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The 24-70mm f2.8 zoom has become a solid standard for many working photographers using D-SLRs with 35mm-sized sensors. Mated with the equally mandatory f2.8 constant aperture 70-200mm, telezoom it provides a focal range which covers a great many possibilities matched with the flexibility of a comparatively fast maximum aperture… in terms of shutter speeds, sensitivity settings and depth-of-field.

Consequently, the 24-70mm f2.8 is a fixture in all the professional D-SLR lens systems and the performance expectations are extremely high. Nikon’s brilliant AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8G ED is considered by many to be the performance benchmark, but Sony’s Zeiss-designed 24-70mm f2.8 Vario-Sonnar T* ZA SSM model is also exceptionally accomplished as is Canon’s second-generation EF24-70mm f2.8L USM. Also in the mix is Sigma’s EX 24-70mm f2.8 DG HSM which had compactness and affordability among its plus points. It’s a dauntingly formidable line-up so it’s a very brave – and presumably very confident – Tamron that’s decided to throw its hat into the ring with an SP-series 24-70mm f2.8 zoom.

And, since Tamron announced its contender, Nikon has rewritten the rule book with its 36.8 megapixels D800 which is mercilessly unforgiving of lenses which aren’t right at the top of their game (OK, that’s the last of the sporting metaphors for now). Mind you, all the other latest-generation D-SLRs with 35mm-sized sensors – D4, EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X – are also demanding more optical performance so Tamron faces a stiffer challenge than perhaps it envisaged back when its 24-70mm f2.8 was on the drawing board. 

Thank-you for looking up our review of the Tamron 24-70 f2.8 DI VC USD Zoom Lens Review. This equipment review is currently available only as a low-resolution pdf version of the original magazine pages originally printed in the June 2012 issue of Prophoto magazine.

You can download it here: Tamron 24-70 f2.8 DI VC USD Zoom Lens.pdf