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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 3:53 am 
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Well,

I am very interested in this lens. I was bidding on one on e-bay for $52.00 USD but just got outbid. Maybe Its a sign that Im not supposed to have this lens...

What are your thoughts. Anyone own this lens. Is it the zoom macro lens for me?

I currently only own the kit lens and really want to start doing some macro and wildlife photography. I realize this isnt a 1:1 macro lens but for a starter it should be ok for now.. right?

What are everyone's thoughts?

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Bonsoir Slick3358,

Why don't you consider a fixed 200mm or 300mm :?:

Second hand zoom could be tricky :? Fixed lenses are said to be more robust.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2009 6:07 pm 
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Salut rei_vilo

I have considered a fixed lens. I know they have better image quality but am worried that if I bought a 200mm or 300mm fixed lens that I would be limited to either the 18-55mm kit lens and a fixed lens. I think what Im trying to do is cover all focal distances so I may take a variety of shots. Plus having the Zoom with a macro would be a bonus for me.

Explain what you mean when you say the zoom lens may be Tricky?

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Bonjour Slick3358,

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Second hand zoom could be tricky

Zoom lenses need gentle care. If you buy a zoom trough eBay, how are you going to know the previous owner has been handling the zoom with care :?:

Unless you could test the zoom by yourself, and have some refund if things go south, what warranty do you have :?:

I know, I know, in Europe, we don't trust eBay as much as in America :?

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Rei,

I usually only look at ebay sellers who are businesses or own camera shops. They offer usually a 7day or a 30 day return. So If I recieved the lens by Fed EX or UPS and it it seems to have a problem I can return it no questions asked.

However I am always a bit nervous when buying something on ebay because as you said, it would have been not treated well by the last owner. Perhaps I should just go look in my local camera shop for used lenses. At least I know for sure that the shop im buying from has in fact done a good job at looking the lens over for any problems.

Its a gamble I suppose...

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Rei,

Today I ordered a Tamron 70-300mm with macro mode. The first shop I went to had it for $80 dollers more than the second shop. They told me Tamron and many others are raising their prices because of the echonomy. Im just glad I got it for that price. I should have the lens in a week or so. Ill post my first shots.

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If you got the 70-300mm LD Di II Macro it's a great lens, I picked me up a Sigma 105mm Macro. It should be here today via UPS.

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