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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Livin in a redneck paradise

    Smile 18-180mm lens returned! (sorta)

    I just got the lens back today. Well, not really. I got a brand new lens!

    Now I didn't purposely put any identifying marks on it to verify, but I think that a "factory demo" with 6 months of use by me would show some signs of wear but this has none! And the zoom ring is distinctly stiffer. Sweet! Then the first thing I did was touch it with my greasy fingers because I was eating fries at the time and was very excited, so it is a little less clean already.

    I took a few pictures to verify. It doesn't necessarily look sharper but the pictures no longer look "just wrong" like they used to even when viewed small. Colors and focusing accuracy are much better, and contrast seems higher. The focus is still twitchy and hasn't yet developed the fine art of mind reading, but it actually leaves some part of the shot in focus, and seems quieter. Well, I'll verify the new lens quality for sure.

    This was perfect timing. I'm leaving in about 30 hours for a 5 day backpacking trip through desolation wilderness and was really hoping to have this lens, so I was very happy to have it today. It better work right, cause its gonna be taking a lot of important pictures soon...

    It is great to pay for a used lens and get a new one for only the extra price of shipping.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Derbyshire, UK
    Sounds like a good deal to me. Hope you have a good trip & I look forward to the photographs.
    Around every picture there's a corner & round every corner there's a picture
    - the fun's in finding them

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Good to hear. Sometimes you just know something's a bit off. You can't prove it definitively, but it will haunt you until you either fix the problem or make peace with it internally.

    I'm going through the same thing with my E-3, but I don't want to send it in yet because I don't know how long it will take to get it fixed and I'll need it for vacation soon.

    Nikon: D300, D700, Nikkor: 24-70, 70-200, 70-300/VR, 24/2.8, 35/2, 50/1.4G, 60/2.8G, 180/2.8,
    Sigma: 10-20, 50-150/2.8, 50/2.8, Tamron: 17-50/2.8, 28-75/2.8, Tokina: 12-24, Zeiss: 25/2.8
    Olympus: E-520, E-3, 7-14, 9-18, 11-22, 12-60, 14-35/2, 14-54, 35-100/2, 50-200, 25/2.8, 35/3.5, 50/2
    Panasonic: G1, Leica: 14-50, 14-150, 25/1.4
    Sony: A700, A900, 24-85, 35-70, 70-210/4, 20/2.8, 24/2.8, 50/2.8, T 90 macro, Zeiss: 24-70/2.8, 135/1.8
    P&S: Canon S90, Panasonic: LX3

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