Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD full frame lens with image stabilization announced

Tamron announced a full frame 24-70mm f/2.8 lens with built-in ultrasonic motor and image stabilization. Price and availability were not revealed.

Update: the price of the lens will be $1,274.00.

Press release:

Tamron develops full-size, high-speed standard zoom with built-in image stabilization – SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A007)

February 6th, 2012, Saitama, Japan - Tamron Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of optical equipment, announced the development of the SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A007), a full-size high-speed standard zoom lens equipped with VC ( Vibration Compensation) image stabilization and USD ( Ultrasonic Silent Drive), with resolution at the top of its class.

The price and availability of the SP 24-70mm will be announced at a later date.

Product Features

1. A full-size, high-speed standard zoom with built-in VC ( Vibration Compensation). Even when shooting in low-light conditions with a slow shutter speed to render sharpness, Tamron’s acclaimed VC allows for stable handheld camera work, to more fully enjoy the benefits of this high-speed zoom lens.

2. Uses special high-grade glass in the three LD elements, three glass molded aspherical lenses, one hybrid aspherical lens and two XR (Extra Refractive Index) glasses, delivering top-of-the-class quality images suited to this high-grade lens. Using a rounded diaphragm, the lens achieves gorgeous blur effects. This rounded diaphragm retains a nearly circular shape even when taken two stops down from its fully open state.

3. Features Tamron proprietary USD ( Ultrasonic Silent Drive) to power a speedy AF drive together with a continuous manual mechanism.

4. This high-speed standard zoom lens has a wide-end focal length of 24mm that expands the photographic area.

5. The lens adopts the new technology including the latest optical design, VC ( Vibration Compensation) image stabilization and USD ( Ultrasonic Silent Drive), all in a lighter and more compact package.

6. Moisture-resistant construction helps prevent water from penetrating the lens.


  • Model: A007
  • Focal length: 24-70mm
  • Maximum aperture: F/2.8
  • Angle of view (diagonal): 84°04’ -34°21’ (for full frame 35mm format cameras)
  • 60°20’ -22°33’ (for APS-C format cameras)
  • Lens construction: 17 elements in 12 groups
  • Minimum focus distance: 0.38m (15.0 in)
  • Maximum magnification ratio: 1:5 (at f=70mm: MFD 0.38m)
  • Filter size: φ82mm
  • Length: 108.5mm*
  • Entire Length: 116.9mm*
  • Diameter: φ88.2mm
  • Weight: 825g*
  • No. of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm)
  • Minimum aperture: F/22
  • Standard accessories: Flower-shaped lens hood
  • Compatible mounts: Canon, Nikon, Sony

* Length, entire length and weight values given are for the Nikon mount.
* Entire length is the distance between the tip of the lens and the tip of the protrusion.
* The Sony mount does not include VC, because the body of Sony digital SLR cameras includes image stabilization functionality. The product name for Sony cameras is “SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di USD” without the VC designation.

VC ( Vibration Compensation)
VC ( Vibration Compensation) is Tamron’s proprietary image stabilization system. Tamron’s VC is a three-coil system, whereby three driving coils activate the shake-compensating VC lens group electromagnetically via three steel balls. The VC lens elements are held in place only by contact with the steel balls, achieving smooth movement with little friction. This provides a stable viewfinder image with excellent tracking performance. And as the VC lens may be moved in parallel using only the motorized control, the mechanical structure has been simplified, enabling the creation of a more compact lens.

New VC system (moving coil method)
Tamron’s original VC image stabilization mechanism utilized a moving magnet system whereby a heavy magnet was positioned near the moving VC lens element. In the new VC unit the positions of the magnet and the coil are reversed, because of this the VC optical lens element is attached to the coil. The new VC mechanism employs a moving coil mechanism with a lightweight coil, and the lighter coil reduces the load on the drive system. Thus, the lighter, more compact new VC unit contributes to the lens’s overall light weight and compact size.

Because the 24-70 mm F/2.8 Di VC USD is a high-speed zoom lens with maximum aperture of F/2.8, its VC system must drive a lens that is larger and heavier than other zooms. Therefore, the shape, size and layout of the drive coils are all designed to obtain sufficient thrust. The result is a full-size, high-speed zoom that provides the same high level of compensation effect.

About the ultrasonic motor
In the ultrasonic motor, a piezoelectric element arranged in a ring formation generates ultrasonic vibrations in a metallic ring stator, and the vibration energy is used to rotate a metallic ring rotor that is attached to the stator. The rotation energy is in turn transferred from the metallic ring rotor to operate the focus lens.

