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09-16-2008, 07:53 PM   #46
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Here's my first impression of this lens as it finally arrived today. It's a really excellent lens for US$200. Though sharpness aren't as good as the Tamron 17-50mm f2.8, but the bokeh is better^^ Can't do a compare with the Tamron as it should be in Japan now for calibration, but I'll do a compare with marcusyoung's Sigma 18-50mm f2.8 & K20D when I'm free.^^

Here are some f2.8@60mm shots out of K10D JPEG.

No USM or color correction, just resized & framed


At 100% crop


No USM or color correction, just resized and framed, like the bokeh? A little under cos forgot to EV+1 on flash^^;


No USM or color correction, 50% cropped, resized and framed under warm light.


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After smart sharpen and a little color correction



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QuoteOriginally posted by zeek10d Quote
Here's my first impression of this lens as it finally arrived today. It's a really excellent lens for US$200. Though sharpness aren't as good as the Tamron 17-50mm f2.8, but the bokeh is better^^ Can't do a compare with the Tamron as it should be in Japan now for calibration, but I'll do a compare with marcusyoung's Sigma 18-50mm f2.8 & K20D when I'm free.^^
Thanks for posting! Some shots at 24mm would also be nice
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Thanks for posting! Some shots at 24mm would also be nice
IIRC, I took this at 24mm


24mm is soft at f2.8 and start getting good at f4. Which is ok, as wider end normally we use with narrow aperture^^
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I never seriously considered getting a Sigma, but this looks like the budget zoom of the century.

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Nevermind

I just saw this lens at Amazon via Cameta the other day for under $200... now that they ran out, it's at least $370 everywhere else? That price gap doesn't add up.
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I just saw this lens at Amazon via Cameta the other day for under $200... now that they ran out, it's at least $370 everywhere else? That price gap doesn't add up.
I'm still scrating my head over the $200 cost on this lens. That made absolutely no sense to me. $370 is more like it. It's an incredible lens, better than the 17-70 IMO. What the 17-70 has over this lens is range at both ends and slightly closer focusing. What the 24-60 lacks in range, it makes up in IQ.

Keep an eye on the Marketplace. One pops up there every so often...
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Yeah, I will keep an eye on the Marketplace here for one.

For my needs, the 24-60 offers the perfect zoom range coupled with nice speed. I really like the 18-55 kit lens, but it's not always fast enough.
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I ordered mine from Cameta a couple of months ago and can vouch for them. No trouble whatsoever. It's definitely NOT one of those sleazy gray-market NYC operations.

That having been said, I can't explain the price difference either.

If Cameta gets them back in at that price, I wouldn't hesitate to order from there.

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