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

Review Date: Mar 10, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: VC - sharper pictures and more keepers in low light.
Fair amount of barrel distortion at 24mm

Had it for 2 weeks and first non-Canon lens owned. Quite satisfied. Was using the Canon 24-105L F4 so I will be comparing this with that. IQ is very good, sharp. I have not done enough comparisons but on the eye it's hard to distinguish between this and the Canon. Tested 3 copies before deciding on one, so some copy variations. Barrel distortion is quite noticeable at 24mm (slightly worse than the Canon) but can be easily fixed post if needed. Onion bokeh exists but only noticeable when heavily cropped. 70mm is a little short for some purposes but F2.8 compensates as it's more useable at low light. Excellent value for the quality of the output since the Canon 24-70L 2.8 II costs twice as much and without IS. The reverse zoom ring is a little difficult to get used to. Overall, a great lens from Tamron and highly recommended even for perfectionists.