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Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD SP

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Review Date: Jun 16, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $999.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Price, vr, build, range
Cons:
Copy variation

Had to return it, I couldn't get consistent focus results with my D4. Also, the VR acted strange using 3D autofocus giving a double blur image at times. Too bad, this lens has such potential but I don't have the patience to test 3-4 copies to find a good one.

CORRECTION!!
It was recently brought to my attention I gave this lens a negative review, and I did but I would like to redact my original evaluation. I LOVE this lens!! Apparently I had a stinker because my second copy a year later is unbelievable!! Redefining what third party means!


 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

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Review Date: Oct 8, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,200.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Razor sharp, crazy clean contrast
Cons:

Unbelievable. Get it. The best Canon lens I have ever used. I also own 24 TSE II, 50 1.2, 85 1.2. I could list negatives about those three lenses but not a single word about this one, I was beyond impressed when I received mine.

 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

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Review Date: Jun 13, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,600.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Bokeh, contrast, overall look of the pictures taken with this lens. Lightweight, general purpose, low light, all around lens.
Cons:
Not as sharp as my 85 1.2 II at 1.2, but pretty close.

I am on my second copy of this lens, because that is how much I like this focal length and the results this lens gives me. I park my 85 1.2 II in the bag and choose this lens 90% of the time. I just bought a newer UY version and sold my UW version, taking a gamble there would be an improvement after two years, and I am glad I did. Not that the UW was the worst, just that it was always lacking some sharpness. I tried two copies when I bought the UW and both were the same, but when I brought the UY home I couldn't believe my eyes, huge difference in sharpness. Also the UW was never a good match with my 1DsMKIII, with a microfocus adjust of -20, I never felt comfortable. The UY is zero adjustment, and the sharpness is a very noticeable improvement. People love or hate this lens, and my only recommendation would be go out and shoot your subject matter with it before you believe all the negativity surrounding this lens. Judge for yourself.