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Aug 13, 2013 10:27 |  #1

I'm upgrading to full frame soon (6D), and will need to replace my standard zoom. At the moment I use a Sigma 18-50 f/2.8-4.5 OS HSM which I'm very happy with, but is not full-frame compatible.

I used to have the Tamron 28-75 on a Sony DSLR and loved it, but I think on full-frame the edges will be too soft and I would rather not go back to the slow & noisy focus of the Tamron.
Stabilisation is not essential, and f4 is OK.

Budget is very low! If I could afford the Canon 24-70 f2.8, that would be my choice... But I can't.

So are there any other low-budget options?




  
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Aug 13, 2013 10:46 |  #2

Given the details you have stated, the Tamron looks like the only option for you to be honest, sure it's noisy and soft on the edges, however as you know already, optically it is steller especially at the low cost price point


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Aug 13, 2013 11:03 |  #3

bobiscuit wrote in post #16204275 (external link)
I'm upgrading to full frame soon (6D), and will need to replace my standard zoom. Budget is very low! If I could afford the Canon 24-70 f2.8, that would be my choice... But I can't.

So are there any other low-budget options?

28-135 IS - very nice in good light. Not so useful indoors without a flash. I have seen them as cheap as $150 USD but more often around the $250 range. Do not confuse this lens with the 28-105 (which plenty of people like but I did not).

Also, look around for the older Canon 28-70 F/2.8




  
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Aug 13, 2013 12:57 |  #4

bobiscuit wrote in post #16204275 (external link)
I'm upgrading to full frame soon (6D), and will need to replace my standard zoom. At the moment I use a Sigma 18-50 f/2.8-4.5 OS HSM which I'm very happy with, but is not full-frame compatible.

I used to have the Tamron 28-75 on a Sony DSLR and loved it, but I think on full-frame the edges will be too soft and I would rather not go back to the slow & noisy focus of the Tamron.
Stabilisation is not essential, and f4 is OK.

Budget is very low! If I could afford the Canon 24-70 f2.8, that would be my choice... But I can't.

So are there any other low-budget options?

Try and save a bit more, and grab the 24-105/4L IS with your 6D, as a kit.


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Aug 13, 2013 18:13 |  #5

bobiscuit wrote in post #16204275 (external link)
I'm upgrading to full frame soon (6D), and will need to replace my standard zoom. At the moment I use a Sigma 18-50 f/2.8-4.5 OS HSM which I'm very happy with, but is not full-frame compatible.

I used to have the Tamron 28-75 on a Sony DSLR and loved it, but I think on full-frame the edges will be too soft and I would rather not go back to the slow & noisy focus of the Tamron.
Stabilisation is not essential, and f4 is OK.

Budget is very low! If I could afford the Canon 24-70 f2.8, that would be my choice... But I can't.

So are there any other low-budget options?

The Tamron 28-75 is the low budget option. (For me, the edges, while not perfect, were not TOOOO bad on the wide end, if not quite there especially below f/8 and better than the other options 28-135 IS (MUCH worse) and 24-105L (a little bit worse). On the long end the edges get some weird double bokeh for stuff that is just out of focus, the 24-105 may be free of that (although I thought it did even worse, as I said, for corners, edges at 24-30mm).

To do better on FF you need either certain primes (some are lowish budget sorta, 24 2.8 IS, 28 2.8 IS, 35 2, 35 2 IS, etc.) or the $1025 Canon 24-70 f/4 IS or the $1300 Tamron 24-70 VC or the $2000 Canon 24-70 II. Otherwise you just live with it and decide between the various trade-offs of the Tamron 28-75 (f/2.8, a bit sharper at the borders on the wide side and a bit sharper even center frame across the range and apertures, a little bit less expensive (it used to be hugely so until recently when the 24-105 fell to like $650 all but new split from kits), much smaller and lighter) vs 24-105 (much faster AF, more range on both ends, IS, nicer outer edge bokeh at the long end).




  
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Aug 13, 2013 23:06 |  #6

1Tanker wrote in post #16204710 (external link)
Try and save a bit more, and grab the 24-105/4L IS with your 6D, as a kit.

This. If you're fine with f/4 than the 24-105L is great as a walk-around lens.


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Aug 13, 2013 23:11 |  #7

EverydayGetaway wrote in post #16206135 (external link)
This. If you're fine with f/4 than the 24-105L is great as a walk-around lens.

Although it doesn't solve his FF edge problems any better than his Tamron (in fact, I'd say it makes them even worse, at the wider end at least).

But it does add 24mm and 105mm and IS so if you doesn't mind losing f/2.8 it's not a bad sideways choice (considering the new $600 kit, $650 split kit prices). Where you give up a little image quality and gain range and IS.