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  • Doug

    Canon rep. explaining the new dslr release specs. btw he is the Ambassador of the trolls


  • Sst

    Nice lens. Nice lens. Do you guys think people will be selling the Nikon d4 for a higher price once it is out of stock everywhere?

    • The Bear Jew

      I had a dream that one day I’m going to sell you one of my D4’s for $ 8.999,95

  • R!

    I’m glad I choose 16 35 vr , 70 200 vr plus a 50mm I dont need those fancy snob lenses!!!!!

    • St.

      Excellent choice!!!

      • NotSurprised

        70-200VR isn’t a “fancy snob lens”????

        You could have gotten five (5!) 70-300VRs at the price of one!!

        I think you mean you don’t need ALL the fancy snob lenses, just the fancy snob lenses you personally like. 😉

        By the way, the 24-70 Nikon is so amazing, I love it. I use it with a 20/2.8 & 70-300VR all the time.

  • Side Note: Just a few hours before D800 announcement: Where is The Invisible Man??

    • Kon_head

      He is here, you just can’t see him

  • ElPadre

    OK, two things:
    – 82mm filters? not such a big problem… the only real filter you’d have to buy is a UV/protector filter, and *that’s it*. because… wait for it… YOU DO THE REST WITH COKIN. 🙂 and cokin’s P system goes up to 82mm, so for most of us, it just means getting a 82mm adaptor ring, and we’re ready to go.
    – i have the older version of this lens, that is screw-driven and without VC — the old 24-70 f/2.8. and it has an IQ that simply beats other lenses in this range. don’t get me wrong, i love my nikkor glass (my 80-200 f/2.8 af-d is beautiful), but there is something about tamron lenses, the way they just make the colors pop like no other manufacturer’s lenses do (must be something about the transference characteristics).

    one thing i definitely HATE though, that it is a G-class lens, that is, without a manual aperture ring. i made sure that the lenses in my collection ALL have the aperture ring, therefore if i’d ever need to use them on other cameras, a very simple flange adapter would do the trick. with G-class lenses you either buy a very expensive adapter that takes care of the aperture clutch, or you forget about using your F-mount lenses on anything else.

    • Jan

      really? cokin? with the magenta cast in all its CPL, and brown cast in NDs, falling filters when you switch to portrait and back, all the refraction from the spaced out surfaces?

      • ElPadre

        really. the things you have mentioned never happened with my cokin filter set. i’m not talking about the 3rd-party crap that is compatible with the p system.

      • Josh

        Even then… there are higher quality filters out there from Hitech and Lee that don’t have those issues… so there is an adaptable ring system for those who like that type of system, and those who already own it should be able to make it compatible with this lens for the price of an adapter ring.

  • So with all of this stuff being released and low stock…will the d4 be sold at higher prices once it is all out of stock…like by individuals? I wonder how this lens will compare with Nikon’s amazing 24-70.

    • The Bear Jew

      I had a dream that one day I’m going to sell you one of my D4’s for $ 8,999.95.

    • Jim

      Must be a pressing question to you, asking the same question 3 times under different names.
      Are you trying to figure out if you can make a good deal by selling off your preorder?

  • ExRayTe

    Canon will get a new 24-70 f/2.8… whats about Nikon? Yesterday I bought me the Nikkor 24-70, but perhaps, I should send it back to wait for the new Nikkor, or a cheaper price of the old one…

  • Dean

    Off Topic…

    Regarding the D800E non-AA filter. Anyone think something like this would be a solution in situations with high risk of moire and sharpness is not essential?


    I know it’s all speculation until tested but it would be nice to hear opinions.

    • Nikon rep.

      same here i filmed

  • broxibear
    • Doug

      how much is that in real currency?


      • Dean

        According to Goodle currency converter it is around 2900.00

      • broxibear

        Hi Doug,
        The price varies so much from one country to another that a straight currency conversion makes no sense. I’m assuming the price in the poster is Thai Baht, a straight conversion to US $ is $2,873… but as I said it’ll vary depending on which country you’re in.
        That image popped up on the super web high net a few hours ago ?

      • Anonymous

        It is real currency, it is in Thai Baht. In US Dollars, that will be around $2,900.

