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Old Sep 21, 2011, 12:51 AM   #31
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Nevermind about the flash- just won a used Nissin Di622 for $90

SOMEBODY STOP ME!!!

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Old Sep 21, 2011, 6:10 AM   #32
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I asked about the receipt, and no joy . But I kinda expected that...
Before you decide to keep it, check with Tamron to see if it's been registered.

It could be hot.
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Old Sep 21, 2011, 12:23 PM   #33
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Before you decide to keep it, check with Tamron to see if it's been registered.

It could be hot.
Asked the guy about any history behind the lens, said he bought it new 8 months ago, used it a few times, and ended up using a different lens more- so it's basically new . I will check with Tamron though and see what they have to say. Thanks for that TCav!

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Old Sep 21, 2011, 1:47 PM   #34
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Well, after a little more digging, I found out the guy I got the lens from is a well known photog based in Takoma Park, Maryland (also covers Virginia and DC). It's either him or someone that works for him, so I feel pretty safe . I don't want to "name" him for fear of confidentiallity repercussions from PayPal . Odd though that a pro would buy a new lens and not keep the receipt... I dunno- I take risks on eBay all the time and 8 otta 10 times people are truthful and honest.

So, looks like I got all the basic tools to start out (right?!). Now it's practice, practice, practice .

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Old Sep 21, 2011, 2:02 PM   #35
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Vladimir Horowitz, the concert pianist, was walking in midtown Manhattan with his agent, when a young man approached them seeking directions. He asked "How do I get to Carnegie Hall", to which Horowitz replied "Practice, practice, practice."
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Old Sep 21, 2011, 2:11 PM   #36
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Vladimir Horowitz, the concert pianist, was walking in midtown Manhattan with his agent, when a young man approached them seeking directions. He asked "How do I get to Carnegie Hall", to which Horowitz replied "Practice, practice, practice."
Funny, that's what I was thinking when I posted that


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Old Sep 24, 2011, 12:47 AM   #37
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I asked about the receipt, and no joy .
I recently sold a Tamron lens that I had purchased from a reputable camera shop on eBay. Something happened in shipping and the zoom function did not work on arrival (with a grinding noise). After a few emails back and forth, I had the buyer ship the lens back to me so I could send it to Tamron for service under their 6-year warranty. I got the repaired lens back without trouble, and am shipping it back to my buyer. Big piece of this: I didn't have my receipt, but I was able to get a reprint from the camera shop that originally sold me the lens.

Bottom line: work with your seller, express your concerns simply and directly, and enjoy your lens.
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I recently sold a Tamron lens that I had purchased from a reputable camera shop on eBay. Something happened in shipping and the zoom function did not work on arrival (with a grinding noise). After a few emails back and forth, I had the buyer ship the lens back to me so I could send it to Tamron for service under their 6-year warranty. I got the repaired lens back without trouble, and am shipping it back to my buyer. Big piece of this: I didn't have my receipt, but I was able to get a reprint from the camera shop that originally sold me the lens.

Bottom line: work with your seller, express your concerns simply and directly, and enjoy your lens.
Wow, excellent I will see if he is willing to help me out- thank you for sharing that story!

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Have fun with the new lens and flash.
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Old Sep 26, 2011, 3:31 PM   #40
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Ok- need comments QUICKLY!!! Got the lens, performing tests- NOT HAPPY so far . I put up a few shots on my picasa account:

https://picasaweb.google.com/1083802...eat=directlink

All pics are at:

FL 50mm
ISO 200
100% crop
Sharpness adjusted in Digital Photo Prof to 8!
Did f/2.8 4.0 and 8.0

Is this all I can expect from this lens???!!! Turns out the reason he doesn't have the receipt is because it is a GREY MARKET LENS . No Tamron 6 Year Warranty Hologram sticker on the top of the box! I'm thinkin I should send it back to him ASAP- please tell me YOUR opinions!!!

EDIT: I also included a shot from my Rebel XSi with the 18-135mm IS, FL 50mm F8.0 for comparison.

Thank you, again-

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