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Old Mar 9, 2013, 6:35 PM   #1
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I read a reveiw of the new Tamron SP 24-70mm DI VC USD lens.

I was intrigued because of Tamron has VC where as the Canon EF 24-70 does not have IS.

If you had both of these lenses in your bag, which would you shoot with?

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http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/ef_lens_lineup/ef_24_70mm_f_2_8l_ii_usm

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

http://www.amazon.com/Tamron-24-70mm-Canon-Mount-AFA007C-700/dp/B007SNP02K

Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD
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Old Mar 9, 2013, 7:19 PM   #2
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Have you considered the Canon 24-70/4.0?

It's pretty good and it's stabilized.
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Old Mar 9, 2013, 9:23 PM   #3
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I actually have the Canon 24-70 2.8L lens.

I was interested in hearing if our experienced photographers would still prefer the quality of the Canon over the VC/IS ability of the Tamron.

My hands are shaky, so IS means a lot to me as well the ability to shoot at 1/200 sec.
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IMO the 24-70 f/4 is quite silly when one can get a 24-105 f/4 with IS
(especially when it's not even sharper that the Tamron @ f/4)
http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2013...solution-tests

This is their conclusion:
  • If you want image stabilization with your 24-70 zoom, the Tamron is really very good, and while it doesn’t quite resolve up to Mk II standards, it does outresolve the Mk I version (which is itself a pretty good lens, at least when you get a good copy).
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from the reports in photoplus mag they really rate the tamron lens. that said i would have to try them out and see for myself
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SLRGear.com tests image stabilizations systems. They haven't tested the Tamron 24-70/2.8, but of the stabilized Tamron lenses they have tested, Tamron's Vibration Control system seems to only gives you about a 1 to 1.5 stop advantage.

While something is certainly better than nothing, I wouldn't give it much weight.
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the tammy is a nice lens, but compare to the MKII it is optically a bit behind. But if you have shaky hands the VC would come in handy. I can handhold down at 1/15 or 1/20 sec. So IS or VS is not that big of a concern with fast lenses up to 85mm. Anything long I want IS or VC.
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