Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens for Nikon F-mount now in stock


The new Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens for Nikon F-mount is now in stock at B&HAmazon and FotoHansKeuzekamp.

Additional information on the lens can be found here.

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  • on order from Adorama…can’t wait!

    • jvossphoto

      I have version i and love it. The AF and VC is on par with the Nikon lenses I own and sharpness is good.

      • Sweet! I traded my Nikkor (non-VR) version in for it. Just not as sharp as I need. High hopes!

        • Vince Vinnyp

          I am hope that you you like it. I am not sure many people can really say the Nikon 24-70 is not as sharp as they need. Want yes. There are some very serious photographers taking critically very serious images with the 24 – 70. Take a look at 500px or F-stoppers.

          • Ben Brayev

            500px? you cant tell sharpness on this website, for the simple reason it doesnt show you the full res image..

          • I hope the Tamron lives up to all of the hype! Otherwise, I am still a Nikon junkie and will continue using their gear professionally

          • Onion

            ohhh, 500px, stroke my epeen and beg me to come look at your profile. Love that website.

      • Duncan Dimanche

        i found that the vr actually added blur in my images… in video it was fantastic though

        • jvossphoto

          I find it very helpful with slow shutter speeds.

        • Dominik

          The Nikon or the Tamron?

        • Onion

          You should look at how you are using the VR, probably doing it wrong, I.E. using fast shutter (lets say over 800th-1000th of second) and still using VR.

  • Proto

    Nice look! But Art and Zeiss looks best.

    But, am staying with Nikon’s 24-70.

    • TwoStrayCats

      Zeiss has a 24-70 zoom in the Otus line?

      • Proto

        talking about “looks” not focal length

        • TwoStrayCats

          Thank god. I was worried I didn’t have $6K to spend on an Otus zoom.

      • sickheadache

        Wow if Zeiss had a 24-70 in Otus…What would be that price?…4-5 grand easy. Zeiss would make it truly tack sharp.

  • HD10

    Primary improvement is in VC?

    • Lladnar

      I would expect increased sharpness across the range as well as improved VC and dock compatibility, that’s been their usual.

      • HD10

        Better optics would certainly be welcome.

        I do not have a Tamron and am keen to try the newer releases but I am wedded to Nikon to maintain consistent color and contrast throughout the different bodies and Nikkor lenses used during a shot.

      • sandy

        I believe it is optically identical to the previous version. The MFT charts are identical.

        • paige4o4

          Maybe better coatings then? Reduced CA and flare?

        • Albert

          If so, the bokeh might also be different, which could be significant as the G1’s bokeh was often talked about unflatteringly.

    • MB

      Aperture is not mechanical on G2 …

      Electromagnetic diaphragm system compatible with Nikon cameras

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

      • HD10

        Thank you for the correction. Indeed, the aperture linkage is now electronic. I will correct my post.

  • sickheadache

    Well I have high hopes this Tamron 24-70mm, since Sigma produced a big ol Fart with their new Art 24-70mm.

    • Spy Black

      …because no one has one yet…

      • sickheadache

        Yes..I rented..And was like..No!…I use Art Line and been happy with..135, 85, 50 and even 24-35mm..But I was so damn let down…With the new..24-70 art..Too mushy and does not come close in that tack sharp department..Like the Art line I have..So damn disappointing.
        .

        • Spy Black

          On a Canon camera? Because it’s not yet available on a Nikon.

          • Vince Vinnyp

            Not sure where, it is definitely available in the UK has been for a little while, not that I have tried it.

          • sickheadache

            Yes..On a Nikon D810..I’m very Special…Didn’t u get that memo?

        • cBBp

          Yeah one need only look at sample images. Every review has soft images.

        • TwoStrayCats

          That’s supposed to be that way. Sigma applied their Sigma-Soft Lens Coat for using it to photograph pimply teenagers for their high school year books. It reduces posts processing.

        • This is why I come here, thanks – very relevant to my interests to know that SIgma AND Tamron still release expensive stinkers.
          And to clarify – I know they make many great lenses as well

          • sickheadache

            I have not tested Tamrons ..or even seen any reviews of the Tamron 24-70mm vc, bi, di, cc, ltd,br-549, et, lol, lens.

    • fanboy fagz

      yes, looking at the images from lensrentals, the sigma does not impress. a shameful tactic of sigma to allow such a lens to be worthy of the name only for profit.

      • sickheadache

        The last model of Tamron beat out Nikon’s monster over priced 24-70 by one point over at DxO….This is our last Hope!

        • Aldo

          I think the old nikon 24-70 is best across brands… problem is it doesnt have VR and the new one is a monster and it’s double the price

          • Proto

            yup, old Nikon 24-70 works like a champ. Limited use of VR or better corner sharpness is not worth the extra cost of new version, especially compared with use/refurbished or rebated price on old one..

            • I have the old Nikon version but haven’t used it since getting the Sigma 24-105 Art a couple years ago. Although not as fast, for scenics, the Sigma is just sharper. I was kind of surprised when I did some field tests and I had been using the Nikon for many years.

          • TwoStrayCats

            And that is why I kept the old version. The lack of VR is pretty much nullified when you use good technique (or a support).

        • fanboy fagz

          thats dxo mark. I dont believe their ratings at all. and while the tamron g1 is a great lens, I dont think it outdid the 24-70G, I hope this one will be on par. the 70-200 G2 is on pr with the 70-200 VR2

          • Proto

            yup, 24-70G calibrated is sharp and will work for years… no USB, no integration issues when nikon changes software in body or flash

            • fanboy fagz

              The build quality on the nikon is not as good as the beast 28-70. Stiff zoom ring. I didnt buy solely for that reason. The tamron may or may not be better but for the price im willing to accept that. Not with the nikon.

