Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC review

Started Apr 23, 2012 | Discussions thread
Kreitmann Contributing Member • Posts: 633
Re: bokeh

The bad bokeh and the great sharpness are two sides of the same coin.


Here you can see the diagram for the Tamron, lots of exotic glass. Note the 4 aspherical elements. These problably correct for the corner sharpness. The onion structures in OOF highlights are like a fingerprint of the none-spherical shape of these elements.

The old Canon on the other hand


only has to 2 aspherical elements and they are of higher quality, too


Canon states a quality difference between a) ground and polished and b) molded glass aspherical lens elements. The 24-70L uses the better a variant, Tamron uses b) and a "hybrid" element, probably something like d) "a replica aspherical lens element, ultraviolet-light-hardening resin layer on a spherical glass lens element" in Canons terms.

My point is, it is very, very difficult to have a sharp, fast lens with good bokeh. Every lens is a compromise, for my, the not uber sharp wide open creaminess of the old 24-70 is great.

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