  
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Aug 13, 2013 23:20 |  #8

wombatHorror wrote in post #16206139 (external link)
Although it doesn't solve his FF edge problems any better than his Tamron (in fact, I'd say it makes them even worse, at the wider end at least).

But it does add 24mm and 105mm and IS so if you doesn't mind losing f/2.8 it's not a bad sideways choice (considering the new $600 kit, $650 split kit prices). Where you give up a little image quality and gain range and IS.

Yea, it distorts a bit at the wide end, but with LR it's fairly easy to clean up nicely. It solves the bigger problem (imo) of the slow AF. I find my 24-105 to focus very quickly :)


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Aug 13, 2013 23:27 |  #9

EverydayGetaway wrote in post #16206161 (external link)
Yea, it distorts a bit at the wide end, but with LR it's fairly easy to clean up nicely. It solves the bigger problem (imo) of the slow AF. I find my 24-105 to focus very quickly :)

Yeah well if fast AF matters then yeah it's a LOT faster. The Tamron 28-75 may well be the slowest focusing lens I have EVER used.




  
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Aug 14, 2013 12:00 |  #10

If you are looking for something in the Tamron 28-75mm price range that is good as it is optically, you are probably out of luck. $300-350 for the Tamron used (can use it temporarily and deal with the slow focus, while saving the funds for something else) or $650-750 for the Canon 24-105mm bought outside the kit. I had the Tamron 28-75mm and optically it was a great lens and I just dealt with the slow focus. Now for my .02. If I was buying the 6D and knowing that I will need a lens to go with it, I would try to save a little longer and buy the 6D 24-105 kit. You might even find that you like the 24-105mm on the full frame. Many people say they didn't care for it on crop too much but it was a big difference on the full frame.


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Aug 14, 2013 12:48 as a reply to  @ m3incorp's post |  #11

I agreed with what other people have said.

You won't find anything comparable to the PQ of Tamron 28-75 within its price range. My copy is sharp wide open at all focal length. Sure not as sharp as my 70-200 f/2.8 IS II, but heck I paid almost 6 times price of the Tamron for the Canon!

Honestly the AF speed of the Tamron doesn't bother me. If anything I wish it was 24mm on the wide end and had VC. Now I'm waiting for the rumored new Sigma 24-70 f/2 OS.


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Aug 14, 2013 19:07 |  #12

When I had the sony a700 my tamron 28-75mm was my go to lens. When I bought the canon 5D2 I believed the hype about the 24-105 f4 and bought it as a kit. What a joke. That lens is no use to me and I have no use for a "walk around lens". If I ever needed a "walk around lens" I would pick something much lighter like a 50mm.

I plan to pick up a new tamron 28-75 soon and get rid of my dusk collector aka 24-105. It's such a boring lens imo. 100% of the time I grab my 70-200 f4 rather than the 24-105. I say go with the Tamron and sharpen in post. Btw I haven't purchased a lens yet that I didn't have to add sharpening in post.


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Aug 14, 2013 19:53 |  #13

frankwite wrote in post #16208627 (external link)
When I had the sony a700 my tamron 28-75mm was my go to lens. When I bought the canon 5D2 I believed the hype about the 24-105 f4 and bought it as a kit. What a joke. That lens is no use to me and I have no use for a "walk around lens". If I ever needed a "walk around lens" I would pick something much lighter like a 50mm.

I plan to pick up a new tamron 28-75 soon and get rid of my dusk collector aka 24-105. It's such a boring lens imo. 100% of the time I grab my 70-200 f4 rather than the 24-105. I say go with the Tamron and sharpen in post. Btw I haven't purchased a lens yet that I didn't have to add sharpening in post.

yeah i tried the 24-105 three times and either returned it or sold it within a week each time and went with a 24 1.4 II prime for a while (24-70 II replaced that and more) and the tamron 28-75 when I needed zoom (better than the 24-105L for IQ and cost a ton less)

I'd stick with the tamron unless you really like IS, wider range and faster focus (although it's not like the 24-105 is particularly a sports lens since it's sort of slow for say basketball) and save for a 24-70 f/4 IS, tamron 24-70 VC, 24-70 II since you (talking the OP) seemed mostly concerned about making sure to get nice images to the edges across the range (24-70 II is the very best at that since it does it before f/8 across the entire focal range and I'd say the 24-105 is the very worst of the lot in that regard, behind the Tamron 28-75).




  
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Aug 15, 2013 21:52 |  #14

didn't like the 28-75 and sold it for the sigma 24-60 ex 2.8
Very sharp and loved it, but eventually I picked up a 24-105 and loved that even more


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Aug 15, 2013 23:41 |  #15

If you can't afford good FF lenses, then what is the point of moving to FF? Just spend the money on better crop lenses instead and you'll be way better off.


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