macdaddy's reviews

  • Olympus 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 Zuiko Digital

    10 out of 10 points and recommended
    fast, sharp, beautiful bokeh
    bulky; heavy if not used to a big pro-level zoom; but lighter than competitors

    I have three Olympus zooms and this has become my favorite. It has incredible "presence", providing bright, detailed, SHARP photos from edge-to-edge. The bokeh and depth of field make art shots so much fun with this lens.
    Be warned, though, this is a BIG, somewhat heavy lens and does its best on a good tripod. Every 4/3rds user needs this lens in their arsenal of lenses. That said, though, compared to other manufacturers lenses that are as fast and cover this range, it's a real lighweight!

    reviewed November 18th, 2006 (purchased for $775)
  • Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di AF

    10 out of 10 points and recommended

    I purchased this lens just prior to a visit to the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, KY and was glad I had it. During my four days there, it never left my Nikon and produced some truly extraordinary photos from that trip.
    Even using available lighting inside fairly dark rooms (We weren't allowed to use a flash) the photos were remarkably detailed after minor PP in Photoshop to bring up highlights. Details were sharp, crisp and color accuracy was almost dead on. There was some softening in the corners, but overall, this is an excellent lens that covers a wide enough range to be one of very few walk about lenses I'd recommend

    reviewed December 2nd, 2006