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Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD SP

Review Date: Nov 3, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: very sharp, even at f/2.8 - it rivals my primes at f/5.6 superior to Canon 24-105 f/4 IS if you do not need the extra reach very effective VC closes the deal for me
82mm makes for quite expensive filters pronounced focus breathing

I bought this lens together with my Canon 6D. I wanted something better than the 24-105 kit lens, especially with a larger aperture, and for the small premium I was not disappointed. The lens is very sharp and really tack sharp at f/5.6. I find myself using my primes less often (50 and 85mm) because of the excellent sharpness and very decent bokeh of this lens. Focusing on the 6D is very smooth and fast, even in low light. Even if I could afford the Canon 24-70 f/2.8 II, which costs twice as much, I would find it very very hard to justify the extra optical performance, especially since the lack of IS is a serious drawback for a lens that expensive. The very effective VC on the Tamron really closes the deal. The combination of this lens with a full frame body with decent ISO performance makes for an excellent combination for low light photography.