Jan 18, 2018

Tamron SP 24-70 G2 Review

It is really no secret at all that I love Tamron lenses. I got my first one when I rented a 70-200, but the brand I wanted was out on  loan already. So I read reviews (for maybe 5 minutes, because I knew I needed to rent one no matter what) and decided on the Tamron version over the Sigma. Boy was I pleased.

The Tamron SP 70-200 was my first Tamron. I then bought the 24-70 with VC (first version) and the SP 90mm macro with VC (first version). That was all it took. I now have six Tamron SP lenses and a 2x teleconverter. So if you are wondering if I am too biased, I have owned Nikon lenses, Canon lenses, and Sigma lenses. For the price and quality, Tamron just cannot be beat in my opinion.

When I travel I always bring my 24-70. It captures everything I could need form landscapes to portraits. I have taken my first 24-70 to Australia and other fun travels. Never failed me once. SO when they announced the new G2, I admit it I was drooling and had GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome). The reviews were outstanding over and over again from trusted photographers and publications.

Then I got one of my very own. *swoon* 

I brought it along with me when my husband and I traveled to Tulum, Mexico. It definitely did not disappoint.

I shot the beach. This shot is not edited. I cropped to a 16:9 ratio and saved as .jpg (shot in RAW). I wanted you to see the color and dynamic range the lens captures. All images shot with my trusty Canon 6D.

I was able to capture gorgeous statues and monuments telling of the ancient Mayan culture that surrounded us.


And the coolest thing was to see the falconry used as natural pest control. This hawk and his handler patrolled the grounds to deter and remove pesky blackbirds that are extremely bold and aggressive in tourist areas. I am sure I was an unwanted momentary distraction, but I just had to ask why he was walking around with a hawk. You would, too. ;)

All of these had different focal lengths, different lighting, and different looks. But the Tamron 24-70 handled all of it so nicely without missing a beat.

I never had to switch out a lens. I never had to wonder if I was going to be able to capture the shot, either. It is the perfect travel lens. While not being the lightest of my lenses, it does save weight and space of multiple lenses. I know my needs are covered with the Tamron SP 24-70 G2.

As I mentioned before, I owned the previous version (A007) and I loved it. I raved that it was my most versatile lens. I was a prime girl all the way and actually wanted to dislike the lens, but couldn't. I found myself reaching for it time and time again because of its versatility and focal range. The new version improved on areas that I never even thought needed improving. The auto focus is even faster. The sharpness and color is even better (which I didn't think was possible). This is the widest lens option I own, so when I want to go wide I use this. The clarity near the edges has improved a lot.

My favorite features are:
  • Moisture resistant construction that has leak proof seals throughout the barrel of the lens. 
  • Locking mechanism on the lens hood (awesome feature)
  • Front lens fluorine coating. Makes the front glass water and oil repellent. The lens is easier to wipe clean and has a better chance to not be damaged by dust, dirt, and fingerprints. 
  • It's a crazy fast lens. That is technical terminology, by the way.

If you are looking to add an extremely versatile lens to your bag, I highly recommend the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 G2. The previous version was my go-to lens and now this baby has really stepped up its game.

I have taken this lens out at home, not just travel. I hike trails often and can capture wide scenes along with my favorite way to see the world, on a tiny scale. 

While not a dedicated macro lens, it can capture the tiny details with ease. 

To get this awesome lens for yourself, go an authorized Tamron dealer. You NEED this lens. I promise you do.