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03-30-2009, 11:29 AM   #1
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Finally spent some REAL money on a lens

I was in NYC end of last week and finally, after owning nothing but cheap lenses and vintage lenses from ebay, I finally dropped some serious money on some serious glass. Well, relatively speaking that is. I bought the DA* 50-135. Holy cow. I'm in love. That is one heck of a lens. It's hardly come off the camera since I bought it. I almost feel like i'm cheating after using the vintage manuals so much.

Just sharing my news. It's kind of exciting for me.

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I remember I had the same feeling when I went from 16-45 to 16-50. the DA* are awesome lenses.
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I know what you mean, Mel. I remember seeing the very first DA50-135 image in the LCD and going "Wow!" Enjoy it, it's a fabulous lens. All you need now is the DA35 and you'll really be in love.
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Funny thing - I had that Wow! feeling when I got my K35/3.5. Noting since then has quite felt the same.

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QuoteOriginally posted by mel Quote
I was in NYC end of last week and finally, after owning nothing but cheap lenses and vintage lenses from ebay, I finally dropped some serious money on some serious glass. Well, relatively speaking that is. I bought the DA* 50-135. Holy cow. I'm in love. That is one heck of a lens. It's hardly come off the camera since I bought it. I almost feel like i'm cheating after using the vintage manuals so much.

Just sharing my news. It's kind of exciting for me.
Awesome lens. I picked one up in HK while traveling before they were available in the US. Payed over $1,000 US for the privilege of being an early adopter. Worst thing I ever did was sell it when I briefly switched over to a Canon 5D. Now I'm just saving my pennies....
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Congratulations on your new lens. I bought mine last summer and just love it.
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Prices in Canada go up Wednesday, I believe the biggest jump is the DA*50-135 which skyrockets roughly 60%. I'm soooo glad I got mine last summer. Doing justice to my motto of "Going broke saving money" I saw fit to lock in the current prices and ordered a DA*200 and DA*300 last week. The 300 came today, the 200 is soon to follow. I no longer have anything to blame for the crappy quality of my photos but my appalling lack of talent. I suppose I can justify all this by noting that the equivalent lenses from Nikon or Canon would have taken more REAL money!
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QuoteOriginally posted by G_Money Quote
. . . I no longer have anything to blame for the crappy quality of my photos but my appalling lack of talent. I suppose I can justify all this by noting that the equivalent lenses from Nikon or Canon would have taken more REAL money!
LOL!!!
I hear you on the prices. My canon using friend in NYC was amazed at what a great lens that was for the price. And I justify mine by telling myself that this one has the potential to pay for itself (theater shoots). I tell myself that over and over and over. Lol.

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Well, Mel... following your posts for a while, I say your lenses enjoy your company.
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Seriously, a good zoom is a good zoom. Sure this lens will be your great asset for many years to come.
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Congratulations on the new lens Mel. You did great things with the old glass so your results with the new lens should be amazing.

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Congrats, I am itching to get a new lens. I remeber when I got my 16-45 it was at the time my first real lens. Can't wait to see some pictures
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Well golly I'm blushing. Thanks! It's supposed to be nice tomorrow so I think I'll take it in to D.C. and see what it can do with the cherry blossoms.
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Wishing I didn't buy wheels for the car and spent it on one that was available in the classifieds section instead.
Then again, as nice as it is I'd probably want a longer zoom range so for now the VISA is taking a break. All the same, I'm envious.
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Yeah, this lens is off and on my want list. It seems everytime I am ready to spend the money for it, I come across something that tells me not to buy it. Oh well I have no spending money for lenses right now but will be able to start looking again in a month or two. Just have to see where I am at, b/c I know that I want this lens.
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