Choosing a 24-70 f/2.8 lens ...Tamron or Canon
I see it all the time.... Someone in a photography group asks about buying a 24-70 lens... There are people that swear by only buying OEM and saying that 'you can't be a pro by using a 3rd party lens'. Or, 'buy the best'. And...'you get what you pay for!'
Most of the time, this can be intimidating and make the person asking the question think that there is only one way to go.. Spend 1800+ dollars on that Canon lens..
Is the Canon 24-70 f/2.8L II a great lens? HELL YES!! It is AMAZING!
Is the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8vc a piece of crap? HELL NO!! It too, is AMAZING.
Here is my personal experience and what I did when it was time for me to upgrade my old 24-70...
I was an L only guy for several years.. I shot with the 24-70 version 1 from Canon and about a year ago, I decided that it was time to upgrade.
I primarily shoot weddings and corporate head shots. So, this lens is very important to me...
I researched all of the major brands, Canon, Tamron and Sigma.
I watched every video I could on them.
I looked at every comparable test and eliminated the sigma.
Then, I rented both the Canon 24-70 II and the Tamron 24-70vc. I took both to a wedding and used them both on a 5d2.
Here is what I noticed - The canon focused amazingly fast and had very little vignetting. The Tamron had a bit more vignetting than the Canon, but not enough to make much of a difference.
The Tamron focused a millisecond slower than the Canon, but again, not enough to make much of a difference.
The Tamron was actually sharper in most situations.
The Canon was better with handling moire situations, but once again, not to a very great degree of difference.
Here is what sold me on the Tamron, in low light, keeping my iso to a level to eliminate as much noise as i could, I was able to get crisp, sharp photos hand-held at 1/15 on the Tamron using the VC.
I immediately bought the Tamron and I have not had one regret about it...It is the only non-L lens in my bag..
Why would the Tamron come with a 6 year warranty and the Canon only come with a 1 year warranty? Tamron stands behind their quality, that is for sure....
I will be upgrading my 70-200 in the next year or so. Right now, I have the L version 1. The tamron will definitely get a test from me.
I hope that my experience can help you.
Thanks for this useful post. I am trying to chose between the Tamron and the Canon as well. Many of the reviews I read shows a slight edge to the Canon, but not significant enough to justify the difference in price. I am leaning more toward the Tamron after reading your article.
Tim, I have the Tamron 70-200mm 2.8 version two and it blows away the Canon L and much cheaper
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