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Thinking about ditching the Canon 24-105 f/4 for the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8

 
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Mar 28, 2014 10:34 |  #31

I just ordered my Tamron 24-70mm.. :-) was going to go with the Canon, but also need the Tamron for video, so IS will come in handy....


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Mar 28, 2014 12:01 as a reply to  @ Nick_Reading.UK's post |  #32

I just did this as well, got the Tamron to replace the 24-105 (although I still have it and might not sell it for a while). I'm planning to do some serious side-by-side comparison this weekend, just for fun, so I can see if it was worth it myself :). So far I'm quite happy with the Tamron, although AF is slower than the Canon. I've rented the 24-70 v2, great lens, just personally don't see myself spending that much more and IS/VC is still handy in that range for me.


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Mar 28, 2014 13:27 |  #33

Bilderknipser wrote in post #16792928 (external link)
I just did this as well, got the Tamron to replace the 24-105 (although I still have it and might not sell it for a while). I'm planning to do some serious side-by-side comparison this weekend, just for fun, so I can see if it was worth it myself :). So far I'm quite happy with the Tamron, although AF is slower than the Canon. I've rented the 24-70 v2, great lens, just personally don't see myself spending that much more and IS/VC is still handy in that range for me.

Mine was really good when I got mine. great from 24-50 and a tad soft at 70. Sent it off for a repair and it came back sharp as a tack I mean wow what a difference.

I'd suggest anyone who gets one if it's not completely tack sharp send it to them for a calibration and see what it does. Before I did my MA values were something like +2/-4 and now it's 0/0.


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Mar 28, 2014 13:44 |  #34

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Mine was really good when I got mine. great from 24-50 and a tad soft at 70. Sent it off for a repair and it came back sharp as a tack I mean wow what a difference.

I'd suggest anyone who gets one if it's not completely tack sharp send it to them for a calibration and see what it does. Before I did my MA values were something like +2/-4 and now it's 0/0.

Interesting ... I really love my 24-70 VC (also replaced a 24-105L) and I'm good with it wide open except at 70mm, where I prefer to stop it down to f3.3. Perhaps it's worth a trip to Tamron just to see if they can make it a bit better.

BTW, I have no regrets swapping the 24-105L for the 24-70 VC. Once in a while the extra reach of the 24-105L would be nice, but i am constantly using the wider aperture of the Tamron.


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Mar 28, 2014 13:59 |  #35

jrbdmb wrote in post #16793161 (external link)
Interesting ... I really love my 24-70 VC (also replaced a 24-105L) and I'm good with it wide open except at 70mm, where I prefer to stop it down to f3.3. Perhaps it's worth a trip to Tamron just to see if they can make it a bit better.

BTW, I have no regrets swapping the 24-105L for the 24-70 VC. Once in a while the extra reach of the 24-105L would be nice, but i am constantly using the wider aperture of the Tamron.

Send it in seriously. Did you not see my image on the 1st page of this thread. It's sharp!


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Mar 28, 2014 14:55 as a reply to  @ Talley's post |  #36

I purchased the Tamron 24-70 last weekend for my refurb 5DMiii which I'm eagerly waiting for delivery from the CLP. I had previously purchased a Canon 17-55 f/2.8 for my 7D from a friend who was going FF -- he initially bought the Canon 24-70, but after trying it out, he returned it and got the Tamron and totally loves it. Now that I'm going FF as well, I trust his research and recommendations for the Tamron 24-70.


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Mar 30, 2014 11:42 |  #37

Owning both, having gone through several copies of tamron, a well functioning tamron is indeed optically very good. it still suffers from focus speed and accuracy. the lens is at its weakest at 70mm, where it is still very good for portraits even wide open.
I also love 24-105. I think wrt sharpness in the center, there is not any appreciable difference. canon good to 105 of course. at 24 it has a lot more distortion, and corners are not quite as good.


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Mar 30, 2014 23:05 |  #38

kevindar wrote in post #16796905 (external link)
Owning both, having gone through several copies of tamron, a well functioning tamron is indeed optically very good. it still suffers from focus speed and accuracy. the lens is at its weakest at 70mm, where it is still very good for portraits even wide open.
I also love 24-105. I think wrt sharpness in the center, there is not any appreciable difference. canon good to 105 of course. at 24 it has a lot more distortion, and corners are not quite as good.

I still don't see what people talk about focus speed and accuracy.

Mine is just as solid as any Canon I've had. Never misses even in the lowest of light.


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Mar 31, 2014 15:55 |  #39
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Yeah, that IS is the clincher for a lot of people.


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Apr 01, 2014 00:37 |  #40

Tamron 24-70 is pretty darn good!

I'd get it over the Canon 24-70 II


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Apr 01, 2014 14:09 |  #41

I am in the same boat. 24-105 is a great walk around lens but I need a lens that works better in low light so i can achieve a faster shutter speed. I have been looking at the 24-70 v1. locally I found it for $900 and sell the 24-105. But I could keep it and get a 35L, 35 f2, or the Sigma 35 f1.4. Just not sure what is the right path.


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Apr 01, 2014 14:14 |  #42

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I am in the same boat. 24-105 is a great walk around lens but I need a lens that works better in low light so i can achieve a faster shutter speed. I have been looking at the 24-70 v1. locally I found it for $900 and sell the 24-105. But I could keep it and get a 35L, 35 f2, or the Sigma 35 f1.4. Just not sure what is the right path.

I did just that (bought the Sigma 35 f1.4). Just couldn't get rid of the 24-105. I love the range and i'm at the long end quite often.


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Apr 01, 2014 15:49 |  #43

Got the 24-70 Tamron yesterday.. Tested to death at 24 and 70mm and micro adjusted to death.. Not good enough for me, non sharp/very soft on pixel peeping, I will return tomorrow.. I will not give another Tamron a chance (time and patience are not on my side). That's it for me, I will either get the 35mm IS or the Canon 24-70mk2.. Seriously disappointed ..


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Apr 01, 2014 16:22 as a reply to  @ Nick_Reading.UK's post |  #44

Like many of you I started years ago with the 24-105 kitlens.
It's a good walkaround lens thanks to the reach and inside for studio portraits at higher apertures also.

I sold it due to too much vignetting (and something else I forgot) and replaced it with the Canon 24-70 2.8L MKI.
This one was soft wide open, about 6 months ago I sold the L for a Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC at a great secondhand price + 4y waranty left!

Recently I sold my 35L, i'm not sure i'm going to buy the Sigma 35 1.4 Art or just use the Tamron.
For outside portraits with softer bokeh and indoor/outdoor lowlight (+VC) the Tamron is the fastest and sharpest (seen many tests with the 24-70 II also, but Tamron is best price/quality).


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Apr 01, 2014 16:54 |  #45

Nick_Reading.UK wrote in post #16802265 (external link)
Got the 24-70 Tamron yesterday.. Tested to death at 24 and 70mm and micro adjusted to death.. Not good enough for me, non sharp/very soft on pixel peeping, I will return tomorrow.. I will not give another Tamron a chance (time and patience are not on my side). That's it for me, I will either get the 35mm IS or the Canon 24-70mk2.. Seriously disappointed ..

Sorry to hear this. If yours did not match my sharpness on the photo I posted on the 1st page then yes it's not good enough.


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