Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens officially announced


The Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 full frame lens for Nikon F-mount is now officially announced with improved image stabilization (5 stops). The price of the new lens is $1,199. For comparison, the price of the new Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 Art lens is $1,299, while the Nikon version is $2,396.95. The previous version of the Tamron 24-70mm lens is now priced at $1,099.

Pre-order links: Adorama | B&H

Additional information:

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


Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens MTF charts



Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens technical specifications

Model A032
Focal Length 24-70mm
Maximum Aperture F/2.8
Angle of View (diagonal) 84°04'-34°21' (for full-frame format)
60°20' -22°33' (for APS-C format)
Optical Construction 17elements in 12 groups
Minimum Object Distance 0.38m (15 in)
Maximum Magnification Ratio 1:5
Filter Size Φ82mm
Maximum Diameter Φ88.4mm
Length for Canon 111mm (4.4 in)
for Nikon 108.5mm (4.3 in)
Weight for Canon 905g (31.9oz)
for Nikon 900g (31.7 oz)
Aperture Blades 9 (circular diaphragm)
Minimum Aperture F/22
Image Stabilization Performance 5 stops (CIPA Standards Compliant)
Standard Accessories Lens hood, Lens caps, Lens pouch
Compatible Mounts Canon, Nikon

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

1. Sophisticated design delivers superb performance and ultra-high image quality
The use of specialized, high quality glass materials assures accurate color reproduction and superior sharpness, perfect for today’s high-pixel-density cameras. The optical construction (17 elements in 12 groups) uses 2 XR (Extra Refractive Index) elements, 3 LD (Low Dispersion) elements, 3 GM (Glass-Molded aspherical) and one hybrid aspherical lens element. Together they minimize axial chromatic aberrations, transverse chromatic aberrations, spherical aberrations and distortion, and allow a compact design that achieves superior image quality.

2. eBAND Coating provides superior anti-reflection properties and reduces ghosting and flare
The new A032 features Tamron’s original eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating, a technology combining a nano-structured layer that has an extremely low refractive index with conventional multiple-layer coatings to provide superior anti-reflection performance. The optimal application of this eBAND Coating in combination with Tamron’s BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating successfully and substantially curbs the ghosting and flare that can occur when photographing backlit subjects.

3. New Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) control system provides faster and more precise autofocus and improved Vibration Compensation
This innovative control system uses a Dual MPU design with enhanced computing capacity. The MPUs have powerful, built-in DSP (Digital Signal Processor) blocks that achieve quicker and more precise AF performance, and more consistently powerful Vibration Compensation. The features combine to provide outstanding performance at night and in low light.

High performance MPU for AF dramatically improves autofocusing accuracy and speed
The A032 is equipped with its own MPU (micro-processor unit), with embedded DSP (Digital Signal Processor) blocks that enable high-speed digital signal processing, achieving both excellent responsiveness to signals from the camera and high-precision AF performance.

Dedicated MPU delivers the highest vibration compensation ability in class (CIPA level of 5 stops).
The new A032 is equipped with Tamron’s proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) system. Adding an MPU dedicated to VC processing unleashes a new-generation algorithm, ensuring the highest vibration compensation ability in the class (CIPA level of 5 stops). Even in low light or with slow shutter speeds, photographers can enjoy shake-free handheld shooting with ease and comfort.

4. Fluorine Coating and Moisture-Resistant Construction
The Fluorine Coating applied on the front element surface is water-and oil-repellant and allows safe and easy removal of fingerprints, dirt and smudges. The coating also provides an enhanced level of durability, and will sustain its effectiveness for years. In addition, seals are located at the lens mount area and other critical locations to prevent infiltration of moisture and/or rain drops to provide Moisture-Resistant Construction. This feature provides an additional layer of protection when shooting outdoors under adverse weather conditions.

5. Lens hood equipped with a new, convenient locking mechanism
The lens hood is equipped with a locking mechanism that prevents detachment due to unintentional contact during use.

6. Compatible with TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory
The new A032 is compatible with the optional TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory product that provides a USB connection to a personal computer, enabling users to easily update the lens firmware as well as customize features including fine adjustments to the AF and VC.

