Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR, I am leaning toward returning it.

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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR, I am leaning toward returning it.
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Ok Folks, I have had the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Lens for several weeks and I am leaning towards returning to B&H. I tested this lens extensively for my needs and I have concluded the following. The lens is sharp in the 2.8 range but not at all focal range. It is heavy. It is large. It is long. VR works great. Compared to Tamron G2, IQ (Image Quality) is very similar in most part. Tamron G2 seems sharper more towards F8. Nikon has reduced the price for non VR version this week. The non VR version has thousands of 5 star reviews compared to VR version with only a couple of hundred reviews. Tamron G2 has mix reviews. Many people complain of soft images. Photography has been a long time hobby and I don’t depend on photography for a living. I do enjoy the best of quality in IQ but also a compact high quality 24-70 lens. Currently I have a Nikon D850.

Question to yall: Without considering cost of lens and keeping in mind pro armature experience, strictly a hobby 99 percent of time, …If you had a choice between Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G or Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 G2 which would you use and why? Which has the best IQ, let’s see sample images. Thank you in advance.

 Gilbert H's gear list:Gilbert H's gear list
Nikon D800 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Nikon 24-70mm F2.8E ED VR Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Nikon D850 Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 G2
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