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Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom AF

Review Date: Mar 3, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $319.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Excellent price / image quality / construction. Image quality is very close if not as good as my 24-70 f2.8 L canon. Very small and light weight compared to canon 24-70 L. Performance on 20D is excellent even wide open.
Rotating focus ring, minor issue but could be improved. USM motor would be an improvement but still not a big issue.

I've been shooting profesionally for fourty one years and have always bought the best equipment available. I always looked down my nose at independent brands of lenses and have never owned one before. I have seventeen canon lenses that I use with my 1D and 1DsII and was putting together a lighter kit of lenses to go with a 20D attempting to keep weight and size down. I purchased a 28-135 canon lens and have been very disapointed with it. It just isn't sharp at any aperature. So, I was looking for a small light weight substitute for the 28-135 when my dealer suggested the Tamron 28-75. I was reluctant to even test it but finally dit along with the canon 24-85mm. I shot side by side the canon 28-135, canon 24-85 and the Tamron 27-85. When I got back to my studio and revied my raw files I was absolutely floored at the image quality of the Tamron. The canon 24-85 was slightly better than my 28-135 but the Tamron was far superior to the other two. It was even better wide open than either of the canons at their best aperature, much better. I haven't tested it on the 1DsII yet but feel it will be a stellar performer on it aswell. On the 20D the Tamron compares favorably with my 24-70L canon and probably equals it in image quality. There's no question the L canon lenses are heavier built but light weight and high image quality is what I wanted and got. The lens does seem to be constructed very well and I would expect it to hold up under normal use with no problems for many years. Even if it does break Tamron has a six year warranty and even disregarding the warranty the lens is so cheap that purchasing a replacement is no big deal.

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II

Review Date: Feb 5, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Fantastic glass like images, very usable high ISO's, very fast write time to sandisk extreme III cards, hard to fill buffer even shooting raw, much improved ETTLII. Very reasonable price considering quality, reliability and what it replaced in film and processing.
None! I say none but I know the next generation will be even better. What could they do to improve near perfection?

In over fourty years as a commercial shooter I never thought the day would come that film would be replaced and the quality of digital would exceed 120 chrome. What's next? It's hard to imagine anything better but I'm certain canon will improve on near perfection.

Switching from nikon a couple of years ago was the second best business cecision that I have made. The best decision was going digital six years ago.

Hats off to Canon!