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  1. #31
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    When I bought my Canon EOS 20D, back in October 2005 ... I did not get the rebate check until April 2006. By then they had introduced the 30D. LOL

    But you are right, I bought three TAMRON lenses back in July and had the rebate checks in August.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 03-13-2009 at 09:07 PM.
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    So no luck on getting this 'Mystery" list eh? what if each one of us picks a classic Minolta lens that should still be servicable and calls the Sony repair depot, one each day and asks maybe we can develop our own list? The 24 - 105, 28 - 105, 28 - 135 have been on the list of buying one of them one of these days but which one, and is it worth it if not repairable. Maybe just wait and see what new stuff turns up?
    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
    http://flickr.com/

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    Sean, if the lens is a good one and working mechanically when you buy it, why not, provided you paid a sensible price.
    These things last for years unless really mistreated. I've had my 28-135mm for 20+ years and it's still as good as the day I bought it and will probably last another 20.
    Primes are even more likely to last (no zoom mechanism). I have a 50mm AF macro and never use it, I always grab my 30year old MD 50mm Macro, I think it's better and find the AF pretty useless in a Macro anyway.
    Make sure you're insured in case of accidental damage and an "Old" lens should be no problem.

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    I have also thought along those lines also Peter, I love my Tokina AT-X pro 80-400mm and have thought about getting it's little brother someday to make a sweet set, but Tokina no longer makes the Minolta mount, and does not repair them! Then again as you have said I have read and talked to people still using 20, 30, 35 yr. old glass, that has been to Africa, mountain climbing, back packing etc. all with likely more shots on the lens then I will ever put on one. So I guess it is likely unfounded hesitation on my part.
    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
    http://flickr.com/

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    Sean, early Tokina lenses have always been some of the heavier lenses ... in their class. Built like tanks.

    TAMRON departed from these heavy lenses back in 1998 and began concentrating on the high-impact plastic for weight and cost considerations. Machined-aluminum is nowhere near as cheap, that's for sure.

    I would feel comfortable buying Tokina if you are looking for a tough lens. It should last a long time.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 03-15-2009 at 05:59 PM.
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    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.

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    I have thought about someday getting the Tokina AT-X 28-80 pro 2.8 to make a really nice pair of Tokina lenses, not planning on jumping right out and getting one but never know LOL they run around $300-$400 U.S. for 'near mint'
    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
    http://flickr.com/

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    Sean ... I was looking to see it there was a direct comparison of the Tokina 28-80 versus the TAMRON 28-75 and cannot find one. The build quality of the Tokina, like most of their earlier lenses, is like a tank (819 g/29 oz). The advantage of the TAMRON is light and versatile. I believe it could be a bit sharper than the Tokina (apertures from f/2.8-f/5.6) , from what I have read ... but, I cannot find a side-by-side for that comparison.

    There is a Tokina up on ebay, "buy now" for $345 and $42 shipping, from Hong Kong.

    Just for the sake of convenience, you might just want to snap on the TAMRON 28-75 f/2.8 ($349) (510 g/18 oz) and see how it works for you. Could save some time and you could pass along the 28-70 f/3.5-4.5
    Last edited by DonSchap; 03-15-2009 at 10:47 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

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    Hmmnn always options and more options, will do some more looking, and always the Minolta 35 - 70 at f/4, but I am liking the 2.8!
    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
    http://flickr.com/

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