PenGun wrote:They are the finest ever made, as a group, and easily trump the in house stuff from Canon and Nikon.
I can definitely agree on the whole- though I have to wonder that if Canon actually gets off their tails and pushes out a modern sensor (or hell, buys one from Sony), that they'll likely be giving the ole Germans a run for their optical money. Sadly, Nikon has been updating their lineup literally to catch up with Canon's ten and twenty year old optical formulas instead of aiming to soundly surpass them; the extra competition would surely be nice.
On another note- I'm in love with the 85L. Officially. As for the Tamron 24-70/2.8 VC I also rented, I can't say that I'm terribly impressed. It's optically sound for sure, but Tamron's bass-effing-ackwards ergonomics really get in the way. That's something that Canon just does right- increasing focal length should be counter-clockwise, where it brings your left elbow to your side for support, and the zoom ring should definitely be closer to the camera body. Now I'm holding out hope that Sigma revamps their pro zoom lineup (beyond the stellar 120-300/2.8, 18-35/1.8 and 50-150/2.. I'm willing to bet that they can get closer to the 24-70/2.8L II and have functional handling to boot.