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This review is from: Tamron 24-70 mm F2.8 VC USD Lens for Canon (Electronics)
It took me a LONG time to decide which standard 2.8 zoom to go for. Over the past year I've looked at Canon's 17-55 (I shoot a 7d), Mark 1 24-70L, Sigma's 17-50 and Tamron's 17-50 vc - all in great detail! I finally decided to go with this lens based on sample images, video reviews, the ability to move to full frame in the future without selling all my gear, and ultimately the price. I am not disappointed. Sure I loose out on the wide end in respect to the 17-** lenses but over the last couple of years shooting weddings I've only ever really needed wider for huge group shots, in which case i just switch to a sigma 10-20. I've used Canon L lenses in the past and love their build quality but this Tamron did not disappoint! I'd even say that the barrel that extends seems even sturdier than that of the Canon 24-105.
I've currently had 2 days shooting with this lens and Image quality is fantastic! Sure, wide open it's not as pin sharp as my Canon 60mm 2.8 macro, but considering I'm comparing a zoom to a prime I knew this would be the case.
All in all i'm very happy with this lens. Bang for your buck it's a no brainer (weather sealing and (IS) VC... Yes please!) I know a few people criticize it for being excessively heavy, but i think it's spot on. The zoom ring isn't a fluid as that of the Canon L lenses and overall i guess it's just not as refined, but again I feel this Tamron has a very reassuring and positive action to it and considering Mark 1 24-70Ls still sell for around £1000 it's still a damn sight cheaper.
I hope somewhere in this mess of ramblings there is a fair review and explanation of why I chose this over the competition. I do wish I could have found a shop less than 150 miles away that sold this lens and would have let me try it out first but it wouldn't have changed the outcome. This is a cracking lens and it seems bad copies are a rarity (The first one delivered to me is the one I'm keeping) so my advice would be to buy in confidence and enjoy!