Should I buy this lens?

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  1. sothoth

    sothoth TPF Noob!

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    I've always wanted a good tele lens, but I've never been able to find the right balance between cost/clarity or cost/speed. I'm wondering what you all think of this one. It seems tempting, and appeals to my "techno geek" side.

    http://www.dpreview.com/news/0610/06100101zeiss1700f4.asp

    I'd mostly use it when traveling. I'm going to Alaska this year and want some good shots of the glaciers. The f/4 is really a good deal at this focal length, I think you'll all agree.

    Any feedback is appreciated.
     
  2. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    You got the money for it?? ;)
     
  3. JD in Socal

    JD in Socal TPF Noob!

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    It looks like it is only slightly smaller than a cruise ship.

    You could probably use a medium-sized trash can for a lens hood, in a pinch. How much does that little beauty retail for?

    JD
     
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    you said in your message you want a balance between cost/quality or cost/speed......but this lense is out of these catogories.......and it is almost in the military class....do you have money ready for it?......it doesnt seem like you know what you are looking at buddy???
     
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    Maybe the State of Qatar will lend it to you... no harm in asking, eh? :lmao:
     
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    nealjpage multi format master in a film geek package

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    I think it was tongue-in-cheek humor.:mrgreen:
     
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    the thing weighs 500+ pounds.
     
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    JIP No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    What bag would it fit in?
     
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    jimiismydaddy TPF Noob!

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    I swore that weight was a typo at first lol. My god, I would be afraid to take it out of the box, much less actually attach it to something and use it.
     
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    should that not be on a guys shoulder at a motorcycle race?


    (anyone?)
     
  11. sothoth

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    I was thinking of using it for wildlife photography, nothing exotic, but there are a lot of really cute squirrels that frolic in my backyard. It's hard to get good closeups, but I think this lens might be the answer to that problem, don't you? :)

    I wonder what the minimum focusing distance is, maybe 100 yards? That might preclude using it as a macro lens. :)
     
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    Your yard must be a bit on the large side..... ; -)

    I bet ya hate all that mowing and raking....
     

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