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

Review Date: Jun 25, 2019 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,000.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: Good IQ, nice price, VC
build quality, average AF, not that cheap, not that good VC

So I have it for about 3 years and I use it on every day, and it does the job.
IQ is good, no dramatic CA, not bad flare, good resolution and it has a good price/ value rating.
But the AF is only average- sometimes misses the point quite bad, the building is not great not terrible- no full wethearsealing, the VC got about 1-2 steps adventage, not a cheap lens- except if you buy it used. Than its very good business.

Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC

Review Date: Apr 2, 2019 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $260.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Cheap, f 2.8, nice IQ, great focal lenght
That moustache distortion, easy to scratch the front element- also its a dust magnet

So its your lens if you want a fast prime for almost everything- except interiors or if you want to get straight lines.
Sharp at 2.8, the vignetting is significant till f8- but for this price i dont think it should be a problem.
You can get used to the manual focusing- i use it on events: after some time you will learn where to roll that ring to get the focus on the subject- its very forgiving.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Review Date: Apr 2, 2019 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: 1.4, relatively cheap, lightweight, nice IQ, good performance for the price
Quite bad CA, inconsitent AF, not tack sharp on 1.4

So I use it for about 3 years on two 6D mk1. I like it very much because of the focal lenght-dof-iq combination but it has some issues. The most important to me is the quite bad chromatic abberation in the out of focus areas. Literally i can scream when i have a nice pic' and a fokkin great purple fringe is destroys it. And after a some postwork its getting worse- and sometimes it cannot be removed- no not in LR. You can defringe it but a fokkin grey line still be there- i dont know how many pixel large, but you can see it well on a 1920*1280 image, too well.
The AF is get the subject in 10/7, but thats not that great performance to me.
The sharpness is about average in its class- on wide open its soft, but most of the time its not a really big problem.
Despite of its cons i like it- its a nice and cheap prime lens.

Nikon 50mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor

Review Date: Jul 5, 2017 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Solid build quality, sharp enough when opened, good af and iq
Vignetting, price

Thats a good lens- maybe not the best in the market but good enough for its price. Its fast and has a good iq- vignetting somewhat but not that bad.
Maybe you will find some CA but nothing terrible.

Nikon 50mm f/1.8 AF Nikkor

Review Date: Jul 5, 2017 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Cheap, good iq when stopped down
AF inconstancy, lack of sharpness when opened

I can still remember the sound of the AF while its hunting the subject- i listened it much. Under f/2.2 it was sharp as plastic bag covered with snot but at 2.2 and above it was quite good.

Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II DX AF-S

Review Date: Jul 5, 2017 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $50.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: Cheap, lightweighted, good IQ
not so much for its price

Liked that thing very much because it did the job. Not that very sharp but it was quite good.

Nikon D50

Review Date: Jul 5, 2017 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Cheap, small, well designed, relatively good IQ
Not that good AF

Back in the days it was my first DSLR- I really loved that machine: it was cheap, it was good and I learned so much from using it.

Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD SP

Review Date: Oct 3, 2016 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Pretty fast and accurate AF, good built quality, very nice iq, damn good stabilization, not that pricey,
Built quality not as good as Canon 70-200/2.8 also the AF slower (not significantly), zoom ring and mf ring reversed, hard to use with reversed hood

I have choosen the Tamron 70-200/2.8 VC because at my workplace we use the same and I was impressed by its performance and durability. We use it as workhorse and its still working- but the zoom rings rubber got expanded so its not wheater sealed for now and not very sexy.
The AF is fast- about as my 24-105 L- but its not that fast as Canon's flagship altough its accurate (keeper rate 10/8,5). I dont have any reason to complain about it.
The image quality is satisfy any expectations- in real life no-one could separate from any other 70-200 (Canon or Nikon) theres no much difference.
The VC is top notch: I can go down to 1/40 at 200mm on APS-H (~260mm) any time, but the results are still acceptable at 1/20-30. Maybe not the best for videographers cause the VC starting hard and harsh but then its very smooth.
The most disturbing thing is that I must detach the hood to zoom- it could be annoying cause every f time if I put the gear to the bag I have to unscrew the hood and reverse it otherwise it wont fit the bag and when I want to use again I have to detach it again- just because the hood covers the zoom ring what its in the far edge of the glass- not like the Canon.