Canon 16-35 2.8. This is an L series lens ...

fansmanship asked
5 months ago


You are correct, the EF-S lenses has a smaller image circle and will not be able to fill the frame of a FF camera - and I believe they cannot be mounted on one either unless you tweak them. EF and EF-S lenses are always marked with the actual focal length. An EF-S lens at 50 mm will give the same field of view as an EF lens at 50 mm. On an APS-C camera, that will be the same field of view as you would get with an 80 mm lens on FF, but the crop factor for APS-C is always the same. On compacts, you will sometimes see the equivalent (to FF) focal length, but not so on APS-C. If you think the 70-200 mm is a bit long on you crop camera, you might like the Sigma 50-150 f/2.8 - APS-C only, though. Continue Reading

Klaus dk answered
5 months ago

presumably you mean the Canon 17-55 f2.8 IS (there is a sigma 18-50 f2.8 lens). It's top notch, your best bet. That's a standard lens for FF. it's not very wide at all on crop, why don't you try your 18-55 at 24mm to see how much you loose at the wide end. But maybe it's the focal length you want? unless you go FF, the 17-55 IS is the right choice for crop. Continue Reading

photonius answered
5 months ago

Yes. this is what I mean. Obviously it wouldn't work with FF body. Does that also mean that the 17-55 will give me 17-55 with cropped sensor (since it's made for those cameras) or would it still by 1.6x? Yes. I'm pretty confident in the Tamron the more I read about it, but your point is well-made about the zoom. I suppose I could test it using my kit lens (depending on your answer to my question above). What do people know about the AF capabilities of the Tamron? Should I be worried? Thanks again everyone for the insight! Continue Reading

fansmanship answered
5 months ago


Is Tamron SP 24-70mm better than Canon 24-105mm regardless of money and zoom range?

I am planning to buy the Canon 6D nowadays, and I cannot decide whether to get it with the kit lens or to buy Tamron 24-70. I am ready to pay little extra for the Tamron if it is much better than the Canon 24-105. For me the focus accuracy is much important than sharpness and I don't care about vignetting and sharpness loss at the corners since my objects will mostly not be at the corners. What would you get if you were going to choose between? Thanks Adem

adamtash asked
3 months ago


Go for Tamron 24-70 VC. Excellent lens, really sharp, has VC and great bokeh. Continue Reading

mfahim27753 answered
2 months ago


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