Why I picked the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 lens?

I have been a Nikon shooter, for quite some time, not that I dislike Canon. From my first Nikon L1 to my Nikon D90 and D3, I have found that Nikon products and lenses have been suburb quality. Do you pay more for them “Yes”, but let’s face it; I didn’t get into photography thinking it would be cheap. When I do make a purchase, I usually spend about a month or more researching the product then usually a couple of weeks to find the best deal aka lowest price. This was true in this case as well. I usually shoot events and portraits and really needed a 24-70mm lens. The Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens runs about $2,000 after taxes on most websites, it’s about five years old with no news about a replacement, but it’s a very nice lens. Since a local camera shop recommended the new Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8, I thought I would take another look. I’m not big into third party lenses, call is bias, but most of my instructors have steered me away. I started my research sometime ago and found mixed reviews, 50% said Yay and 50% said Nay. The one thing that caught my eye was the price, $1,400 after taxes. Could it really perform?

Pros Cons
Vibration Compensation (1st of its kind). Sharpness reduced slightly at 70mm.
Nice Price (Compared to Nikon 24-70mm).
Light (Compared to Nikon 24-70mm).
6 Year warranty.


After reading and watching countless reviews, I went ahead and purchased the Tamron 24-70mm lends. And after having this lens for a couple of months, and putting it through its paces I have not seen any cons to speak of, other than losing a little sharpness when shooting at 70mm. Being an event photographer, the 24-70mm is my go to lens. I am really glad; I made that leap of faith.