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Old 03-06-2008, 16:23   #1 (permalink)
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Thoughts on this please

I am looking at this lens just now,its second hand but looks ok,any thoughts.
£57.50

Condition:
This lens is in excellent condition throughout, the optics are clear of any dust, mildew, grease and the like, and the lens is naturally in full working order…………..everything performs 100% exactly as it should.

The focus and zoom rings are both light and smooth in use, it is a real pleasure to use.

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The 35-70 Macro is one of Canons original and most popular AF short zoom lenses.

The focal range covers those most commonly associated with normal eyesight, so images reflect those as we see in day-to-day life.

At 35mm the lens is ideal for architecture and landscape work, whilst zip quickly over to the 70mm end and we have one perfect for portraiture and the like.

Additionally, its close focus distance of just 39cm makes it ideal for those quick and easy macro shots.

Its non-rotating front lens element is perfect for using polarising and graduated filters.

This is the ideal lens to leave on your camera for all occasions.

Weight - 245g
Length (min / max) - 65mm / 70mm
Filter Size - 52mm
Minimum Focus - 0.39m
Aperture Range - F3.5/4.5 - F32
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Re: Thoughts on this please

not had any experience with this lens.
Looks like a very old one though as I dont think canon do a 35-70 macro anymore.
I did a quick ebay search and saw that (at time of writing) there is a canon T50 with this lens on at £5 starting and no bids. (item no: 280229902731)

With that in mind, £57 seems extortionate!!
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Old 04-06-2008, 15:58   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Thoughts on this please

I have now decided after begging the wife,i am going to buy a new sigma 105mm macro lens.
So now going to search the net for the best uk deal,i wont buy from abroad.
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Re: Thoughts on this please

Sigma provide international warranty so you can buy from OneStop without any issue. I bought my new Canon body in the UK as they do not support an international warranty.
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Old 04-06-2008, 17:47   #7 (permalink)
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Yep have been on their site,looking around and comparing at the moment.
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Re: Thoughts on this please

Now i am getting confused,a lot of people are saying the tamron macro lenses are better than the sigma ones,not really sure what to go for now.
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Re: Thoughts on this please

"Better" is a very subjective word and could mean any number of things (which will, in turn, mean different things to different people). From all accounts, the Tamron, Sigma and Canon (the lenses around 100mm) are about the same in image quality. However the method of operation, build and price varies! Ideally, try them and then make up your mind which 'feels' better - or just go for the best deal!

BTW, that 35-70 lens I can lay my hands on one and try it, if you like. Don't think it'll be a true macro (probably 1:2) but understand it was one of Canon's earliest lightweight zooms and a bit of a standard workhorse. May be OK for portraits but I wouldn't consider it for macro work
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Re: Thoughts on this please

Well having read a lot of reviews until my eyes went cross eyed,i think i am going to settle for this one,i think.

Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1
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Well having read a lot of reviews until my eyes went cross eyed,i think i am going to settle for this one,i think.

Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1
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Re: Thoughts on this please

Well heres hoping i have made the right decision,but i will mull it over until the weekend.

Have to go and make the coffee now and grovel some more.

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Well having read a lot of reviews until my eyes went cross eyed,i think i am going to settle for this one,i think.

Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1
That lens gets consistently excellent reviews, I have the Tamron 180mm and it's great. I also have the Sigma 105mm, also great.

I've used the Canon equivalent and it feels better built, the autofocus is quieter and faster but I don't use autofocus on Macro shots. I'm happier with what I've got and the extra cash.

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Thanks for your replies,i feel a bit better about my choice of lens now.
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I was reading something on the web the other day, just some random thing can't remember where or why. Anyway they were discussing Canon versus third-party lenses. What the author said is that Canon do not licence their lens technology to anyone else, so any third party manufacturers will have bought a Canon lens, taken it apart and reverse engineered it to form the basis for their own designs.

This means that when you buy anything other than a Canon lens you are buying a copy. It may be a very good copy (it is even possible for a copy to improve on the original) so you have to look at the information available and make your best choice. Given unlimited funds I would buy exclusively Canon lenses as I believe they are the best (personal opinion) but funds are not unlimited so in my bag I have two Sigma lenses and I am very happy with them. I also have a number of Canon lenses which I am equally happy with.

I say just pick the best lens you can afford and don't worry too much about the name on the barrel.
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Yep totally agree,i have seen quite a few comparison macro shots with different lenses and the tamron results were quite outstanding,so i think i will be happy to order this lens now.
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Have ordered my lens from here.

Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1

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completely agree with larne, i too would buy only canon if funds allowed, but would never write off a third party lens........... i have one sigma and oops do i have as many as 6 canon lenses?? ...............
how on earth did that happen!

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