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Old Aug 23, 2013, 9:04 PM   #1
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Ever since I gave my daugher "Vole" my old manual-focus 28mm, have been looking for an auto-focus replacement. The old Vivitar was a sharp little lens, and the focal length ideal for "intimate landscapes," but colors always too blue for my taste, and difficult (for my old eyes) to focus. Did I really need another lens? Of course not!! But recently found a great price on an FA 28. So here are a few test shots...

First a few scenes from up on Unaka Mountain. It's a lush green mountain, and there's a great hike up the mountain from Limestone Cove to Stamping Ground Ridge. Here are three perspectives on a fine little waterfall, not far from the start of the trail.
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Not a good day for views - top of the mt was engulfed in fog. But this made for some lush wet smaller scenes - like this trickling cliff on the shoulder of the mountain.
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And these ferny, mossy cliffs up near the top of the mt...
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Second "test run" of the FA 28 was over at Laurel Run Park in nearby Hawkins County TN. Have posted (far too many) photos from there already... Hope you will tolerate just a few more.

Here's a detail from one of the old homesites (the Asa Simpson home) on the edge between Laurel Run and Bays Mt.
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An odd little fungus (not sure of the species) along the trail - FA 28 is not macro, but surprisingly good close focus...
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Laurel Run also holds some very lush damp woodlands - here's a view along Kiner Creek, just below the waterfall. (I do like how the FA 28 renders details...)
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And two views of Laurel Run Falls - not very full, but more so than usual for August...
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I think this lens is a "keeper!" What do you think? Would really appreciate your input about these test shots, and also any input/suggestions from those who own this lens. Thanks!!
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Looks like a great lens, and a very nice series of shots. As always the waterfalls shots are perfect. I think my favorite is the last one, I like the mood of the image and composition. I can see the time you spend on each of your shots.

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I certainly agree that the lens is a keeper. Excellent images, as usual. My favorite is the first view of Laurel Run Falls, but all photos are excellent.
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