I just upgraded from a t2i to a 5D Mark III with the 24-105 Kit Lens. On my t2i I have been using the EF-S 15-85, as my main walk around lens. I've been very happy with it, it has good IQ and very good 4 stop IS. It's also a solidly built lens, a vast improvement over the 18-55 kit than comes with the Rebels. Since getting the 5D Mark III I've been doing a bunch of lens comparison tests, including putting the 24-105 on the t2i and comparing the same scenes with both it and the 15-85 set to the same focal length and aperture (tripod mount, self timer etc). I don't see much if any differences. At the longer focal lengths, if anything the 15-85 is a smidgen sharper at the edges. At the widest focal lengths the 24-105 might edge out the 15-85 on the margins, but overall it's a wash. If you don't have any plans to upgrade to a FF in the future, might consider the 15-85 over the Tamron, as it will give you a wider focal length range in one lens. I think the list price of the 15-85 is about $350 to $400 less than the 24-105.