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Tamron, Sigma & Canon 70-200 f/2.8 Portrait Lens Review: Do you need the name brand?

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  1. I had to go with the Tamron, with it just being compared to all the other lens and holding its own with the price and something most don't talk about is the 10-year warranty now from Tamron when you register your lens has to say a lot for the company to back their product this way. I do own both Canon and Tamron lens and really like them both but, I really like the extra warranty from Tamron. I just found this out when I registered my new lens. http://www.tamron.ca/warranty/#warranty jmo

  2. Can you guys to a video on the other holy trinity lenses, and how they compare to the off brand options? I'm currently wondering what the best option is for the 16-35mm f/2.8.

  3. Tony and Chelsea – Thanks for a great comparison review. I'm trying to figure out the Canon colors….
    – at 4:03, the bottom images seem soft and Chelsea's hair is lighter in both.
    – @ 4:34, your Canon 200mm shot is similar to the other bottom two colorwise.
    – @ 5:02, the Tamaron shot has darker hair… but the same photo at 5:04, her hair lightened up….
    Maybe it was due to the video editing software that you used…. I suspect that is the problem. Or maybe it's just me.
    – This is my dilemma: I love the Canon colors in a picture. I was using a small Sigma zoom 28-70 f/2.8-4.. which provided good sharp pictures… but to me, the colors were looking a bit sterile / cleaned…  I recently purchased a Canon 28mm f/1.8 and Wow.. the colors are pretty much night and day.
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    I may have to go for the Canon… just to make sure that the pictures taken will have those famous Canon colors.

  4. I DONT UNDERSTAND THE BIG USS ABOUT BACKGROUND BLUR FOR PORTRAIT PICS. WHY NOT TO TAKE IT IN A STUDIO OR INDOORS AGAINST A WALL WHERE NO BLUR IS NEEDED. ? WHY TO TAKE IT OUTSIDE AND THEN BOTHER FOR BACKGROUND BLUR ? THIS CAN SAVE HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS. IS BACKGROUND BLUR WORTH SO MUCH MONEY ?

  5. Very happy with my "tank." However, being a sick, old lazy photographer, today I mostly use a cheap (but good) Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 STM with an old Olympus IS/L H.Q Converter A-200 1.5X. It's light, and the results are great. I recommend this combination to portrait photographers, who like to travel light.

  6. One thing to point out regarding the chromatic aberration comparisons, is that the variation in quality control between lenses could be a factor. Though is it nice to see that the cheaper brands can produce very nice shots.
    However, I was surprised to see that you don’t actually get a full 200mm zoom from both the Sigma and the Tamron.

  7. You need to update this to 2019 There have seen huge updates and changes. The new Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS III absolutely blows all previous and currently available lenses and it's cheaper by as much as $600. Update this video I owned Sigma and Canon Traded these and got the new Canon III version there is an immediate difference! CANON has eliminated ghosting and chromatic aberrations. I got the new Canon first and set up my own tests. Once verified I sold the Adorama Cameras and ended up pocketing the cash. They give you the best prices for your used gear.

  8. Thank you Tony, Now I actually understand what a quality picture actually means, as well as understanding my new (used cannon 400d with kit lense and a Sigma zoom lens 70-210mm with PK-EOS.. great info even if it doesnt match exactly what i have It helped me massively

  9. Excellent, objective evaluation. I used my sister's Tamron 70-200 f2.8 this past weekend and could barely hear the autofocus. In fact, on a few occasions, I needed to check to see if I had inadvertently switched to manual focus. Not sure why TN says it's loud. Unless…Tamron's technology has changed over the last five years and has gotten quieter

  10. I hear you say: "Buy the cheaper one, coz when you drop it on the floor then it hurt less in your wallet !"
    I don´t believe it cost that much to make those lenses in the first place, so why not see who can build the
    best and cheapest and still have a name that people like to buy next time too ?

  11. While we notice most of the problems that come from each lens, I think the average Joe wouldn't be able to tell the difference between which one has better bokeh or more destortion. Correct me if I'm wrong but that's just my thoughts.

  12. I know I am very late in asking questions, but does the age of the lenses matters? In the sense of wear and tear in the gears, rotary bush or any mechanical constructions.. would the expensive lenses last longer than the cheaper one..?

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