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Old Jul 4, 2008, 9:07 AM   #11
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Don't be such a big spender. ;-) $39.99 delivered, huh?

It looks like that one last sold for $135 and $154 when offered new at B&H and Adorama. Here's it's entry over at Dyxum:

http://www.dyxum.com/lenses/detail.asp?IDLens=109

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Yeah, I know! Here's the thing, based on the review (the numbers actually) from that website, I would never had bought it. It received a 2.6 rating on a scale from 1-5, which is not very encouraging. Instead, I bought it based on 5 reviews at Amazon (which BTW still have it for the price I paid). I can't say it's the best thing since sliced bread but it certainly does not disappoint, specially considering its price.I wished it had macro capability as well.

Here are afew more samplesshowing what it can do...

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Old Jul 4, 2008, 12:19 PM   #14
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The A300DR continues toamaze me
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Old Jul 4, 2008, 12:26 PM   #17
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Old Jul 4, 2008, 12:27 PM   #18
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Yeah, I know! Here's the thing, based on the review (the numbers actually) from that website, I would never had bought it. It received a 2.6 rating on a scale from 1-5, which is not very encouraging.
Actually, it's closer to a 4 (3.87 so far based on 3 reviews) there if you look closer. You can click on the reviews link to read all 3 reviews. The reviews are usually from KM or Sony dSLR owners (so, you can get a better idea of how one works on these dSLR models).

http://www.dyxum.com/lenses/detail.asp?IDLens=109

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Here's the direct link to reviews of this lens:

http://www.dyxum.com/reviews/lenses/...asp?IDLens=109

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Old Jul 4, 2008, 12:47 PM   #19
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Thanks, Jim. The reviews go along with my initial results and feeling for this lens. It's well worth $40 IMO. I was looking at the Tamron 28-300mm. There are at least three models: the old LD, the XR and the XR Di.It's myunderstanding from reading some posts here at Steves that the difference between the XR and the XR DI is minimum. I've been watching an XR version on eBay. Do you know how good the old version is (not the XR but the one prior)?
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The older the lens design on a budget grade lens, the more likely you'll have washed out images due to loss of contrast in harsher lighting from coatings that are not as quite as good (which tends to be a bigger issue with digital due to the reflectivity of the camera's sensor). The newer designs are likely a bit better from a sharpness perspective, too (although, none of the budget zooms are likely going to be anything to write home about if you need to use one with the aperture wide open).

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