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lennartsw
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May 12, 2013 12:52 |  #1

Hi,

I'm searching for a zoom lens in a range from about 20/30 - 70/90mm for my 5DIII. I like primes better and don't want to spend much on a zoom lens. I have no problem with manual focus or adapted lenses. I'm not a pixel peeper so the lens does't have to be ultra sharp when I look at the pictures at 100%. Important are nice colors, not too much CA (it should be removable with LR4/PS6) and the bokeh shouldn't be distracting.
Any recommendations? :)
If there is no lens that measures up to my expectations I'll probably end up with the Tamron 24-70. Oh god why. Again a 1000€ lens.

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May 12, 2013 14:49 |  #2

Um-Tamrom 28-75mm F 2.8. No IS, no Tamron version of USM, but "cheap", and works fine on FF camera like you have.


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May 12, 2013 14:51 |  #3

Yeah +1 for the Tamron 28-75. It's a great lens for the money and 1/3 of the price of most other 2.8 normal zooms.


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May 12, 2013 15:21 |  #4

Yep Tamron 28-75. Usually available used for a good price.

Over here they sell for about $300 used.




  
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May 12, 2013 15:30 |  #5

+1

The Tamron 28-75 is on my 1Ds about 75% of the time! Works pretty good and very nice quality images from it.


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May 12, 2013 15:39 |  #6

Canon EF 35-80mm, no CA at all. Colors are decent and it's sharp wide open. Not to mention they only go for $5-10 USD.


Only downsides are that it's plastic(mine survived a 10ft fall though ). Noisy, there is a USM version, I'd go for that one. And it's kinda slow aperture wise, autofocus is snappy when theres light, in low light it does hunt, as much as the 50mm 1.8 at least.


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May 12, 2013 15:42 as a reply to  @ altitude604's post |  #7

Actually, you might be able to pick up an EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens fairly inexpensively. It is a versatile lens with reasonable image quality and a great focal range on a full frame camera. It does a lot of things well however, nothing superbly...


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May 12, 2013 15:47 as a reply to  @ RPCrowe's post |  #8

tamron 28-75 is optically on par with L glass. AF....not so much. at $300 it's the only lens I would consider.


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May 12, 2013 15:53 |  #9

Agree with others suggesting 28-75mm f2.8. Much better than other options being talked about.


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May 12, 2013 16:19 |  #10

The corners of the Tamron 28-75mm look awful on The-Digital-Picture (external link).
Do you think they got a bad copy or is this normal? It's even worse than Canon's 28-105mm and the Canon has IS and USM.


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May 12, 2013 16:36 |  #11

lennartsw wrote in post #15925031 (external link)
The corners of the Tamron 28-75mm look awful on The-Digital-Picture (external link).
Do you think they got a bad copy or is this normal? It's even worse than Canon's 28-105mm and the Canon has IS and USM.

The extreme corners look worse on the wide end but the rest of the image is much sharper.

Also, I don't think the 28-105 has IS.

Additionally the tamron is half a stop faster on the wide end and a stop and a half faster on the tele end.




  
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May 12, 2013 16:52 |  #12

dalto wrote in post #15925068 (external link)
The extreme corners look worse on the wide end but the rest of the image is much sharper.

Also, I don't think the 28-105 has IS.

Additionally the tamron is half a stop faster on the wide end and a stop and a half faster on the tele end.

You are right. Mixed it up with the 28-135mm IS USM which would also be an opinion.


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May 12, 2013 17:06 |  #13

lennartsw wrote in post #15925106 (external link)
You are right. Mixed it up with the 28-135mm IS USM which would also be an opinion.

If you look at my gear list you will see I am a huge fan of Canon lenses. That being said, the Tamron is going to be a better lens than the 28-105 and the 28-135 for most people not needing the range offered by the latter. Keep in mind the 28-135 has the old IS system that only offers 2 stops of IS.

Breaking down the advantages of your 3 lenses for me.

Tamron 28-75
Sharpness
f/2.8

Canon 28-105
Price, this lens can be had very cheap in the used market.

Canon 28-135
2 stops of IS
Large range on the telephoto end

I have owned or do currently own all 3 of these lenses.




  
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May 12, 2013 20:49 |  #14

Another vote for the 28-75. It checks all of the boxes you listed.

The AF is not a USM drive, so don't expect it to be whisper quiet or blazing fast, but in good light, it is snappy and accurate.


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May 12, 2013 22:09 |  #15

lennartsw wrote in post #15924580 (external link)
Hi,

I'm searching for a zoom lens in a range from about 20/30 - 70/90mm for my 5DIII. I like primes better and don't want to spend much on a zoom lens. I have no problem with manual focus or adapted lenses. I'm not a pixel peeper so the lens does't have to be ultra sharp when I look at the pictures at 100%. Important are nice colors, not too much CA (it should be removable with LR4/PS6) and the bokeh shouldn't be distracting.
Any recommendations? :)
If there is no lens that measures up to my expectations I'll probably end up with the Tamron 24-70. Oh god why. Again a 1000€ lens.

Have a nice day

I looked at TDP's lens IQ test to compare the Tamron 28-75mm and the Canon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 (external link). I was surprised that the Canon, although about a stop slower, held up pretty well. It does have some vignetting and CA, however. While the Tamron seems to have slightly better center resolution, the Canon seems to be better in mid and corner frame. I was looking for a cheap outdoors lens and decided to go with the Canon. I found it used for $110, so snatched it up.

This lens has USM and so focuses very quickly and accurately on my 5D3. Here are two samples from this week, the first at 42mm and the second at 85, both shot wide open I believe:

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