If you could find a quality alternative to high-end lenses that pack a high-end price, would you take the cheaper option? Tamron is set to announce its new 17-35mm wide-angle lens for full-frame cameras, and it looks very promising.
Over night, Canon Rumors released news of a new Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di OSD lens for full-frame cameras. When I saw the headline, I must admit I had very conflicted feelings. Why? Because I'm a very happy and content owner of Canon's fantastic 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens and have no complaints whatsoever. It's been a Trojan and done a lot of good work for me. However, it did cost close to $1,000. For my type of work, I didn't really need to go wider so I didn't opt for the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L IS USM lens, and was happy to keep that $800 or so in my pocket.
But now we get news of Tamron soon releasing a 17-35mm f/2.8-4 lens that looks significantly smaller, significantly lighter, and, most importantly, significantly cheaper. Now cheap doesn't always mean good, far from it in fact. But in my experience, I love the Tamrons that I have, particularly the Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 which is a fantastic walkaround travel lens, and the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3, which is wonderful for sports photography.
As it hasn't been announced or released yet, there are no reviews to look at, but I have no reason to believe it won't produce very good, if not outstanding images. So if you're looking to get a wide-angle lens for full-frame cameras (it will be available for Canon and Nikon mounts), you might want to hold off for a few months until this one hits the market.