Tam­ron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD £800/$1300


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The com­bi­na­tion of a 24-70mm zoom range with a fast f/2.8 con­stant aper­ture is a favourite of many creative pho­tog­ra­phers. This Tam­ron lens stole a lead on its com­peti­tors by adding op­ti­cal sta­bi­liza­tion into the mix. Nikon has now fol­lowed suit, and we’re still wait­ing to see Sigma’s new sta­bi­lized 24-70mm ‘Art’ lens.

The Tam­ron looks and feels like a truly pro­fes­sional-grade lens. It’s not only ro­bust, but it was Tam­ron’s first lens to boast weather seals. Han­dling is ex­cel­lent, and, un­like in the Sigma lenses, the zoom ring op­er­ates in the same di­rec­tion as that of Nikon lenses. Posh glass in­cludes three LD (Low Dis­per­sion) and two XR (Ex­tra Re­frac­tive in­dex) el­e­ments.


The Tam­ron comes pretty close to the much more ex­pen­sive Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens on test for cen­tre-sharp­ness through­out most of the zoom range. How­ever, it drops off a lit­tle more at the long end, and is some­what softer to­wards the corners of the frame at all zoom set­tings. Aut­o­fo­cus is rapid and whis­per-quiet.

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