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  1. #221
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    Further Testing with the China Made ZD 40-150mm Lens

    Hi Phil-

    I took your comments to heart and re-shot another test photo with the E-510 equipped with that short made in China ZD 40-150mm lens. I went in very tightly, being very careful to allow the E-510 focus in the critical central area of the frame. This time we got much better results that I wanted to share with you.

    I don't want to discredit the new ZD 40-150mm lens needlessly. Tell what you think? Thanks!

    Sarah Joyce
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  2. #222
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    Greetings,

    Snowed in for New Years Eve, sigh...

    Made the best of it though, started by making egg noodles.

    Sauteed rib eye with brown mushrooms flavored with ground pepper and sprinkled with a secret seasoning (onion soup mix)

    Black tiger shrimp and the noodles wallowing in a bath of honey garlic white sauce, topped with grated mozarella cheese and baked till bubbly and starting to brown.

    Toasted sourdough bread with butter, ground pepper and garlic lightly sprinkled with parmesan cheese.

    Ahhhh, no time for anything but a snap shot...

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    Happy New Year

    Cheers, Don
    Don Kondra - Furniture Designer/Maker
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  3. #223
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    Yum-Yum!

    That sounds good to me Don and the photo looks good too. Happy New Year!

    Sarah Joyce

  4. #224
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    Yes that sure does look juicy Don bet you enjoyed your meal.

    Sarah thanks for running the extra tests that shot with the newer lens looks a lot better. There are obviously compromises in the lenses but it looks like the newer one is still OK as a kit lens. I haven't tried mine out at portraits much, looks like the depth of field is pretty narrow at these settings.
    Around every picture there's a corner & round every corner there's a picture
    - the fun's in finding them

  5. #225
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    The Newer ZD 40-150 Lens

    Hi Phil-

    Thanks for your post. Yes, I agree the DOF is fairly narrow. That was what probably provided some focusing challenge in the first test. The size of the lens is great, and as you say, Phil, we have to understand that this is a kit lens not a ZD 35-100mm lens. Have a great day! Just 10 more days and we will be off to work again.

    Sarah Joyce

  6. #226
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    Unfortunately it's just 2 days & back to work for me Sarah
    Around every picture there's a corner & round every corner there's a picture
    - the fun's in finding them

  7. #227
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    Low Prices are Here!

    Phil-

    We have been chatting about the drop in prices. Well, B&H, one of the biggest and most reputable online photo dealers, dropped the price on the E-410 two lens kit to $(US) 399.95 with free shipping. That is arount 267 UK Pounds.

    Sarah Joyce

  8. #228
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Kondra View Post
    Sauteed rib eye with brown mushrooms flavored with ground pepper and sprinkled with a secret seasoning (onion soup mix)

    Black tiger shrimp and the noodles wallowing in a bath of honey garlic white sauce, topped with grated mozarella cheese and baked till bubbly and starting to brown.

    Toasted sourdough bread with butter, ground pepper and garlic lightly sprinkled with parmesan cheese.
    Drrooooollll... oh man, that sounds and looks so good. Drool.... Thanks a lot, Don. I gotta get something to eat now!

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  9. #229
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    That sounds pretty cheap to me Sarah.
    Around every picture there's a corner & round every corner there's a picture
    - the fun's in finding them

  10. #230
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    "Waterproofness" Yikes!

    Well, we sort of have two threads running in parrellel right now. There is of course this thread and the Ravens thread about testing the "waterproofness" of his E-410.

    My goodness, after reading the Raven's thread about "waterproofness" it scares the stuff out of me. I treasure my cameras more than that! But then perhaps he has some kind of "bullet-proof" insurance on his E-410 and lenses.

    Sarah Joyce

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