7. Electromagnetic diaphragm system now used also for Nikon-mount lenses
An electromagnetic diaphragm system, which has been a standard feature for Canon-mount lenses, is now employed in Nikon-mount lenses . More precise diaphragm and aperture control is possible because the diaphragm blades are driven and controlled by a built-in motor through electronic pulse signals.

8. Manufacturing innovation with thorough attention to details based on the rigorous quality standards worthy of the SP series
Tamron has enhanced the SP series lenses to fulfill high-level photographic requirements and provide the pleasure of ownership. While introducing a new exterior design, Tamron reviewed the SP series standards. The new SP series has been developed by setting rigorous standards for design, manufacturing and quality that apply to the optical design and mechanical design as well as such wide-ranging areas as the product’s robustness and improvements in a variety of individual functions. For this model, Tamron has introduced a unique MTF (Modulation Transfer Function) tester, which was developed exclusively for Model A032, and reviewed the management method. This has helped to achieve a more consistently superb optical performance, making it a lens that fulfills the demand for higher image quality that is compatible with the latest high-pixel cameras. To maximize the optical performance of the SP series, Tamron will continue to enhance the accuracy of the component parts of each lens element unit and improve the mechanical precision of the entire lens, thereby achieving a high overall performance.

Sample photos and additional information can be found here.

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  • Nils Kahle

    what a beauty!

  • Please send me one, so I can compare apples to apples with my Nikon 24-70G version…thx!

  • Just Me

    I’ve been assured by numerous knowledgeable photographers on a plethora of sites that gear doesn’t matter and fast lenses are overrated. With that in mind, the Nikkor 24-85 is less than half that price, gives you 15mm more on the long end and its photos are nearly indistinguishable from the Tamron! 😉

    • Aldo

      I hope you are being sarcastic… the 24-85 is a horrible lens…. I mean reallly horrible. the 18-55mm VR 1 is much better even.

      • Just Me

        It was sarcasm but the 24-85 isn’t horrible. My point is the same comparisons, except for FL, could be made between the Tamron 24-70 and Nikon’s 24-70E. Before you take issue with any of my assessments, keep in mind they’re subjective and dependent on what an individuals’ needs are based on a lot of variables.

        • Aldo

          Sorry, it is horrible from any perspective and considering ‘a lot of variables’… If someone cant afford something better, I would recommend the 18-55 vr1 instead to be used in dx mode or 1.2x crop.

          • Just Me

            You seem pretty invested in that opinion. There’s nothing wrong with having one and yours is just as valid as mine but at some point, continuing to pursue it becomes an obsession. Just sayin’.

            • Aldo

              The 24-85 is an optically bad lens using common test methods and drawing conclusions based on that. You are entitled to break away from the scientific method and believe otherwise yes. It’s your opinion, which doesn’t have to be factual or based on knowledge or experience.

            • Just Me

              I’m a photographer, not a scientist. What are you?

            • Aldo

              I have a degree in math but you don’t have to be a scientist draw conclusions from a controlled test. We do it in our everyday lives sometimes without even knowing.

            • Just Me

              Agreed. But when it comes to photography, perception is reality. I don’t own the 24-85 but stepped down, for non-linear subjects like landscapes, and corrected in post, it’s not horrible. You don’t need controlled tests to see that. I’ve seen very acceptable and even very good photos, across genres, taken with it.
              I’m NOT saying it’s a stellar lens or even a good one. I just think “horrible” is an overstatement.

            • Aldo

              Horrible may have been an ‘overstatement’ in the past, but by today standards that lens ‘is’ horrible. Price wise the 24-120 f4 has come down substantially. You can pick up a used one 400-500 bucks… not that far from the 250-400 going rate on the 24-85.

              Artistically speaking anyone is capable to produce admirable images with any lens, but I’m strictly referring to the optical quality of the lens. Even stopped down the lens doesn’t get much better as you can notice diffraction very early. There is just little benefit in carrying that big FF sensor if you are gonna put that lens on your camera.

            • Just Me

              I don’t consider price when judging a lens. I only do that in comparisons between lenses and I agree, there’s no point in choosing that over a used 24-120, although I wouldn’t have either one.
              Again, I agree with you regarding buying a FF camera, only to put that lens on it. Now if we could just come to agreement on what constitutes “horrible”… 🙂

            • Aldo

              Well, depends on how you interpret the word. It can be used either literally or informally.

