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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 They all had dreams. They all had family. They died for us. Arlington National Cemetery is a heavy place, I can't help but think about all the pain and suffering when presented with row upon row of a headstone representing a fallen soldier and my mind boggles that this still happens today. On this little planet hurtling through an incomprehensible ginormous space - some people think it is ok to kill each other. :( p.s. You should google Cornelius H. Charlton - his story is interesting p.p.s My grandfather is buried in Arlington- my Mom's father was instrumental in designing and implementing early radar systems for the Navy in WW2. Captured with the #Sony #a7RII and #Canon #70200L at 200mm and f/3.2
 #mondaymorningshare - I want to see your failed experiments or favorite photos from the last week. GO TO http://photorec.tv/fb to share your fav image from the past week. Here's my #failedexperiment The US Capitol at Sunset. File this under because I could - a 2 minute exposure with the use of a NISI Filters 10-stop ND. I hoped I would get some interesting wispy movement in the clouds but nothing developed. Next I tried a 6 minute exposure (swipe to see it) and while there may be a little more movement in the clouds it certainly wasn't anything to get excited about. And while I often recommend very carefully shooting building and monuments as symmetrically as possible, I purposefully shot from right of center to avoid losing Ulysses S. Grant statue in the front of the capitol. *  Sony #A7RII and #Canon 2470mm with #NiSiFilters #10StopND
 I love traveling with other photographers on #mckaylive trips. Kari, a trip participant, noticed this line of trees and shared her perspective with me. I had glanced at them but hadn't noticed how nicely they lined up when standing at a certain spot #teacherbecomesthestudent :) We had a great day leaving behind the cherry blossom crowds for a much quieter walk around #HarpersFerryWV. And a visit to #BolivarHeights a much fought over hilltop during the civil war and the site of the largest surrender of Union troops - over 12,000 men surrendered to Stonewall Jackson. *  Captured with the #Panasonic #GH4 and #1235mm lens

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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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