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TamronSP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras
 
4.4

(based on 154 reviews)

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    (41)

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    (10)

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    (6)

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    (5)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (83)
  • Strong construction (81)
  • Consistent output (65)
  • Durable (56)
  • Easily interchangeable (56)

Cons

  • Heavy (46)
  • Slow focus (10)
  • Blurry focus (9)
  • Poor in low light (6)

Best Uses

  • Low light (95)
  • Weddings (73)
  • Landscape/scenery (65)
  • Video (53)
  • Night photography (45)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (53), Photo enthusiast (34), Pro photographer (30), Casual photographer (6), Photography student (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (124), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Jack of all trades

I shoot general photography, which includes all sorts of activity, from restaurant outings to gardening. When I bought this lens, I had currently owned the Canon 24-70mm L mark 1, and...Read complete review

I shoot general photography, which includes all sorts of activity, from restaurant outings to gardening. When I bought this lens, I had currently owned the Canon 24-70mm L mark 1, and loved that lens, except it didnt have IS, which is incredibly useful for video and low light. I found that my keeper rates have not changed going to the Tamron (if anything, it improved from great to excellent), but the sharpness had definitely improved at every focal length and aperture. I had to verify that it wasnt my imagination, so I tried a few tests on a tripod, using live view, and indeed the tamron was a tad sharper at every focal length and aperture on my full frame camera.

It's not the perfect lens though (I dont believe one exists!), it is the jack of all trades. VC is extremely competent, probably the best in the business. AF is not L fast, but fast enough that I dont miss shots, and even AI Servo works fine. The build quality is on par with the 24-105mm, very very solidly built. The bokeh does have issues(onion and a tad bit busy), but I've found them to be very minor with real world shots, and very easy to clean up. The color rendition is L level. Vignetting is kind of odd on this lens. The drop off is less overall than the mark 1, but where it actually vignettes, it's more pronounced. F2.8 is very sharp, from corner to corner, I have no hesitation shooting it wide open. There was no way I could get the canon 24-70mm Mark 1 to be as sharp as the tamron at F2.8. I was very suprised by that finding, but it is what it is.

In the end, it came down to a hard decision. Having a Canon L series lens is very comforting. You know that you've got the best tool made by the manufacturer. It had better bokeh, but was less sharp. It was built like a brick, and weighed like one too.... It didnt have VC no matter how you looked at it, and I found overall image quality slightly better on the tamron, since bokeh is mostly preferential, sharpness is not. It's not that the L is a poor performer, it's just that I found out that the Tamron is better, so I cant go back, it's no longer a logical decision if I did. I sold my L mark 1 after a few days of shooting and personal tests. Very happy with this lens.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Inaccurate Auto Focus

I am using this lens with Canon 5dmk III. I purchased the lens about three months ago. I was excited with the VC feature on this fast zoom range (one and only?)...Read complete review

I am using this lens with Canon 5dmk III. I purchased the lens about three months ago. I was excited with the VC feature on this fast zoom range (one and only?) 24-70.

Then I discovered inaccurate autofocus when I was using the left-most and right-most 3 columns AF points of 5dmk3. Not just slight out of focus but way off. Turned the lens in for service/calibrating. The technician said the lens has not been updated for the latest mk3. After a few days, I got the lens back, tested it, and the same problem still existed. Turned the lens in again for calibrating. Same result. The technician kept adjusting. As we were getting the closer to accurate, the center AF became compromised. Then we set back to default. Accurate center but inaccurate at edge.

Finally, I request for an exchange and they replaced it with another copy. Tessted the new copy, and I discovered the same problem. I talked to the technician and he said no idea why this happening. So they sent my sample images to Tamron Japan and still awaiting for replies until today i wrote this.

This is so frustrating, as I am using edge AF points 80-90% of the times. For still objects; shooting on tripod, I can AF with center point and pan. But for other cases (moving objects), in which I do the most, this method is not possible. I really wish Tamron will resolve this issue. I really like this lens but without accurate AF at all points, this lens does no good for me.

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5.0

Excellent

By DoReMi29

from Upstate, NY

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

      I bought this lens 3 weeks ago and, as a hobbyist, this lens has not come off my camera in that time. The weight of it has taken some time to get used to (after using my 50mm for the majority of my photos), but I am loving it. Crisp, vibrant photos and vibration compensation is been great to have.

