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Wed 01-Aug-01 10:38 PM

I'm a little surprised not to see more discussion of this lens. Who has one? What do the reviews have to say? For the first time I'm wondering if my 28-105 is still the perfect lens for me. The 24-85 is considerably more expensive than the 28-105 but I like the fact that it is a bit faster and is IF and doesn't spin the filter when you zoom either. The macro specs appear to be similar on paper, any reposrts on actual macro quality? I would also like to know how quickly that 2.8 aperture comes up as you zoom. On the 28-105 it goes as follows: 28mm=f3.5, 35mm=f3.8, it hits f4 at around 45mm and 4.5 at 70mm which means to me that the 24-85 is probably considerably faster throughout the zoom range.

I think I like the 24-85 zoom range a little better than the 28-105. I often find myself wanting a wider angle but seldom use the full 105. I already have the 70-300 ED.

I don't like the 72 mm filter size and I don't like the price. I understand the 72mm is the size price you pay for speed and I'm not saying the price isn't fair, its just more than I could spend.

I've been very smug in my advice to beginners and amatuers to get the 28-105. I think, if the quality of the 24-85 is equal or better than the 28-105 which I fully expect it to be, my new advice would be get the 24-85 if you can, if not get the 28-105. Any thoughts?

George (N80)

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