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Review - Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD
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Review - Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD
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Re: Review - Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2016, 09:06:04 AM »
Absolutely love Dustin's reviews and this one was no exception!  Well done, Dustin!  You've managed to make me take one eye off the 85/1.2L II...
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Re: Review - Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2016, 09:13:20 AM »
Absolutely love Dustin's reviews and this one was no exception!

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Thank you for this great review.  Well done, Dustin.

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Re: Review - Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2016, 09:33:38 AM »
Thanks for the nice feedback, everyone.  There have been a few scattered reports of issues with the lens (some say the VC really messes with the image quality), but it can be hard to separate fact from user error.  I couldn't really recreate that issue...and you can always turn the VC off.

I liked the lens well enough that I arranged to purchase the copy I reviewed.
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Re: Review - Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2016, 09:36:22 AM »
Nice lens!

Is it the best 85mm lens for a FF DSLR?

"Best" is a pretty challenging term when the Otus/Milvus 85mm lenses exist.  I would say that is represents the current best combination of optical superiority with overall functionality, though.  It works well and takes stunningly good pictures...while still being moderately sized and priced.  That's pretty fantastic.  One chart tester has reported that the corner performance actually slightly exceeds the center performance wide open - I've never heard of such a thing before.  Having such an even resolution is really, really nice in real world shooting, though.
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Re: Review - Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2016, 10:00:18 AM »
Nice lens and review!

Any idea how well the AF works with Canon's DPAF sensors in video mode?

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« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2016, 10:05:51 AM »
Dustin...love your usual dark-edge product shots...the ones here with the water splashes are just great..especially the teaser shot in CR forum.  GReat stuff.  Looks like a very good offering. Although, I love my 20mm f/1.4, 35mm f/1.4 and my 50mm f.1.4 Art lenses I will be passing on this one from Sigma ...I have a great copy of the Canon 85mm f/1.2L II...and although it is like a grenade and focuses slowly...I find it so magical at times that I can't give it up!!!!!  :-X
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Re: Review - Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2016, 10:05:51 AM »

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Re: Review - Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2016, 10:07:21 AM »
Nice lens and review!

Any idea how well the AF works with Canon's DPAF sensors in video mode?

It works fine in terms of focus speed and overall functionality, but not as quiet or smooth as STM.  Not as loud as some USM lenses, but Tamron's USD is more like USM than STM, obviously.

I'll be trying the lens on a Steadicam with the VC engaged to see if that allows for very smooth video.  I have high hopes as the VC works very well for stability on the lens.
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Re: Review - Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2016, 10:26:01 AM »
Hey Dustin.  Like always, a very nice review!  I purchased this lens over a week ago and I have the same experience as you do with this lens.  I find that with VC turned off, the autofocus seems to be as fast as the Canon 85 1.8 however, with it turned on, it sometimes hesitate to focus, but is still fast.  I love this lens though!  I'd say it is the best bang-for-buck 85mm out there with Weather Sealing, Fast Focus, 6 Year Warranty, VC, Very Sharp, No Purple Fringing, Great Build Quality, etc!  A fantastic upgrade from the Canon 85mm 1.8.

By the way, has Tamron confirmed a release-date for the TAP-In Console?
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Re: Review - Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD
« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2016, 10:39:02 AM »
Hey Dustin.  Like always, a very nice review!  I purchased this lens over a week ago and I have the same experience as you do with this lens.  I find that with VC turned off, the autofocus seems to be as fast as the Canon 85 1.8 however, with it turned on, it sometimes hesitate to focus, but is still fast.  I love this lens though!  I'd say it is the best bang-for-buck 85mm out there with Weather Sealing, Fast Focus, 6 Year Warranty, VC, Very Sharp, No Purple Fringing, Great Build Quality, etc!  A fantastic upgrade from the Canon 85mm 1.8.

By the way, has Tamron confirmed a release-date for the TAP-In Console?

