For the longest time, I though of Canon Glass as very expensive with lenses like the the 24-70 f2.8 L which is currently $2,299 at B&H and the 70-200 f2.8 for 2,499 at B&H. So looking around on Ebay, I found some very cheap lenses comparatively. So here are some alternatives I found to save you a few thousand dollars.
Canon L IS II USM Lens - $2,499 vs. Tamron - $559
Savings - $1940
Canon 24-70 f2.8 - 2,299 vs Canon 28-70 f2.8 - $642
Savings - $1657
Canon 17-55 f2.8 - $879 vs Tamron 17-50 f2.8 - $225
^ I'm doing a review of the Tamron Soon
Savings - $654
Buying used lenses or just older lenses doesn't alway mean a drop in quality but it always means a drop in price. And if your just getting started and want to build up a collection of some nice lenses... This seems like the way to go. It can even be a better value than buying vintage manual prime lenses. For a start, you could get the 17-50 Tamron for $225 which is about the same as the kit lenses brand new. Then you could expand to either the Tamron 70-200 (total of $784) or get a Tokina 11-16 f2.8 for $449 (total of $674). Both options are very cheap way to get solid glass from a wide area of focal lengths.
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