            • Allan

              Aldo,

              Do you know which public figure uses the word “horrible” frequently? 🙂

            • Aldo

              You are very persuasive… I may just stop using that word.

            • Allan

              Good idea.

            • Murat Sahan

              As they say, you are barking up the wrong tree, he just dont get it, get it?

            • Ben

              I thought Thom said it was solid. I was actually thinking about picking one up at some point. Is it really that bad?

        • johann jensson

          The 24-85 is quite a cr@ppy lens. I used it on a wedding once. It’s sharp, but rendition and bokeh are very low quality.

          • Chretien Soldat

            The 24-85 is mediocre but hardly horrible (I loved these precise terms!). It is extremely sharp in the center at least 24-35mm. Sharpness tails off quickly towards the edges. Edges improve some on stopping down but not enough (again, precise terms).

            I have no problem with its rendition–definitely not prime like–but I agree the bokeh is among the worst I’ve seen. Yes, you can get subject isolation, but you almost certainly won’t like it. Sadly, it’s not much better on DX cameras.

      • nwcs

        Might be worth indicating which 24-85 you’re referring to as there are two recent ones where one is much better than the other. 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 IF-ED AF-S and 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G VR. The VR one is a great bargain.

        • Just Me

          I’m quite certain that’s the one he’s referring to. In his defense, it’s easy to overstate your opinions and find yourself arguing a case you don’t really care that much about. 🙂

        • Aldo

          For sometime I worked with the 18-55mm VR in 1.2x crop mode and sometimes even FF mode and got by far better results than with the 24-85 VR. Even at 55mm the dx lens produces sharper images cropped to an 85mm FOV than the 24-85mm. The lens is a ‘bargain’ for a reason. It’s an optical suicide lol.

          • nwcs
            • Ben

              I was just about to refer to this article. I wonder if his lens is a lemon. I often thought about picking one up after reading this review but haven’t yet.

            • nwcs

              I think it depends on what your subjects are. I’m using the lens as a general purpose lens. I used it on my old D750 and on my current F100. I have no complaints about it on any of the subjects I’ve used. If I was looking for a specific look I’d pick something else.

            • Aldo

              I encourage you to do your own testing. If you can borrow one that would be ideal so you don’t have to lose money renting one. The price of 24-120 F4 has come down closer to that of the 24-85. For 100-150 dollars more you can pick up the F4 (used). I guarantee you will be a lot happier that lens.

            • Ben

              Thanks for the info. I was thinking about picking something up to use instead of all my primes when I go hiking. Considering I’m still using a D700, I still think my old 24mm 2.8 is pretty sufficient stopped down on this low MP sensor. I’m looking to upgrade my body the next year or so but to be honest I’m not even sure what I’ll buy at this point. There will probably be a gang of options to choose from at that point.

            • Carleton Foxx

              That’s because the D700 is one of Nikon’s magical cameras. Sometimes everything comes together in just the right way and that’s what you got with the D700. Like the D2X when used at base ISO. I’m not sure that anything you upgrade to is going to take more beautiful pictures, though I do really like the images I get from my D810.

            • Aldo

              Judging by his ‘quick review’ I don’t think he dived to test this lens extensively… and why should he? It is what it is. I tested several copies of the lens and others around the same range. I shoot mostly with prime lenses but need the occasional zoom and the 24mm focal length (although lately I’ve been using my 70-200mm a lot). Something worth mentioning is that when you correct the lens in post you pay a price… it’s not free…. with this lens in particular, you pay a heavy price. The lens already suffers from poor contrast and when you correct the vignetting and light fall-off you end up with a super flat image.. and that’s just one correction. You still have really nasty distortion. Correct that that and you end up with a image that looks more like a 30mm (at 24mm). The list goes on. This is a really bad lens.

            • Spy Black

              The 24-85 is great for shooting fat people in portrait mode at 85mm, because the insanely intense pincushion distortion will shave 100 lbs off your subjects…

            • Allan

              I need to have someone take a picture of me with that lens. Can you adjust the pincushion distortion so that it shaves less lbs, say about 30lbs? 🙂

            • Spy Black

              The only point the lens has no distortion is around 45mm. From there on to 85 it’s rapidly increasing pincushion, so adjust to taste. Anything below 45mm races towards excessive barrel.

