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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 2:57 pm 
Man it does look sexy

how much do you think it will cost roughly?

i'd love to get that lens with an a800


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 3:33 pm 
The new 70-400mm will be nice, but this will be bigger than 70-300SSM.

I think this is a CZ, but I have doubt about the focal range, I would think more in a 100-400mm f/4-5.6 SSM than 70-400mm.
Is difficult for the diameter filter, this be a f/4 to 400mm, but maybe this picture is not the final model.

I think for quality, price and performance, the 70-300SSM could be a good option to 70-200SSM, if you don´t need the F/2.8.

I will wait too, I want the 70-300SSM, but I want to see the news about these lenses...


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Since Nikon already has a 80-400mm F4.5-5.6, I'm guessing Sony will make a model like that, label it with Zeiss of course. I don't really believe it would be 100-400mm, because the gap between the Zeiss 16-80mm and this one would be too big. If the Super Telephoto Zoom prototype, as it's called would be 80-400, it would be the perfect match for the Zeiss 16-80mm. Zeiss 16-400mm F3.5-5.6, wouldn't be bad right? :D

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Personally I think the novelty of carrying these GIANT lenses around (if your not getting paid to do so), is going to get tiresome after a while. I hope the extra “capture quality” is worth it.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 11:30 pm 
na dah...it's not a giant it's a BEAST!!


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Joey wrote:
na dah...it's not a giant it's a BEAST!!

I'd say it's a giant. If it were a beast, what would a 600mm f/4 be? Or the 200-500mm f/2.8 by Sigma? Those are the real beasts. There's submarines as well, the Zeiss 1700mm f/4, custom build and weighs more than 250kg. It actually looks like a submarine.

[quote=WestCoast]Personally I think the novelty of carrying these GIANT lenses around (if your not getting paid to do so), is going to get tiresome after a while. I hope the extra “capture quality” is worth it.[/quote]
You're right, actually. Having tried the 70-200mm f/2.8 a few times (only 35 days till I get it :D ), I felt that carrying this round my shoulder for a few hours would result in quite severe pain. However, the IQ is superb, the handling and feel of the lens are superb, and that justifies the lack of comfort for me.

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At this point should I admit to thinking about the 18-250 too? I just got back from my 3rd shooting trip in 3 days :p The dragonfly thread might be a bit fatter once I download and sort them all... but, I did find it annoying to keep switching between the 16-80 (too short for wildlife) and 28-300 (not wide enough for landscapes) and missed some opportunistic shots due to that. I do find the 28-300 to be the single lens I'd pick for walkabout. I'm even using it's almost-macro facility.

Also I think I need a bigger bag :D It's a bit tight for me to take my "fave 3" lenses in my current one (above two plus 90mm macro).

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 2:46 pm 
I've heard a lot of you talking about Photokina/Photonika (You guys spell it different :P)

What is that? Sounds interesting (:


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I might have made a typo earlier as I can never remember the correct name :p It's a big camera show held in Germany and is often a time for the camera companies to announce major new products.

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It's Photokina, and it's probably the largest photography convention in the world. Manufacturers show of their current and new products, there are lot of press releases during and before the event, and it's at moments like these (PMA and Photokina) that the world of digital photography 'suffers' from some heavy earthquakes.

What number on the Richter scale would the A900 cause? :)

The convention starts on the 23rd of September and lasts till the 28th. If you'd like more info, surf to the Photokina's official website.

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Sony will have a press conference, in china I think, between September 7th and 9th...


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Hi Alex, nice to see you're saving for the 70-300mm. 25%, well, half of half, that's worth something right?
Thursday my percentage will go up again, for the last time. The next time, I'll spend it immediatly... if you know what I mean.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 6:39 pm 
Good luck... :wink:

I hope the august end my saving money grow-up... :wink:

I think with this lens is deffinitive for me, the 24-105mm and 70-300mm will be enough, but just I will see the new 24-105mm f/4 SSM G :lol:

Now, I will find a M42 adapter and some M42 Carl Zeiss and Schneider lenses in ebay, those will be a good option...


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alexramos wrote:
I think with this lens is deffinitive for me, the 24-105mm and 70-300mm will be enough, but just I will see the new 24-105mm f/4 SSM G :lol:

You have similar high-end aspirations like I do, I like that. Means I'm not alone in the battle of saving money :) .
After the 70-200mm I'll have to get a laptop first (for university and full-time CL :D ), then I'll get started on the Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 SSM, which I hope to have by the end of next year (fingers crossed!).

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 11:29 pm 
Bjorn van Sinttruije wrote:
I'd say it's a giant. If it were a beast, what would a 600mm f/4 be? Or the 200-500mm f/2.8 by Sigma? Those are the real beasts. There's submarines as well, the Zeiss 1700mm f/4, custom build and weighs more than 250kg. It actually looks like a submarine.



:lol: :lol: i call them MoaL=Mother of all lenses or Big mama's

there's indeed a sense of dignity when your carrying such lenses however it does mean that you will be tired easily.

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At this point should I admit to thinking about the 18-250 too? I just got back from my 3rd shooting trip in 3 days :p The dragonfly thread might be a bit fatter once I download and sort them all... but, I did find it annoying to keep switching between the 16-80 (too short for wildlife) and 28-300 (not wide enough for landscapes) and missed some opportunistic shots due to that.


the 18-250mm could come in handy as a walkabout lens....although in terms of image quality you won't be getting excellent results(soft wide open and little distortion at wide end) and also it is slow in focusing

positively it's has better iQ than most kit lenses :? ..damn i have a kit lens
all in all the 18-250mm is much of a lens which can cover from wide angle to the telephoto. :D


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