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10-28-2008, 01:57 PM   #16
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Hahaha It actually make all the picture more "dreamy"~

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Maybe we should have a new club, the 'left for dead lens club'.


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The "one that got away club".

hee hee.

Fingers crossed it can be salvaged ... if so ... that'd be awesome.
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The "one that got away club".

hee hee.

Fingers crossed it can be salvaged ... if so ... that'd be awesome.
Update - I pre-ordered before I knew it could possibly be salvaged, so I should
have a new one today - if 'dunkie' gets fixed and comes back certified/tested
100%, I may either return the new one or sell dunkie for a couple
hundred more than cleaning cost.

I thought it was dead for good, so if I can even just recoup some of the loss after
cleaning, I'm happy.

Perfectly calibrated/tested 70-200 for, say, $550 shipped, anyone?
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Bad man bad man!!

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Well, just called Tamron for an update on Dunkie - "not economically feasable to repair".



Didn't expect that, especially since it's fully functional, at least it seems so.

So, my replacement copy thta I ordered from Amazon, which doesn't AF beyond 2-3 shots, goes back for replacement, and Amazon should be shipping me a replacement to the replacement this week. I need to return the 'bad' replacement within 30 days.

Meantime, 'dunkie' should be here tomorrow, back from Tamron service, unserviced, but still usable.

Anyone want to make an offer for Dunkie?


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Got Dunkie back, only had time for some ISO 400-800 indoor handhelds.

200mm fairly close, f/2.8, some softness:



stepped closer, 130mm:



70mm f/3.5:



70mm, f/2.8:

100mm:

130mm:

200mm:


70mm, f/4:

100mm:

200mm f/4:


70mm f/4:

200mm f/4:


I think it might have a tiny bit of a FF - I'll have to experiment more tomorrow
in good light.


Oh yeah, here's Dunkie:

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If the electronic parts work, then presumably all that it needs is to be dissasembled, cleaned off and reassembled, maybe with some more grease in certain places. Probably someone could get a bargain here if they like tinkering
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If the electronic parts work, then presumably all that it needs is to be dissasembled, cleaned off and reassembled, maybe with some more grease in certain places. Probably someone could get a bargain here if they like tinkering

Someone has offered to take a shot at cleaning it out - so Dunkie may get a new
lease on life.

Meantime, its still limping along making pretty decent images - tried it out
on some standard IQ test subjects of mine today:

1/20s f/2.8 200mm:

200mm f/2.8:

200mm f/2.8:

1/10s f/2.8 200mm:

200mm f/5.6

200mm f/2.8

200mm f/4

200mm f/2.8:

1/20s f/2.8 70mm:


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If you are able to get it cleaned up ... I say keep it ... if you know a lens that can go through what it has ... and still take images this good (with droplet marks all over the elements) ... you know it's a keeper.

So far the "dunkie" has worked better than the replacement lens you got that had to sent straight back.
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Very sad about the K20D, but glad to hear that the stroller occupant is OK.

I've obsessed about dust inside lenses also. Then I ran across Jurgen Kreckel's medium format website. (He does - what I've heard - is a great job restoring medium format folders.) But, this is what I want to share from his site: a funky Zeiss Planar with a bug inside. (How did that happen!?) It still took a really nice photo.

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It's truely amazing the thing works at all, let alone still takes some great images.
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Got this lens back from Eric a couple weeks ago - he was able to clean all the
elements except an internal assembly that couldn't be removed and taken apart.
It looks about 80% better than it did when I shine a flashlight through it.

Was able to take some more test shots today, and sharpness/contrast seem
pretty close to like-new, although I think I see some more flare than before the
accident, but only in flare-prone situations. Still much better than before Eric
did his thing. (Since he wasn't able to clean all the elements, he didn't charge
me anything, but I think I'm going to send him $ for the effort anyway.)


All of these are at 200mm, cropped between I'd say 25% and 50%, ISO 640
unless otherwise noted:

f/2.8


f/4


f/2.8 ISO 500


f/3.5 kid's getting yelled at, taken from level above


f/3.5


f/3.5


f/3.5 1/1000s this thing was really moving
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Hi Jay:

So sorry to hear about the lake mishap, but at least the Tamron looks to be AOK. Thanks for your words about dust and how insignificant it is, especially in light of what you have experienced. I am now less concerned about those dust particles in some of my old M42 glass.
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Dust is nothing .... and I am looking forward to seeing more images from DUNKIE.
Jay ... I think you need to make up a name label for this lens ... it looks like one of those lenses you can't part with now (even though I know you buy/sell lenses more than anyone I know ... except Hin).
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He seems to have done an excellent job nonetheless. Your test pictures make me want it more and more. This is some serious LBA.
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