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Tamron revamps 24-70mm lens with five-stop VC system

Lens manufacturer Tamron has updated its 24-70mm f/2.8 lens offering for Canon and Nikon DSLR users.

The new lens, titled SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A032), becomes the latest G2 (Generation 2) lens from the company, following the release of the SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 and SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2.

It provides a circle of illumination that covers full-frame sensors from both manufacturers, and makes use of a dual Micro-Processing Unit to boost both autofocus speeds and precision over the existing SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A007) version.

Furthermore, this unit is also behind an improvement to the Vibration Compensation system, which is said to provide an impressive five stops of effectiveness.

The optical constriction has been designed with 17 individual elements over 12 groups, with Tamron’s eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) coating applied to the elements to keep light transmission high and reflections low. 

The lens also looks set to be an ideal match for weather-resistant Canon and Nikon bodies, such as the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and Nikon D500, thanks to its moisture-resistant construction and a fluorine coating on its front element.

The Nikon version of the new lens is set to become available in August, while the Canon version will follow in September. There’s no word on a UK RRP as of yet, although the US press release states an RRP of $1,199.