Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD vs Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Tamron recently announced the new SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD lens (in stock at B&H for $1,299, click here), and it comes naturally to compare it to Canon’s EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM (around $1,600, click here). Although they have the same focal length, the former comes with image stabilization (called vibration control by Tamron) and costs approx. $300 less. Over at fstoppers they reviewed both lenses for a comparison. Let’s see how they performed after the jump.

I summarize what the guys over at fstoppers found out about the two lenses:

  • Tamron’s image stabilization (VC) works exceptionally good
  • The Tamron had serious vignetting issues at 2.8 (along the whole zoom range). At F4 and above vignetting was no longer an issue.
  • In the center of the frame Canon’s lens is always slightly sharper and at 24mm the edges were significantly sharper than the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD.
Conclusion:
We were left not having a clear winner. The Canon did perform much better around 24mm but the Tamron was better towards 70mm (if you don’t consider the vignette at 2.8) and it comes with stabilization. Only you can decide what lens is right for you.
High resolution test files are available for download (zip file, 138Mbyte).

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