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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 6:16 pm 
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Yay! I got it, finally! After months of saving, periodes of doubts and other temptations, I bought the Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 SSM last Friday. I'm loving it so far, though I haven't been out shooting with it much (it's way too hot outside).

First impressions are great. It's solid, feels even more solid than the 70-200mm f/2.8 G SSM, and pretty big. The weight doesn't concern me much, I'm used to the 70-200mm which is pretty heavy (doesn't bother me though). The pictures I've shot so far are super sharp at f/2.8. The focussing is the real dream-come-true: fast, quiet and spot-on every single time.

Love it. Just... love it.

Why I managed to get it already? Well, I just graduated, and I got some money from family and relatives, which allowed my to buy half a 24-70mm. By selling the Zeiss 16-80mm and using my savings from a couple of months, I got it. Plus, I still have a sum of money left, which I'll use to get the 50mm f/1.4 once it's back in stock! :D

There will be an unboxing video, just wait a few more days...

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Congrats, and have fun. No more wide angle though? What next after the 50? Ultra wide, or a long tele perhaps?...

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Thanks. :)

After the 50mm? I'm not sure either. Perhaps an 85mm f/1.4. Perhaps a Zeiss 16-35mm f/2.8 SSM. Perhaps a full frame camera. Haven't really decided yet.

I don't work at extreme wide-angles that much though, I won't miss it terribly.

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Congratulations, Bjorn. Looking forward to an addition or two to the Lens Gallery. 8)

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Congrats Bjorn, it's a superb lens - you know you need to go full-frame now, right?


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 2:32 am 
Congrats! hehe


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 3:07 am 
Congrats Bjorn:
I predict your next target will be the A900 FF.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 3:38 am 
Bjorn, if you can, show in your video with the lens hood on and extend the lens to full length and show how it looks.

I still haven't gotten over the fact that the ZA24-70 doesn't use internal extension or hides the extension like the Canon equivalent. Protruding barrels aren't very attractive.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 5:34 am 
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Congrats Bjorn, it's a superb lens - you know you need to go full-frame now, right?

Ow, that will make it pricier :p .

Proficiat bjorn, en geniet ervan! kan niet wachten om enkele foto's te zien ;)


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 5:55 am 
Have lots of fun with that lens Bjorn.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 9:42 am 
Oh and your staying with sony I guess? ;)


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 10:54 am 
cartong wrote:
Oh and your staying with sony I guess? ;)


I'm Proud Bjorn!!! You stay with sony 8) tell us what the benifit of having a zeis!!! :wink:

I think i am the first one who know this thing will happen? (in this forum thou)


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 1:31 pm 
Wow, congrats Bjorn! You really finally did it!

Can't believe you're giving up the wide end for it. I was thinking of doing the same by selling the 17-50mm, but to keep the wide angle, I still have my 18-70mm kit.

Well, it's time to post up some pictures of the lens (better stand back real far with the 70-200mm, unless you still have the 16-80) and we need a video(s)! Be sure to include the AF speed at various lengths. ;)

Gordon Laing wrote:
Congrats Bjorn, it's a superb lens - you know you need to go full-frame now, right?


lol, too true :lol:


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 4:19 pm 
And WAIT!!! i forgot! :)

Double Congratulations to you purchase and your graduation...

Youl go to college? :D

Cheers!!!!!!!


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 6:16 pm 
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That is a nice piece op equipment Bjorn! Congratulations. I'm anxious to hear about your experiences with this lens mounted on your A700, especially after having had the 16-80 for quite a while.

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