Tamron recently announced a lens that is the first of its kind. The newly unveiled Tamron SP 24-70 F2.8 Di VC USD is the first standard zoom lens in full-frame DSLR camera market, with a constant maximum aperture of F2.8 and built-in image stabilization. Tamron is a third party lens manufacturer that has released some amazing and affordable lenses in the past, including the very popular Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD IF and Tamron SP 28-75mm f/2.8 Di LD. Third party lens announcements do not usually get any attention, but this is one lens that people should really watch out for. Given Tamron’s track record, this lens is on its way to becoming a hit.
The Tamron SP 24-70 F2.8 Di VC USD is made with very high-quality glass. It has one Hybrid Aspherical Lens, three LD elements, three Glass Molded Aspherical Lenses, and two XR glasses, which all add up to create a high performance lens. The lens has very rounded diaphragm blades to give a nice, smooth bokeh effect, even up to two stops lower than when the lens is at its largest opening. Last, but not the least, the SP 24-70mm F2.8 Di VC incorporates Tamron’s own VC (Vibration Compensation) technology, which will help reduce camera shake when you are required to shoot with low shutter speeds.
The new Tamron SP 24-70 F2.8 Di VC USD has an MSRP of $1,299. This places the Tamron lens at around $600 less than its Nikon counterpart, and more than $800 less than its Canon counterpart. That is a huge difference, and could potentially leave some money in your pocket if you are considering buying an F2.8 standard zoom for your DSLR camera. With that amount of savings, you could upgrade to full-frame, buy more gear, or even go on a small vacation. $600-800 can go a long way.