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Comparison with Nikon and Canon lenses

As we have seen the retail price of this lens is $1199 on Amazon and BHPhoto which makes it quite an expensive lens. Consequently is it worth spending this amount of price on the TAMRON SP 24-70 f/2.8 Vi DC USD G2?

ModelCompatibilityAperture RangeMinimum focus distanceDiaphragm bladesAngle of viewMagnificationElements / GroupsImage StabilisationFilter threadDimensions (DxL) mmWeightPriceBuy now
Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens FX onlyf/2.8-2215" (38.10 cm)9, Rounded84° 4' - 34° 21'0.20x17/12YES8288.4 x 111.8 mm1.99 lb (904.3 g)1199Buy it now
Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USDFX, DXf/2.8-2215" (38.10 cm)9, Rounded84° - 34°0.20x17/12YES8288.9 x 116.8 mm2.6 lb (1179.3 g)1099Buy it now
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM LensFX, DXf/2.8-2215" (38.10 cm)984° - 34°0.21x18/13NO8288.5 x 113 mm2.6 lb (1179.3 g)1749Buy it now
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR LensFX onlyf/2.8-2215" (38.10 cm)9, Rounded84° - 34° 20'0.28x20/16YES8288 x 154.5 mm2.35 lb (1070 g)2396.95Buy it now
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED LensFX, DXf/2.8-2215" (38.10 cm)9, Rounded84° - 34° 20'0.27x15/11NO7783.8 x 132.1 mm1.98 lb (900 g)1797Buy it now
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens FX onlyf/2.8-2237cm9, Rounded84.1° - 34.3°0.21x19/14YES8288 x 107.6 mm2.24 lb (1020 g)1299Buy it now
Tokina AT-X 24-70mm f/2.8 PRO FX LensFX, DXf/2.8-2215" (38.10 cm)984° 20' - 34° 49'0.21x15/11NO8289.6 x 107.5 mm2.20 lb (1 kg)1079Buy it now

I have prepared a quick comparison with other manufacturers. The list contains the wast majority of 24-70 lenses that Nikon / Canon users would use. As you can see the price of the new Tamron SP 24-70 lens is only $100 more than the previous generation which I think is very good. Compared to Sigam, which we know is a direct competitor of Tamron, the price difference is $100 less for the Tamron. Although spec wise they are very similar, it seems that Tamron is trying to get ahead at the competition.

TAMRON SP 24-70 f/2.8 Vi DC USD G2
TAMRON SP 24-70 f/2.8 Vi DC USD G2

Compared to the Nikon and Canon lenses these we can see that Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens sells for $1,749 whereas the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Lens has a price of $2,396.95. Making the math we can clearly see that the Tamron has an advantage. Its $600 less than the Canon and half the price of the Nikon. Consequently we can conclude that it is a bargain if the VR is an important factor. Neither is the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens cheaper which sells for $1,797.

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Even though I did not have the possibility to compare these lenses on the field, from the specs the new TAMRON SP 24-70 f/2.8 Vi DC USD G2 promises quite a lot.

Final thoughts

I think that Tamron did a great job with the  SP 24-70 f/2.8 Vi DC USD G2 lens. Sadly I couldn’t test this lens, so all the analysis is based on the specs of the manufacturers. Although I don’t own the previous generation of 24-70 lens only the 70-300 version, I can tell you that so far I was happy with TAMRON. I think that throughout the years this company gathered enough experience to keep the pace with the actual demands of the market. They are building themselves a name which more and more equals to quality. I invite you to share your personal opinion about TAMRON and whether the price of this lens makes it a good investment.

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