jake302's reviews

  • Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD SP

    9 out of 10 points and recommended
    very high light gathering capability due to image stabilization
    auto focus not as fast as canon, weighs more than it looks

    Been using this lens with Canon 5D Mark 3 for about 6 months now. I have several other Canon stabilized L series zooms, but this lens is the one that comes with me the most when the shooting situations are the most unpredictable. It is a fast lens with the F2.8 spec, but with the image stabilization and F2.8 aperture, I am getting tack sharp pictures over 95% of the time with 1/10 sec exposure in candle light situations. I am amazed at the light gathering capability this combination offers. I can take pictures in street light conditions with ISO 100 and get amazing results. The demand is expected to be high for a long time and price is likely to be list price. Tamron has a ground breaking product and a solid cash cow on its hands. I am concerned of the price erosion of the Canon lenses I own now if Tamron continues on this path. Maybe a F1.8 lens with image stabilization is next ?

    reviewed September 9th, 2013 (purchased for $1,299)