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      4.0

      Great F2.8 Lens

      By DW

      from Montreal Canada

      Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

      After read many good reviews, bought one, tested and compared wiht my 24-105 F4L, found it is really sharp wide open at F2.8. at 24mm & 35mm F2.8 it is sharper than 24-105 at F4 in the center, at 50mm & 70mm F2.8 it is about the same as 24-105 at F4, color and contrast are excellent same as Canon. It can produce very very usable images at F2.8, this is what I paid for, since I already have the excellent 24-105 F4L. Field test samples are available at my photostream [@]. The focus is slower than Canon. The VC does not work well as Canon IS at shutter around 1/60 S - 1/120 S, the VC works really well when the shutter speed gets really low, I can get sharp images at 1/3 S. some of the field sample images were taken in the late evening handheld and with CP filter mounted on the lens.It is not a perfect lens, the copy I keep is the 3rd copy I have tested. The first copy I got is back focus, it was sharp, just back focus, this is not a problem if your camera has AF Microadjustment foundation. If you got a copy not sharp, then try AFMA. The 2nd Copy I got has focus problem, single point focus mode can get sharp images, but multi-point focus mode can result blur images. For the copy I keep, multi-point focus mode can produce excellent images, but when single point focus mode used, the images are evne better.I do not have the Canon 24-70 F2.8 II, can not compare side by side. What I think is that in the lab, probably Canon 24-70 II sharper the Tam, but in the field if you shoot handhled, the Tam will be sharper than Canon. The VC will help you to get sharper images.I am very happy with my new Tamron, look at sample images and zoom to 100%, it could not be sharper. this is my 3rd Tamron lens, Previously owned Tam 28-75 F2.8, recnetly bought Tamron 150-600, all of them are excellent and affordable. Tamron has done a great job.

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      3.0

      Just didn't work well on my 7D

      By Regular Joe

      from Salem, OR

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Nicely designed

      Cons

      • Blurry Focus
      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light

      Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

      I am mostly a wildlife/bird photographer, but was looking for a good quality, medium build 24-70 for taking quality pics of the grandkids. After reading the reviews the tamron seemed to be a good choice. Ordered from BandH and promptly received it. From the get go I could sense problems. The autofocus was slow, inconsistent and I could not get very good images. So I set the micro adjust and ended up at a plus 5 which should really not make to much of a difference. In just nice, easy autofocus situations I was getting very few quality images. I spent about 3 hours with it and shot about a thousand images of which very few were acceptable. Put my canons back on and they worked fine. Rather than mess around with it anymore I just sent it back for a refund. I must say the image stabilization seemed to work very well when looking through the viewfinder and it appears to be a very well made lens it just didn't work for me. BandH was great and promptly refunded the money. I will do business with them again.

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      5.0

      Amazing lens

      By AK in NC

      from Greensboro, NC

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

        I have now used this lens for the past month. I purchased it to replace my old worn Sigma 24-70. I will tell you it never ceases to impress me. I have been able to use it in situations I would never have DARED to before. As a result, I have spent less time in photoshop correcting problems I had with my other lens. It is now my go-to lens and rarely leaves my camera when taking images. I highly recommend it. Don't delay ORDER today!!

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        5.0

        Just what I was expecting

        By nocknock57

        from Castro Valley CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

          Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

          Sharp images, good colors, excellent bokeh. Focus is a tad bit slower than I expected, but it is fast enough. A bit heavy, but feels sturdy. For the amount I saved by not paying for Canon, the minor differences are more than worth the savings. Glad I got it.

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          4.0

          Great for the Money

          By JB in Atlanta

          from Atlanta, GA

          About Me Pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

            I use this lens for video on a couple of camera bodies. It is just a great all around lens, good quality and image stabilization! I can't exactly rave about it, but for that matter I've never used a 24-70 that I've loved...including Canon's L series which I sold a while back. The build quality of the Tamron has a bit more plastic than I'd like, but I really can't complain. Four stars because it doesn't blow me away and the build quality could be a wee bit better. But for $ it's a no brainer over Canon's L model imho. I'm enjoying it and it gets it's use. I'd definitely recommend it.

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            5.0

            GET IT!!

            By Nick

            from Cincinnati, OH

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

            I use this lens for photography and videography on a Canon 6D. This lens is as sharp as the Canon version, and sharper than the Sigma version. Focus ring is smooth. Smooth enough to rack focus, but the zoom ring isn't as smooth as a Canon L ring. You can't pull off smooth zooms in video. I had a minor problem with AF, a few times it took a long time to focus, but the problem seemed to "go away." Also, the lens is built great, same material that the camera is made of. It is relatively heavy, but that's not something that bothers me. The lens doesn't claim anything about weather resistance, but I have found that it is weather resistant somewhat. I haven't dunked it in the pool, but I did a shoot with it out in the snow, when it was really coming down, and it did fine. Lastly, I would like to say that for $1,000 less than the Canon version, PLUS image stabilization (Vibration Compensation) it is definitely a deal breaker for me to choose Canon 24-70 2.8L. GET THIS LENS RIGHT NOW!

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            5.0

            Happy as can be

            By AngieH

            from Atlanta, GA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light

              Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

              I purchased this lens at the recommendation of my photography mentor. And I couldn't be happier! The lens performs as promised. It is well-crafted and had features I hadn't expected (like the LOCK button to facilitate safe transport of the lens). I also enjoy the image stabilization offered on this lens, which I wasn't able to find elsewhere.

              Totally happy with this lens, and I expect to purchase more from this brand in the future.

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              5.0

              A super lens at a bargain price...

