2 pointsI finally got my 35-100 F2.0 in. Of course, it was used, off of eBay. Had KEH had one in, I might have gone that route, but they are always above $1000 USD when they have this lens in stock. The good: VERY, very well packaged! I was nervous about this, especially since the shipper used USPS GROUND.... For those who are not in the US, this is just about the absolute cheapest rate for US mail. The bad: 1. The shipper used USPS Ground. It took 18 days to get here. It went from East Coast (Florida) by rail or truck with many transfers to the West Coast (Seattle, WA) then by barge to Anchorage, Alaska, and finally on a plane to here (500 miles west of Anchorage.) I have had other stuff shipped like this that took as much as 28 days, with 10 days or more between getting on the barge, and then clearing the Anchorage facility. Lots of handling and sorting, and beat-to-hell condition when it arrived here. eBay does not keep track of messages included with the offers, and I was fairly certain that I said I wanted to pay for more rapid shipping..... so maybe I only meant to pay for quicker shipping.... I will never know. 2. The seller said it was immaculate condition, with a filter on it since day 1..... It is a beautiful lens, with the hood. But he failed to mention that the filter cannot come off of the lens, and might as well have been glued in place. So a lens some of you say is the sharpest they have ever used, with a cheap BOWER UV filter (one of the THIN versions) wedded to the front of the lens. Of course, it was almost impossible to grip the lens with a filter wrench, as so little of the filter was above the lens. But I tried for a long time. 3. Just to make sure I was NOT doing something from some sort of false memory, I looked up multiple websites for "how to do it" stuck filter recommendations. I had already exhausted the first 3 or four, depending on web site, and I was up to the more serious options. SO.... I froze it over night while in a large ziplock sealed baggie, and left it in a deep freezer at minus 10 F. At lunch today I took it out, and tried again....NOTHING......NOTHING. I left it outside on my porch in the ziplock bag so it could warm up slowly (it was only 25F today, which is warmer than it should be this time of year. 4. I emailed the seller and explained I would NEVER have purchased this from him had he revealed the filter was stuck on the front. Amazing!!! I have still had no answer from him. I would have expected at least a minor protest, with a statement that he did not realize this problem existed. But NOTHING! 5. Before getting out the pliers, saws, files and dremel tool for the next options, I did some more careful thought, and decided I should give it a few more tries with the filter wrench and the flexible rubber pad for removing tight jar lids. Once I went to hack saw, or dremel tool, I could not return the lens (yes, he said no returns, but I figured eBay wouId have honored an appeal based on it NOT being in perfect condition since a cheap filter was stuck on it.) I have found that eBay really does follow up, and I have won four or five appeals with NO cost to me even for shipping (I have lost none at this point.) And you do not often have problems on eBay like in the 1990's. So I tried for another ten minutes with the filter wrench and the rubber pad, and SUDDENLY it turned freely. From stuck to loose in a fraction of a second. It did not slowly come loose, it QUICKLY went to zero resistance. SO, off to the Jobu Jr. Gimbal mount, and a few photos. I am not sure how to evaluate the results. Perhaps you can decide. I shot at 35mm and 100mm ONLY. I was at f10, and only wanted a quick assessment of quality. I clicked of 50 shots or so in a minute or so. What can I say? I was using Nikon View NX-i and I shot in jpeg mode, not raw. The image was difficult to assess when I went to 400% size; maybe the resolution was not good enough for this size, or maybe it was even my cheap monitor (on other posts, Dallas and a few others have told me they could see things I can't see on my own cheap 19" monitor..... Everything less than 400% was VERY SHARP. So, Sarcasm aside, it IS heavy. It is not quite as big as I thought it would be, and every bit as sharp as Dallas and Bytesmiths said. I was glad I was able to get the cheap Bower filter off of it. Unless this guy jammed this on at the last minute to confirm that he really kept a filter on it since he got it, I cannot imagine anyone using a cheap piece of crap $10 Bower filter on the front of a VERY expensive and VERY sharp lens. I don't know about the rest of you, but I have read and seen some pretty convincing arguments and images showing that there is a reason that most cheap filters are cheap. I have gravitated toward using NO filters unless there is an optical necessity (a need to polarize, or need to get rid of UV.) Now, when I do use filters the cheapest I use is a Hoya, made in Japan, and a higher grade they came out with. I have been slowly replacing all of my filters with a few B&W UV and polarizing filters. I use a lot of step up rings to reduce the number of filters I use. Yes, a long story to conclude that Dallas and Bytesmith are right. Now to see if I am really going to use it. I am anxious to try it at F2, and various zoom settings.
1 pointI'm glad you were able to get the lens sorted, Walton. It is a beast of a thing and if you can cope with the sheer size when mounted on an MFT body, you will be rewarded with some spectacular image quality. I also do not use screw in filters at all on any of my lenses, but I think i am going to have to try and find a Ø46mm one for my Sigma 60/2.8 Art. The lens cap went missing after a client shoot a couple of years ago and I cannot find a replacement in all of Africa, so that lens is basically stuck here in my office.
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