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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(DX)||Canon EF||—||Canon EF||Nikon F (FX)|
|Focus Type||Ultrasonic||Auto/Manual||Micromotor||Auto/Manual||Ring-type ultrasonic||auto-focus|
|Item Dimensions||3.46 x 4.61 x 3.46 in||3.47 x 4.6 x 0.43 in||2.87 x 3.62 x 2.87 in||2.87 x 2.87 x 3.62 in||3.5 x 3.74 x 3.5 in||3.5 x 4.3 x 3.5 in|
|Item Weight||1.82 lbs||1.82 lbs||4 lbs||1.12 lbs||1.74 lbs||—|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens||wide-angle||Standard Zoom||Aspherical||Zoom lens||standard-zoom|
|Maximum Focal Length||70 millimeters||70 millimeters||75 millimeters||75 millimeters||70 millimeters||70|
|Minimum Focal Length||24 millimeters||24 millimeters||28 millimeters||28 millimeters||24 millimeters||24|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||82 millimeters||82 millimeters||67 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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I am an amateur enthusiast and love photography as far as I can remember. I own both Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD canon mount lens and Canon EF 24-70mm F/2.8 II USM lens. Both are remarkable and exceptional lenses in my opinion. I bought the Tamron first because of budget considerations and the rave reviews on it. I like the pictures I have taken with the Tamron lens and I am very happy with them. So, why did I spend more money to buy the Canon lens you may ask? Curiosity and the feeling that I was missing out on something big!
You know how those comparative reviews on both lenses make out the Canon lens to be miles ahead of its Tamron counterpart and make you the owner of the Tamron lens feel bad. And they often do not mince words to remind one that it is a 3rd party lens. A frequent camera and lens reviewer on the internet was quite harsh on his review of this particular Tamron lens. So a part of me wanted the Canon lens.I could have rented one and try it our first but I always prefer to own than rent.Renting is not bad at all mind you and is the path some people go before they decide to buy a lens and is perfectly fine.However, I had made up my mind to buy the Canon lens if I do get some extra cash to spend.This happened sooner than I expected, so I finally got myself the Canon lens at a reduced price.
Before you read any further,I have enclosed pictures below taken from both lenses.I will encourage you to look at those pictures before reading the rest of this review. Decide if you can make out which pictures were taken with the Tamron lens and which ones were taken with the Canon lens,then come back to reading the review.
If you could tell the differences,Congratulations! I could not tell the differences with my amateur eyes. I needed the help of the histogram to see if there was/were any noticeable difference/s.
I was very much impressed with the color production of both lenses.The Tamron very much held its own. I was also impressed how sharp the Tamron lens with the Vibration Compensation,VC was compared to the Canon lens which has no image stabilization.So conceivably, the Tamron may not be as sharp as the Canon without the VC.I did not test this though.Suffice to say that the vibration compensation on the Tamron lens works very well as judged by other reviewers.
The Canon lens is a very good lens notwithstanding, considering that the image is sharp without an image stabilizer built into it.Some reviews consider the Tamron lens to be sharper at the edges while the Canon is sharper at the center.I did not see any difference.
I did not notice any significant detering weight difference between the lenses when handling, if there is, then it is not striking for me to have noticed without looking for it.There are a number of medium sized lenses you hold and immediately feel the weight e.g, the classic Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 wide angle lens is one.Neither of these lenses were heavy to me.
Now to the images.
All were taken at 70mm.
The exposure of the 1st pair of pictures was 1/80, 5.6, ISO 3200.
The 2nd pair was 1/15,5.6,ISO 3200.
The 3rd pair 1/13,9.0,ISO 500
Pictures #1, #4 and #5 were taken with the Canon lens.
Pictures #2, #3 and #6 were taken with the Tamron lens.
Camera used is Canon 6D. All pictures were taken hand held and at equal distance from the subject with spot metering.
Settings were manual and white balance was set at tungsten for all pics except for the last two pics that had daylight setting because I wanted to warm things a little bit.
Auto focussing was fast with both lenses.I did not fine tune with manual focussing to avoid introducing any variation of focussing from me.However after auto focussing, I switched to the manual focus to lock focus.The Canon lens motor is a tard quieter than the Tamron lens during autofocusing.
My conclusion of this unblinded, unscientific experiment is that the Tamron lens with the VC and lower cost is a good deal.If you own it, do not for one bit consider that you have an inferior lens to the Canon lens.
If you could not tell the difference between both lenses by the pictures, then go with the Tamron lens because it is less expensive and has VC.
If you could tell differences in the pictures and liked the pictures taken from the Canon lens better and you can afford it, then by all means go for it.You can not go wrong with either lens.
What shall I do with both lenses, keep them in my collection for prosterity and keep shooting with either one.
I am open to comments.
Thanks for reading.
Disclaimer: I have no vested interest in neither Tamron nor Canon.
My present collections are:
Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 II USM.
Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8 II USM.
Canon EF 180mm macro lens.
Canon 50mm f/1.8 II
Tamron 150-600mm canon mount.
Tamron 90mm macro canon mount.
Tamron 24-70mm canon mount.
Tokina 11-16mm canon mount.
Tokina 11-16mm nikon mount.
Nikon 80-400mm D.
Nikon 18-300mm f3.5-5.6.
Nikon 50mm f/1.8.
Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 canon mount.
Added pictures #5 and #6.
For a more scientific analysis of the performance of both lenses, you can check the benchmark scores of both lenses at DXO.com.
UPDATE: 5/1/2017 - Make sure and test your lens with video. I hadn't done so until almost one year after I bought it, and found a big flaw, where a few times per minute the video completely goes white, then goes back to normal after about one second. I tested my other Canon lens with video, and the problem went away, so that is how I figured out it was the Tamron lens and not the camera. It is currently in for repair under warranty, I'll update this review how that goes, but I'm unhappy this broke, and I bet if I had tried video earlier, this lens would have been like this from day one. No problem ever with images, it continues to do well there.