            • ces

              I think the new 24-85mm vr lens is a fine lens if you are interested in photographing. If your hobby is watching photo’s at 100% in the corners it might not be the best choice. I used the 24-120mm F/4, the 24-85mm Vr and the Nikon 24-70mm. In practice the difference is very small and most of the time you will not see a difference.Maybe you were unlucky and bad or problematic sample of the 24-85mm.

            • nwcs

              He’s not the only one who says it’s pretty good: https://photographylife.com/reviews/nikon-24-85mm-vr

              It isn’t perfect but it’s a great general purpose lens. I wouldn’t use a lens this slow for a wedding anyway. 🙂

            • Aldo

              That link basically shows how bad it is… Don’t get distracted by the nice landscapes, but study the photos. At 3.5 at the wide end, the lens isn’t really that slow (this is why I bought it, I knew I would be shooting at 24mm a lot).

            • nwcs

              Well, as the conclusion said, it’s a solid lens for the price. It’s not perfect, it doesn’t have a gold ring so one shouldn’t expect it to be superb. In any case, it serves my purposes well enough for general use 🙂

          • chrisgull

            @Aldo the 18-55 covers beyond DX?

            • Aldo

              the 18-55mm vr1 can be ‘almost be used as FF at most FLs and at 1.2 crop it basically becomes a FF lens… tricks of the trade you learn trying stuff out… same goes for the 35mm 1.8g dx. I used that for a long time before the FF version that didnt cost an eyeball came out…. the 1.8g

        • P Scharf

          You forgot to mention the 24-85 f/2.8-4.0 lens

          • nwcs

            I was mostly thinking of the two modern AF-S ones since they get confused with each other.

    • Ineedmy Bobo

      Sorry, Aldo; Yes, I know you’re being sarcastic, but I think the 24-85mm is horrible as well. Poor image quality with bad corners. I tried it as a light-weight substitute for the 24-120mm f/4 and was very disappointed. I can’t even joke about that lens. 🙂

      • Just Me

        As I told Aldo, I don’t even own it but it’s NOT horrible. Interestingly, I’ve tried a couple copies of the 24-120 and sent both back. NOT horrible, just not for me.

        • johann jensson

          I tried two copies of the 24-120 f4, and one was great, the other one was decentered (a Nikon repair shop had it for sale). Sample variation with that lens is horrible.

          The 24-120 f4 is my bread-and-butter-lens, for landscapes & weddings. Bokeh can get a bit busy at times, but it’s manageable if you know what you’re doing. (For portraits/events/concerts i use primes anyway.)

          • Just Me

            Both of the copies I tried were okay. Just not what I’m looking for. Nasim Mansurov said it was on par with the 24-70G so I thought, okay! Like EVERY lens, it’s good for some things and some people. Not my things or me.

      • Aldo

        I’m on the same boat as you. I tried giving up the 24-120 for something lighter and less expensive. Poor image quality yes and ‘bad corners’ is quite an understatement. The light fall-off it is simply ‘horrendous’. It shouldn’t be called a FF lens at 24mm.

        • I don’t own the 24-85 but I thought that both 24-85 and 24-120 shared identical design.(Look it up, it is. Just little bit adjusted for extra FL reach) And so the result should be similar. It’s really odd that their IQ should be so different.

          • Aldo

            yeah at 24mm the difference is night and day… better contrast, sharpness, better edges … a lot less light fall-off. I doubt it is the same design.

            • You can check the designs yourself.

            • Aldo

              will do.. but off the bat I can tell you the rear element is bigger on the f4

          • CShowalter

            I have to say that I made a different experience with these lenses.
            I have been owning and using both for years on my D810 and with film bodies and IMO their performance is in the same league to an extent where I would be hard pressed to tell which lens I used for a certain shot. I use the 24-85 whenever I do not need the longer range or the weathersealing of the 24-120. The nice thing is that it is noticably smaller and lighter.
            I have tested my 24-120 against other copies and it is fine. Of course neither is the holy grail in terms of optical performance but I guess Aldo you just had no luck with your sample(s).

