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09-03-2012, 02:32 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by JinDesu Quote
I never had the 28-105/3.2-4.5, so I wasn't sure of the pricing. The review page lists it for almost twice the price though.
That's a good point - it may cost more, and we haven't really defined whether a "cost effective" lens should be <$50, or <$150, or what. Mine ended up being very cost effective, in my mind, because I got it with a *IST film camera (which I wanted, and it actually had some value) for only slightly more than the cost of the lens alone.

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Probably is.

It was my preferred city lens because of this size/weight and once stopped at F8 you can hardly tell any difference in IQ from primes with everyday scenes.

Currently I use a lot its bigger brother the F 35-105 F4~5.6. It's a bit slower and heavier, but I like the extra reach at the long end. Also the "macro" feature gives the same magnification but allows a longer working distance that is useful in many cases. It costs a bit more but I found an "Like new" copy in its original box for $56.

I am getting the F 35-135 F3.5~4.5 in a couple days and if it passes the test it will probably be the everyday lens.

For landscapes, where I need a wider view, the F 24-50 F4 is just stellar once stopped at F8.
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Im sure because of this thread the cost just doubled
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Im sure because of this thread the cost just doubled
I hope not. I still need to get the F 70-210 to complete the series

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Im sure because of this thread the cost just doubled
But you don't use zooms so you're just vicariously worried for others.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Docrwm Quote
But you don't use zooms so you're just vicariously worried for others.
This is true
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I have the F35-70, F35-105 and the F70-210.
The F35-70 is the one I use most, the F35-105 is too bulky compared to the small one. And the 70-210 is also a great bargain lens.

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The IQ on mine was awesome but something broke inside. It no longer works throughout the zoom range but the macro still works. I'll likely replace it at some point. The optics are superb but the build quality is not exactly up to par.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Docrwm Quote
Today the 35-70 runs $30-50 when you can find a nice copy
What separates the good copies from the not so nice ones? I picked one up some time ago, and I enjoy the focal length range and handling of the lens (and the macro/closeup feature) but too many of my images seem either washed out or just not sharp.
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Shine a pen light through the lens and take a look. It there hazing or maybe a rainbow pattern?
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Shine a pen light through the lens and take a look. It there hazing or maybe a rainbow pattern?
Just looked at it pointing it towards bright sunlight and I don't see any of the issues you mentioned. Was this the main issue in what separated good from bad copies?
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Just looked at it pointing it towards bright sunlight and I don't see any of the issues you mentioned. Was this the main issue in what separated good from bad copies?
They are old lenses, many have been abused and damaged. They were made from 1987 to 1991, so finding one in good shape isn't a given.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Docrwm Quote
They are old lenses, many have been abused and damaged. They were made from 1987 to 1991, so finding one in good shape isn't a given.
I've seen good and bad copies refer to batches of lenses relating to production issues or changes to the coatings or optics with time, and I've seen it refer to finding an individual lens in good shape which could apply to any lens. I didn't know if any of the first category issues applied to this particular lens.
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I've seen good and bad copies refer to batches of lenses relating to production issues or changes to the coatings or optics with time, and I've seen it refer to finding an individual lens in good shape which could apply to any lens. I didn't know if any of the first category issues applied to this particular lens.
Not tomy knowledge. The only things I have seen mentioned refer to deterioration because of neglect, abuse, or just the passage of time.
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Just looked at it pointing it towards bright sunlight and I don't see any of the issues you mentioned. Was this the main issue in what separated good from bad copies?
Do you have sample shots? Did you use a hood?
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