Once burned ... twice shy
I'm a little miffed by the result I got out of my latest lens ... the SAL 70-200mm f/2.8 G. It was defective, out of the box, in a way I would have never expected. The aperture failed to work. As such, until SONY can safely assure there are no more of these defective lenses floating around ... I simply cannot and will not recommend putting people through what I have gone through ... and, besides, I still don't have my lens back, 14 days after (today, 11/26/2007) the SONY Repair Center received it (on 11/12/2007). It was supposed to be a simple replacement and take no more than 5-10 days. It seems to be becoming far more than the simple replacement I was told of. :mad:
For the time being, I, personally, have no recommendation for a 70-200mm f/2.8 for the SONY/Minolta mount. I suppose if you could get your hands on a 2005 Minolta "original", you might be luckier than I was. After the "rebadging" of these lenses, my worst fear was realized when I received a defective one, possibly "compromised" in the rebuild (rebadging process).
Going forward, I suppose a SIGMA might be worth a look ... or you could hold out until TAMRON steps up with the one they announced back in March, 2007.
I had a feeling I was taking a chance with this purchase ... but not having heard too much negative about this particular lens, I figured it was worth a go, even after the "rebadging process." Sadly, I figured wrong. QC (Quality Control) obviously didn't catch this very expensive optic, as it was boxed and sealed, under the SONY label.
Pro-style service ... too much to ask?
e-dawg ... I simply want you to pony up $2000 for a defective lens and have at it. That really is where the rubber meets the road, as far as I am concerned. If you are buying their "best" professional wares ... how about superior or professional support and service to reflect it.
I suspect "Pros" can't be waiting half a month for this kind of thing. I'm just "Joe Blow" user ... not under the gun, like many of these other photographers. But my money is just as good as theirs and if you, Mr. Manufacturer, want to see more of it ... get in line.
Anyway ... I'm the wiser for it. Sadder, but wiser. :rolleyes: