Did you see my post on the simple shoot with this 28-300 VC and the Tamron 18-200? http://www.cameralabs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5637
I handled this lens last Saturday (5-11-08) and was most impressed by it's clarity at 5 foot shoot. It also did excellent at a 1/25" hand held shot with no flash, inside the store.
Perhaps I should have bought is as I called up there this morning after they opened up and they sold their only 2 in stock. Figures!
I've shot a 28-200 for several years. Until recently I never began looking at really wide angle lenses. If you have a Nikon you could get the 18-55 Nikon lens for those times you would want to shoot a bit wider than the 28mm.
I looked at most of my photos over the past years, looking at Exif data. I found that I rarely shot below 40mm on my 28-200 Tamron lens.
Here is why this might be such a great lens. Fujinon view lenses were astounding for their very large image circle. Pricey as well! The larger the image circle, the more of the "sweet spot" of the lens is used for the actual image when you use a smaller image size. My 4 X 5 Graphic View II takes phenomenal pictures and even more impressive with a roll film back on there. Now the center of the lens in in an area of 6cm X 7cm instead of 4" x 5".
Info on American Duduks I make here in Michigan..
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