Lens Comparison – Head to Head: Tamron 15-30 f/2.8 VC vs. Canon 16-35 f/4L IS

After taking a long brake, our colleague  photographer Matthew Gore (from lightandmatter) returns and takes a look at two popular wide angle zoom lenses – the Canon 16-35 f/4L IS and the Tamron 15-30 f/2.8 VC.

This is not the first time that we are looking at the Tamron 15-30 f/2.8 VC. After the lens was announced about two years ago photographer Matt Granger did a comparison between it and the well respected Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED and was very surprised by the quality of the far less expensive Tamron.

This isn’t the first time that we are taking a look at the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM either, over a year ago photographer Darren Miles also reviewed the lens and found it to be very attractive offer.


Two two lenses are priced pretty closely to each other with the faster Tamron costing around $1200 and the stabilized but slower Canon selling for around $1000.

You can find many more previews and reviews on our Photography review section here on LensVid. We also encourage you to take a look at Matthew Gore’s other videos and we are waiting eagerly for his next one.

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