Another competitor is entering the 24-70mm game for full-frame DSLRs. The Tokina AT-X PRO 24–70 mm f/2.8 SD (IF) FX was seen on display at CP+. The lens is rumored to be announced at Photokina later this year.
It’s getting crowded in the 24-70mm offerings. Besides Canon’s own EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM (price & specs) and EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM (price & specs), there are also the Tamron AF 24-70mm f/2.8 VC (price & specs) and the also rumored Sigma 24-70mm f/2 OS HSM (expected to be announced during 2014) not to mention the highly popular Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM (price & specs) and the new, outstanding Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM (price & specs), which is defined as the new reference standard for professionals by DxOMark.
DxOMark tested the Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens, Tamron latest image-stabilized ultra-zoom. Tamron made a lens that sells for $1069 (Adorama | B&H Photo) and offers a lot of bang for the money. Good sharpness, a great telephoto range, and accurate and quick auto-focus are among the highlights of this lens.
If Tamron built this lens to outperform the Sigma offering then they succeeded with full frame cameras. The gain in performance over their rival’s offering is less noticeable on the APS-C cameras. Despite that, the image quality is a slight improvement over the Sigma. Given the longer range and similar price, it’s a pretty impressive achievement.
The Tamron even outperforms the pricier Canon lens on the full frame Canon EOS 5D Mk III though it’s less convincing when compared with the Canon EOS 7D. There’s likely too little in it to switch but for first-time buyers the new Tamron is attractive proposition.
The Tamron SP 150-600mm was compared to other lenses:
- Tamron 150-600mm f5-6.3 Di VC USD vs. Sigma 150-500mm f5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM vs. Canon EF100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS mounted on a Canon EOS 7D – click here
- Tamron 150-600mm f5-6.3 Di VC USD vs. Sigma 150-500mm f5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM vs. Canon EF100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS mounted Canon EOS 5D Mk III – click here
Canon Europe published a brochure entitled “Story of the PowerShot G1 X Mark II Development”, and it can be downloaded as a 6.4MB PDF. The G1 X II sells for $799 and is expected to ship in April-May 2014.
About development and planning of the Powershot G1X Mark II:
The planning and development of the PowerShot G1 X Mark II has been achieved through the efforts of a large team at Canon’s Headquarters in Japan. Their words have been edited to provide a fascinating insight in to the development of this remarkable camera.
Photographers and survey results from users provided a vast amount of feedback, and Canon’s engineers improved everything they could. A lot of requests were regarding macro performance, and the minimum focusing distance has been improved from 20 cm to 5 cm. Autofocus is also approximately twice as fast by improving the optics and sensor. Particularly difficult adjustments were necessary for the optics, but if these high ideals could not be achieved, this would not be a flagship model. The enthusiasm of the Canon engineers drove these developments, and, as a result, a shooting range that would not be possible with an SLR with just one interchangeable lens has been achieved.
Powershot G1 X II accessories:
- Canon EVF-DC1 ELECTRONIC VIEWFINDER for G1X Mark II: B&H Photo
- Canon WP-DC53 WATERPROOF CASE for G1X Mark II: B&H Photo
- Canon LH-DC80 LENS HOOD for G1X Mark II: B&H Photo
- Canon FA-DC58E FILTER ADAPTER for G1X Mark II: B&H Photo
Pretty good Canon EOS 70D kit on sale at Adorama.
Get the Canon EOS 70D with the 18-55mm IS STM and the 55-250mm IS STM lenses for only $1,283. Be sure to click Buy together and Save deal and add the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens (lens only, not the filter kit) – Total price at checkout: $1,283 + free shipping and 2% Adorama reward.
Full specs and product description after the break.
|B&H Photo has a good deal going on.Get the Canon EOS 6D with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens on sale for $2199. Free shipping and 2% rewards.
Please note that the final price shows up during the checkout process.
Pretty good deal by an authorized Canon dealer, compare to $2499.
Specs and product description after the break.