            • Kartken

              Same experience here.

          • MB

            They are far from being identical… 24-120 has ED glass in front, one more element in the middle and is very different in all other aspects… you should look more carefully when making such a claim…

            • Oops. I indeed seem to have missed that middle element. And as I saw both pictures as black and white I didn’t see the extra ED element. My bad.

  • doge

    I’d like to see a thorough comparision between this lens, the sigma and the new nikon.

    • Diogo Correia

      It’s a question of time 😉

    • T.I.M

      Call Ken.R he will do that for you, results will be:
      “The Tamron is the best lens you can get for your Nikon D40”

      • CrashingOut

        Now click on 10,000 of my links!
        Every link you don’t click kills a Butterfly in Namibia. Won’t you please think of the Namibian butterfly children?

      • sickheadache

        Flim Flopwell got us all beat…Already Reviewed that new Tamron…without testing it..holding it…like that angry large photographer does on you tube. Award Winning dudes there.

        • jstevez

          You mean the “micro-contrast” dude? He’s even worst than Flip Flopwell.

        • Murat Sahan

          Actually, you CAN review something without having it yet, you can for instance comment on size, prize etc. Granted, KR does take this to far.

          • sickheadache

            I am review Murat Sahan’s Comments and only His Idiotic Comments and total Asinine Conclusions.

  • Eric Calabros

    Off topic

    Nikon filled a patent for a 70-200 f/4 Macro lens
    I hope they’re​ serious about this.

    • Bob Thane

      Now that would be a pleasant surprise. Been a while since the 200mm f4 came out, and longer still since their zoom macro. Would be a smart move to combine them in the update.

    • CrashingOut

      Wouldn’t that mean they were doing the r&d on that a while ago as the patent process is slow? So it’s ready to go now, for a 100 year anniversary perhaps?
      I know that lens was legend, this year is a good year to step forward with a successor.

      • Eric Calabros

        If it was a 2017 lens, Peter would notice.

      • Bob Thane

        I’d expect it in 2018 at the earliest, more likely 2019. While the patent process is slow, for niche lenses Nikon tends to have the patent well before release.

    • doge

      I agree.

    • MB

      Well the old 70-180 was unique, fantastic and versatile lens, Nikon should really do something similar today…

  • Bob Thane

    Th MTF charts look a tiny bit worse than the Sigma’s, but close enough that who knows what the real world results will be. Hopefully this is as good as the 70-200!

    • chrisgull

      I just got the 70-200 G2 two weeks ago, am solidly impressed. Then again, it replaces a 20 year old 80-200D so no surprise there. 🙂

  • Richard Hopkins

    “…eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency)…”

    Don’t pretend, Tamron – that’s EBAD and you know it.

  • T.I.M

    I noticed NR adds are mow more oriented camera/computer buyers, that’s great !

  • sandy

    I read that optically it’s identical to the previous model, including the MTF charts.

    • John Albino

      I think you’re right. I just visited the Tamron lens page, and did a side-by-side comparison of the two lenses. You can overlay the MTF charts and they[‘re identical; you can overlay the diagram of the interior lens element construction, and that also is identical between the two.

      So either the older lens will be a real “bargain” soon, or the other enhancements to the “new” lens (electronic aperture, better VC, faster/better AF) will be the real difference.

      In any event, if it turns out to be a real winner optically, it’ll be a good buy overall for either version.

      • Neogene

        I asked to Tamron support if this one MTF and previous one version are really the same, in short: “yes”, long:

        “Regarding your inquiry, the MTF of the two lenses (the Model A007 and the Model A032) are the same.

        It is because that the lens configuration is the same.

        However, the use of specialized, high quality glass materials for the lens element of the Model A032 assures superior color reproduction and greater sharpness.

        In addition, the application of Tamron’s exclusive nanotechnology-based eBAND Coating substantially curbs the ghosting and flare that are prone to occur in backlit photography, successfully improving the overall optical performance of the Model A032 lens.

        Moreover, the new “Dual MPU (Micro Processing Units)” provides rapid autofocusing with improved accuracy and the highest vibration compensation performance.

