It was the best of times/It was the worst of times. We received an unexpected call a little while ago; our 85-300 was ready to ship–apparently the second one to hit North America… But when we received it we were too busy with other matters to test it out.

Arghhhhh!!!!!

Initial impressions:
1. Its very similar ergonomically and otherwise to its fantastic sister lens, the 19-90.
2. The focus barrel has the most buttery beautiful feel in the business.
3. Its sharp!
4. It breathes more than the 19-90
5. 300 in a handheld lens is REALLY NICE.

Its readily apparent that this is an excellent lens. We’ve got a nice assortment of zooms now and have decided to do a more extensive comparison test in the coming weeks of the following zooms sets: Cabrios vs Aluras vs Optimos. We’ll include some Ultra Prime comparisons (at T2.8) to see how things cut/compare. Glass has come a long way in the last few years!