The reason we love companies like Tamron and Sigma is because, while it would be nice to buy all Canon or Nikon lenses for our Canon or Nikon bodies, our eyes are often much bigger than our wallets.
On that note, Tamron’s new 24-70mm f/2.8 VR lens that Val told you about in early February is now available for pre-order on Adorama. If those specs sound familiar, that’s because Canon also made a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens available for pre-order recently, with only a few differences.
The first difference is that the Tamron lens offers image stabilization, while the Canon lens does not; the Tamron Lens is also a USD lens, while the Canon is not; and the remaining 1000 differences worth mentioning come with dollar signs attached:
Canon’s 24-70mm f/2.8L II lens will cost you $2,299.00, while the Tamron lens leaves $1,000.00 of that in your pocket.
Of course, the question of quality will inevitably come up, and it is possible that Canon’s lens is the superior one (even without any image stabilization). But the question you should be asking yourself is wether or not that potential difference in quality is worth a few really useful features and about one thousand dollars in spending money.