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Tamron 24-135MM F/3.5-5.6 AD Aspherical (IF) Macro

Review Date: Feb 4, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $369.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Good price. Excellent color/light rendition (comparable to L class) Quick AF (reasonable noise level) Good sharpness (a notch or two below L class)
Ackward zoom (a little rough, a little tight)

Its a notch or two below my Canon 17-40L in terms of brightness and sharpness but it can come really close with a little lightening and sharpening.

Most importantly, and this is what most people don't get about the Canon L class lens: color/light rendition. This lens renders colors and light very close to my L lens. This is much more difficult to mimic in post.

Here is a simple comparison pic, so you can get an idea as to how close these lens are:

Sigma 28-70mm f2.8 EX Aspherical DF

Review Date: Jan 26, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $385.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: Good lens for the money.
Loud AF, not L class image quality

I was hoping that this lens would be able to produce L class image quality but at las no. It's a good lens, certainly above the average consumer class lens but not in L class territory.

PS Under certain lighting conditions it comes very close but once you look at a wide range of images you begin to see the differences.