        • Doug

          thanks it is alright, but i just think it was a mistake when they printed the price, for a eletronic device 88.888 is like 00.000

        • Doug

          i was just joking, it was because is just like Japan currency

    • lolly

      I think the price 88,888 is a placeholder … I don’t think it’s the retail price. If you do the math you’ll see it’s around $2500 US … how ? The D800 body price is 1.65 times more than the D7000 with 18-105 lens which retails for $1500 US … assuming you can find this combo or even the D7000 body only.

      It looks like a D7000 replacement is coming soon.

  • HS

    Off topic…

    How long we have to wait for D800?! Gosh, I can’t stand it…

  • Doug

    Trolls going to the release party of the 5dmark3


  • Lorne

    I am so glad that they have Mage stabilization.
    My Mage is always all wobbly and swaying about, especially after a night on the town boozing it up. Darn irresponsible mages, I knew I should hage gotten a wizard instead.

    • Psycho McCrazy


    • Grabir Boubi

      Probably the least-nerdy reference to mages and wizards I’ve ever seen. You’re awesome.

  • flo

    if the lens has the img-quality of the 28-75 2.8 it would be nice…
    if the lens would also feature internal zooming + focusing it would be a REAL killer-lens

  • NoFunBen

    I want internal zoom and focus too, but if the price is low i may get this just to use till someone makes the lens i really want.

    I hope this gets nikon to make a 24-70 VR IF IZ soon.

  • Jack

    I just pulled the trigger on the Nikon 24-70 without VR. I will pop it onto a D800 if I can get one, otherwise I’ll resell it to a client who is buying a D4. If I had known about this lens, I might have waited as I have been hesitant to buy a zoom in this range, always having used primes from 28 to 85.

  • Robin

    we’re gonna make it right
    tonight, tonight, tonight – oh.

    I got some money in my pocket, about ready to burn
    I don’t remember where I got it, I gotta get it to KNEEEEE CONEEEE.

    • alvix

      Phil the drummer… yeahh!

  • Steve Starr

    No doubt the 82mm filter is needed because the barrel has to be larger for the VR control system. Hopefully Tamron got the license to use it from Nikon, or they’ll have to engage in the Nikon and Sigma patent fight which will cause them to raise prices.

    Aside. Ever had your 70-200mm f.28 VRI go out and lock up the optics to one side and then get the bill? Ouch! May as well buy a third party lens. VR is so overrated and fragile anyhoo with fast optics. Just use a flash or tripod where you have to turn it off anyways according to the manual. Better off with a small cinema gyro like the Hollywood guys use over VR.

    • daniel charms

      Eh. The Sigma 24-70 (non-OS) has always taken 82 mm filters. Supposedly, the Canon 24-70 II (non-IS) will also have a 82 mm filter thread. So I don’t think it has anything to do with VR, other than maybe compensating for the inevitable loss of light with an enormous front element.

      • Bryan

        I’m pretty certain that the 82mm filter size has something to do with the aperture. You need glass with a wide diameter if you’re going to have a wide aperture at longer focal length (70 mm and above).

  • Jazuzoom

    Tokina rules at this moment with their new produts? I think yes. better than Sigma lineup at the moment as a third-party manufacturer. Cool upgrades and lens they are announcing. Hope the IQ have good quality.

  • T.I.M

    When is the D800 announcement ?
    Tonight or Tuesday night ?

    • tonight around midnight I think

      • Doug

        i already bought the champagne, hired the escort now i only need the d800 to complet the wholly trinity.

        • souvik


        • KL

          They’re just annoucing the D800/D800E. They will not be shipping for at least another month.

          • T.I.M

            We’ve been waiting for years, so one extra month won’t will us.

            BTW, does anyone know an option to the original AF-S 200mm f/2.0 metal hood ?

            The original hood is WAY TOO BIG, don’t fit in my Lowepro #5 lens case.

            I wonder if the 300mm f/2.8 hood would fit on the 200mm f/2.

        • T.I.M

          I already had the champagne Sunday night.

          As a French guy, let me give you a tip:

          If you’re looking for a good but not expensive champagne, get the Korbel brut (around $10).

          Just make sure it’s COLD before you start drinking it (near freezing temperature) and keep it in a backet with water+ice.


          • Doug

            ill make sure of the cold drink but the escort cannot be cold

            • T.I.M

              LOL, took me a moment to get the joke !
              Have fun !


      • Dweeb

        Just think of all the reviews that are sitting out there under NDA right now.

        • Doug

          i wont be sleeping again tonight, well i haven’t for a while, but tonight ill have all the attention turned towards the d800, im not playing bf3 tonight or watching movies of any kind.

      • InfraRed

        Midnight EST?

