By Eric Yang
on 2.6.12
Photo by Tamron

With smooth bokeh and a versatile zooming range, both Nikon and Canon full-frame shooters (e.g. Nikon D700 and Canon 5D Mk II) have continually relied on their respective 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses. The only problem? Canon’s option lands in around $1,300, while Nikon’s is nearly 2-grand, making the glass alone cost nearly as much as a base full-frame body.

Tamron’s newly announced SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD should prove to be an interesting option for full-frame shooters, just like their ludicrously wide-ranged 18-270 f/3.6-5.6 (which we keep in our kit). That’s not just because it will inevitably be significantly cheaper than Canon or Nikon’s offerings — though it certainly doesn’t hurt. Instead, the real attraction is that it’s the first to offer built-in image stabilization, which Tamron calls “vibration compensation”. Exact details on costs and availability haven’t been shared, but it’s a good bet that this highly versatile, low-light f2.8 lens packed with an ultrasonic motor, 17-element design, and plenty of high-end glass will keep the price low just like its weight.

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