Tam­ron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD

Fast, high-per­for­mance zooms don’t have to cost a for­tune Re­leased (year): 2007 Price new: £870/$1300 MP B Price: ‘Like new’ £594/$750; ‘Well used’ £399/$499

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The orig­i­nal Tam­ron SP (Su­per Per­for­mance) lens is rich in fea­tures, with VC (Vi­bra­tion Com­pen­sa­tion) and USD (Ul­tra­sonic Silent Drive). High-qual­ity glass in­cludes three LD (Low Dis­per­sion) el­e­ments, three Glass Moulded Aspher­i­cal el­e­ments, one Hy­brid Aspher­i­cal el­e­ment and two XR (Ex­tra Re­frac­tive In­dex) el­e­ments. The well-rounded aper­ture is based on a nine-blade di­aphragm, help­ing to re­tain good bokeh when stop­ping down a lit­tle.

Im­age qual­ity is very pleas­ing, with im­pres­sive sharp­ness and con­trast, along with a creamy soft­ness in de­fo­cused ar­eas. Dis­tor­tions and colour fring­ing are well con­trolled, through­out the en­tire zoom range. Aut­o­fo­cus is fast, whis­per-quiet, and fully in­ter­nal, so the front el­e­ment nei­ther ex­tends nor ro­tates dur­ing fo­cus­ing. The lens does phys­i­cally ex­tend at longer zoom set­tings, but a zoom lock switch helps to avoid ac­ci­den­tal ex­ten­sion.

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