I have a tendency to blame my gear for my own failings as a photographer. I’m not the only one. Have you ever said “If I could just get that lens or this camera, I’d get much better results”? I bet you have. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very much a gear head. I love all the new and fancy stuff out there but can I justify the expense? The Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L goes for $1549.00 at Vistek here in Canada. That’s a big chunk of change that I just don’t have. So, should I start saving now? I’m not sure. I decided to rent this lens to see if it was significantly better than my Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 that I purchased as a all purpose lens. I’ve always been pleasantly surprised at the sharpness and speed of that Tamron lens.
The first thing I noticed about the 24-70 was it’s weight! Over 2lbs! This thing is a beast! So I put in on the camera and took some test shots around the house. As you would expect inside with nothing but ambient left a bit to be desired. So today, my kids and I went outside for a little walk and I took this lens with us. I like it yes. Sharp, quick to focus of course. Solidly built but again, heavy.
Here are some of the shots I took outside. I’ve done nothing but some very basic editing to these.
They are nice but not really anything my Tamron could not do and it’s worth less than half the price. So I decided to see how the 24-70 did against my Tamron 18-270 in the house. Here are 2 shots as close to identical as I could set it up. Both lenses at f/5.6 for 1/30 sec on ISO 800. My 50D gets great results at that ISO so would the lens make a difference?
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 at f/5.6 for 1/30 sec, ISO 800, 50mm.
Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 at f/5.6 for 1/30 sec, ISO 800, 50mm.
I can see no difference in the photos. If you can please let me know. What does this tell me? Sorry Canon, I love you guys but I have to say no to this lens. Not worth the extra $800.00 to me. One thing I will say though is that it was nice to have f/2.8 all the way though the zoom. That was a definite plus.
Now, do I rent the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 and compare again? Perhaps. One thing I will say though, this Tamron lens is awesome. I’ve always liked it. Now I know why. It holds it’s own against the Canon L lens tested here. Sure I may not be doing a very thorough test but I don’t feel I need to. Not for $800.00. I am going to continue to use it for the weekend though. It makes me feel……I don’t know……like a better photographer! LOL.