Timmbits: This has very nice specs! I like the sensor larger than MFT, and the f2.0 zoom!
Thank you Canon, for bringing this out.
But given the price, and significant lens protrusion, I asked myself if it's possible to put together a similar sized (or smaller) package with a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera?
Here's what I came up with: Samsung NX300 + 16-50mm f3.5 OIS pancakeSony NEX + 16-50mm f3.5 OSS pancake MFT + Panasonic 12-32 f3.5 / Olympus 14-42 f3.5 pancake
But they're all f3.5 (although you have the freedom to spend extra for a brighter prime) and none of these packages would cost any less.
Timmbits, thanks for the link to camerasize.com. I didn't know it existed. Very clever indeed!
Jack A. Zucker: I'd really love to try this. i cancelled my canon 24-70L lens after reading too many reports of softness. However, tamron really screwed me on a 18-270 which had stuck focus. I contacted their customer support twice and both times received an auto-responder with a promise of a followup which never happened. Not sure I'd trust them for support on a $1300 lens. Buyer beware...
Jack, by "auto-responder" I assume you mean e-mail.
Based on my experience with Tamron U.S. service I'd recommend calling directly. In my case, the lens I sent to them had extreme CA. In the cover letter I referenced the name of the person with whom I spoke and I included sample files. They agreed and sent me a new lens within a week.