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Old Jan 31, 2007, 6:43 PM   #21
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The new 70-300 is a great lens (I've had mine for a couple months now). Though I used to think the kit 18-135 was great :lol:

I don't get fringing. It's razor sharp (IMO). I don't get much distortion (for a zoom). It's fast. And it has VR!!

For it's price, it is a huge steal!

Pic from my first outing with this lens on my D80. Heavily cropped (at 300mm)!

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/146/3...53a14bc9_b.jpg
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Old Feb 3, 2007, 1:52 PM   #22
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That is an amazingly excellent photo, when you consider that it was at the max zoom. Was it taken on a tripod?

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Old Feb 4, 2007, 9:33 AM   #23
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Your picture and enthusiasm for that lens is contagious--the one I ordered should be here Tuesday, hopefully followed by a camera real soon, too.
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Old Feb 4, 2007, 11:55 AM   #24
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I have had this lens for a week, and think I will love it.....however, I've got a question... Every exposure I've taken has three little spots in the same place. I've tried carefull cleaning both the front and rear glass, with no results. I've attached an example.

Does this look like some internal problem with the lens to you, or am I doing something wrong that is causeing these blemishes?

Thanks, in advance.


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Old Feb 4, 2007, 12:38 PM   #25
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It just means that you have dust or grit on the camera's sensor protector plate and that it needs to be removed by cleaning and/or blowing with a hand held bulb blower or cleaning using something like the Copperhill method. Don't under any circumstances use canned air. It is too powerful and will damage your camera's imager and/or internal parts.

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Old Feb 4, 2007, 1:14 PM   #26
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I failed to say this before, but I can see these through the viewfinder. Wouldn't that mean that its on the lens, not the sensors?


Later........

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Mtn Gal!

I was ready to return the lens, but you made me try a different lens, sure enough, spots were there, too.

After 4 attempts at blowing the stuff off the sensor, I finally got it all!

I guess, what I was seeing in the viewfinder was a coinsidental bit of dust on the mirror, or whatever.

Anyway - you saved me much heartache.

Thanks, again.

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Old Feb 6, 2007, 4:48 PM   #27
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That is an amazingly excellent photo, when you consider that it was at the max zoom. Was it taken on a tripod?

MT/Sarah
Thanks. I did not use a tripod. It was just me and my camera (and my birding buddy royce10 ), taking a walk around Bolsa Chica. I had my share of crappy images, but most of those were just me trying to take pictures of birds in flight and missing (what a PIA!).

Here's another one, but this one wasn't cropped much:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/142/3...f3c30a11_b.jpg


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Old Feb 6, 2007, 6:12 PM   #28
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Congratulations!

That photo is equally impressive. Well Done!

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Old Feb 11, 2007, 1:26 PM   #29
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I'm a bit bothered that my copy is too soft throughout its focal range - see separate thread here.
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