Three new sets of images from the 24-70 hsm on pbase. Each gallery has two images per shot. One overexposed to make the corners visible and a second closer to normal to allow one to see the overall performance.
All images taken on a Sony A900 full frame camera and manually focused using a 2x magnifier.
The lens ia parfocal. Once focused it remains so throughout the zoom range.
First gallery: http://www.pbase.com/masimo/car is a set of images taken with the focus on the blue car about 100 yards distant.
Second gallery: http://www.pbase.com/masimo/fence is a set of images with focus on the fence across the road about 300 yards away. While not at infinity its about the best I could do without autofocus.
Third gallery: http://www.pbase.com/masimo/corners is a set of images with the focus placed on the two leaves in the center of the picture at the bottom. The idea was to keep the corners in focus to eliminate oof from being the cause of poor corner performance.
disclaimer. This is one sample of the lens. You can't necessarily assume that another will perform the same. I've had lots of comments about how bad and how great the lens is, about how much better this or that copy is, about how bad or good the bokeh is etc. I wanted to know if this lens would come close to the Sony-Zeiss 24-70 f2.8 that costs 2x as much. I originally ordered both lenses with the intent of keeping one or the other. Unfortunately the zeiss is back ordered so I couldn't do the comparison. I doubt I will keep this one though as much because I can't use autofocus right now as because I don't really think it is any better than my converted 28-85 f3.3-4 contax vario sonnar. Manual focus is not an issue for me at these focal lengths and there is no choice with a converted contax lens.
I will still do a series or two of bokeh shots and maybe some portraits.