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04-23-2008, 05:21 PM   #16
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Yes, but they're white with a big red "L" so it makes it better.
From what I've seen and read, the 70-200/4 deserves the L, but the 70-200/2.8 does not. The 2.8 is heavier, more expensive, and needs to be stopped down for better sharpness. In comparison the 70-200/4 is sharp wide open and lighter and cheaper. A lot of Canon folks seem to sell the 70-200/2.8 for the 70-200/4 after trying both...

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My opinion is that those big white lenses are just plain UGLY. They may be metal, but the colour makes them look plastic, and, I may have mentioned this already, they are UGLY!!
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I have been contemplating between getting the 50-135 or the 60-250... if the 60-250 delivers, I might spring for that... Though another reason keeping me from choosing the 60-250 is that I still have a 70-200/4 (though manual) in my bag.
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My opinion is that those big white lenses are just plain UGLY. They may be metal, but the colour makes them look plastic, and, I may have mentioned this already, they are UGLY!!
They may be ugly, but they are also DISTINCTIVE. Just like the white iPod headphones that let everyone know that the iPod is the MP3 player that every self-respecting person should own, whenever you see some photographer wield the distinctive white Canon lens that reenforces that "all" good photographers use Canon gear. All other lenses are generic black. No one notices them.

On that note: I think it is good that Pentax's DA* lenses all have that gold stripe/band on the front. Not as apparent as if they paint the whole lens a different color, but at least something to give high-quality Pentax gear a unique appearance.

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canon says it uses the white because it absorbs less heat from the sun.
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canon says it uses the white because it absorbs less heat from the sun.
Same reason as the apparently still available to order FA600mmF4ED[IF] and the other older superteles weren't black...
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canon says it uses the white because it absorbs less heat from the sun.
That's right. Canon uses "flouride" lens elements in their superteles, which are a LOT more sensitive to being overheated than standard glass.
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They should make their cameras white then too! (Though it would be ugly)

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On that note: I think it is good that Pentax's DA* lenses all have that gold stripe/band on the front. Not as apparent as if they paint the whole lens a different color, but at least something to give high-quality Pentax gear a unique appearance.
I believe Tamron also uses a gold band to differentiate their SP lenses (their high-end line, if I recall correctly), so Pentax's DA* doesn't seem as easily identifiable as you think it is.

In any case, I don't mind so much the exterior color of the lens as long as it takes good pictures. And I'm not too sure about Canon making their lenses white just so they'd stand out. Even Zeiss' long glass uses white, as well as some Pentax lenses. There's probably good reason for that, like others have mentioned about minimizing the effects of sunlight on lens components.

I'm actually missing the older DSLRs which had alternate predominantly silver color themes. Sure, they look more like toys, but I'm no paid photographer myself, so I don't need to have a totally black DSLR for show to the less-knowledgeable clients.
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They should make their cameras white then too! (Though it would be ugly)
minolta beat them to the punch back in 90, for white cameras..



white edition minolta maxxum 8000i -- for the discerning mir astronaut photographer.
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minolta beat them to the punch back in 90, for white cameras..
white edition minolta maxxum 8000i -- for the discerning mir astronaut photographer.
I was right then!
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no you are incorrect. to get the weather sealing you have to buy the IS version. and not all L lenses are weather sealed. thats the typical thought of a person who drools over those off white L behemoths. (no offense meant)

And how much will the 60-250mm be compared to the Canon prices?
04-29-2008, 02:08 AM   #28
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Highest rating ever

Several lenses has more than 4 stars, some even 5.
How about these two
Nikkor AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8 G ED N - Test Report / Review
Micro-Nikkor AF-S 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR - Review / Test Report

The rating system doesnt seem that great though, the VL 125SL not getting 5 stars makes it all flawed for me
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And how much will the 60-250mm be compared to the Canon prices?
I'd guess around $1000 for the first few month, lowering to $900-ish afterwards and stabilizing around $800-900 thereafter (street prices)...

That could means an announce price of $1200.
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I own a 70-200 f/4L non IS and I enjoy it very much. It's sharp wide open and even with a 1.4x TC its still sharp wide open and focuses quickly. Weather sealing doesn't really matter much unless you are shooting it on a 1D anyway. Some days I wish I could merge what Pentax does best with what Canon does best.
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