        Therefore, though the MTF is the same, the performance of the Model A032 has improved from the Model A007.”

  • CaMeRa QuEsT

    As I expected, it’s got the same exact optical formula (thus the same MTF curves) as the previous version. Good thing is it is $100 cheaper than the previous version originally was at release and its electromechanics, coatings and sealing/built have been all upgraded to the latest SP specs. Bad thing is, it is now the softest of all the new 24-70 f2.8 zooms, but then it is at least priced right to count for this. At least Pentax 24-70 owners won’t be mad at Tamron for selling sharper optics at a significant discount compared to their version of this lens.

    • Hans J

      I see I see. Is the center sharp? I want to see it vs the Sigma.

      • Neogene

        I asked to Tamron support if this one MTF and previous one version are really the same, in short: “yes”, long:

        “Regarding your inquiry, the MTF of the two lenses (the Model A007 and the Model A032) are the same.

        It is because that the lens configuration is the same.

        However, the use of specialized, high quality glass materials for the lens element of the Model A032 assures superior color reproduction and greater sharpness.

        In addition, the application of Tamron’s exclusive nanotechnology-based eBAND Coating substantially curbs the ghosting and flare that are prone to occur in backlit photography, successfully improving the overall optical performance of the Model A032 lens.

        Moreover, the new “Dual MPU (Micro Processing Units)” provides rapid autofocusing with improved accuracy and the highest vibration compensation performance.

        Therefore, though the MTF is the same, the performance of the Model A032 has improved from the Model A007.”

        • Hans J

          Wow thats great news. A more solid selection of lenses is always good. Thanks!!

  • fanboy fagz

    damn those are a lot of corrective lenses inside. looks promising. if its 95% of the nikon, that will be amazing.

  • Miles Long

    82mm, no.

    1:5, no.

    • Just Me

      I believe all newer 24-70s take 82mm filters.

      • Miles Long

        They do. And unless you need VR, none of them will beat the IQ of the Nikon G non VR.

        • Just Me

          In that case, why would you even consider it?

          • Miles Long

            I wouldn’t.

            • Just Me

              But you wrote “no” which implies you considered it unless you just wrote to bash it. :-/

            • Miles Long

              No it doesn’t imply that. I’m commenting and helpfully analyzing why it is not s good option. I know lenses well and others can benefit from my knowledge. Duh.

            • Just Me

              :-/

        • Hans J

          I think the IQ on the Nikon VR is better then the G

  • Daniel Han

    So… the old one is $100 cheaper!
    What. A Steal.
    Ha, really love their pricing! Hoping for reviews soon, I personally do not fancy a 24-70 zoom, which is “ZZzz what? Meh” in my book. A 28mm prime is enough for that range. Regardless, it would be great to see how this one plays out, and I think it will probably beat Nikon’s offering in terms of IQ. Who knows!

    • Hans J

      I have to say I love a good 24-70mm Its good for everything.

      • T.I.M

        I only have one zoom lens, the Nikon 24-120mm f/4G VR, it’s a great lens when you don’t have room to carry the primes.
        (here at 120mm f/4)

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6c673ed2981eeb0aff41fbe010f0408af4c1f0c82942d21f1d0a5bdf4e7893ee.jpg

        • Hans J

          I don’t like the construction of that lens. And its not about sharpness either. The New Nikon VR gives a really nice look to the images.

        • Aldo

          You always use a camera mounted flash with wildlife?… you wouldn’t do that with people would you? #animalportraitsmatter

          • T.I.M

            I don’t get that one, could you explain ?

            • Allan

              I don’t do Twitter, but I think that’s a Twitter reference.

        • Allan

          If I was a chicken, I definitely would be interested.

    • sandy

      The Nikon is very good indeed. I really doubt whether the Sigma will surpass it. The previous Tamron didn’t, and this one is optically the same. I can’t even afford the Nikon G, Nikons hardly ever give up value. I use the 24-120, which is pretty good. If the Sigma is close to the Nikon, I may rethink it. In a year it will be about a grand on sale.

