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I've got one for review purposes right now, and I dislike it so much that I'm having a hard time doing the review.  So much green fringing, and I can't seem to get it to nail focus even after multiple AFMAs.

It may not help it that I am also reviewing the Zeiss APO Sonnar T 2/135mm ZE and it is pretty close to optical perfection (and should be for a manual only focus lens that costs nearly $2500!)

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seems to provide much smoother bokeh than my 70-200/2.8L v2!  But I knew it would.
Smoother than my Nikon 70-200/4 VR. too.

The bokeh is better.  The V2 still has it beat in AF speed (a bit) and works much better with extenders.  As a bare lens, however, the Tamron provides stunningly good value.

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From a visit to the aquarium, well duh...

Through 40cm thick glass at 1.4, not too shabby IQ.  :P




Not bad at all.  That's awesome!

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I LOVE my lens. I also am using a Tamron 1.4 TC SP and it works fantastic with little degradation in IQ. This lens at 280 f/4 is sweet. It has made me rethink my desire for an EF 300 f/4 IS.

That is a very nice shot.  I intend to test the lens with the extenders I have (both a Canon 1.4x II and a Kenko Pro300.  I've owned the Tamron 1.4x before, but sold it a few years back because I wasn't using it much.

Sorry to revive an old thread, but does the new Tamron 70-200 work with the Canon extender? I can't seem to find that answer anywhere.

Carl, it does work with the Canon extender.  I personally think that it does better with the Kenko Pro300, but it does work with the Canon extender (other than aperture doesn't properly report in the EXIF).

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DOF and sharpness is pretty amazing at 200mm f/2.8 - call this extreme subject isolation!

The Evestrough Cleaner by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: June 19, 2014, 12:28:18 PM »
In the process of reviewing the Zeiss APO Sonnar T 2/135mm ZE lens (a real treat!).  Here's one of my cat in the backyard:

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: June 18, 2014, 09:26:00 AM »
Always a joy to pull out and use.

Daisy Fresh by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Very interesting.  It will be interesting to compare the size and IQ against Canon's new 55-200.  I would expect the Canon to be optically superior, but if they are close...

That is a pretty compelling focal length, and I would be more inclined towards an all-in-one solution on the M than I would on a DSLR provided things remain compact.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: June 16, 2014, 07:23:42 PM »
Think Big :)

Very nice photo, and nicely framed.  Is this a King Charles Cavalier?  That's what we have, except ours is the tri-color

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Lenses / Re: EF-M 55-200 4.5-6.3 IS STM Coming Shortly
« on: June 16, 2014, 04:26:43 PM »
This is the lens that I've wanted for the system.  I often carry the 70-300L along with my Tamron 24-70 VC + 6D while traveling.  I also bring the M for the moments when I want to go out very light, typically with the 22mm.  Being able to leave the 70-300L home would be sweet; I use a tele sparingly for general travel, so as long as the image quality is pretty decent this should do the trick for me.

Somewhat surprised by the f/6.3 aperture; I've not known any Canon to have a maximum aperture smaller than f/5.6, although the practice is not unusual among 3rd parties.

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EOS-M / Re: EF-M 55-250mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens rumour
« on: June 16, 2014, 02:44:02 PM »
This is the lens that I really want for the M.  A small, compact tele for travel purposes with decent image quality.  I like to carry a 6D+24-70 and then M with 22mm.  This would be the perfect extra option.  Hope this one is true.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: June 13, 2014, 11:28:14 AM »
Hi Dustin.
Very nice shot, all three of you having fun!

Cheers Graham.


Chase the Light

Saw the beautiful light and got my wife to throw the ball so I could focus on tracking and placing our little "friend" where I wanted her!

Exactly.  Kind of hard to be the ball thrower and the photographer!

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Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: June 12, 2014, 08:01:08 PM »
Here's another mounted on a 6D.  I stopped down to f/2.5 as the DOF is pretty thin at minimum focus wide open.

Ground Level by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: June 12, 2014, 07:59:55 PM »
Here's another example - this one mounted on a crop (EOS M):

A New Heart by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: June 12, 2014, 07:47:34 PM »
I've owned the Sigma 35, 2 copies of the 35/2 IS, and 2 copies of the 35L.

I would take exception with this article stating the 35/2 IS is "sharper" than the 35L.  Wide open, yes.  But the 35L is much sharper @ F/2 especially in the center and vignettes much less.

As far as 'clinical" sharpness, yep, the Sigma has that, along with a brownish tint that makes up the character of the lens.  The 35L IMO just has the best bokeh, color, contrast and rendering.  If I took 100 shots with the 35L and the 35/2 IS, the latter might result in 100 really good photos, but the former might have 8-10 amazing shots.  The 35L is still the king of the 35's.

Sigma = sharpest
Canon 35/2 IS= light, IS, better AF accuracy than the Sigma, plenty sharp enough.
Canon 35L = best build, fastest and most accurate AF of the three, best color/contrast/bokeh.  Really sharp around F/2 and beyond, and F/1.4 is usable.


I have to disagree, my 35mm F2 IS walks all over the L lenses i have owned including the 50mm 1.2L it has brilliant bokeh and is sharp and contrasty to boot , it can also take an amazing close up ....

It may be that i have an extra good copy granted but it certainly is good. I would not swap it for a 35L

example shot : 5Dmk3 35mm F2 IS, F2 iso500







Wedding Photographer Durham Darlington Teesside Newcastle York


I agree regarding the bokeh from the 35 IS.  Great shot, by the way.  It is very useful as a pseudo macro in the field, particularly when you want to include a bit more environment.

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