I was told two weeks ago that Tamron USA expected them by mid-May, so I'm expecting word this week.  Interesting that you've noted the same thing about the AF (so not copy specific).  I actually wonder if it is a purposeful thing to allow VC to fully engage before capture.
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Re: Review - Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD
« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2016, 10:51:29 AM »
Hey Dustin.  Like always, a very nice review!  I purchased this lens over a week ago and I have the same experience as you do with this lens.  I find that with VC turned off, the autofocus seems to be as fast as the Canon 85 1.8 however, with it turned on, it sometimes hesitate to focus, but is still fast.  I love this lens though!  I'd say it is the best bang-for-buck 85mm out there with Weather Sealing, Fast Focus, 6 Year Warranty, VC, Very Sharp, No Purple Fringing, Great Build Quality, etc!  A fantastic upgrade from the Canon 85mm 1.8.

By the way, has Tamron confirmed a release-date for the TAP-In Console?

I was told two weeks ago that Tamron USA expected them by mid-May, so I'm expecting word this week.  Interesting that you've noted the same thing about the AF (so not copy specific).  I actually wonder if it is a purposeful thing to allow VC to fully engage before capture.

Yeah.  Just like you, I would recommend turning the VC off if you are shooting in good and bright light to get the best image quality and fastest focus however, when VC is needed, I don't think the hesitation would be a BIG issue and the image will still be sharp enough for me.  I'll have to shoot in a dark venue to test it though.  Hopefully, the TAP-in console will resolve the hesitation however, this lens will stay with me for years to come!  ;D
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Re: Review - Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD
« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2016, 11:31:11 AM »
A couple of days ago my wife and daughter were taking a "selfie" (usie?) before going out.  I had been out shooting and grabbed a quick shot of them taking their shot.  I added a little flare in post for style, but I wanted to share the image and above all the crop to show the detail at f/1.8 on the shot.

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Re: Review - Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD
« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2016, 11:59:22 AM »
Hey Dustin.  Like always, a very nice review!  I purchased this lens over a week ago and I have the same experience as you do with this lens.  I find that with VC turned off, the autofocus seems to be as fast as the Canon 85 1.8 however, with it turned on, it sometimes hesitate to focus, but is still fast.  I love this lens though!  I'd say it is the best bang-for-buck 85mm out there with Weather Sealing, Fast Focus, 6 Year Warranty, VC, Very Sharp, No Purple Fringing, Great Build Quality, etc!  A fantastic upgrade from the Canon 85mm 1.8.

By the way, has Tamron confirmed a release-date for the TAP-In Console?

I agree, it is the current best bang-for-buck 85mm.  I'm very happy with it overall.  My 2nd best bang-for-buck 85mm is the Canon 85/1.8, but the Tamron has VC which makes it even more useful for me.  I haven't noticed any problem with the VC; it just works as far as I can tell.  The Tamron is a bit large for an 85/1.8 but that's the only "bad" thing about it.

The very best 85mm is probably the Zeiss Otus, but at a price so much higher, and without autofocus.
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Re: Review - Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD
« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2016, 11:59:22 AM »

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Re: Review - Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD
« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2016, 01:46:04 PM »
So, as far as AF speed is concerned Canon 85/1.8 is still in a class of its own?

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Re: Review - Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD
« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2016, 01:52:54 PM »
Nice lens and review!

Any idea how well the AF works with Canon's DPAF sensors in video mode?

It works fine in terms of focus speed and overall functionality, but not as quiet or smooth as STM.  Not as loud as some USM lenses, but Tamron's USD is more like USM than STM, obviously.

I'll be trying the lens on a Steadicam with the VC engaged to see if that allows for very smooth video.  I have high hopes as the VC works very well for stability on the lens.

Thanks Dustin! I am particularly interested in how it performs for focus racking, and whether it achieves the new focus point smoothly and without hunting on the newest cameras like the 80D and the C300. I am really hoping for a C100 mkIII soon with a full sensor DPAF and touchscreen, and a 5DIV with same. Good reliable focus racking via touchscreen would be such a blessing.

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« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2016, 01:52:54 PM »