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by artington
Wed Jan 21, 2009 7:25 pm
Forum: DSLRs pre-2006
Topic: canon-contax-zeiss??
Replies: 33
Views: 3350

Re: canon-contax-zeiss??

by artington
Wed Jan 21, 2009 7:11 pm
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: Sony's 100mm macro??
Replies: 29
Views: 2988

Re: Sony's 100mm macro??

I am contemplating buying this lens too. However, I have also considered the recent KM (D) or the Minolta RS version but read somewhere that the coating on these lenses does not work well to eliminate reflected sensor images when they are used with digital cameras. Is it best to go with modern macro...
by artington
Sun Jan 18, 2009 1:18 pm
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: BRAND NEW A700 - ISSUES! EXAMPLES NOW UP!
Replies: 23
Views: 3834

Re: BRAND NEW A700 - ISSUES! EXAMPLES NOW UP!

Thanks for the responses. That was the conclusion I had come to and I am now waiting for a replacement to arrive - hopefully one that works properly. Interestingly, the faulty body had firmware 1 in it and appeared to have a properly working eye-start which suggests it came from one of the first bat...
by artington
Sat Jan 17, 2009 1:07 pm
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: BRAND NEW A700 - ISSUES! EXAMPLES NOW UP!
Replies: 23
Views: 3834

Re: BRAND NEW A700 - ISSUES! EXAMPLES NOW UP!

Just done a focus test on my new A700 and, to my dismay, not only is the focus out (only slightly but nevertheless enough) but also the sensor is misaligned. The image(s) looked slightly tilted on the viewing screen which I confirmed by checking with the grid on Photoshop. I used a Minolta 85/1.4 G ...
by artington
Tue Jan 13, 2009 5:49 pm
Forum: Opinion Polls
Topic: 7 or 9, which would you pick ?
Replies: 23
Views: 11268

Re: 7 or 9, which would you pick ?

I have owned a Dynax 7 for some years (and previously a Minolta SRT101b, XGM and XD7 - I still own the first and last of these three in wonderful condition, albeit the latter has been re-leathered) and loved it. Some weeks ago I had the opportunity to buy another, mint in box with only 25 rolls thro...
by artington
Mon Jan 12, 2009 11:02 pm
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: Sony 16-80mm - how much slop, twitch, clunk?
Replies: 51
Views: 9266

Re: Sony 16-80mm - how much slop, twitch, clunk?

PS. Until a day or so ago I was all for buying the 16-80 CZ having a lot of respect for Zeiss and having owned a number of their fine lenses for the Contax G2. But after reading all the comments about sample variability I thought "What's the point? Life is simply to short to mess around in this...
by artington
Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:46 pm
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: Sony 16-80mm - how much slop, twitch, clunk?
Replies: 51
Views: 9266

Re: Sony 16-80mm - how much slop, twitch, clunk?

I suspect that the manufacturing process is such that the "clunking et al" is par for the course on this one and that the Zeiss element is down to the glass and design and not much more than more than that. It seems to me that there is a fairly large degree of manufacturer complacency here...
by artington
Sun Jan 11, 2009 6:22 pm
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: Image quality 16-80CZ vs 18-250
Replies: 2
Views: 753

Re: Image quality 16-80CZ vs 18-250

Thank you, Dr Harout, for your kind words and useful comment. And, to forestall any riposte to my comment about relative focusing speed between the Sony and Tamron variants, I have just read the extensive dialogue on both this forum and that of dpreview so I withdraw it!
by artington
Sun Jan 11, 2009 5:30 pm
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: Image quality 16-80CZ vs 18-250
Replies: 2
Views: 753

Image quality 16-80CZ vs 18-250

I am about to buy a A700 to add to my KM7D and KM Dynax 7s. As there are a few deals around right now I am tempted to include the CZ16-80 (if I can find a good one after reading David's warnings!). An alternative would be the similar size Sony 18-250 (faster than the Tamron equivalent) for the occas...

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