Does anyone have the discontinued 70-210mm AF f/4-5.6 lens? Ken Rockwell raves about it on his website, kenrockwell.com, and I'm tempted to get this lens over the 70-300mm. Just want to get other opinions.
#1. "RE: 70-210mm f/4-5.6 AF" | In response to Reply # 0jrp Charter MemberThu 28-Jun-01 02:25 AM
My neighbor and brother-in-law has it, has let me use often and yes, it is great. However it does not have the reach of the 300 (obviously, sorry) and the sharpness is similar at best, IMHO. In fact its appeal comes from it's not so hard (soft) image quality ideal for female portraits. The 70-210 has sort of a mystical attraction because it is old and comes from the era when zooms were not supposed to be that good.
The ED glass is magical somehow.
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#2. "RE: 70-210mm f/4-5.6 AF" | In response to Reply # 0Paco Basic MemberThu 28-Jun-01 03:16 PM
I use the even older 70-210 AF straight f/4 and I am pleased with it. The *only* thing I don't care for in the straight f/4 version is its relatively narrow focusing ring with almost no feel of drag against ring movement. I purchased it used instead of the newer, highly touted 70-300 AF ED, which frankly I am not especially impressed with, particularly past 200mm. This impression is not based on any hard data, just a general impression.
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#4. "RE: 70-210mm f/4-5.6 AF" | In response to Reply # 3jnscbl Basic MemberFri 29-Jun-01 01:22 AM
The same way people form opinions of Cokin and Sigma products that they never try, probably.---scott
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