    • Wolfgang

      so you are lucky people in the US, here in germany the “old” one is about 819 € at amazon, for the new one a estimated price about 1699 € 🙁
      same with the 70-200 G2: amazon.com 1299 $, amazon.de about 1590€

      • Bart

        Prices in the US are excluding tax. In Europe prices are always including tax, so i think these prices are about the same for this lens. The price difference of older gear between Holland and Germany is crazy though. A new d750 will cost you about 300-400 less in Germany compared to The Netherlands.

        • Wolfgang

          But taxes in the US in more less than in EU or germany, in germany price is with 19% tax, in the US I think is less than 10%

          But d750 compared in germany and in NL, the different is like peanuts, you should compare a D5 in DE and in switzerland. D5 in switzerland is about 5000 €, in DE is about 6600€

          • Bart

            Good thing I’m not looking to buy a D5. But yes you are right, I don’t understand these price differences either.

          • nwcs

            It’s not only taxes. It’s also legal issues (return period, warranty length, etc) and volume. The former aren’t “free” and aren’t comparable across markets. The latter matters a great deal. If the volume is 500,000 in one market and 50,000 in another the prices will be different.

    • MB

      I’m not sure how you can replace 70mm with 28mm …
      But other than that 28mm paired with 85mm is probably all most people need most of the time, add cheap 50mm to that set and you get better IQ , similar weight and for less money (if you use 1.8 lenses)…

  • Hans J

    SIGMA vs TAMROM vs NIKON G vs NIKON VR Please!!!!

    • Hans J

      So far the Nikon VR has been my fav.

      • T.I.M

        Nikon G and VR can be the same, G just mean that the lens does not have an aperture ring.

        • He’s referring to the 24-70G that didn’t have vr and the 24-70E that did.

          • T.I.M

            is he referring to the 24-70G that didn’t have vr and the 24-70E that did ?

            • zipduck

              I think he’s referring to the 24-70G that didn’t’ have vr and the 24-70E that did.

        • He’s referring to the 24-70G that didn’t have vr and the 24-70E that did.

  • i’d be interested to know whether the tamron or tokina suffer from focus breathing…. like is it really 70mm at 70mm or less!?

    • MB

      Tamron 24-70 is the widest 24-70, it is more like 22-60 or something. It has nothing to do with focus breathing, and you really should not care about it because that “issue” is easily fixed with half a step back or forth…

      • Uh people should care because if you’re spending $1299 on a lens, 70mm should be 70mm. Sometimes that one step back or forth can’t be achieved if you’re taking pictures at an event like a concert or a wedding.

  • Dino Brusco

    Ok – now really it’s kind of puzzling. I had saved the previous mtf, tech specs and optical design and it’s IDENTICAL to the new one, the only real value changing is the weight (better weather sealing and more electronics inside I guess)

    • Hans J

      Thought the old one was already good tho. No?

      • Spy Black

        Depends on what sample you get. I had a hideous copy, returned it. Others say its great. Hopefully the situation has changed, but apparently quality control is has been a problem with Tamron.

  • karayuschij

    Why should I spend $1200 for this when for the same price I can get the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens?

  • karayuschij

    Why should I spend $1200 for this when for $100 more I can get the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens?

    • chrisgull

      Because nobody has tested the Sigma yet? I suspect you’re right, but let’s wait and see.

  • Carleton Foxx

    As always, the question becomes: does the vibration reduction give you back the resolution that lower-than-Nikon MTF takes away?

  • Politics_Nerd

    When copying and pasting from the PR release is your day job, folks, you’ve made it.

  • Neogene

    I asked to Tamron support if this one MTF and previous one version are really the same, in short: “yes”, long:

    “Regarding your inquiry, the MTF of the two lenses (the Model A007 and the Model A032) are the same.

    It is because that the lens configuration is the same.

    However, the use of specialized, high quality glass materials for the lens element of the Model A032 assures superior color reproduction and greater sharpness.

    In addition, the application of Tamron’s exclusive nanotechnology-based eBAND Coating substantially curbs the ghosting and flare that are prone to occur in backlit photography, successfully improving the overall optical performance of the Model A032 lens.

    Moreover, the new “Dual MPU (Micro Processing Units)” provides rapid autofocusing with improved accuracy and the highest vibration compensation performance.

    Therefore, though the MTF is the same, the performance of the Model A032 has improved from the Model A007.”

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