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Tamron 28-75MM F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF)

Review Date: Oct 26, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $325.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Light, fast, average build
Soft at 2.8, darkness in the edges when mounted on Canon EOS 5D, no HSM

I bought this lens a month ago as an alternate choice over the Canon EF 24-70mm F2.8L USM.

The main reason why I wanted to try out the Tamron was because it was lighter. The 24-70L was way to heavy for me, and that was the reason I sold it in the first place 3 years ago.

I have using this lens for a month now, and what I can say about it is that it's simply a lot lighter than th 24-70L (duh). If you're not too oberssed with image quality, especially at the 2.8 end, it's a great over-all versatile lens.

Beware, edges are dark when mounted on the 5D. I don't know how it is for the 1Ds series, but unless you like the built-in vignetting effect, you don't want to use this on your 5D.

I am happy with this lens for now, but I can already see the day the 24-70L coming back soon.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Oct 26, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,600.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Clear, silent, fast

Of course, the price I have put in was the price 3 years ago, so I would have been satisfied with the price today ($500 cheaper!! When did this happen??)

All I can say is that this lens is definately worth your investment. It is fast, accurate, and well-built.

I loved the photos it produced. Crisp and clean (but as always, a bit soft on the open apeture end.)

I have sold the one I got 3 years ago, but plan to buy another one soon.

The only thing about this lens: HEAVY.

And the only thing that kept me using this lens as long as I did was because of the Canon handstrap I bought with it.

Overall, highly recommended lens.