Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III vs Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 VC video comparison

Ef 16-35mm F/2.8L III

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA

At a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to 22
  • Three Aspherical & Two UD Elements
  • Subwavelength & Air Sphere Coatings
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
  • Internal Focus; Full-Time MF Override
  • Fluorine Coating on Exposed Elements
  • Dust- and Water-Resistant Construction
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

Interesting lens comparison by reviewer and photographer Dustin Abbott. Dustin compares the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III with the Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 VC, a lens that costs half the Canon. Is the Canon worth two times the price of the Tamron?

Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8

Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA

Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 at a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to 22
  • XGM and LD Glass Elements
  • Vibration Compensation
  • eBAND and BBAR Coatings
  • Fluorine Coating on Front Element
  • Ultrasonic Silent Drive AF System
  • Built-In Lens Hood
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • SILKYPIX Developer Studio Software

These are the best primes and zooms for the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, according to DxOMark

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DxOmark posted a list of what they consider the best prime and zoom lenses to be used with the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II.

Surprisingly (or maybe not), the zoom lenses ranked first and second are not Canon.

  1. Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM ART
  2. Tamron SP 15-30 mm F2.8 Di VC USD.
  3. Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM

The three best ranked prime lenses (recommended for photojournalists):

  1. Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM
  2. Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM
  3. Canon EF 24mm F1.4L II

What does it mean that third party manufacturers build lenses that are considered the best for Canon’s flagship, the EOS-1D X Mark II? It means that both Sigma ad Tamron made some significant advances in the last years and are now able to build lenses with outstanding optical performance and to sell them at a price that’s usually lower as the Canon counterparts.

eos-1d x mark ii

[via DxOMark: prime lenses | zoom lenses]

Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD teardown

What do you do if you get back a couple of Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD lenses with jammed zoom rings? You disassembly them, right? At least this is what Roger Cicala of Lensrentals does.

He writes:

[…] we found that the Tamron 15-30 f/2.8 is a well built lens, but certainly not very modular in construction. Where a modular lens, such as the newer Canon lenses, separates easily into three sub-assemblies, the Tamron came apart in lots of separate pieces as shown in the picture below. And we hadn’t done anything like a complete disassembly. None of the optical elements or helicoids had been touched yet and the front barrel was still on.

Getting in and out of it is not complicated or difficult, but it’s definitely more tedious than a modular design. How does this affect you? Not at all. Tamron has a really good service department, consistently ranking high on our list. Their techs probably wish the lens was more modular (I know we do) but they’ll be able to fix it just fine.

Want to learn more? Head over to Lensrentals for pictures and description of the full disassembly process.

Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD price check: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA

Deal Alert: Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD (Canon mount) – $1,049 (compare at $1,199)

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eBay seller CameraLand (99.8% positive ratings) has the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD [shoplink 29933 ebay]on sale for $1,049[/shoplink]. Compare at $1,199 on Amazon. Please note: this is an instore demo:

We opened this for an instore demo. Took it out and put back into the box. Never left the store., It comes with all manufacturers supplied accessories and paperwork

Free shipping in the USA.

Is This the Price of the Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Lens ($1,499)?

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Dutch site DeWinkel appears to have leaked the price of the upcoming Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 lens. Neither on B&H Photo‘s nor on Adorama‘s product page the price shows up, there is not even a pre-order option available. The Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 was announced in October. Hard to say if $1,499 are the real thing. For the time being take it with a pinch of salt.

Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8

  • Canon EF Full Frame Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to 22
  • XGM and LD Glass Elements
  • Vibration Compensation
  • eBAND and BBAR Coatings
  • Fluorine Coating on Front Element
  • Ultrasonic Silent Drive AF System
  • Built-In Lens Hood
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
[via DealsRunner via Sony Alpha Rumors]