Video Review: EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II Vs. Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD

Lightandmatter posted a video comparison of Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens and Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD lens.

Conclusions from Lightandmatter:
  • Landscape photographers (and others for whom sharpness is most important) do not typically shoot at f/2.8, and when stopped down, the differences in image quality are minor at the wide angle end.

  • Those photographers who are most likely to use the image stabilization on the Tamron (such as wedding, event, or travel photographers) are also, I think, the photographers who are less likely to need ultra-sharp borders. If a photographer is focusing on a nearby subject, the edges of the frame frequently contain background this is slightly out of focus anyway.

  • If you shoot hand-held rather than from a tripod, the advantage in sharpness gained from having VC (Image Stabilization) will outweigh the advantage of having what would otherwise be a sharper lens at most common shutterspeeds. Next time, I’ll have to remember to shoot hand held with both lenses in situations with moderate light.

  • If sharpness is critical to the work you do, you shoot from a tripod, and you need to shoot with a large aperture, there’s no question: the Canon 24-70 f/2.8L II is simply better.

EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Amazon | B&H | Adorama | UK | DE | JP
Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Amazon | B&H | Adorama | UK | DE | JP