Canon 70-200 f4 or Tamron 2.8?

Started Feb 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
PreetinderBajwa Forum Member • Posts: 66
Re: Canon 70-200 f4 or Tamron 2.8?

Hi BobT,

I tried the Tamron yesterday while I was choosing between Canon 2.8 II and Tamron. I found the following :

1. even though the Tamron was really sharp it was less overall sharp than Canon (to my eyes)

2. at 200 mm the picture taken with Tamron was smaller on the 5D3 screen than the one taken with the Canon !!

3. Canon's has two types of IS vs only one type of VC on Tamron ! (I don't know when I'll ever use the second type of IS though :-D)

4. The focusing is a bit more fast on Canon !

5. The IS was more effective at 1/30 and 1/10 on Canon ( I do have shaky hands but they are consistently shaky for Canon or Tamron :-D)

6. The most important thing in Canon's favor was the inexplicable overall feel of the pic ! It was just more pleasing overall !

From whatever I have read about the Canon 4 IS, its a better lens..... The only downside of the Canon is F4 max aperture.

I guess, if 2.8 is a must for you and you think the Canon 2.8 II is a expensive bet, then Tamron would do.... If 2.8 is not mandatory, then my feel would be to go with canon F4.



BobT wrote:

Has anyone had real experience with both the Canon 70-200 f4 IS USM AND the Tamron 70-200 f2.8 lenses? If so, tell me about your opinions of the 2 lenses. I have read the reviews such as Photozone, etc, and understand that the Tammy has slower AF. How much slower in real life? Enough to discourage it's use? Other pros and cons on the Canon vs. the Tamron? Thank you so much.

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