Bought my first "L"! Compare to Tamron! w/ pics

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  1. Prophet

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    So, I went down to Roberts in Indy today. Went with my friend which is never good news. I went down with the intentions of buying the Tamron XS DiII 17-40 f2.8 Wide Angle. I had them bring out the Canon f4 17-40 L. I mounted both of them on the 40D. My friend took two pictures of me, trying to get them as close as possible. I looked at the pictures, even on the smallish LCD I could tell it was no contest. I told the guy there to put the Tamron back! Have a look. Just remember, this was Ap priority, nothing really staged, just ISO, point and shoot.


    Canon 17-40 f4 L on a 40D f/4 ISO800 1/50 40mm
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    Direct Link: http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/JonProphet/Digital Photog/me_in_store_L.jpg

    SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD f2.8 ISO400 1/80 17mm
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    Direct Link: http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y222/JonProphet/Digital Photog/me_in_store_Tam.jpg

    Just for grins, my 4 1/2 year old goes.... "Daddy take a picture of that!" and points up. Wow, glad he pointed it out!

    [​IMG]

    -JD-
     
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  2. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    You're kidding yourself. That Tamron shot is focused on the arm closest to the camera, not the face. But I'm sure it made the salesperson's day. :)
     
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    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Just to grab on ksmattfish's coat tails.... are true comparison would have had the camera mounted on a tripod with both lenses set to the same focal length, aperture, shutter speed, ISO and WB.

    Congrats all the same.
     
  4. Plus you're smiling in one of them, so there's that.

    Who cares - you got a great lens. Happy Hannukah!
     
  5. Prophet

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    I was merely pointing out the difference in sharpness of the photos. Truth be told, the Tamron shot is soft, period. My buddy loves to shoot with AI Focus instead of single shot focus. Sharpest things in the picture is my shoulder seam and the sox logo on my hat! Still..... they were quick shots both using the same 40D using "similar" settings. Looks to me like the Canon focused better and is sharper, regardless. These weren't the only shots we took to compare, these two were the only ones that were on the memory cards.

    While I agree, it should have been on a tripod, with f4 to f4 with the same shutter and ISO speed, you can still look at the difference in contrast, color and sharpness.

    We'll see as time progresses how well I do with it.

    -JD-
     
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    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    This is like those weight loss adverts where the person smiles in the supposed after picture. Its all mind games. I like the L glass just because you look happy :hug::
     
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    That's how I tested the two when I was looking at them back when I switched to digital from film. After comparing the two photos I walked away with the Tamron. It is still the only non-Canon lens in my bag. It has since been replaced with the 16-35 f2.8L and 24-70 f2.8L but it was just too good of lens to get rid of.

    Enjoy the 17-40. It is a nice piece of L glass.
     
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    My Tamron 17-50 2.8 is the second most used piece of glass I own. The first being my 70-200.

    The thing is a tack, AF is a little weird but I got used to it. It's my primary family portrait lens. Example here.
     
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    frXnz kafka TPF Noob!

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    They're both great lenses, don't let these guys make you regret your purchase.

    The Canon is built like a tank, and has the added benefit of working on a full-frame body if you ever upgrade.
     
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    Congrats on your purchase! Any new glass, specially quality glass, is a great investment and purchase.

    I hope it brings you many awesome photos (which in turn you share with us!)
     
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