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    Feb 2006
    Des Plaines, IL

    Red face SONY 70-200mm f/2.8 G SSM

    As you well know, I have waited as long as I could concerning the SONY 70-200mm f/2.8 G SSM lens ... hoping to avert buying it by opting to get the TAMRON SP AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD. Sadly, TAMRON didn't make it to the gate and the need has arose. So, the big white lens returns to my bag ... to allow for low light photography to continue. I did mitigate the costs as best I could, though, opting to source it from B&H Photo, rather than the SONY-Style site and saving an additional $100 plus some tax. The lens had a price reduction, since August, which also made it far more attractive to my wallet (I have to watch that wallet closer though ... it seems to have an affinity for pricey, glass objects).

    I considered struggling with the TAMRON 90mm f/2.8 and the TAMRON 180mm f/3.5, but since I'm handing off the Photography chores to my brother, during this event ... having him swap these lenses in and out of the A700 just doesn't seem prudent ... nor does the idea of having him fight between the A100 with one lens and the A700 with another. The potential costs could be far more than just a lost shot or two. It could be some busted glass ... uh, no thanks.

    Look, I'm not implying that he's clumsy or anything of that sort, but we all know that swapping glass is ALWAYS tricky, especially when you are under pressure to "get the shot." Keeping it simple, in this regard, just seems all too obvious. The more I thought about it, the worse the anxiety got. What do you do? Heck, grab the plastic and solve the problem!

    It just seems simpler ... albeit a bit more pricey. I really had been leaning toward the SONY lens, anyway ... but still, I would have rather had the choice, than no choice. Just watch, as always happens, a week after the event occurs ... the TAMRON lens will finally get released. I really did like the 0.95m (3.2-ft) minimum focus distance the TAMRON sports.

    Anyway, it'll be here, next week. Superior firepower ... always seems the better solution.

    Bottom line: "Gear up & GET THE SHOT!"

    Aw geez ... I need a bigger bag!

    (playing softly in the background "Don't cry for me, Argentina") - okay, perhaps that's a bit cynical ... just struck me funny
    Last edited by DonSchap; 10-18-2007 at 09:36 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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