      • Doug

        east coast or west coast???

  • alvix

    where is NOW tuesday??

    • Doug

      Hong Kong

  • souvik

    @Admin, is tonight the night, that we have all been waiting for?

  • alvix

    but this time we dont have the last last rumors with almost detailed pics or other goodies…anywhere silence..apart from the pics we all well know..

    • souvik

      that’s what worries me.

  • Who else is going to see this lens 1,000 times today only because it’s the top post while we wait for the D800? 😛

    Actually it sounds like a great option. If it’s sharp and if the new Tamron AF works as good as at least Sigma’s HSM, then I’d buy it…


    • glenn

      +1 I’ve seen this post a zillion times ! ! !

      COME ON D800 !!!!
      ITS ALREADY 7TH IN JAPAN,arghhhhhhhhhh

      lol 😉

    • Jim

      Good business instinct Matt! This is a “Gold-Slot”
      Had you counseled the Admin some time earlier to auction this slot, you could have gotten a D4 for free and the Admin the D4, D800 and a lenspark as well

      • Yeah this is definitely prime real estate right now.

        Brilliant move on Tamron’s part!


  • eric_foreman


    • Doug

      actually is good morning in japanese is “Ohayou.”

  • Nice looking lens!

  • Hope Sigma and especially Nikon will follow with an equal lens! (one with a 77 filter would be great)

  • Kavin

    Enough of that Tamron crap already.

    Nikon fanboys don’t give a rat’s rear end about off brand lenses, or have we dropped our standard already?

    Where is the D800 release party? It’s the 7th already in HongKong.

    • KT

      I thought a press release with a picture should be leaked by now, I’ve been checking here every 5 minutes. It can’t be that far out

    • Jim

      the reason why even Nikon-Fan-boy turn their heads for other ladies is the procrastination of Nikon. Too many lenses which technically would be in the reach of Nikon are delayed…

  • Cesar

    Looks like a sweet lens, but 82mm filter size?? WTF??? If I wanted that I’d already have a darn Sigma!

    • 82mm is definitely a negative. The new Tokina 17-35 f/4 uses an 82mm filter also. Fortunately the only filter that gets used a lot these days is a strong ND.

  • dangerjoe

    Any word on an update of Nikon’s 24-70 2.8 yet?

    • Jim

      hopefully by now there is enough market pressure on Nikon to take care of this versatile lens by updating it.
      I could live with 82mm though I definitely would prefer 77mm but please, please no more pumper!
      And better optics as we are facing 36 MP now!!!

  • Doug

    Quit the talking about this lens ffs, this is now a forum for the mentally crazy Nikon costumers(fanboys) waiting for the first exclusive from tokyo, hong kong, king kong land or wherever the £$”% is the release place of the d800, that’s the last time i say this otherwise ill call my mommy to sort you people out.

  • Ken

    How soon after the announcement do the stores generally allow pre-ordering?

    • Doug

      straight away, just go to B&H, Adorama, Best Buy(Bankrupt in the UK btw), and pay US$ 2.699, then wait for 2 months and then a unexpected delay.

      Did you see what happened in Vanuatu, for a second i thought “Wholly Fu£$” not now”, thinking that the island was close to Japan, thus creating a Tsunami, thus delaying even more my fictitious D800

      • Ken

        Best Buy Bankrupt in UK…oh dear! all good though, no injuries, no damage, no tsunami warnings….(taken with a pinch of salt).

        I was always told never to use a code version with a Zero at the end of it, maybe the 800E is the way to go 🙂

  • alvix

    yes!! correct ! enough of stupid lenses 😀 but I would have liked the new nikon RGB sensor in the D800…damn..would be a SD1 on steroids…(illegal ?) …

  • Unfortunately with our addiction to bokeh and megapixels, it looks like 82mm is going to be the new 77mm. Ugh…


  • Hello Tamrom! Hopefully this puts Nikon on notice that the 24-70 needs VR II. Though, if this lens is comparable or better… I’ll prob buy one. I already have the 28-75 and it’s a nice lens for ~300 bucks (us) used!

  • Doug

    First the earthquake now this OMG!!!! God is trying his luck


  • Simon

    I wouldn’t mind it if Tamron had a 17-70mm f/2.8 lens.

  • If this is as sharp as the 28-75mm then it is a winner! Cannot wait to see it in action!

  • Dweeb

    Aw crp. The beauty pics are with the old 24-120 meaning no new lense tomorrow or shortly thereafter. Guess those old reactors won’t melt glass anymore.

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