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  1. #21
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    Your 50mm is a China copy? Weird, mine's a Japan one, and so is my Tamron 17-50mm (I knew there is a China copy of this one and some are known to have issues).
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    Quote Originally Posted by dr4gon View Post
    Your 50mm is a China copy? Weird, mine's a Japan one, and so is my Tamron 17-50mm (I knew there is a China copy of this one and some are known to have issues).
    If you look down my GEAR LIST, I have the "Made in ..." assigned to most of my glass.
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  3. #23
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    Oh, had no idea they had ones made in China. (and didn't see it in your list!)
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  4. #24
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    Yeah, I bought the SONY lens, last year, right out of the store, not mail order, and maybe the retail stuff comes from China. Who knows? I should have looked a little closer when I bought it.
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    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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  5. #25
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    Wow Don the CA purple fringe does really stand out, I haven't used the lens much for awhile now so it seems to jump out. But still a damn good lens for the price I think so for the flash advantage with the 8 pin connectors I get a plastic not metal collar that just doesn't seem right LOL
    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
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    Sean,

    A lot of these shots are just quick stuff ... and that's kind of the way I use the lenses, normally. Not a lot of setup ... but, just tossing them on the camera and shooting.

    I find that casual observation reveals a lot of specific problems, but then again, I've shot through a lot of different glass in the past ten years. Most 75-300 or 70-300 class lenses shoot like ... well, there is better. The SONY 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM is the top-drawer example. You pay for that lack of purple-fringing, though, but it is an excellent piece of glass.

    Personally, I make due with the 70-200 f/2.8 ... as it has better light and IQ that clearly stands out. If I need to go longer and sharper, the 200-500mm f/5-6.3 is my lens of choice. If I had the extra coin, I really do not feel I would be dumping it into a 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 G SSM ... but, rather the "Platinum"-colored 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM. Sure, it's heavier ... but, it's real hard to get 400 on most lenses. It's shorter than the 200-500 TAMRON ... but, definitely heavier and more expensive.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 01-24-2009 at 09:40 PM.
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    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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    Well my 80 - 400 Tokina is standing by for the longer stuff, and I will be picking the 200 - 500 up this spring, If I someday get the Sony 70 - 400 I want it in that magenta color from that funny post awhile back!
    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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    The SONY orange (Cinnamon) looked intriguing.

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    Kind of an "in-your-face, White-lenser!" LOL
    Last edited by DonSchap; 01-25-2009 at 10:31 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.

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  9. #29
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    Went to the local SONY Style store and did the comparison. The result was identical, but then again, it was another "Made in China" lens.

    So, for the time being, I'm going to accept the store results and go on from there on the 50mm's condition. Looks like limited ADI response, if any at all. I'm still not convinced it is working perfect.

    I have a new 46" HD television going in, in the next few days, for HDMI review of the images. Yeah, try telling the "SO" that ... then duck for another "shoe-throwing" incident, like Prez. Bush had! It's going in ... but for cable/DVD entertainment and such. Unfortunately, that is going to cut directly into the final series of 70-300mm f/4 "duel" tests, until Wednesday, while I wire the room for the 5.1 "Wireless" Theater Sound System. Look, all I know is the back two speakers are "wireless" ... the rest ... well ... tangible wiring is involved.

    The "room conversion" should be over, after that, and I can really make some use of that chair I got for Christmas.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 01-25-2009 at 10:35 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.

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  10. #30
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    After mounting the two lenses on the A700, the results were basically identical, except for the ADI correction. They are the same lens, only the Di-lens has the newer circuitry. It only comes into play when you use flash.

    I want to thank Sean for lending me his Di lens to do this. (It's coming back, pal! )
    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.

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