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Tamron AF 28-75 vs Canon 28-70 L
Old 04-07-2009, 07:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was about to buy a used Canon f/2.8 28-70 L lens off of Craigslist (for about $700) when a friend told me about the Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8. I was going to say something smart ass about Tamron, Sigma, and Tokina aftermarket glass, i.e., about them being inferior to Canon's L series, when he told me this particular Tamron lens is almost universally reviewed as being optically superior to the highly-touted Canon 28-70 L as well as Canon's newer ($1300) 24-70 f/2.8 L.

I did some research of my own and, from what I read in review after review after review, my friend did not speak with a forked tongue. The Tamron wasn't reviewed as favorably as its Canon counterparts for build quality and auto-focusing in low light, but the price difference was, well, ridiculous.

So I bought one from Amazon... for less than $400.

It will arrive by the end of the week. I'm sure I'll get to shoot with it within a week or less or so.

Anyone else have experience with this lens?

(You can read more about my latest quest for new glass on my blog and in my blog's comments at PrettyGirlShooter)
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Re: Tamron AF 28-75 vs Canon 28-70 L
Old 04-07-2009, 11:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I was about to ....... say something smart ass about Tamron, Sigma, and Tokina aftermarket glass, i.e., about them being inferior to Canon's L series, ...
But as great as your work is, it probably won't matter, you'll be showing us killer shots you took with it...


On the other hand, my Canon 24-70L 2.8 is on my 1d mkIII 90% of the time...
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Re: Tamron AF 28-75 vs Canon 28-70 L
Old 04-08-2009, 06:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Jimmy,

I have this lens (Nikon mount) it is an great lens. I think you'll be well pleased. Enjoy.

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Re: Tamron AF 28-75 vs Canon 28-70 L
Old 04-08-2009, 10:45 AM   #4 (permalink)
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...in December 2007 I was about to buy that Tamron for 450EUR but the owner of the store comes out and say, here, I can sell you mine Canon 28-70L f2.8 for 600EUR (it was used lens also for several years) and I did buy canon lens.
More then one year it is my first and most used lens because 28-70 is the most needed for my photos.
It is a little heavy lens, sharp almoust all the way but at full f2.8 on the edges you can find soft parts.... other then that it is great lens.....even used one.
On the other hand, if I had Tamron with 28-75, probably I would use them as well all the time because of the appropriate measurement of 28-75 for my taste.....
I heard everywhere that Tamron 28-75 is a great lens also, and a lot less heavy lens... and they are less heavy, I did have one in my hands for 15 minutes....

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Old 04-09-2009, 08:22 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I don't think you'll regret it Jimmy. I love mine, the worst thing about it is getting used to the backward zoom action. But the image quality makes it worth the effort.
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Re: Tamron AF 28-75 vs Canon 28-70 L
Old 04-09-2009, 08:54 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I don't think you'll regret it Jimmy. I love mine, the worst thing about it is getting used to the backward zoom action. But the image quality makes it worth the effort.
If I'm not mistaken, both the Canon 28-70 L and the 24-70 L also have that backward zoom action.
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Re: Tamron AF 28-75 vs Canon 28-70 L
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Jimmy,

As good as you are and as much as you know it surprises me to see you even asking this question. You could make anyone look good with just a disposable camera.

With that said I have the Tamron lens you are asking about you I can't say enough good about it. It is every bit as good as the "L" glass at a third the price. You will enjoy it.
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Re: Tamron AF 28-75 vs Canon 28-70 L
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My opinion - you will be satisfied. I had the same thoughts - spend the extra money (or not). The research I did through lens reviews on line I found that the ratings had minimal varioation in favor of cannon by 1/10 to 3/10ths of a point (save of 1-5).

I have to say I am very happy with this lens.

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If I'm not mistaken, both the Canon 28-70 L and the 24-70 L also have that backward zoom action.
You got me? I can't afford either one of them!

Thank goodness for Tamron!
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I bought one to use until I could afford a 24-70L and love it! Be careful though, there are a lot of the older ones out there that had issues. If you buy a used one, make sure you give it a good inspection before handing over the cash.
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