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03-10-2012, 02:18 AM - 1 Like   #1
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An optical family

So, after recently adding the lovely F 70-210 f/4-5.6 to my set of lenses, I felt like taking a break from the vise-grip of LBA and thought I'd share some views through my family of lenses.

This is perhaps a little quixotic, but I tend to name each piece of equipment I have. An expression of personal attachment, perhaps? But anyway, here's my optical family!



DA 21mm Limited. Named "Ether", for its light weight and clear pictures.








K 28 f/3.5. Named "Octarine", since blue-purple, green foliage, and golden yellows are among the colors this exquisite lens tends to enhance. A simply excellent lens.








A 50 f/1.7. Named "Ali Baba", as it's the cheapest of my lenses. Cheap only in the monetary sense though-- optically, it's a treat!









A 35-105 f/3.5. Named "Panzer", since it looks a bit cannon-like... with a seemingly armored build quality to boot!













F 70-210 f/4-5.6 (the version with SMC). Named "Sleeper Service". Newest acquisition.







Hope you folks enjoyed that. Happy photographing, and don't let LBA hit you (or rather, your pocketbook) too hard!



03-10-2012, 03:13 AM   #2
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Bonjour,

Thanks for sharing ... is there a "LBA Anonymous" group anywhere? I need to go for therapy ...

I have the A 50/1.7 which is great and would love to get hold of an A 35-105/3.5!

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QuoteOriginally posted by John Poitiers Quote
Bonjour,

Thanks for sharing ... is there a "LBA Anonymous" group anywhere? I need to go for therapy ...

I have the A 50/1.7 which is great and would love to get hold of an A 35-105/3.5!

Salut, J Frog


I could set one up, but the first step would be for those seeking treatment to turn their lenses in at the door to break the emotional attachment to their object of addiction.

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I used to have the A50/1.7 which was an awesome little lens (gave it to my wife when I got an M50/1.4) and I currently have the A 35-105/35, which is crazy sharp for a zoom. I'm hanging onto that one! It's in minty shape & I paid $60 for it at local camera shop.

The only other zoom I've used that is close to the 35-105 in terms of optical quality is the old Tamron SP 60-300mm f/3.8-5.4 (model 23A) A little prone to PF, but wow... is it sharp!

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I could set one up, but the first step would be for those seeking treatment to turn their lenses in at the door to break the emotional attachment to their object of addiction.

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... The only other zoom I've used that is close to the 35-105 in terms of optical quality is the old Tamron SP 60-300mm f/3.8-5.4 (model 23A) A little prone to PF, but wow... is it sharp!
Bonsoir Gibby,

I have a 23A and it's pretty darn good, especially with a PKA mount ... also have a SMC M 75-150 f4 which earns its nick-name, "a stack of primes". Still I would really like to get a reasonably priced 35-105 ... I really like the A feature. Is the 35-105 worth the extra investment compared to a 23A, in your opinion?

Salut, John le Frog

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Well John, if you can find an A35-105 for under $150, it's certainly worth it! The color rendering alone will captivate you. It's quite unique among zooms, in that it has spades of character.

Actually, I sometimes wonder if I like it more than my F 70-210... the F lens is slightly better-corrected and more consistent in its performance, but it has that very "technically perfect and neutral" look that is more like modern computer-designed lenses-- less personality compared to the A35-105.

That said, however, hunting for an A35-105 takes patience these days. Not sure if it's because the lens has always been well-known for optical excellence, but prices have tended to stay high (I've seen some go for more than $300!). To find a good, cheap copy, waiting is a necessary strategy.

As for the A 50/1.7, agreed that it's an awesome lens!
Here's another picture with it (a food snapshot, because food snapshots are de rigueur for Malaysians like myself )

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