I bit the bullet and went ahead bought a gray market Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 VC and 70-20mm f/2.8 VC for Canon (6d) from Hong Kong online shop (buybuybox.com). I took this risk because the difference in cost is almost huge, though I might not get a warranty, but my case I will be moving to another country, so the US warranty anyway is useless for me. Even if you have US warranty, Tamron looking for some opportunity to screw you up.
Check out the cost saving.
1) Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD For Canon (A007E) (Black) $798.00http://buybuybox.com/11646.html
2) Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Canon) (A009E) (Black) $980.00 http://buybuybox.com/photography/lenses/11652.html
With free shipping from Hong Kong.
For total of ~$1800.00, I’m damn happy that I made a right decision. Yes, it’s gray market lens, but so what? It works.
I didn’t trust the seller so I did my transaction through PayPal and I let the seller knows that I don’t have much faith that he can complete the deal. He replied immediately with great communication. Holy surprise! Within 1 ½ weeks, I got my shipment in my doorstep. Perfect pieces, tested and everything perfect.
I’m not affiliated with buybuybox.com anyway. I’m really excited and surprised the whole deal went through without any issue! That’s what I’m sharing my view.
I bought it on Jan 4th 2014 and received the shipment on Jan 14th .