By Darlene Hildebrandt

If you’re looking to upgrade from your kit lens the 24-70 f/2.8 lens is a common choice. It’s got a good range zoom and wide largest aperture of f/2.8 for the entire range. But which one to choose? Brand name or third party?

In this video Matthew Gore does a really comprehensive lens comparison between the brand name Canon brand name version, and the Tamron third party one. He takes a look at focusing and how much noise each produce, sharpness at different focal lengths and apertures and chromatic aberration.

There is a significant price difference, as he mentioned. Take a look at both:

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens – $1899 USD
Tamron SP 24-70mm Di VC USD – $1299 USD

Also available are:

A Nikon version – the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor – $1887 USD
A Sigma version which can be purchased for many different camera bodies (as can the Tamron) – $385 USD (make sure you read some reviews on this lens if you decide you want to go for this option)
Sony 24 -70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T Zoom Lens – $1998 USD

At $600 more (almost 50% higher) is it worth it to you? See which he recommends in the video and which he would purchase and why.

Do you own one of these lenses? Which one and why did you select it? Please share your thoughts in the comments on whether you feel the third party lenses measure up to brand name ones.

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