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Is the Tamron better than Canon 24-70 2.8L II ?

 
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Aug 17, 2013 09:50 |  #1

I like to plan ahead for equipment to add to my system..

Before I make the move to buy a FF (looking at the 5d3 now), I need just ONE more lens as a general purpose main lens.

Two options are: (Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC) OR (Canon 24-70 2.8L II)

I've read a couple blogs claiming the Tamron performs significantly better, plus it's $1,000 cheaper. That $1,000 could go toward the FF I want to buy..

What are your opinions? Anybody tried them both?


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Aug 17, 2013 10:21 |  #2

NO!!!!!, it's that simple in a canon forum!

Just buy within your constraints be it financial, useability etc. if you like the images you see from a specific lense you might have the option of renting to try before buying or a friend/s who have one or both to try...do that first try for yourself first.




  
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Aug 17, 2013 10:27 |  #3

auto-clicker wrote in post #16215842 (external link)
NO!!!!!, it's that simple in a canon forum!

LOL.. I get what you're saying.. I'm a Canon fan too like everyone is over here..

BUT when it comes to unbiased tests and real life scenarios and a difference of $1,000, what would spending that EXTRA $1,000 give me?

I'm REALLY craving an red-ringed L lens, but I need to have the justification first between me and myself..

I've watched this video just now.. Still, I won't spend $1,000 to please myself by pixel-peeping.. http://www.youtube.com​/watch?v=mQSuexEQcgM (external link)


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Aug 17, 2013 10:46 |  #4

The Tamron is definitely a much better value (given that it is so much cheaper and comes with IS) and that is what I recommend most people to go for.

However, if you want the sharpest possible image from a 24-70 zoom (or want weather sealing, etc...), you have to fork out the money for the 24-70L II. The difference in IQ wouldn't be easy to notice under normal conditions though.




  
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Aug 17, 2013 10:51 |  #5

frankchn wrote in post #16215901 (external link)
The Tamron is definitely a much better value (given that it is so much cheaper and comes with IS) and that is what I recommend most people to go for.

However, if you want the sharpest possible image from a 24-70 zoom (or want weather sealing, etc...), you have to fork out the money for the 24-70L II. The difference in IQ wouldn't be easy to notice under normal conditions though.

Thanks, that was straight to the point. Amazing how I always need a second opinion about everything :p

Weather sealing and STRONG BUILD isn't really an issue for me (although the tamron IS weather sealed), the Canon is constructed much better of without a doubt.

I think the 24-70mm won't be one of the L's I'm looking to own.


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Aug 17, 2013 11:02 |  #6

I tried both, bought the Tamron. The Canon is optically better and has faster AF. The Tamron is damn near equivalent, with a 6yr warranty, for $1000 less. Pixel peeping at 100% view you can probably tell a difference in sharpness at edges in most photos at f/2.8...print out those same images and I'd bet anything that you wouldn't be able to consistently tell which lens was used.


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Aug 17, 2013 11:18 |  #7

Don't know how much of a rush you are to buy a new 24-70 f/2.8, but rumor has it Sigma will be producing a 24-70 f/2 OS... << just in case you missed it "F/2" and "OS".

It's also rumored to be much cheaper than Canon's mk2.

It's just rumors, so who knows what the actual truth will be, but if you're not in a hurry it might be worth waiting out.


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Aug 17, 2013 15:06 |  #8

Sens0r wrote in post #16215767 (external link)
I like to plan ahead for equipment to add to my system..

Before I make the move to buy a FF (looking at the 5d3 now), I need just ONE more lens as a general purpose main lens.

Two options are: (Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC) OR (Canon 24-70 2.8L II)

I've read a couple blogs claiming the Tamron performs significantly better, plus it's $1,000 cheaper. That $1,000 could go toward the FF I want to buy..

What are your opinions? Anybody tried them both?

No way does it perform significantly better! You must be thinking compared to the original version of the 24-70 from Canon! Some claim it performs reasonably close at some some apertures and focal lengths. I've never seen anyone claim it does better never mind significantly better. It has more distortion at 24mm and most sites seem to rank it less sharp at f/2.8 across the range and a bit less sharp at the edges at the wide end.

The 24-70 II also has more precise AF since it uses the new ultra-precision engine (that couples with 5D3/1DX).

24-70 II is so good that I think it actually did BETTER than my 24 1.4 II prime by just a trace overall at 24mm! It's basically APO too.

What blogs are you looking at???




  
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Aug 17, 2013 15:28 |  #9

Depending on what body you're considering why not the Canon F4. A 6D or a 5D3 will have ISO capabilities that will up the shutter speeds and keep great IQ. A red ring, weather sealed, IS and cheaper than the 2.8


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Aug 17, 2013 17:56 |  #10

I had two faulty copies of the Tamron, and now own the Canon MKII
Ignoring the faulty VC system on both Tamron lenses I've found the Canon to be slightly better, especially with the outer AF points, and more keepers when using AI Servo.
I also struggled with some shots with the Tamorn, it had issues focusing close up on eyes for some reason. This (these) was the only lens I've had that did this.
IME the Tamron is worth every penny, and its more than a capable lens, but if you can afford the Canon I say go for it, it really doesn't get any better in this focal range, and you won't be left wondering what if.


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Aug 17, 2013 19:01 as a reply to  @ dave_bass5's post |  #11
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Reviews show them to be pretty much equal in IQ, however the Tamron has IS and lower price...great lens.


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Aug 17, 2013 19:44 |  #12
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h14nha wrote in post #16216527 (external link)
Depending on what body you're considering why not the Canon F4. A 6D or a 5D3 will have ISO capabilities that will up the shutter speeds and keep great IQ. A red ring, weather sealed, IS and cheaper than the 2.8

I disagree. So by the same logic, I guess fast prime isn't necessary for outdoor daytime right? I mean if f2.8 isn't required, who needs f1.4?


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Aug 17, 2013 20:12 |  #13

My Tamron 70-200 @ 70mm is much sharper than the 24-70 @ 70mm both wide open

So I would have to say the canon is sharper, faster af, build is equal and cost $1000 more and does not have VC. I love mine but I'm not sure if the 24-70 is even a lens I need


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Aug 18, 2013 02:51 |  #14

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I disagree. So by the same logic, I guess fast prime isn't necessary for outdoor daytime right? I mean if f2.8 isn't required, who needs f1.4?

Well I'm not generalising. I took a look at the OP's 500px. There isn't any real need for a large aperture lens if he carries on shooting in his current style. His/her outdoor daytime shots are landscape shots, not portrait with a thin DOF.


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Aug 23, 2013 05:43 |  #15

IF you get a sharp copy the Tammy is the real deal.




  
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