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About 2 months ago JJ @ OrangeWeddingFilms.com posted a video stating he was going to put together a test between the Canon 24-70mm F/2.8, Sigma 24-70mm F/2.8, and the Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 in Video use. Looks like he's posted a few first samples just yesterday and in some cases you do see difference in Contrast, color, and sharpness. I personally like the Canon 24-70mm F/2.8, but if you're happy with the results, you can save a bit of money on the other non Canon brands. Here's the break down on lenses, prices, and what you're comparing.

First up Canon 24-70mm F/2.8 Wide Telephoto priced at approx $1349.00
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Second Lens is the Sigma 24-70mm F/2.8 Macro priced at approx $569.00
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Third Lens in the test is the Tamron Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto AF 28-75mm f/2.8 priced at $499.00
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To follow up on his first review against these lenses, i've owned them all at one point. I still have the Canon 24-70mm F/2.8. Sigma makes some really great lenses, I still rock my Sigma 20mm all the time. I started with the Sigma 24-70mm F/2.8 before my Canon L, using it for photography. Compared to the Canon it was slower on auto focus, more noise when focusing, and problems with communication when using Infrared metering from my Speedlite. This is when I upgraded to the Canon 24-70mm F/2.8 L. The Sigma 24-70mm F/2.8 of course is half the price of the Canon 24-70mm, so if you're looking for a strictly Video lens with this range, all these quirks might not be a problem for you. If you're a hybrid shooter of both Photo and Video, you'll get better performance and image quality from the Canon.

I'm not going to get deep into the Tamron lens, I love Tamron lenses like my 18-270mm as my travel lens choice, but if you're going to be dealing with the weather, this is where the Canon 24-70mm L lens proves it's worth. Many of the cheaper lenses provide decent image quality at an affordable price, but lack the weather sealing, quiet motor, and fast autofocus. I had problems with an earlier lens (I won't mention any brands) shooting in light fog which crept into my lens and pretty much ruined it with moisture from the inside. Again, if you're just doing strictly video and not worried about auto focus noise & weather, you'll find great deals in the Sigma and Tamron brands, and also Tokina which isn't part of this test because they don't have a lens available in this range.

Update: Just confirmed with JJ that his test was using the older Sigma 24-70mm F/2.8. There is another more silent and higher end 24-70mm F/2.8 HSM priced at about $899.00 from Sigma that has not been tested. This is said to be a close rival to the Canon 24-70mm F/2.8.
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Tamron is really throwing their name around with the new lineup of VC lenses. The above video is one of the tutorials found at the Tamron Youtube channel. I actually own the same lens shown in this video (if that's the 18-270mm), and have to admit it's one of my most favorite travel lenses. The VC I can vouch for, works awesome, and works well for video too. You won't get the super sharpness of a prime and the focus ring is a bit noisy and stiff, but Tamron is doing a great job with their pricing too. Check out the Tamron YouTube channel for other great DSLR tips.

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There's not too much to say about a quality wide angle telephoto lens for the 7D that can keep you at F/2.8, except for the Canon 17-55mm F/2.8 priced at $1030.00 US Dollars. But Tamron's latest release (replacing the older version of their 17-55mm) F/2.8 lens has been tested over at PopPhoto.com and it looks good.

PopPhoto.com's article about the new Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 lens with VC (vibration compensation a.k.a. Image Stabilization as known by Canonholics) starts at a street price of just $649.00. Not bad at all for someone who's looking for a flexible travel lens that can shoot wide. I'm interested in hearing from someone who's tried both, or maybe the price alone would get your wheels spinning? I'm a Canon fan myself, but i'm wondering if the price would make it worth a buy?

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A co-worker asked me today what would help him minimize the amount of lenses he needs to carry around during his travels. Although I'm a big fan of Canon products, I think Tamron has this area on lock. Personally on my travels, i’m carrying around the Tamron 18-270mm Di II (this is a newer version not to be mistaken with the older version). It mounts on the Canon 5D Mark II as an EF mount, auto-focus works, but you'll get crazy Vignette on that full frame. This lens will only work properly on cropped cameras. It also can't maintain an aperture throughout, and ends up at F/6.3, but the IS they have will help in slow shutter speeds. Something I don't worry too much about since these cameras are fairly clean with High ISO.

If you want to see a sample Video, the Video below was shot mainly with my Tamron 18-270mm. That's correct, the actual lens that's in my bag was on loan to my buddy Roland as he wandered around China.

Not the sharpest lens in the bag, but hey the Image Stabilization works wonders for both Photo and Video, and runs you only over $620.00 bucks. You can't complain about that type of range for that type of price. This is the Tamron 18-270 Di II lens that i'm using on my Canon 7D.

Below are examples I took while at the Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate park. First shot is wide (there's a butterfly somewhere in the middle) and the second shot is zoomed in at 270mm handheld with their IS on. Click the images for the large version.


Above: Image shot on Canon 7D at 18mm


Above: Image shot on Canon 7D at 270mm


Click here to find Tamron 18-270 Di II lens that i'm using on my Canon 7D.

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