The rise of the Tamron G2 lens Series

The Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens vs Canon and Nikon

Seen here are two of the latest generation (G2) Tamron lenses, some of youCanon/Nikon DSLR users might be interested in them.

There was a time when in order to have the best lens on your camera you had to buy from your marques ‘pro-grade’ range, there was simply nothing to be had elsewhere. Thankfully times have changed. Third party manufacturers have now caught up and are not only providing great value lenses but are also providing options not available on these expensive, elite items.

For some, there will only ever be one choice, the ‘own brand’ and they will be happy to pay up content in the knowledge they have bought the ‘best’. Others simply want the best lens for the job at hand. After all, a lens is a ‘tool’ – no more no less. My tools for quite some time now have been Canon L lenses, beautifully made items hewn from the finest materials and a rock solid investment they have served me well, but I had a slight problem…

I have an ongoing project that involves a fair amount of ‘low-light’ work, necessitating the use of tripods, this usually proves inconvenient and occasionally impossible. A fast, image stabilised lens (IS) seemed to be the answer to my problem. Earlier in the year I decided to replace my Canon 24-105 IS f4L, a great ‘walk-around’ lens but always a little soft at the periphery of the image. I have had two of these now, both suffering this same issue and onlyf4. I needed the faster, sharper, Canon 24-70 f2.8L, but to my surprise, even the most recent Mk II does not feature IS. I had not realised this before.

However, there is now another option – The Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2. The Tamron has five stops of very effective IS. Reviews on various comparison websites put it on a par with the Canon/Nikon equivalents – in some instances the Tamron is better! Time for a change I thought, so I bought the Tamron 24-70 back in March. I have been delighted with it. Coupled to my Canon 5D Mk4the images produced with it are simply superb, even with extremely slow shutter speeds, handheld, the results are excellent. Camera & lens together are heavy, I must admit, along with the other lens’ in the picture the Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 and all the necessary bits in the bag we photographers need on a trip out … heavy indeed! Sometimes you must ‘suffer for your art’.

I have been using the 200 since mid-summer, like the 24, it is also weather sealed and a reassuringly solid premium item. I can thoroughly recommend the ‘Two Ronnies’. Do take a look at them, these tools are sharp!

By | 2019-03-11T09:50:35+00:00 January 6th, 2019|Camera Equipment|1 Comment

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  1. John Wesson March 11, 2019 at 9:54 am - Reply

    Since creating this post I have acquired the Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 VC USD G2 Lens. Tamron ‘Holy Trinity’ post coming soon!

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