Overpriced?. I got a couple of Tamron fanbois mad last week by claiming tamron lens was overpriced for what it is, so please be careful next time LOL.
It's only over priced based on what else is available. I think Tamron has good features, but ehhh performance. As for the 85mm prime... the other options are Rokinon and Sigma. And the sigma is 3x as much and the rokinon probably doesn't have auto focus...
So he may not like the deal, but it doesn't mean it is a bad deal.
Having a great time and visiting family are mutually exclusive.