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11-29-2016, 09:58 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by curlednoodles Quote
many of them to be biased
I suppose that's because they forked out to buy that particular lens...10/10 can be at their home on their monitor or printed by their very good printer too....what we see here is compressed to fit as well....


My view is if I like the images then i'll consider the lens...."stack of primes" description for the A 35-105 f3.5 is a slight exaggeration....its quite good but not as good as the good primes from that era.( or maybe my copy is a B grader)

11-29-2016, 10:40 PM   #17
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QuoteOriginally posted by surfar Quote
A 35-105 f3.5 is a slight exaggeration....its quite good but not as good as the good primes from that era.( or maybe my copy is a B grader)
Sample variation. Plus lenses of a certain age, through usage and life in general, may be expected to lose some precision. My A 35-105 is very sharp, but I suspect a previous owner gave it a mid-life service not long before it landed in my hands, which got everything back to factory specs.
11-30-2016, 01:10 AM   #18
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QuoteOriginally posted by rawr Quote
Sample variation
You are possibly correct, however in the thread in the lens section about disappointments...the 35-105 is mentioned.


I'm not saying mine is poor, but its certainly not equal to some of the primes I own from around that era.
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
The old FA* 80-200 sure didn't have a good day in the lab. I wonder if they got a damaged lens. But then I've never seen many images taken with this lens, all I know is people want way to much money for it. Given the excellence of the Tamron option, it should be going for half the price of the Tamron.
I have a terrible copy, can't even give it away!!! Hand held out the back door on dusk. 200mm. No adjustments straight out of the camera.

I wonder if the testing considered the effect of PF on IQ? If no correction of PF is performed then I can understand the results. PF can be easily swiped away making this lens comparable IMHO.

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11-30-2016, 03:15 AM   #20
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I suppose that's because they forked out to buy that particular lens...
Yep, thats what I was getting at. People tend to exaggerate their ratings after forking over their hard earned cash, and they'll be especially favourable in their review if they're particularly smitten with a lens, overlooking certain flaws it might have.
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Well, sometimes It's just a matters of what you are comparing the lens to. My A*600/5,6 is a winner compared to my Bigma, and I would have given it a 10/10, and only when I got an A*400/2,8 I found that this one would have been a 13/10...
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