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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!)

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.

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!

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).

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

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:

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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!

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

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

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

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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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