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Tamron SP 24-70mm Di VC USD Canon Mount AFA007C-700 (Model A007E)
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- 24-70mm focal length, Minimum focus distance - 0.38m/14.96 inch
- 36-105mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras, 38.4-112mm equivalent focal length on Canon APS-C cameras
- F2.8 constant maximum aperture; F22 minimum, Ultrasonic-type AF motor with full-time manual focusing
- Image stabilization, VC (Vibration Compensation), 82mm filters
- Available in Canon EF, Nikon F (FX), Nikon F (DX), Sony Alpha mounts
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Canon EF||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F(DX)||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF|
|Item Dimensions||3.46 x 4.61 x 3.46 in||3.5 x 4.3 x 3.5 in||3.47 x 4.6 x 0.43 in||2.87 x 3.62 x 2.87 in||3.5 x 4.4 x 3.5 in||3.28 x 4.86 x 3.28 in|
|Item Weight||1.82 lbs||1.98 lbs||1.82 lbs||4 lbs||1.99 lbs||2.09 lbs|
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|Maximum Focal Length||70 millimeters||70||70 millimeters||75 millimeters||70||70 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||24 millimeters||24||24 millimeters||28 millimeters||24||24 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||82 millimeters||—||82 millimeters||67 millimeters||—||82 millimeters|
Tamron's SP 24-70mm is a high quality, highly functional, high speed standard zoom lens covering the 24-70mm focal range. It includes both Tamron's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) Image stabilization to reduce shake and its USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) motor, enabling speedy, silent autofocusing. This SP (Super Performance) series lens makes full use of specialized glass elements in its lens layout, designed with top priority on image quality, including three LD elements and two XR (Extra Refractive Index) glasses. Tamron has minimized all types of chromatic aberration in the SP 24-70mm, making it a lens at the top of its class whether you use it on a digital APS-C, full frame, or 35mm SLR camera. The SP 24-70mm F/2.8 aperture enables a balance between brilliant resolution and beautiful soft blur effects. This ideal lens makes full use of Tamron's rounded diaphragm and the uncontrived, artistic blur that it provides. It is also Tamron's first lens to feature our new moisture-resistant construction. Portraits, Landscapes, Studio Shoots, this is the lens for them all. Capture the finest details of your images in precisely the way you have always wanted to. Extend your art to the limits of your inspiration with the Tamron SP 24-70mm. Specifications: Model Name A007; Focal Length 24-70mm; Format size Di Maximum Aperture F/2.8, Diagonal Angle of View 84°04' - 34°21' (for full frame 35mm format cameras) 60°20' - 22°33' (for APS-C format cameras) Lens Construction 17 elements, 12 groups; Minimum Focus Distance 15". Max. Mag. Ratio 1:5 (at f=70mm: MFD 15"). Filter Diameter 82mm. Overall Length 4.3". Maximum Diameter 3.5". Weight 29.1 oz. Diaphragm Blades 9 (rounded diaphragm). Standard Accessory Flower-shaped lens hood. Canon Mount
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Now comes this Tamron SP 24-70mm Di VC USD lens (available for Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts), already shipping in late April 2012 for $1000 less than the upcoming Canon non-IS version. Tamron is really stealing Canon's thunder with this lens! The VC stands for Vibration Compensation, Tamron's version of image stabilization. I was able to pick up a copy the first week it was out, and after running it through its paces with the amazing 5D Mark III, I have to say I am VERY happy with it.
Right off the bat everyone's main concern is going to be the sharpness vs. the grand old Canon "L" version. Put those concerns aside, this lens has excellent sharpness at most focal lengths wide open, with just a bit of softness and light falloff in the corners. Stop it down just one stop to f/4 and sharpness / contrast improves quite nicely in the corners, with superb image quality across the whole frame from f/5.6 through f/11. I said "most" focal lengths because this lens excels at the wide-to-normal range, performing the best from 24mm through about 50mm (35mm is outstanding). At the 70mm end it's a little softer wide open, but again, stopped down just a bit it achieves excellent image quality. Overall, this lens beats the Canon Mark I for sharpness and while it may not be QUITE as sharp as the Mark II due out in July, the VC means you will often get cleaner shots.
I have long been searching for a wide and fast full frame zoom that is sharp enough to complement Canon's phenomenal 70-200mm f/4 IS lens. That lens is the sharpest zoom lens I have ever used (the Mark II f/2.8 version is super sharp too, but also twice as heavy and pricey). Using the 70-200 f/4 spoils you; most reviewers are astonished and it's often been said that it is as sharp as or sharper than most primes throughout its entire range. In my search for a wide-to-normal zoom to complement that lens, I tried the original Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L and the 24-105 f/4 L. Both are workhorse lenses, but neither one satisfied me. I sold them, and I have stuck with primes for wide and normal shots.
