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Tamron 85mm VC, X-Pro 2 Kit, Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS II (Deal Dash)

By Anthony Thurston on March 4th 2016

Welcome to our Deal Dash segment, where we scour the web for the best deals on camera, lenses, lighting, and other gear for photographers. There are always great deals to be found over on B&H and on Amazon as well.

Today we wanted to highlight three deals below:

Tamron 85mm f/1.8 VC Pricing Announced

Tamron SP 85mm F1.8 Di VC USD (model F016 Canon mount)

Back when Tamron announced their new 85mm and 90mm lenses, we were left wondering where the new 85mm f/1.8 VC would fall on the pricing spectrum. Well, that has now been revealed, and pre-orders are now available.

$749 is the price, and in my experience, many of you will fall into one of two camps. Camp A thinks this is overpriced when compared to the Canon/Nikon brand name 85mm f/1.8 lenses. Camp B thinks it’s a great deal due to the addition of VC, weather sealing, and the benefit of new modern optical design and coatings.

I am not sure where I fall on this quite yet. I will hold judgement until I have a chance to shoot with the lens, but I will say that I am definitely leaning towards Camp B, but that is just my personal opinion.

If you want to get one for yourself, you can pre-order them now over on B&H. The lens is expected to begin shipping towards the end of March.

X-Pro 2 ‘Essential Kit’ Savings


Fuji‘s new flagship X-Pro 2 started shipping this week (assuming reports are correct) and if you have been wanting to get your hands on one but don’t currently own any Fuji glass, then this essential kit is something you will want to look into.

The kit combines the new X-Pro 2 with the 35mm F/2, a killer ‘normal’ lens that pairs brilliantly with the new X-Pro 2. When you buy this kit, you save $100 as well, which, I’ll admit is not much when you are buying a $2000 kit, but it’s still $100 still in your account that wouldn’t be there otherwise.

If you are interested, you can find it over on B&H here.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II


Canon’s 70-200mm F/2.8L IS II is without a doubt one of the most well respected 70-200mm lenses out there; one that you will see on the sidelines of sports arenas and attached to the camera of portrait and wedding photographers everywhere.

These lenses are quality, reliable, and incredibly versatile. They also happen to be $150 cheaper for a limited time over at B&H, and if you are interested, I highly suggest jumping over there ASAP.

You can find the deal here.

This is our daily deals report where we will feature a deal, or deals, that we think you should know about. Feel free to let us know about any deals you run across by sending me an email (link in my profile) or leaving a comment below!

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. adam sanford

    And I own that 70-200. It’s the best example of paying more to get more I can offer you. That’s a *stellar* piece of kit from virtually any angle — optics, build quality, responsiveness, handling, etc.

    Canon has some overpriced stuff. Canon has some underwhelming stuff. That 70-200 is neither.

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  2. adam sanford

    Tamron must either blow the doors off of the non-L equivalent $500-ish Canon lens (and therefore argue for Sigma Art level prices) or it needs to match the non-L equivalent and be far cheaper than it.
    Based on how it stacked up to the 35mm f/2 IS USM — not markedly better at basically the same price — its value proposition was poor and I would not recommend it over the Canon as a result.
    But in *this* case, Canon’s only 85mm lens other than the pickle jar f/1.2L is the 85 f/1.8 USM, which is a 20 year old great sharpness-per-dollar lens that has a lot of older lens realities/limitations to it. Given the lack of a high quality non-L lens at 85mm at Canon + given the lack of a Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art, I thinkTamron will make a little money here.

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    • Kyle Stauffer

      I also agree. From the perspective of shooting Nikon and owning the 85 1.8g, I don’t consider the $270 difference beneficial for a third party lens when the only benefit in my opinion is VC and assumed better C.A. wide open. I guess we’ll see but my money goes to pickle jar 1.4’s (as Adam calls them) for that kind of dough.

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    • adam sanford

      There’s also a *negative* with Tamron and Sigma glass — the threat of odd AF inconsistency that you can’t correct with the USB docks they now both offer.
      If there are two identical optical designs — one made first party from Canon or Nikon and the other made by Sigma or Tamron — the Sigma, Tamron version is instantly worth 25% less to me. First party AF consistency (specifically on the wide-open end) is huge for my needs.

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    • Wendell Weithers

      Also, if you shoot a little bit of video, and you want to keep your number of lenses down, the VC makes it a bit more appealing.

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