10 out of 10 points and recommendedVery sharp and contrastyExpensive, but there's no free lunch. Worth every cent.
This lens rocks. Period.reviewed October 28th, 2010 (purchased for $1,690)
Because I know that the reviewer is strongly Canon biased I suggest SLRGear to reconsider their staff for reviewing.
There is a high risk to lost their credibility.
[Editor: It has no bearing on our review comments, but for the record I actually happen to be a Nikon shooter, and am very happy with my equipment.]
9 out of 10 points and recommendedsharp already wide open and at all focal lenghts, very good VRcolor rendition on the cooler side
I had the Nikon AFS 70-300 VR for abt. 2 years. Since I got the Tamron lens I sold the Nikon lens because the Tamron is overall a tiny little bit better (especially at the 200...300mm range) than the Nikkor.reviewed December 22nd, 2010
This is my first non-Nikon lens (I own 19 Nikon lenses) and I'm quite happy with it.
6 out of 10 points and not recommendedgood AF , very sharp at f4 and up in the center, almost complete lack of CA.poor build quality for the price , soft until f2.8 , very soft at f1.4, never gets tack-sharp
it is a plain overpriced lens.reviewed October 10th, 2012 (purchased for $1,200)
only pros I found are : its fast and accurate AF and its good flare performance.
I returned this one and I decided to use my Samyang 35f1.4 instead.
if it is not sharp below f2.8 , what is the point of having this super expensive prime or choosing it over the very very sharp almost flawless 70-200f4.0?
for me it is an useless prime, period.
I compared this lens to my Nikon 35f1.4G and Minolta 35f1.4 and both of these 2 outperformed my Canon 35f1.4.
I think this was the worst released Canon.
4 out of 10 points and recommendedsufficient AF and built qualitypoor IQ wide open to f/4.0, very soft from 1.2 to 2.8, never gets tack-sharp
Compared to the Nikon AF-S 85/1.4 this lens is rather soft and not as contrasty.reviewed April 3rd, 2012
From f/4.0 on this lens will satisfy my needs but gets never tack-sharp. Rather disappointing for this high price.
I tested this lens against the older Canon 85/1.2 and the Nikon AFS 85/1.4.
10 out of 10 points and recommendedSharp (!) and low weightAF is on the slower side
No VR and no weathersealing but very high optical performance at a price you can't withstand.reviewed November 20th, 2013 (purchased for $497)
Tested with a D700, D5100 and D600.