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    Tamron 24-70 VC

    Featuring up to 4 stops of image stabilisation, the latest offering from Tamron sets the record for being the first 24-70mm lens to offer in-camera image stabilisation. Having a large 82mm frontal lens diameter an incorporating cutting edge technology from Tamron's optical engineers, the Tamron 24-70VC is poised to set standards for image quality. Having VC is always a dream for videographers and the 24-70VC is a god-send with a bright aperture of f/2.8 and it'll work perfectly with full-frame 35mm cameras from Nikon's D800 to the Canon's 5D Mark III.


    Key specifications
    Focal length 24-70mm
    Maximum aperture F/2.8
    Minimum aperture F/22
    No. of diaphragm blades 9 (rounded diaphragm)
    Angle of view(diagonal) 84°04' - 34°21' (with full-size SLR cameras) 60°20' - 22°33' (with APS-C sized sensor digital SLR cameras)
    Lens construction 17 elements in 12 groups Minimum focus distance 0.38m (15.0 in)
    Maximum magnification ratio 1:5 (at f=70mm: MFD 0.38m)
    Filter size f82mm Length 108.5mm (4.3 in)
    Diameter f88.2mm (3.5 in) Weight 825g* (29.1 oz)
    Standard accessories Flower-shaped lens hood
    Compatible mounts Canon, Nikon, Sony

    Sample gallery and narration
    Tamron 24-70 VC f/2.8 review
    The Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC renders colours excellently. Here with the Canon 5D, ISO 200, 1/320s, +0.3eV, f/2.8, 70mm. Only cropping is down in this image. Bright colours reminds one of the 'L' colours of Canon and the 'ED' of Nikon G lenses!

    Tamron 24-70 VC f/2.8 review
    Event photography is a charm with the Tamron 24-70mm, with superbly fast auto-focusing. Quiet and accurate, this shot was taken at a wedding, at 1/100s, ISO400, f/2.8 at 24mm. No cropping or additional effects was applied. Slight vignetting here gives a pleasant feel to the overall image.

    Tamron 24-70 VC f/2.8 review
    Amazing smooth bokeh from the 9 aperture blades. Yes, NINE blades! Circular blades renders out of focus shots 'bokehlicious'! This was at ISO1250, +0.6ev, 1/160s, f/2.8.

    Tamron 24-70 VC f/2.8 review
    Perfectly suited for event photography and 'mood shots'. The Tamron 24-70mm has pleasing light fall off here. Completely unedited in terms of colours and vignetting, this image shows amazing clarity and tonal definition.

    Tamron 24-70 VC f/2.8 review
    The 24-70 holds highlights and shadows well here. Again, no editing whatsoever done here! f/4.5 ISO200, 1/400 @ 61mm with -0.3eV.


    Tamron 24-70 VC f/2.8 reviewTamron 24-70 VC f/2.8 review
    The Tamron 24-70mm does have a more obvious ding which I saw, which is the barrel distortion. Notice the buildings? They're curving slightly. Comparing with the Canon 24-70, the Tamron 24-70 fares a tad poorer in this aspect. In terms of sharpness, the 24-70 is really sharp. See the 100% crop of the "Baretto" signboard! Again, all not-processed NOR sharpened in camera nor in post processing!

    Conclusion
    A very solid feeling lens, with a huge front element of 82mm. Smooth zooming as well as superb VC (up to 4 stops). With a listed price tag of USD12xx (it is not available in Singapore yet), we'll expect it to be around $18xx for the street price once it hits the shops. Give this new lens a shot, comparing with a 2nd hand Canon 24-70, Nikon 28-70, it's a no brainer with the VC especially if you're going to do some videos with it!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Tamron 24-70 VC started by Red Dot Photo View original post
    Comments 1 Comment
    1. Kondfcvderty's Avatar
      thanks for the list guys. it'll really help me.

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