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Tamron 24-70 Nikon Mount Initial Thoughts Update

By Anthony Thurston on April 29th 2013

A few days ago I wrote about how the Tamron 24-70 2.8  that I had been testing out was not performing well at all. I had used the lens in various locations and situations with my D7000, and in all of them the lens was back focusing or and very soft. I shared my initial thoughts in the post with the hope that maybe someone else was having that same problem or if maybe I just had a bad copy of the lens. In the comments to that post Lee Morris of Fstoppers responded, and through our conversation in the comments I came to the conclusion that the issue could very possibly be my D7000 and not the lens.

Today I went into the camera shop to see what Mike had to say and to see if he had any bodies I could use to test my theory. It just so happens that Mike had a D300s in the store that I could use to test out the lens, and after a few test shots it was clear the Tamron 24-70mm lens was working perfectly on the D300s. Since I had my D7000 with my I decided to take a few test shots with the two cameras to test. As you can see in the images below one shot is focused perfectly fine, and the other is out of focus and just plain soft (click on the images for full size).

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The first shot is from the D300s and the second is the D7000, I was focused on the Tiffen Filter farthest left and third row from the bottom.  I do not have another D7000 around to test and see if it is just my D7000 or if it is a problem that other D7000’s might have. Its odd because my D7000 performs perfectly fine with my 300mm F4 and my 50mm 1.8, though both of those are Nikon lenses. Maybe this has something to do with the lens being third-party.

Anyways, I am happy to report that I can now continue my review of the Tamron 24-70mm 2.8 VC USD. Keep an eye out.

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Trevor Tegley

    my d800 has a nasty back focus when using af-s (single servo) focusing, when using af-c it is dead on…

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  2. Emily Burkhalter

    We use D7000’s and every lens we buy we go through a process like this: http://regex.info/blog/photo-tech/focus-chart We found it when we bought a 50 mil for our D200 that was back focusing and ruined a shoot. Hope this helps!

    Emily

    tim-emily.com

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  3. Akil Madman

    Is this something a micro adjustment of the lens would fix? Or is the focus that far off? To me it seems that if the camera works properly with your other lenses and its just having with this lens then its probably just a matter of creating a micro adjustment profile for this lens?

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  4. SRussell55

    My new Tamron 18-200 3.5 is soft on my D5000

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    • Lukas Prochazka

      what did you expect? that big range and great quality than everybody would have it

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    • BDWT

      Actually, it’s as good or better than the Nikon and Canon equivalent and so it’s almost always sold out at my local shop(s). Try one for yourself before you knock it, it’s super sharp and the VC is incredible for video.

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    • Lukas Prochazka

      18-200? well i bet its maybe better than canon but canon its still not good like a tamron 17-50 that what i want my next lens :) i tried it pretty good af and sharp also

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  5. Jay

    I have been having the same type of issue with my D7000 and I sent it to Nikon 2 weeks ago. I am hoping that it comes back fixed. My warranty is up in June.

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  6. Tim Sorrells

    I use the Tamron 28-75 F2.8 DI XR SP on my D300s. It’s rare that I change out a lens these days. I was told by a camera place in Atlanta to have a lens calibration done as well as a fine tune focus on the body. Nothing is wrong with either as I know the low and high sweet spots of the lens.

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  7. WestofEastTim

    My D7000 had/has this same issue. I sent it to Nikon and they repaired it. I just got it back two days ago, so I haven’t had the time to ensure it is actually fixed. I’ve read horror stories of folks that have had to send them back two and three times before it actually gets resolved. I am sure hoping that isn’t the case with mine. You should consider contacting them (Nikon).

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    • WestofEastTim

      I should add, that I do not own the lens you are reviewing and my problem was happening with all of my lenses, which are all Nikon lenses.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Well, I have noticed that similar issues with other lenses I have used in the past. but I always assumed it was the lens, not the camera. How long did Nikon have your body?

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    • WestofEastTim

      Anthony, they had it about a week. Fortunately, mine was under warranty.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Nice. Well please update me once you have determined if the issue was actually solved or not.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Please let me know if it did indeed get fixed.

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  8. klockheed

    u might edit the last paragraph.

    “I do not have another D7000 around to test and see if it is just my D7000 or if it is a problem that other D7000′s might have. Its odd because my D700 performs perfectly …”

    Do you mean 7000?

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