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

The ‘Generation 2’ edition of Tamron’s 24-70mm f/2.8 is a major improvement

Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2
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Digital Camera World Verdict

A highly capable standard zoom, this second-generation lens from Tamron pairs a sophisticated optical construction with a sturdy outer shell, ensuring a hardy and high-quality lens. There are some design quirks to get used to, and prices oddly vary depending on where you’re buying, but standout features like the amazing five-stop image stabiliser make this lens a premium choice for a whole host of different users.


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    Impressive five-stop stabiliser

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    Excellent contrast and sharpness

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    Robust weather sealing


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    Some handling quirks

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Tamron’s 24-70mm VC USD lens has long been seen as a top-value, budget alternative to Canon’s own-brand f/2.8 zoom. The G2 edition is about 50 per cent more expensive in the UK, but remains about the same price in the USA, despite the makeover.

Revamped optics include two XR (Extra Refractive Index), three LD (Low Dispersion), three GM (Glass-Molded aspherical) and one hybrid aspherical element. Nano-structure coatings as well as conventional coatings are employed to minimize ghosting and flare. The Tamron features a more comprehensive set of weather-seals than Sigma’s 24-70mm lens, plus a fluorine coating on the front element. However, both of these lenses feel similarly sturdy and well-built.

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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