Just days after announcing the world’s first 18-400mm lens, Tamron today unveiled its new 24-70mm f/2.8 high-end zoom lens.

The new Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A032) — say that 10 times fast — is designed for full frame cameras and has a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture. The “SP” indicates that this is a top-of-the-line lens from Tamron, the company’s equivalent of Sigma’s esteemed ART series.

Inside the lens are new Dual MPU (Micro Processing Units) that provide speedy autofocus. The lens also has vibration compensation (VC) that provides 5 stops of stability — the most of any lens in its class, Tamron says. By comparison, the Nikon 24-70mm compensates for 4 stops, and the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 II doesn’t offer stabilization.

Tamron says this new lens features high quality glass and special coatings that maximize color reproduction and sharpness while minimizing ghosting and glare.

Other specs and features include a moisture resistant construction, a locking lens hood, 17 elements in 12 groups, fluorine coating to resist water/oil/fingerprints/dirt/smudges on the front element, and compatibility with Tamron’s TAP-in accessory for making adjustments to auto focus and vibration compensation.

Here are some official sample photos captured by photographer Norifumi Inagaki in Prague, Czech Republic:

The new Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 VC will be available with a price tag of $1,199 starting in August for Nikon shooters and September for Canon users. This price comes in below its competitors: the new Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 costs $1,299, the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 II costs $1,699, and the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 costs $2,397.

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