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Upgrade from Tamron 28-75?

 
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Jun 19, 2015 23:32 |  #1

We've got a Tamron 28-75 lens we use for weddings, and I'm about ready to replace it with something. I'm just not into it's color rendition, plus it's slow and loud focusing....It's decently sharp, it was cheap, and and the range is really useful (though not always wide enough). It's been very good, especially as we were starting out in wedding work.

So when we shoot weddings, I'm the main photographer and my wife is the second shooter. I use a 5Diii, an older 24-70L, older 16-35, 70-200 2.8, and a 50L & 85L primarily. My wife uses a 7D with a 35L and the Tamron 28-75. We start shooting together, but eventually split up. She stays with the bride through preparation, and I shoot groom/party/family formals. She gets some great shots with the 35L -- but there are times when the zoom is really important.

I'd just let her use my 24-70L, but it's just too useful for me to give up. I'd feel naked without it. I don't use it a ton, so I've thought about getting a 24-105 to use for family stuff, and give the 24-70L to my wife, but I don't really want to give up the quality of the 24-70L, or the 2.8.

Are there any lenses that would make sense for as an upgrade the 28-75, without breaking the bank? If I had the money, I'd just get a 24-70 ii....

There's the 24-105, but it's only f4. The Tamron 24-70 is about the same price used as another Canon 24-70. There's a Sigma 24-70 2.8, but I don't know how it compares with the Tamron, especially in terms of color and focus. A Canon/Sigma/Tamron 17-55 could maybe work. The extra width comes in handy, but it misses out on the extra reach. Plus it wouldn't work as a back-up on the 5D. I've also considered some older lenses too, like a 24-85 USM.

The Tamron 28-75 has just fulfilled it's potential for us, but not sure what makes sense next. Maybe (probably?) nothing at all.

Thanks for any thoughts!




  
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Jun 20, 2015 04:14 |  #2

It sounds like another 24-70 whether it be a Canon or a Tamron will be the best fit for you. Considering you have two shooters I don't feel that it's a bad thing to have 2 of this length (you already have a second close enough), particularly if it's important for the two of you. On the other hand if 28 is sometimes not wide enough I don't know that 24 is really going to be much better on a 7D. A 17-55 or similar might be a better solution for you in that regard.

So, if a bit wider than 28 isn't all that important, a 24-70 would be the better fit but if that extra field of view is important, a 17-55 or similar would be


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Jun 20, 2015 16:19 |  #3

What about an older 28-70 L or 28-80 2.8-4?




  
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Jun 20, 2015 16:55 |  #4
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I had a 28-75. Nice lens, but a bit soft at the wide end, wide-open. I upgraded, in a roundabout way, to the 28 1.8, 50 1.8 STM, 85 1.8, and 24-105 STM. Now I can take my pick of focal length, aperture, flexibility, and zoom range with IS. Kind of a long trip on a short pier, though.


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Jun 20, 2015 17:12 |  #5

It's to color of the Tamron that gets me. It just doesn't mess well with other Canon glass. I started my wife using a 35L at our last wedding, and she got a ton more keepers. But she still needs something with the flexibility of the zoom....




  
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Jun 21, 2015 08:05 |  #6

Heya,

The Tamron 24-70 F2.8 VC makes a lot of sense.

Getting the wide and the reach on the APS-C while also having a lens that matches up with the 5D is going to be a tall order, since 24mm isn't that wide on APS-C.

Your options are to continue as you are, or accept less aperture (F4).

If you really want to experiment, pick up a cheap 18-135 STM for the wife's 7D. Yes, it's less aperture, but overall a very generous set of focal lengths.

Otherwise, 24-105L or 24-70 F2.8 VC makes sense.

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Jun 21, 2015 10:14 |  #7

Hello OP,
Why not flip her setup?

Instead of having a wider prime and a zoom for telephoto, flip it.

You could swap out the Canon 35mm f1.4 for the new Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 zoom and then add something like an 85mm f1.8 prime. She'd be getting better portrait and low light shots in general and the 18-35mm zoom would serve her purposes much better for preparation shots.

