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I like the 24-70L original, but currently I'm more in favor of a newer vintage 24-105L IS.
The Sigma 35/1.4 gets glowing reports from 75% of owners. 25% have had problems or returned the lens.
I'm not a fan of aftermarket lenses, but if you really want one, I'd say the Sigma 35 is the one to get.
The Sigma 85, not so much.
A lens I would recommend, that's not on your list, and is an outstanding reason to come to Canon for street and portraiture -- the 50/1.2L. This lens and the 100L macro or 135/2L would be great for that sort...Show more →
Sigma 85 not so much? It's a really great lens, I see no logical reason not to recommend it. Canon's 50 f1.2 L on the other hand is a very, very bad joke for the price. Wide open it's barely usable with catastrophic vignetting and sharpness (wide open) comparable with soviet manual zooms from the 60s, until you stop it down to f2 it's pretty much a disaster. Add to this slowish AF, then look at the price and try to stop yourself from laughing. Canon's 85 f1.2 is optically great, no questions about it. Same goes with 100L macro and 135 f2. The thing is, Nikkor 135 f2 is also great and 100mm macro is equally awesome.
Once again, try to replace the camera. There is way too many urban legends floating around regarding D800 AF issue. The problem lays in misalignment of the AF module, no firmware update is gonna fix that. It has to be done manually by a professional who knows what to do, then it needs to be recalibrated. One of my friends bought a faulty D800 (the famous AF isse when one side of the pic was sharper), he sent it to service in Germany despite the fact he lives in France. They fixed it. 3 other mates that bought D800's had no issues whatsoever. Just to be clear, all of them bought their D800 right after it was available. I haven't heard of anyone who bought a new D800 from a new batch that would have any sort of AF issues.