              By The Hammer

              from Wheaton, Illinois

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

              Last year I bought this lens with Nikon mount for my D-800 and D-600.
              I used it all year for landscape shots as well as a general "walking around"
              lens. I was so satisfied with it that this year I bought the same lens in a
              Canon mount for my 5DMKIII, and my 6D....Again, it has performed
              flawlessly....It focuses quickly, it takes great landscape shots and I am
              very pleased with this lens. NO regrets....

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              3.0

              Great lens, but not for the Canon C100

              By ThomasA

              from Batesville, IN

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

              • Compatibility

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

              Bought this lens mainly for my C100 during wedding video shoots. As this was my first image stabilized lens, I was amazed! Had been shooting with the Canon 24-70mm 2.8L lens, wonderful picture quality, but every touch, pan, zoom was extremely difficult. Even the glidecam shots were tough. First day with the lens, my C100 would stop autofocusing. Lens was on autofocus, C100 was set to autofocus. Would have to power cycle the camera several times to get the auto focus to return. Thought is was just a fluke, then on the second day this happened during a training class for the C100 in New York. Happened several times in the hotel room, yet I could not produce this auto focus problem with a Canon lens. Decided to return the lens to B&H rather than risk this happening during a wedding. Bummer, I LOVED the specs on this lens! The auto focus was fast, much faster than my Canon L glass, had image stabilization and f2.8. Probably a great lens for photography, just question the compatibility with the Canon C100 with dual pixel upgrade.

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              5.0

              Perfect alternative to 24-70mm Canon

              By RP

              from Fargo, ND

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

              Yes, the zoom ring goes the 'wrong way' and it's a -tad- stiff (for now). AF isn't as "fast"; but the 24-70 Canon isn't a peach compared to others either.

              Now that's out of the way. It's near perfect in every other regard. The VC in exchange for some overall sharp pixels is worth the trade off.

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              5.0

              Great lens!

              By Chuck

              from Ann Arbor, MI

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

              I'm very happy with the clarity and accuracy of focus with this lens. I've rented both the Canon and Tamron lens for my 6D and this lens is every bit as sharp and accurate.

              Very happy with my purchase and the price is right!

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              5.0

              Great Lens >> Totally worth it !!

              By Nick

              from Columbia, South Carolina

              About Me Photography Student

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

              Very Sharp Images !! Fast auto focus !! Vibration compensation is awesome !!
              I am very happy with this lens !! 2.8 helps in dark like a pro !!

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              4.0

              Very good performer!

              By Rus

              from LA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Zoom ring in front

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

              I have used it for a wedding, group portrait, landscape and travel and it is a solid performer.

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              5.0

              Exceptional Image Quality

              By Photo Dad

              from San Jose CA

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

              • Weak Casing

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

              Very impressed with the image quality and the price

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              5.0

              Absolutely love this lens

              By Oma Cindy

              from Lexington KY

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Night Photography
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

                I shoot a lot of pictures indoors and hate using a flash in many of the instances. This is a great lens to catch the faces of little people busy discovering.

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                4.0

                First time Purchase

                By Bilex

                from Laurel MD

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • None yet

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

                This is my first Tamron Lens of this grade. Most of my high grade lenses have been Nikon. I am hoping this is quite as good.

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                5.0

                Thanks B&H this lens rocks!

                By OC Joe

                from Orange County, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Video

                  Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

                  Of course I knew this lens would be awesome with my Canon 7D - I did my research. And once I decided to buy I went to my go-to source: B&H. There are a lot of options for me right here in LA, so I was hesitant to order from a NY company at first, but years ago I bought gear from them and they've been my go-to source ever since.

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                  5.0

                  I love this lens

                  By Ritter4life

                  from Seattle, WA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

                  Fast accurate focus. Super sharp images. The VC works very well in hand held situations.

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                  4.0

                  Focus/Zoom or Zoom/Focus Rings...

                  By Ken

                  from Tupelo, MS

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Ergonomics

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens for Canon Cameras:

                  I use this lens mainly to shoot weddings. It is very dependable, giving a consistent fast focus great quality image. It is very light on my already heavy Canon 5D mark II and 6D. I am very impressed with the wide f/2.8 aperture. The VC (Vibration Compensation) is great for what seems to be about 1.5 to 2 stops. The 24-70mm range along with my 70-200 is the perfect wedding setup. The only drawback I have, And it is taking some serious getting used to. (And I am still not after two weddings) is the location zooming ring. On all of the Cannon L zoom lens I own the zooming ring is nearest the body of the camera making it comfortable to hold while I back button auto focus. On this Tamron it is located at the opposite end of the lens and not at all comfortable. I keep grabbing the focusing ring trying to zoom. And then I when I do get to the zoom ring I find myself dragging my hand back and accidently bumping the focus ring. I bought this lens because it produces the same quality image as its Cannon counterpart for about one thousand dollars cheaper. Due to the ergonomics of the zoom/focus rings. I will probably sell this lens and fork out the extra thousand. Shooting weddings is a fast pace job and one needs to be very comfortable with their equipment.

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