Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD £800/$1300
A TOP-NOTCH LENS THAT OFFE RS OUTSTANDING VALUE
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.