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02-15-2014, 06:12 PM   #1
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SMC F 35-70 - star bursts at night possible?

I have a sudden interest in this oldie but good lens. Many forumers love the old SMC F 35-70. I am not here to dispute that. I just would like to know if this lens can produce nice starbursts like the DA15, DA21?

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Based on that I'd say you can get OK starbursts, but they don't seem as pronounced as they would be from the 15mm.

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02-15-2014, 06:34 PM   #3
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Thanks Adam. Very quick answer. Not as nice as the limiteds but for a lens costing a fraction, I don't think I can complain.

Thanks again.
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Always best to seek an odd # of aperture blades; my secret word is 'Quantaray', which are often down-labeled Sigmas with seven or nine blades. I'll go try my Qray 28-70 and see what I get... Yes, it works nicely with 14 points - but a few flare blobs, which modern lenses control better.

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Thanks Jim. After being pampered by the DA15 and DA21, it seems extremely difficult to get satisfied by other lenses
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