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Great review Dustin.

Looks like a winner.  I already have one of the big primes, but I will be adding this as  I find a zoom useful in some situations.

I too like a mix of zooms and primes for different applications.  I've never owned one of the big primes, but I have no doubt that shooting one would a great pleasure.

Great review!

Your reviews have always been good, but this is the best one yet! Congratulations on a job well done!

I had to put a lot of time into this one, both because I believe it was important, but also because there wasn't other reviews out there to help build my knowledge base or fill in details.  Looks like I should have also put some extra work into my server :)

Cracking review!  However, from my perspetive, I'm still interested in focussing on BIF when at 600mm.  I'm not a birder, but if it is good for BIF, it'll be good for cheetah and other big cats running. 

Just need someone to review that and if it's as good as the rest of Dustin's review, I might well get one.  :)

Unfortunately BIF is hard to do this time of year where I live in Canada.  There just aren't hardly any birds around!  There also isn't any open water right now that might attract waterfowl.  I'm afraid someone else will have to provide that kind of testing.

The site is back up and running.

I'm really sorry about the server issues.  I'm on hold right now with my host trying to resolve this.  I've not had this kind of crash before.

Reviews / Re: Canon 6D Review: 1+ Year Hands-On [video review]
« on: January 19, 2014, 01:29:39 PM »
Graham, just wanted to check in again to say that I just watched the whole video review.  Great stuff.  I don't agree on your degree of vehemence on the lack of usefulness of the Wi-fi (I have found quite a few very practical uses), but overall I agree with just about all of your other conclusions and appreciate the effort put into it.

Reviews / Re: Review: Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro VC USD
« on: January 19, 2014, 01:03:24 PM »
Ok, I put my Tamron 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro up for sale today....

Keep me posted on how you like the new one.

Reviews / Re: Review: Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 VC USD
« on: January 19, 2014, 01:02:49 PM »
do not waste your money on this crappy lens , it is a good lens optically but its mechanical quality is very bad.
it is cheap and there are many reasons for it.
my 24-70VC and 90 macro broke up into many pieces just after a few months of light use.
and , I sold them and decided never get Tamron, Samyong and Tokina.
I think Sigmas primes are fine but Sigma zooms are also as fragile as Tamrons'.

With all due respect, do you have any supporting evidence to this claim?  "Broke up into many pieces" seems unlikely.  I have used the 24-70 VC for close to ten thousand frames in countries around the world in all kinds of weather conditions without any issue.

Reviews / Re: Review: Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro VC USD
« on: January 19, 2014, 08:50:03 AM »
Great review and wonderful set of images Dustin.  I wouldn't expect anything less from you :)

That's very nice.  Thanks!

Reviews / Re: Canon 6D Review: 1+ Year Hands-On [video review]
« on: January 19, 2014, 08:49:35 AM »
Beautiful photos and nice work, Graham.  I'm not quite sure how many actuations I have on my primary 6D, but I am really glad to hear your experience of putting so many actuations on your shutter without failure.

I would love to see something even like the new 70D's AF system in the 6D (MKII), but keeping the great sensitivity on the center point.

OK, back to sample images made with Sony a7 ... this one is made from a moving car at 28mm, f/4, ISO 3200, 1/160 sec.

That's more like it!  Beautiful image.

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: January 18, 2014, 03:23:13 PM »

Roman Mail by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Tamron 24-70 VC  I love listening to people on this forum bash this lens while I take it around the world and make photos like this with it :)

Reviews / Re: Review: Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro VC USD
« on: January 18, 2014, 03:21:53 PM »
Do you think it's a worthwhile upgrade for those who have the 'old' non-VC version??

I definitely do, particularly since you get not only a slightly sharper macro lens, but also because you get a much more effective modern medium telephoto with a great stabilizer.  The new lens does a lot of things really well and doubles as a great general purpose lens.  I think its worth the upgrade, particularly if you can get a decent price on the used market for your old one.

Thanks, I may consider putting this lens in my upgrade path. I really like that the new version is non-extending. FWIW the image quality from the old macro is fabulous, not so much the looks of the thing...  ::) ;D

I haven't used the old version myself, but your report confirms what pretty much everyone has said.  I'm surprised the new lens hasn't had more buzz, but that may be because it was overpriced (particularly in Europe) on introduction.  It is a very worthy lens, though, and a great choice now that the price is reasonable.

Because I hadn't used my 90mm macro for a while, and because I wanted to reconfirm the focal length and working distance on a full frame body (I'm selling my 7D), I took the lens to the zoo. 90 mm macro still works for me at least for butterflies, even on full frame but an image stabilizer would be very welcome.

I gave my 70-200+1.4 TC a go as well, but without a 1.6 crop factor the maximum magnification isn't quite sufficient for butterflies and such. That makes a good near focusing lens something I require more than before.

Hence, based on your review I'm strongly considering upgrading to the new version - for the convenience of the image stabilizer mostly. I'm sticking with Tamron for macro use, because as I mentioned before I don't do enough macro to justify an 'L' lens.

There's still nothing wrong with the image quality from the old lens, here's a few samples that I took today. Note that it was rather dark and the excellent high iso performance of the 5DMkIII is a real asset:

Those are some very nice photos!  Well done.

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: January 17, 2014, 02:12:34 PM »
A few shots from the recording studio.

I like the mixing console image the best...

I agree with Carl.  I haven't used the 24mm f/2.8 IS, but I have the 35mm f/2 IS and it is awesome.  These new little primes haven't got a lot of fanfare, but they are really exceptional lenses.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« on: January 17, 2014, 11:02:32 AM »
I've been following her work on 500px for some time.  She has an incredible gift!

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