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It is very real world for those of us taking photos of people moving and dancing and jumping around. I would go so far as to say that ISO100 at 1/4000 of a second is excellent shooting conditions compared the the heinous ISO6400-12800 barely hitting 1/100s stuff that is very much average for me. My 35L doesn't miss 4/10 shots on my 1D3 with a significantly older AF unit, and neither does my 85L wide open.
I will wait for other reviews but Bryan's thoughts have almost always mirrored my own when using equipment. I am happy that your usage case...Show more →
What did I say about people moving and dancing and jumping around? I mentioned books and stamps, which is as close as he could get to a scientific test on hit rate.
I've read Bryan's review again, and unless I'm missing something he states that he got great results using it in AI multipoint mode (his Daughter's sports) on two concurrent days, while the static tripod subject in One Shot center point was "iffy". And, that makes sense to some degree.
So it sounds like "grueling" is what it does well? Well, I guess not what you'd call grueling. But I don't ever recall seeing Bryan doing concert photography - he never really struck me as that type of guy. I guess it's his thoughts on using equipment that mirror your own, not the actual way he shoots. Makes sense to me. O_o
Anyway, Bryan's is the only review that mentions this problem, I think the only source that hasn't turned in a review yet is Photozone. That doesn't make lenstip, SLR Gear etc. right, or Bryan wrong. If I had to pick, I'd go with Bryan any day of the week. If I really had to pick, I'd go with me - but I don't own the lens.
Personally, I think I'm still going to wait a bit - I've noticed that all of these things magically start working a lot better after they've been out for a little while. Kind of like they get fine tuned and the manufacturer forgets to mention anything about it? It's also not out of the realm of possibility that Bryan's lens isn't 100%. Nobody ever mentions lens variation - which I've certainly experienced especially with Tamron. I had 2 that couldn't AF to save their lives, yet I get one that's just fine (after 4 other copies).
Anyway If concert photography is what's important to you, then I haven't seen anything that would indicate this lens is necessarily good - even the rave reviews. Then again, I can't think of any lens that gets reviewed in those conditions. Maybe you should start a blog?