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  1. #11
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    Phew, I feared it was a paid gig - don't scare me like that Man!
    Christian Wright; Dip Phot
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  2. #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by cwphoto
    Phew, I feared it was a paid gig - don't scare me like that Man!
    Nah I'd never have trusted that lens for a paid gig even before this experience...but that did confirm my fears. I'm glad too because one day I may have been desperate for a fast lens and possibly used it against my better judgement.

    I'll get the 50mm f/1.4 and 85 f/1.8s later down the road. Don't really see a need for them right now and they'd just end up laying in my bag for the time being. I won't be shooting the races again (at least as far as I know...and definitely not at that particular track) so I don't need speed there.
    Ouch.

  3. #13
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    Quote Originally Posted by cdi-buy.com
    Personally, I don't trust anything without USM or the brand in question's equivalent (like Sigma's HSM). I even sold my 50mm f/1.8 because of it. Not because of the speed and sound but rather the accuracy and reliability. Every single shot at my cousin's wedding with the 50 was out of focus, even when focus was confirmed.
    Hmmm. I was just thinking last night (while reviewing shots from this weekend's model shoot ["Sara" - Don you're gonna love her!]) that my 50 1.8 is probably the best focusing (and sharpest overall) lens I have. Maybe I just have a good copy.
    Canon A720 IS, 40D w/ BG-E2N, 28 1.8, 50 1.4, Sigma 70 2.8 macro, 17-40 F4 L, 24-105 F4 L IS, 70-200 F4 L IS, 430 EX, Kenko 2X TC & Ext Tubes, AB strobes and more...
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  4. #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by 24Peter
    Hmmm. I was just thinking last night (while reviewing shots from this weekend's model shoot ["Sara" - Don you're gonna love her!]) that my 50 1.8 is probably the best focusing (and sharpest overall) lens I have. Maybe I just have a good copy.
    My 50 was sharp...just wouldn't focus reliably in low(ish) light situations. It'd lock and beep but it wasn't really focused. I could shoot outdoors where I had plenty of light as much as I wanted and it'd lock focus just fine.
    Ouch.

  5. #15
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    ...back to CRAZY Andy... and his great question...

    Dude, you have a good thing going with all of your Canon glass, don't mess it up by jumping to Tamron! Ok, ok, no offense to Tamron owners. 9 months ago I was the guy saying that the Tamron 28-75 XR DI EIEIO was the best lens ever manufactured. I also used to believe that Whitesnake was the greatest rock band to ever live (whose crazy now!).

    Seriously, my Tamron was tack sharp with plenty of contrast - it suffered in the Bokeh department and the focus ability (esp in low light).

    For about 40% less than the price of a Tamron 28-75, you can get a used Canon 28-105 f3.5-4.5 USM II (our friends at KEH have a few of them for <$200). The Canon lens is just as sharp and contrasty as the Tamron, with better color (the Tamron leaned to the warm side). You lose 1 stop of light, but gain 30mm on the long side. You also gain USM for faster, quieter focusing.

    Remember how well it stacked up agains my "L"'s on the great Store Brand PB shoot-out: http://www.bigredstudios.com/35.htm

    So bring along one of your fast primes for your low available light needs (I'd recommend your 35/2 - fast, great focal length, and small enough to slip easily in your pocket), and pick up a 28-105 to carry you over until your bank account refills itself!
    Last edited by jamison55; 01-31-2006 at 09:01 AM.
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  6. #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamison55
    9 months ago I was the guy saying that the Tamron 28-75 XR DI EIEIO was the best lens ever manufactured. I also used to believe that Whitesnake was the greatest rock band to ever live (whose crazy now!).
    OMG that is the mother of all that is nuts!!!


    Bye the way, what does EIEIO stand for
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  7. #17
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    Quote Originally Posted by coldrain
    OMG that is the mother of all that is nuts!!!


    Bye the way, what does EIEIO stand for
    Extra Indo Electro Independent Orangutan?

    thats the best I could come up with...
    Ouch.

  8. #18
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    Quote Originally Posted by coldrain
    Bye the way, what does EIEIO stand for
    I don't know...ask Old McDonald!
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  9. #19
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    Quote Originally Posted by coldrain
    OMG that is the mother of all that is nuts!!!
    No, I don't know where I'm going
    But, I sure know where I've been
    Hanging on the promises
    In songs of yesterday
    An' I've made up my mind,
    I ain't wasting no more time

    Tho' I keep searching for an answer,
    I never seem to find what I'm looking for
    Oh Lord, I pray
    You give me strength to carry on,
    'Cos I know what it means
    To walk along the lonely street of dreams

    An' here I go again on my own
    Goin' down the only road I've ever known,
    Like a drifter I was born to walk alone
    An' I've made up my mind
    I ain't wasting no more time


    That's deep stuff, Man...
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  10. #20
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    Ok.

    So, I was thinking a little nutty then huh??

    Crapola.

    On one end I want something I won't want to replace - But that will cost me. From the travel standpoint I want something that can fill in. . . Maybe that 28-105 will do just the trick. . . hmmm?
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