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  1. #1
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    Thumbs up Who wants to live forever?

    Anyone waiting for a lens, that's who.

    Yes, I FINALLY got my hands on the long awaited addition to my TAMRON collection. And, yes, it was WORTH the wait. Well, to be honest ... no lens is worth the wait and the reason is ... you cannot use it unless it is on your camera body!

    So ... here's the box ... (I drove over and picked it up, so it isn't crushed, this time)
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    and here's the glass, within, and right there, where it belongs!
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    The only problem is ... now the camera body has to go and get repaired ...
    TAMRON 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 135mm f/2.8 (unfiltered) . . . . . . . . . . . . . CZ 135mm f/1.8 @ 135mm f/2.8 (unfiltered)
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    Guess you'll have the fun, being one of the first shooting real stuff through it, Sean
    Last edited by DonSchap; 09-22-2008 at 07:14 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

  2. #2
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    Nice can't wait to see it in action.
    Frank
    PS I sent you a PM about a lens.
    Sony A77
    Sony A580
    Sony A 100
    Maxxum 400si.
    Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
    Minolta AF 35-70
    Minolta AF 50 f/1.7
    Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di LD
    Tamron 60mm Macro
    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
    Tamron 2x Converter
    Sony HVL-F42AM
    Quantaray 70-300 4.5-5.6 Macro
    Slingshot 200 Bag



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  3. #3
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    I really wanted to like this lens, but the AF leaves a LOT to be desired.

    Hope you have better luck with it than your A700.
    Nikon D300 | Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 | Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm VR | Nikkor AF 35mm f/2 D | SB-600 | Lowepro Voyager C | Lowepro Slingshot 300 AW

    For Sale:
    Nikkor AF 35mm f/2 D - Like New (FX compatible)

    Wish List
    Nikkor AF-S 17-55 f/2.8
    Nikkor AF-S 70-200 f/4 VRII
    Tokina AF 11-16 f/2.8
    SB-900 (2)
    Umbrellas
    New Tripod

  4. #4
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    My A700 has been great! Yes, had a moving control failure, but that one control gets the most use than ANY other part, even the shutter release. I do not have lightweight fingers, either, as several members will attest, so I may push it harder than most.

    So, while they could probably improve its endurance ... I'm still very pleased with what I have been able to turn out with the camera, so far. Way out in front of the Canon EOS 20D, I had.


    As far as the lens goes, it fills its niche. It is, easily, $1000 less than the SONY equivalent and that certainly makes it affordable (if that is a word you can really use these days). For that $1000 I feel I saved myself, I could buy another A700 to go with it. If you want "rocket-focus", then you buy the SONY 70-200 G SSM ... and it will deliver it. Just pony up the extra $1000, too.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 09-22-2008 at 05:19 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

  5. #5
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    What do you think Don?
    Frank

    PS Somebody just sent there A100 out to Sony and they got it back pretty quick. Hope you have the same luck.
    Sony A77
    Sony A580
    Sony A 100
    Maxxum 400si.
    Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
    Minolta AF 35-70
    Minolta AF 50 f/1.7
    Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di LD
    Tamron 60mm Macro
    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
    Tamron 2x Converter
    Sony HVL-F42AM
    Quantaray 70-300 4.5-5.6 Macro
    Slingshot 200 Bag



    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22083244@N06/

    http://s305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/

  6. #6
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    Well, it is a quick diagnose, I hope. Minimal troubleshooting.

    I am just waiting for the "return box" to ship it off in.

    Movin' on, though ... I think I'll take the "new guy" for a stroll, tomorrow.

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    Last edited by DonSchap; 09-22-2008 at 07:47 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

  7. #7
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    You know I'm born to lose, and gambling's for fools. But thats the way I like it! I don't wanna live forever! and don't forget the joker! The only card I need is the ace of spades!
    "Ace of spades" by Motorhead
    I don't want to liove forever but seems like I have been waiting forever LOL A few more days won't kill me, and speaking of the joker is it Tamron or Sony!
    Sony A700_____________Minolta AF 50mm. F/1.7
    Minolta AF 70-210mm F/3.5-4.5 Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR DiII LD Asp. [IF]
    Tamron SP AF 70-200mm. F/2.8 DI LD [IF] Macro
    Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
    Tokina AF 28-70mm F/3.5-4.5
    Tokina AF AT-X 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6
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  8. #8
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    Ah, displeasure will be replaced by bliss, once you get your hands on your desire.

    Again, there are forces at work that seem to manipulate the market in ways we can only fathom (because, no one is talking). I often wonder, if I had to do it all over, again, which direction would I travel?

    Would I think that a $3000 Full Frame DSLR should have ... say, Movie Mode? Would I have become so dependent on "Live View" ... that I couldn't take an image without it? Nah, I think I would still be pretty happy using my SLR for exactly what I ORIGINALLY bought it for. Just taking great images ... with standard photography rules in place. Not worried about "upgrading" it to the throughly overcrammed technological crap that most things are becoming.

    I have one of those "Tilt" cellphones, with the slide out hidden keyboard. For the past three days, I've been in the AT&T store, just trying to get it to work right without having to remove the battery every time I want to use it, because it has to HARD reset. What good is that, I cannot even get a reliable phone call, any more, because I don't know if it is working or not? But hey, it's got games, internet, texting and god knows what else?

    That, to me, speaks volumes to where this is all going. Our equipment is so complex, it cannot even do the BASIC function it was designed for.

    "RELIABITY? Why that is job # 37 on the list. Sorry, Man!"
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

  9. #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonSchap View Post
    That, to me, speaks volumes to where this is all going. Our equipment is so complex, it cannot even do the BASIC function it was designed for.
    You should have bought a Nokia 1110i, 1200 or 1650

    Not every product on the market is a gadget full of useful (or not) features... And by the way - it's us, customers, who is responsible for such products. Demand creates supply.
    Cheers,
    Jacek
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    Current photo gear: PENTAX MZ-S/BG-10, AF-360FGZ, FA 50/1.4, FA 28-70/4, Sigma 28-70/2.8 EX DF; Panasonic DMC-TZ5E-K
    Previous gear: Ricoh AF 500 -> Samsung AF Zoom 1050 (still got that one) -> Zenit E -> Ricoh KR-10 Super -> Ricoh XR-X

    I have LBA and CBA for Pentax models not even announced!

    In all the world none can compare to this tiny weaver
    His deadly cloth so silky and fair

  10. #10
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    I agree ... the inexperienced kids with their parents money really mess things up.

    You know what they say: "Be careful what you wish for ..."
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

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