Finally, this Tamron hits the mark. It's sharper than either Canon zoom, AND it has excellent image stabilization. The "VC" is VERY quiet, you hardly know it's there, but it's very effective. In tests I have been able to hand-hold down to 1/10 second with consistent "no shake" results at 70mm, and an amazing 1/4 second at the wider focal lengths. Of course you need a subject that doesn't move at these shutter speeds; VC cannot freeze action.
Build quality is really nice; I'm not qualified to speak to the water resistance of this lens but it's a very solid piece of craftsmanship. It's heavy, 825 grams, versus 950g for the original Canon and 805g for the new Canon Mark II. A mere 20 grams heavier with the VC and $1000 less than the upcoming Mark II... there is a theme developing here. While it's a great street photography / walkabout lens, the shear weight and size means it's not inconspicuous -- but then it's no larger than any other full-frame zoom in this class.
While some have complained about the bokeh - "onion layers", I rarely see it. In fact I had to try really hard just to find a situation in which this artifact even occurred, and when it did, I neither found it particularly objectionable or even noticeable unless zoomed in to 100%. This artifact is actually quite common in a lot of zoom lenses and this is really just a case of some "bokeh fanatics" jumping to conclusions and setting off a rumor that there's a problem. I'm here to tell you there is NO problem; the bokeh at 50-70mm is FINE--nice and smooth. And you should really be buying this lens for the wider focal lengths at which it excels, where you'll do landscape shots and your main objective is sharpness, not bokeh. "Bokeh-obsession" is a common pitfall of photo geeks, so don't miss the forest for the trees. This lens DELIVERS.
So let's see how it stacks up to the three new Canon lenses I mentioned at the top of the review:
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM $2,299
EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM $849.99
EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM $799.99
Total: almost $3950. And this one lens covers the focal lengths and apertures of ALL THREE of those lenses, WITH image stabilization, not only at 24 and 28mm, but also at 35, 50, 70, and every focal length in between, for about 1/3 the cost of those three combined! And it carries Tamron's six year warranty. That's why I call it the Canon Killer!
P.S. If you are an APS-C shooter (7D, 60D, T3i, etc.), this lens would be equivalent to 38-112mm. But you don't need the full-frame coverage of this lens so you should instead consider the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8, or the excellent Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6. Those lenses are considerably lighter and less expensive and they both have image stabilization. APS-C users should really only consider this lens if you are seriously planning on upgrading to full-frame soon.
It's not the perfect lens though (I dont believe one exists!), it is the jack of all trades. VC is extremely competent, probably the best in the business. AF is not L fast, but fast enough that I dont miss shots, and even AI Servo works fine. The build quality is on par with the 24-105mm, very very solidly built. The bokeh does have issues(onion and a tad bit busy), but I've found them to be very minor with real world shots, and very easy to clean up. The color rendition is L level. Vignetting is kind of odd on this lens. The drop off is less overall than the mark 1, but where it actually vignettes, it's more pronounced. F2.8 is very sharp, from corner to corner, I have no hesitation shooting it wide open. There was no way I could get the canon 24-70mm Mark 1 to be as sharp as the tamron at F2.8. I was very suprised by that finding, but it is what it is.
In the end, it came down to a hard decision. Having a Canon L series lens is very comforting. You know that you've got the best tool made by the manufacturer. It had better bokeh, but was less sharp. It was built like a brick, and weighed like one too.... It didnt have VC no matter how you looked at it, and I found overall image quality slightly better on the tamron, since bokeh is mostly preferential, sharpness is not. It's not that the L is a poor performer, it's just that I found out that the Tamron is better, so I cant go back, it's no longer a logical decision if I did. I sold my L mark 1 after a few days of shooting and personal tests. Very happy with this lens.
Sharp wide open
Vibration Compensation works very well
Color, Contrast, Sharpness are on par with Canon L lens. I actually like Tamron better as it has more natural and vibrant color than Canon.
However, there is one caveat. When I read the initial review online I found out that the bokeh can be problematic. While the background blur is creamy and beautiful, I noticed that some circles (be it be raindrop, sparkles of lights, or reflections) appeared layered like onions. I have to do more testing to see how apparent it is.
Considering that new Canon 24-70mm II is over 2000 and has no IS, I still think Tamron is a much better alternative- if that onion-like effect is not common or severe. but if you really dont care much about it (you only really notice it when you view the picture at 100% on your screen), then you'll be happy with it. The bokeh is very creamy and dreamy. it didnt look harsh, unlike one review stated.
The VC (vibration compensation), Tamron version's Image Stabilization, works very well. The handshake is noticeably reduced, and it wasn't noisy. I couldnt hear it at a normal environment.
The auto focus is fast and accurate. It's pretty much as fast as the 17-55mm 2.8 IS.
Overall, i think it is still a great value, and I'm very pleased with the overall image quality (crossing fingers on the bokeh onion effect...)
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Works great, not a professional so a don't need a 2k sony lens