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    35-70/4 Query

    Am pondering this lens as a nice all-round shooter. As usual have all the material from EP, etc. Anyone out there care to share their experiences with the lens? Would be used on a 1Ds2.

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    I had one. It was an excellent lens but of course, the f/4 aperture was a big limitation when using film.
    I used it also on the DMR and it was ok but sold it because I had no use of a 50-100mm/4 zoom.

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    Re: 35-70/4 Query

    Thanks Pascal.
    Would like an everyday walk-around/hiking lens and while normally not a fan of zooms due to IQ from many, the 35-70/4 has a nice rep and the MTF charts look very impressive. The 35-70/2.8 would be nice, but so would a lottery win ;>

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    Re: 35-70/4 Query

    I had the 35-70/4, but sold it and replaced it with the 28-90/2.8-4.5. In addition to having a more useful zoom range and being easier to focus, my impression is that images from the 28-90 have a little more pop than the 35-70.
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    Rob:

    The 35-70mm f4 is as good as the equivalent primes in that range. If you don't mind the F4 it is worth giving one a try. If you buy one, make sure you get it cheap, as it may not be easy to sell on the used market, short of putting it on Ebay.

    My standard kit for shooting travel in the film days was 28mm, 35-70mm f4 and 105-280mm. With those three lenses I got fantastic results.

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    Re: 35-70/4 Query

    The 28-90 is a great option, but cannot be made to safely mount on an EOS body.

    The going price for a clean 35-70 is roughly $600+ at moment.

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    Re: 35-70/4 Query

    Rob,
    I had the 35-70 and really thought it was good lens for the money. I shot comparisons to the Canon L 24-70 on my D-60 and found that the cheaper Leica lens if that is possible, was sharper than the Canon. Another option is the 35-70 3.5 which was made in Germany, (the last version's front elements did not rotate when focused) which is a very good lens as well and can be found sub $600.

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    The 35-70/3.5 is good indeed but not as much as the 35-70/4. Especially wide-open.
    And the 1m minimal focusing is annoying sometimes.

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    I had one of these with ROM and it was a stellar lens - quite excellent. The macro feature is also a nice addition. I was lucky enough to get the elmarit so sold it but in some ways wish I had kept it for traveling etc. I say go for it. Probably can find one at KEH...

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    Re: 35-70/4 Query

    I had the EF 28-70 some time ago and while good (surprisingly so) when I compare the IQ from it with the MTF from the 35-70/4 and my experience with Leica lenses with similar performance, it wouldn't surprise me the Leica F4 would be better - especially WO - and for 1/3rd less $$$ (900+ for the 28/24-70 vs $600 for the Leica).

    The CZ 35-70/3.4 is another candidate, but I don't know how well I'd get along with the whole push-pull zoom concept. That and the Leica is reputed sharper at F4 than the CZ at 3.4.

    The asking price for a 35-70 is within spitting distance of the 35 'cron (another candidate) so it's a bit of a toss up. The zoom has more reach, a macro feature and on paper (and by rep) is sharper across the frame at F4 than the 35 & 50 'crons vs the two stops gained, bokeh(?), size and likely resale that is in favor of the 35/2.

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    Re: 35-70/4 Query

    I have been using the 35-70/4 for several years. It's an extremely sharp lens due to its ASPH lens surface. In my own experience, I felt it is sharper than both Summicron 35 and 50 at their respective F stops. But it has different image characteristics compared with Summicrons. In the beginning, I felt the 35-70/4 was 'too' sharp and somewhat lack of smoothness that I was familiar with the Summicron 35. But I've grown to like the lens more over time. It's become the standard lens on my R8 when I travel with Leica R system. If you can live with the F4 and limited range, it's one of the best R lenses available, irregardless of the price, IMHO.

    For me, the biggest problem of whether to keep my R lenses is the future of R system.

    Kind regards,

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    Re: 35-70/4 Query

    Ocean - great input.
    I hear you on the R glass. I love the stuff, but as much as want more am hesitating with every purchase (or down-scaling what I buy) because IF an R10 fails to appear/impress, prices will drop (as DMR prices rise) or vice versa.

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    Re: 35-70/4 Query

    Ocean - happen to have a sample shot or two? Maybe a close-up (human, critter, etc) - or something similar something that shows some fine detail (hair, fur, skin, eyes, etc)?

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    Re: 35-70/4 Query

    Rob,

    Here are few scanned images (Nikon 9000ED) taken with R8 and 35-70/4 (Kodak E100G). These are directly from scanner, PS only used to trim the film edges, no croppings.

    Sorry that I don't have any close up that I can find at the moment. Will look later....

    Kind regards

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    Ocean - nice. Thanks. Nice locale as well.

    As an aside, loved my R8 - used it with Nikon 5000ED. Every try Kodak 160NC? Scans sweetly with native Nikon software.

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