Canon vs. Tamron 70-200mm Lens Review and Comparison

I have been very curious as to how of these two lenses stack up against each other. The Tamron is $1000 cheaper than the Canon version. Watch the review to see how much of a difference there is.

Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 VC

Pros:

  • $1000 cheaper than the canon ($1100 with the rebate available now)
  • Stands up well to the Canon in most areas
  • Smaller than the huge Canon version
  • VC is fantastic

Cons:

  • Focus ring is small and on the rear of the lens
  • Vignetting is worse than the canon

680103Canon 70-200mm F2.8 IS II

Pros:

  • Truly lovely focus and zoom rings
  • Slightly better build quality than the Tamron
  • Suffers less from vignetting

Cons:

  • Huge bulky lens
  • Expensive

Conclusion

I’ve been ask many many times which lens is best. And from what I’ve seen and experienced with these lenses I tell everyone the same thing; if you think you’ll be using a 70-200mm lens 70+% of the time get the Canon. If you think you’ll use this focal length less, get the Tamron. It is all about opportunity cost. Don’t waste that extra $1100 on a lens when you could have invested that in a second lens or other gear.