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Old Dec 8, 2006, 2:54 PM   #31
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You can always use the long end for sighting ghosts from a distance but you do know their imagescan't be caputured on digital sensors due to the trans-flux capacitance that ghosts are known emit.
It may be the lens design versus the sensor causing the issue with capturing ghosts.

I remember reading that newer coatings designed for lenses used on Digital Cameras are designed to reduce "ghosting". ;-)

Look at some of Sigma's lens' descriptions and you'll see this feature discussed:

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Sigma's super multi-layer lens coating reduces flare and ghosting, and helps create a natural color balance.
http://www.sigmaphoto.com/lenses/len...mp;navigator=5

So, if you want to capture the ghosts, another brand without the newer lens coatings may be a better way to go.

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Old Dec 8, 2006, 3:13 PM   #32
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But, I heard that the prototype lens is a bit soft at f/1.2, and you need to stop it down to f/1.4 to get sharp images from it at anything over 700mm.

I really wouldn't need the long end. But, as long as I'm paying that much for one ($299 list), I'd rather have one usable at all focal lengths without needing to stop down the aperture any.

Rumour has it that there's some barrel distortion (around 1 or 2 percent) at 10mm, too. I'm not sure I'd want to live with that. :-)
That's really disappointing, you'd think those bozos would get their acts together, or leave the optical business.


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Old Dec 8, 2006, 4:03 PM   #33
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I'd think that new Fuji with the infra-red and ultraviolet imaging would be a good way to go for capturing ghosts. They can't hide from every spectrum and luckily that lens mounts to any camera.


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Old Dec 12, 2006, 1:39 AM   #34
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28-70 2.8 SIGMA WORKS FOR ME:|
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Old Dec 12, 2006, 1:41 AM   #35
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I'm still looking for a single lens solution.

I'd like to have a 10-1000mm f/1 (although, I'd settle for f/1.2) that weighs in at 240 grams, is only 3 inches long with internal focus, and uses 49mm filter threads (although, I'd settle for 52 or 55mm).






I JUST SOLD THE LAST ONE..SORRY
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Old Dec 12, 2006, 2:26 PM   #36
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Well, I've had the Tokina lens a few days, but the bleak weather here has left me uninspired as far as taking shots with it.Such is Michigan in early winter- brown and gray.

I've done a few indoortests against the 50mm f1.7 prime, where it is clearly inferior at 50mm f2.8. By 50mm f5.6 I find it hard to differentiate between the 2 lenses though, which is nice. Plus, it's good to have the f2.8 when you are willing to accept a bit less sharpness to get the shot. I've never had such a bright short zoom and since I now have kids in school (plays, musicals, graduations, etc) a short bright zoom is a nice addition. I must also keep in mind that my comparisons are made at huge sizes, nowhere near the sizes most of my prints are made at (smaller than 8x10).

I can post Christmas tree examples if anyone wants, otherwise I'll wait till I find something worth posting before I show comparison shots.

I like this lens but haven't used it enough to say whether I'll keep it or sell it for a new lens. The most attractive new lens is definately the Carl Zeiss 16-80 and I will likely wait until that lens is released before buying another short zoom ( unless I see one of those 24-85 Minolta f3.5-4.5 lenses that Jim brags up)
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There are several on EBay. Here is one with a Tiffen filter that you can get into bidding war over or buy it now for 125.00

http://cgi.ebay.com/Minolta-24-85mm-...QQcmdZViewItem
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There are several on EBay. Here is one with a Tiffen filter that you can get into bidding war over or buy it now for 125.00

http://cgi.ebay.com/Minolta-24-85mm-...QQcmdZViewItem


LOL, my wife just loves you guys! I guess I should have worded my post better. I'm not really looking for another short zoom, but if I happen across one in good shape I may still buy it. (much to Mrs. Merc's dismay...)
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Old Dec 14, 2006, 9:16 AM   #39
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On Adorama's purchasing Dept.,sending in the lenses wasn't worth the effort. I sent in a dozen lenses, and the buyer offered me $100. Their fair market value should be between $500 and $600, I can easily get that from them on Ebay. To add insult to injury, the buyer told me that Maxxum lenses are obsolete because Minolta is ' out of business'. Nevermind that Sony can't manufacturer A100's fast enough to meet demand. Ah well, I just thanked him and asked politely to have them returned to me. I will Ebay them or perhaps give KEH a crack. I just thought I'd save anyone else the trouble of packing up your gear to send in, it's not really worth the time. (and I do understand that they want to make a profit, but I don't think that they need to make 500%)
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On Adorama's purchasing Dept.,sending in the lenses wasn't worth the effort. I sent in a dozen lenses, and the buyer offered me $100. Their fair market value should be between $500 and $600, I can easily get that from them on Ebay. To add insult to injury, the buyer told me that Maxxum lenses are obsolete because Minolta is ' out of business'. Nevermind that Sony can't manufacturer A100's fast enough to meet demand. Ah well, I just thanked him and asked politely to have them returned to me. I will Ebay them or perhaps give KEH a crack. I just thought I'd save anyone else the trouble of packing up your gear to send in, it's not really worth the time. (and I do understand that they want to make a profit, but I don't think that they need to make 500%)
I think you will due better with KEH, but EBay will still probably get you the most.

KEH offered me 300 for my KM 5D body only no accessories and I told thatthe focus screen had a minor scuff. Of course that was subject to inspection. Even though that wasn't a bad offer I know I can get more on EBay.


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