    • Hans J

      how do you know the sigma is bad?

  • mikerofoto

    i don’t own any Tamron but would like to test this one to compare with the Nikon G version, reviews of the Sigma ART version aren’t good so maybe this one would make the cut, seem that Tamron G2 series are quit good.

  • koenshaku

    Tamron really has been killing it lately. That price is cheaper than the G1!

  • Aldo

    Hope they fixed smudgy edges and faster AF

    • Stuart Crowther

      Had the lens since last Saturday, i think optics are the same as G1, as others have noted the lens design and MFT are the same. and on my testing the famous onion bokeh is still there : (
      It’s looking like a cosmetic and electronic upgrade, i’m happy with it as it replaced my 24-85 VR which it blows away, hope to see some reviews and comparisons soon.

      • Aldo

        I was afraid of this… this is how tamron is keeping its prices low… sad

      • SkyMeow

        Sounds like I shouldn’t replace my Nikkor non-VR 24-70 with this Tamron. I never actually needed VR but nice to have.

        • Stuart Crowther

          No i would wait to see some detailed reviews and sample images.

  • Tom Bartol

    EU price is to high in SLO its 1450€ witch is 1700 $

  • verytoxic

    What the freak is wrong with Tamron’s pricing strategy? $1700? Are they kidding me? I can buy a used car for this price.

    • ToastyFlake

      I’m not sure where you are, but it’s $1199 in the U.S., which seems like a pretty good price.

      • Tom Bartol

        its 1700$ in my country

        • decentrist

          price adjusted for free healthcare

    • Chris

      The website reads $1199.

  • Tieu Ngao

    In Canadian dollars this Tamron costs more than 4 times my Nikon 24-85mm, which works fine with my D750. I’m not sure if it’s worth it.

  • Aldo

    This must be a difficult focal range… no one seems to get it perfect

    • Eledeuh

      It *is* among the most difficult ranges. That’s why, for instance, Nikon had to make compromises for the optimization of corner performance, while others kept optimizing the center at the expense of the rest.

      There is no free lunch when designing 24-70 lenses it seems.

    • Spy Black

      Maybe they should make a 24-60? Apparently Tokina got it right…

      • Just Me

        YMMV

      • MB

        Apparently Tamron 24-70 is actually something like 22-60 … but isn’t all that good above 35mm …
        The challenge with this range is that it goes from very wide retro focal, to normal and up to telefocal, obviously pretty compex optical problem to be perfectly solved…

        • Spy Black

          It was a joke on my part about the Tokina.

      • Aldo

        But it has no vr Spy… may as well get the nikon G

        • Spy Black

          Yeah but it doesn’t have Tokina’s price.

    • Just Me

      There’s no such thing as a perfect lens. You have to determine which attributes are most important to you.

      • Aldo

        I think the 70-200 E is perfect… thing made me spend 2500… the most money Ive spent on a lens

        • Just Me

          Pretty close to perfect, I’ll grant you that! 🙂

      • Duncan Dimanche

        the sigma 18-35mm seems like a perfect lens to me 🙂

        • Just Me

          Really? I’ve read mixed reviews. In any case, what is perfect for you is nothing more than a combination of attributes that suit you. Someone else might find some aspect, less than perfect.

        • Just Me

          No VR. :-/ Perfect for you but not perfect.
          I had one and liked it a lot but replaced it with the 16-35 for the extra 2mm and VR, for when I need it, along with a few other nits. But it’s far from perfect as well.

    • Stuart Crowther

      Bad news update..lol i experienced focus drift last night on my D750, would hit focus and then slowly go out of focus left or right looking at the distance scale window, switch off then on problem went away but it happen a couple of times.

      • Aldo

        Outch… no bueno

  • bobgrant

    The problem with fast zooms in this range is….who cares? A less pricey and FAR more compact 24-85 VR is already excellent and fantastic with the latest crop of sensors. If you do weddings, almost ANY of the previous 24-70 lenses were already very good. But the real top tier in these ranges is with primes, so 24-85 vr PLUS faster primes is going to bet you better images and versatility to boot. The new Nikon 70-200 and 200-500 are giant killers in their own ways, but the 24-70 range remains lifeless for these zooms, very good, but rarely anything to get excited about. Events and weddings? Get one of these. Everyone else? Nah.

    • Just Me

      I should probably ask you before buying anything. 😉

      • bobgrant

        Yup…you should!

    • The difference with these fast zooms is mostly on the long end. You’re working at f/2.8 with this. With the 24-85mm VR you’re woking at f/4.5. For a journalist wanting to separate their subject from the background that’s huge. For everyone else, it’s as important as they are experienced.

    • Duncan Dimanche

      there will always be that one personne who says that no one cares… f/2.8 vs f/4.5 at 70mm make a HUGE difference in depth of field ! Huge !

      So you should rephrase it by saying “I” don’t care.

      You obviously don’t own a 2.8 lens cause you don’t care…

      • bobgrant

        You’re exactly right, but I DO own good 2.8 glass and 1.8 glass and 1.4 glass. 2.8 is where fast glass BEGINS. My point is that we already have tons of 24-70 options and they’re all very good. Thus another entry isn’t very exciting when a lot of folks would like to see other glass upgraded that really needs it. This is about as interesting in a 3rd and 4th version of a 18-55 kit lens.

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