Otherwise, get the Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 and keep the Tamron 28-75mm f2.8. She's covered from 18-75mm with f1.8 and f2.8 respectfully.

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Jun 21, 2015 13:32 |  #8

I've had the 28-75 on a 7D and upgraded to the 24-105/4. I also have a Sigma 17-50/2.8. I didn't really consider the 28-75 to be a 2.8 lens anyhow because it was just oo soft at 2.8. 4.0 was really sharp but not 2.8 so I nver felt like I was loosing anything with teh 24-105. So a 24-105 might work well on both your bodies, but what I really feel you should do is just bite the bullet and buy a 24-70/2.8 II for you and give her the older one.


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Jun 23, 2015 23:13 |  #9

Thanks for the input. Unfortunately I just dropped my 50L, one of my go-to lenses, so I'm not gonna be able to upgrade that Tamron right now.




  
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Jun 24, 2015 00:09 |  #10

oh, that sinking feeling. :(


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Jun 30, 2015 09:39 |  #11

So good news is -- I actually got paid for working the week of camp, unexpectedly, which should cover a large part of the repair to my 50L. We'll see what Canon says about the cost.

I'm still not sure what we'll do about upgrading the Tamron. I may look for a deal on the Tamron 24-70 VC, or I may save up for the a new Canon 24-70. I'm actually satisfied with the IQ of the older 24-70L, but the lighter weight and small lens hood of the 24-70L II would be nice. There's a part of me that doesn't like the idea of having all the money wrapped up in two lenses that are essentially duplicates.

The Sigma 18-35 would definitely be useful, but I think I'd be more likely to get a Canon 17-55 instead.

The Canon 24-105L is intriguing too — but I've heard so many mixed reviews of it. It'd be nice to have the range, but I've also heard that the IQ at f4 and 70-105 is worse than cropping the 24-70. I could use the 24-105 for formals and group shots and not really miss the 2.8 much, especially in terms of light (I would miss DOF options), while my wife used the 24-70 for getting ready shots.

How does the older Canon 28-70 2.8L compare? Especially with the Tamron 28-75? It's cheap enough used that I'd feel perfectly comfortable having it and my 24-70L.




  
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Jul 06, 2015 15:24 |  #12

Right now I'm thinking of picking up a Canon 24-105 f4. I'll have my wife use the 24-70 2.8 for a lot of the day (especially when we're in two different locations), and I'll use the 24-105 for family formals. I find myself using primes more and more, so I'm thinking that maybe the 24-105 would be a nice supplement. It's versatile and bit lighter, plus the IS. I'm just not sure how much I'll miss 2.8....but really, the difference between f4 and f2.8 isn't all the big, compared with f1.2 of some of the primes....The price is pretty good too.

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Jul 06, 2015 15:54 |  #13

get your wife a full frame camera first. You're already doing the zoom thing, get your wife primes for her style.


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Jul 06, 2015 17:55 |  #14

Charlie wrote in post #17622785 (external link)
get your wife a full frame camera first. You're already doing the zoom thing, get your wife primes for her style.

We've thought about it, but we're content with the 7D for her. There's just not a logical option for upgrade. Even a used 6D is more than what I'd care to spend. The 7D is a good compliment to my 5Diii. Plus, my wife said she had zero interest in getting another camera :)




  
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Jul 06, 2015 20:06 |  #15

bms259 wrote in post #17622759 (external link)
Right now I'm thinking of picking up a Canon 24-105 f4. I'll have my wife use the 24-70 2.8 for a lot of the day (especially when we're in two different locations), and I'll use the 24-105 for family formals. I find myself using primes more and more, so I'm thinking that maybe the 24-105 would be a nice supplement. It's versatile and bit lighter, plus the IS. I'm just not sure how much I'll miss 2.8....but really, the difference between f4 and f2.8 isn't all the big, compared with f1.2 of some of the primes....The price is pretty good too.

Any thoughts?

I was going to suggest that, actually!


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