Cheap FF zoom - Tamron 28-75 2.8, Canon 28-135 or 24-105 STM ?

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FujLiver
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Cheap FF zoom - Tamron 28-75 2.8, Canon 28-135 or 24-105 STM ?

I am looking for a zoom lens to go with a EOS film camera and possibly a FF DSLR TBA

I am looking used/new and choosing between:

1. Tamron 28-75mm f2.8

2. Canon 28-135mm f3.5-4.5

3. Canon 24-105mm F3.5-5.6 STM

The Tamron has f2.8, which is good for film, but only half a stop under 3.5 and soft in the corners. The Canon 28-135 has good reputation but the 24-105 is lighter and has the wide end, although up to 5.6

Can't really decide. Ultimate IQ is not prime here, more like range and convenience, as film is not so sharp in any case.

What do you guys think ?

Am I missing any other lens ?

Many thanks

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Photobygms
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Re: Cheap FF zoom - Tamron 28-75 2.8, Canon 28-135 or 24-105 STM ?
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If you want to use it on a "older" film body go for the 28-135. most save option. Other option the EF 24-104 F4 L mkI perhaps?

The newer third party lenses can cause issues with older (pre)digital bodies.

I do have issues with some Sigma's on our Canon Eos 1 and 1N's but not on the Eos 3. So test the lens before buying it

The newer Canon EF STM lense like the 24-105 should work, but if you read the manual when using the lens (24-105 STM) with film-based SLR cameras:

●The drive speed of the focus lens will be slower than when the lens is used with  a digital camera.

●Images will appear out of focus when using the camera’s internal flash while it is charging or when zooming during exposure for still images.

●Even when the camera is ON images may appear out of focus when zooming if this occurs press the shutter button half way while zooming.

●After focusing in ONE SHOT AF mode and zooming by holding the shutter button halfway, the camera may indicate that the AF mode has been changed to manual focus (MF) mode.

●During continuous shooting zooming may slow down shooting speed.

●There are some cases when users must wait approximately 1 second after zooming before the auto focus will function

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FujLiver
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Re: Cheap FF zoom - Tamron 28-75 2.8, Canon 28-135 or 24-105 STM ?

Photobygms wrote:

If you want to use it on a "older" film body go for the 28-135. most save option. Other option the EF 24-104 F4 L mkI perhaps?

The newer third party lenses can cause issues with older (pre)digital bodies.

I do have issues with some Sigma's on our Canon Eos 1 and 1N's but not on the Eos 3. So test the lens before buying it

The newer Canon EF STM lense like the 24-105 should work, but if you read the manual when using the lens (24-105 STM) with film-based SLR cameras:

●The drive speed of the focus lens will be slower than when the lens is used with a digital camera.

●Images will appear out of focus when using the camera’s internal flash while it is charging or when zooming during exposure for still images.

●Even when the camera is ON images may appear out of focus when zooming if this occurs press the shutter button half way while zooming.

●After focusing in ONE SHOT AF mode and zooming by holding the shutter button halfway, the camera may indicate that the AF mode has been changed to manual focus (MF) mode.

●During continuous shooting zooming may slow down shooting speed.

●There are some cases when users must wait approximately 1 second after zooming before the auto focus will function

very informative, thanks for the post

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QuietOC
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Re: Cheap FF zoom - Tamron 28-75 2.8, Canon 28-135 or 24-105 STM ?

FujLiver wrote:

I am looking for a zoom lens to go with a EOS film camera and possibly a FF DSLR TBA

I am looking used/new and choosing between:

1. Tamron 28-75mm f2.8

2. Canon 28-135mm f3.5-4.5

3. Canon 24-105mm F3.5-5.6 STM

The Tamron has f2.8, which is good for film, but only half a stop under 3.5 and soft in the corners. The Canon 28-135 has good reputation but the 24-105 is lighter and has the wide end, although up to 5.6

Can't really decide. Ultimate IQ is not prime here, more like range and convenience, as film is not so sharp in any case.

What do you guys think ?

Am I missing any other lens ?

Many thanks

The Tamron 28-75 can be very sharp, but has rather awful rendering and poor sample variation. I have no experience with the other two.

I want to try another Tamron SP 24-135. I can't recommend it based on the one I tried.

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ffabrici Senior Member • Posts: 1,085
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I use Tamron 28-74 2.8 - I've got an excellent sample.

Dont' dismiss Canon 28-105mm f3.5-4.5 II USM

The first model was sold from 1992-2000, and replaced in 2000 by the USM II made through 2010. The two are the same optically and mechanically except version II has a 7-bladed diaphragm instead of 6.

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Photobygms
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Re: Cheap FF zoom - Tamron 28-75 2.8, Canon 28-135 or 24-105 STM ?

ffabrici wrote:

I use Tamron 28-74 2.8 - I've got an excellent sample.

Dont' dismiss Canon 28-105mm f3.5-4.5 II USM

The first model was sold from 1992-2000, and replaced in 2000 by the USM II made through 2010. The two are the same optically and mechanically except version II has a 7-bladed diaphragm instead of 6.

Did forgot that one, do have one (the made in Japan * MK I version) that I still use at moments, together with an Canon EF 20-35mm F3.5-4.5 USM

* (the 28-105 F3.5-4.5 USM (II) is made in Taiwan)

And with that I do want to mention also another lens sometimes called the "Goldfinger", the Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

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GreatWhiteWing Senior Member • Posts: 1,335
Re: Cheap FF zoom - Tamron 28-75 2.8, Canon 28-135 or 24-105 STM ?

FujLiver wrote:

I am looking for a zoom lens to go with a EOS film camera and possibly a FF DSLR TBA

I am looking used/new and choosing between:

1. Tamron 28-75mm f2.8

2. Canon 28-135mm f3.5-4.5

3. Canon 24-105mm F3.5-5.6 STM

The Tamron has f2.8, which is good for film, but only half a stop under 3.5 and soft in the corners. The Canon 28-135 has good reputation but the 24-105 is lighter and has the wide end, although up to 5.6

Can't really decide. Ultimate IQ is not prime here, more like range and convenience, as film is not so sharp in any case.

What do you guys think ?

Am I missing any other lens ?

Many thanks

Can't speak to the two Canons but that Tamron is a bit a under-rated bargain. We have two, one on a 7D2 and one a 7D.

I can take some shots with one on my 5D4 if you want. Let me know your settings. jpeg/raw etc...

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FujLiver
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thanks

I bought a second hand Canon 28-135 in mint condition.

I was worried about compatibility, thus a Canon lens, but also liked the range and build quality

Its a beautiful lens. Works perfectly on the EOS-30.

IS on film - who would have thought !!!!! Most excited to see results ...

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The EF 28-135mm IS is actually introduced before the Canon Eos 30

1998 was the introduction for the 28-135 your Eos 30 was introduced in 2000.

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