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View Poll Results: Which line up would you suggest?
Keep current 23.85%
10-20, 31, 43, DA*55   00%
10-20, 31, 43, FA77ltd 1426.92%
FA20/2.8, 31, 43, DA*55 23.85%
FA20/2.8, 31 43, FA77ltd 59.62%
10-20, 31, 43, DA*50-135 2038.46%
FA20/2.8, 31, 43, DA*50-135 47.69%
Other (please elaborate) 59.62%
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02-08-2010, 02:50 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by axl Quote
Don't worry, I'll leave feedback as soon as I'll get confirmation the lens was received.

And Tammy 70-200? I've had it. It's stunning lens IMO, though bit on the bigger side and definitely wouldn't fit to my LP 100AW slingshot. And my copy developed sticky aperture linkage after month or so...
Truth is I haven't seen anything regarding this problem for a while. Did Tamron man put their act together and sort the problem out?
seems like they tried to deliver it last Friday before noon rather than Monday. anyway, my folks are going to pick it up tommorow at the Post.

anyway, I guess FA77 would be your top pick then. had you tried buying from BH or prodigital2000 online? I think it would still be cheaper though even after taxes.

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Ooh, this is a tough call. I voted for the 10-20, 31, 43, 77 combo, but I really would want something in between 43 and 77...so maybe I would add the DA 55mm as well or keep the k 55mm.
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Thanks Stephen,
I think I'll end up with current plus 77
well, if I'll ever get money for that one...
I'd love to go for 10-20 + 31 + 43 + 55 but:
a) I'm bit afraid of the SDM
b) I'm unsure if the difference between 31-55 needs 3 lesnses

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QuoteOriginally posted by axl Quote
....I'd love to go for 10-20 + 31 + 43 + 55 but:
a) I'm bit afraid of the SDM...

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I'd be hesitant about the SDM too, but have you heard of any real problems with the DA*55? Anyone that does experience SDM issues with the others (eg 16-50 and 50-135) do seem to be pretty vocal.
Anyway, I haven't owned any DA* lens yet so maybe you should ignore my thoughts

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I'd be hesitant about the SDM too, but have you heard of any real problems with the DA*55? Anyone that does experience SDM issues with the others (eg 16-50 and 50-135) do seem to be pretty vocal.
Anyway, I haven't owned any DA* lens yet so maybe you should ignore my thoughts
I'll let you guys know if the motor in one of my two DA* primes (55 and 300) dies. I mentioned the death of the DA 17-70 motor, elsewhere.
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I'll let you guys know if the motor in one of my two DA* primes (55 and 300) dies. I mentioned the death of the DA 17-70 motor, elsewhere.
what do you think of the 55???
worthy lens?
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what do you think of the 55???
worthy lens?
I purchased it for short telephoto landscape and cityscape shots in poor weather--and portraiture, of course.

It has exceptionally good bokeh for a fast fifty, without the nasty surprises a Sigma 50 f/1.4 would produce. The out-of-focus disks produced are closer to neutral than with other similar lenses--and they're disks not slices of onions. So it turns out I won't be using the Sigma for night-time photography either.

I looked at the optyczne.pl and photozone.de reviews, before buying. Here are some observations: The general resolution curves they presented are probably close to reality...but their error bars should be pretty big, because of potential mis-focus: the 100% crop presented at optyczne.pl is obviously out of focus (the "black" is far more magenta than in my humble crop--and I would still consider my cropped image slightly out of focus).

The dpreview review resolution curves are baloney (to some extent), as well. Take a look at their crops: the black in their crops is more magenta than in my shot. Also, fiddle with their f-stop dingus. There is an insane jump in resolution from 1.4 to 1.6--my guess is that it's because the target is more in focus. Also, at f/1.4 the borders are supposedly sharper than the center (could be a property of a faulty lens or evidence of slight misfocus*).

Whether it's a worthy lens to you, depends on whether you have found a use for it. Would you benefit from weather sealing and/or the improvement in bokeh?

* Go to http://toothwalker.org/optics/astigmatism.html and take a look at the Zeiss 50 pics.

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thanks asdf.
Well, I don't have WR lens, so I tend to shoot with 43ltd in adverse condition, simply because it's smallest lens I have.
I would use better bokeh, K55 does well wide open, but produces visible hexagons stopped down, and highlights (point of lights) out of focus are quite terrible IMO.
I do quite like the focal length, but sometimes I think it's too close to 43....
It seems I have some really hard thinkg to do
I wish I won lottery, would buy both 55 & 77, matter settled

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QuoteOriginally posted by axl Quote
thanks asdf.
Well, I don't have WR lens, so I tend to shoot with 43ltd in adverse condition, simply because it's smallest lens I have.
I would use better bokeh, K55 does well wide open, but produces visible hexagons stopped down, and highlights (point of lights) out of focus are quite terrible IMO.
I do quite like the focal length, but sometimes I think it's too close to 43....
It seems I have some really hard thinkg to do
I wish I won lottery, would buy both 55 & 77, matter settled

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Yeah, at some point, I considered applying a "2x rule" so that the focal length of each one of my lenses was about double that of the preceding shorter one. I considered applying this...
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I voted other, for the following two suggestions:

DA12-24, FA31, FA43, FA77

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DA21, FA31, FA43, FA77
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Even though I voted for the 10-20, 31, 43 and 50-135mm combination, I'd somehow also add 77 to that list.
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10-20, FA20/2.8, 31 and FA77ltd and leave the 43 out. I'd prefer having both, and Ultra wideangle and a fast wideangle to an in-between lens like the 43 (which of course is a great lens as well).
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Thanks Noisychip. I agree that 43 is kind of in between but the trouble is, I really like it's FOV
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