New Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 DI VC USD G2 “All-rounder” Zoom Announced

Tamron recently launched a new high-speed standard zoom – the Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A032), which is quite a mouth full to say the least. The new zoom has been designed for full-frame DSLR cameras and its new Dual MPU (Micro Processing Units) provide rapid autofocusing with improved accuracy and some serious vibration compensation performance when compared to rivals in its class.

Tamron have not skimped on high tech parts for their new 24-70mm f2.8; the lens features specialized, high quality glass materials (offering greater optical transmittance) assuring superior colour reproduction and greater sharpness, while the application of Tamron’s exclusive nanotechnology-based eBAND Coating substantially curbs the ghosting and flare that are prone to occur in backlit photography.

Tamron have been on a roll lately as they also recently announced a 18-40mm 22.2x APS-C zoom, which you can read all about in our previous post here. The new SP 24-70mm f2.8 from Tamron, also features protective Fluorine Coating, Moisture-Resistant Construction and a locking lens hood.

Tamron 24-70mm SP f2.8

Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 DI VC USD G2 Highlights

  • Designed for Full-Frame Coverage
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Two XR Elements, Three LD Elements
  • Four Aspherical Elements
  • eBAND, BBAR, and Fluorine Coatings
  • Ultrasonic Silent Drive Autofocus Motor
  • VC Image Stabilization
  • Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Compatible with TAP-in Console
  • Available in Canon EF or Nikon mount
  • Price: $1,199 (B&H, Adorama)

The optical construction consist of 17 elements positioned in 12 groups, which uses 2 XR (Extra Refractive Index) elements, 3 LD (Low Dispersion) elements, 3 GM (Glass-Molded aspherical) and one hybrid aspherical lens element. All this glass is basically necessary to minimize axial chromatic aberrations, transverse chromatic aberrations, spherical aberrations and distortion, and allow a compact design that achieves superior image quality.

As mentioned above, the new Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 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, which work in tandem to provide outstanding performance at night and in low light.

Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 SP
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 DI VC USD G2 Specs

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゜22′ (for APS-C format)
Lens Construction 17 elements in 12 groups
Minimum Focus Distance 0.38m (15in)
Maximum. Magnification Ratio 1:5
Filter Size 82mm
Maximum Diameter 88.4mm (3.5 in)
Length 111mm (4.4 in) Canon
108.5mm (4.3 in) Nikon
Weight 905g (31.9 oz) Canon
900g (31.7 oz) Nikon
Diaphragm Blade Number 9 (circular diaphragm)
Minimum Aperture F/22
Image Stabilization Performance 5 Stops (CIPA Standards Compliant)
For Canon: EOS-5D MKIII is used
Nikon: D810 is used
Standard Accessories Lens hood, Lens caps, Lens pouch
Compatible Mounts For Canon, Nikon

Tamron SP 24-70mm VC DI USD G2 Lens

The 24-70mm zoom range has been a standard workhorse not just for photographers, but those using DSLRs and compact S35 camcorders for video, with the Canon 24-70mm f2.8L II being among one of the most widely used lenses for both stills and video. However, the new Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 G2 version (which supersedes the previous VI DC USD, on which you can now save $200 and get one for $1099 from B&H), is not only $550 cheaper than the Canon counterpart, but it also features some serious image stabilization and vibration compensation, something the Canon version does not have.

The new Tamron is also $100 cheaper than the Sigma Art version, which makes things even more interesting. Of course, image quality is to be tested, but for hybrid shooters, who dabble in stills and video, the new Tamron SP 24-70mm 2.8 G2 might just be the zoom lens you have been waiting for.

The new Tamron 24-70mm is priced at $1,199 will be available in either Canon EF or Nikon mounts with shipping estimated for sometime in September this year. Check out image samples and learn more about this lens over at Tamron, and use the pre-order link below if you are thinking of getting this lens.

Pre-order:

  • Tamron SP 24-70mm VC DI USD G2 – $1,199 (B&H, Adorama)

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  • Jay Windland

    While we’re comparing to the Canon and Sigma equivalents, it’s worth noting that the old Tamron 24-70 (and perhaps this one too based on the photo) manually focuses in the Nikon direction, even on the Canon mount version. If you are used to Canon lenses, you can easily blow a lot of shots this way.