Why I am sending my Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 back and my thoughts on 3rd party lenses with Canon (generally positive)

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 Short Eared Owl. Captured with the Canon 80D and Tamron 150-600 G2
 Shadow Riders - Now I kinda wish I had photoshopped cowboy hat shadows for each of us! From family adventures in Saguaro National Park, Arizona
 Menzie's Penstemon or as the nerds say - Penstemon davidsonii ;) Found these little purple flowers on the way down from Paradise in Mt Rainier National Park and thought they made a nice foreground to the beautiful and still snowcapped peak in the distance. Captured with the GH5 and 12-35 f/2.8 Lens #lumixloungegh3

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    • And I have a Tamron 28-75 that I love and have heard wonderful things about the 60 macro and the 90 macro. I think that they make excellent lenses but have an issue with quality control, letting a few more bad copies slip through than you would find with Canon or Nikon.

  1. Hi, toby,

    very nice review. I have a question about the 15-85 vs18-135 STM. I am trying to upgrade the 18-55mm kit lens on my t2i. I mainly use this lens for landscapes and other general purposes. I like the 18-135mm on the long side, and also heard that the 3mm on the wide side makes a big difference for the 15-85mm. Plus, I assume the IQ is better with the 15-85mm. So what will be your suggestions?

    Thanks in advance~


    • Hi Cheng,

      15-85 is a bit sharper and yes that 15mm does seem a good bit wider than just 3mm from 18mm. Between the two I would probably only pick the 18-135 if I was shooting video unless you had a tight budget and for landscapes you are often shooting at f/5.6 and higher where both of these lenses give very similar results.

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