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Here's the full review of the Sony 75-300mm F/4.5-5.6, which I've been working hard on all through the holiday weekend.  There's a few good points and a few not-so-good points to ponder, so settle back with all that left-over food and enjoy the review!




Here's a fancy studio shot of the new Nikon D40.  I'm more than likely going to review this camera if I can get one soon.  Hopefully, Nikon is better about release dates than Sony, (read below) so it should be the first part of December, then a couple weeks for the full review to appear, which will naturally include a review of the "kit" lens.  Follow the link for a product tour courtesy of Nikon, where you'll find 14 pictures of the D40.




Check out my in-depth review of the Minolta AF 28mm F/2.8 lens.  I appears to be the same as the re-badged Sony, selling for $249, though the Minolta sells on ebay for around the $50 mark.  This lens may not be the most useful, but it won't hurt you to have a look:)




Nikon announces the new D40, a downgrade to the D50, but I think consumers will benefit in the long run, meaning excellent image quality and noise reduction, even at high ISOs for a good price.  It's nice to see a company go for quality instead of quantity in this day and age.  Check the quick specs below or go to the full specs page here.

  • 6.1mp
  • ISO 200-3200
  • 2.5" 230,000 LCD
  • Flash sync up to 1/500s
  • optional wireless remote control
  • 1.2lb, 5.0w x 2.5d x 3.7h
  • sold only as a "kit" (with lens)
  • $599 retail
  • In stores Dec. 2006




Before you is yet another lens I'll be reviewing soon.  My limited use so far has revealed a pretty decent lens, but we won't judge it until the full review.  I'd like to get my hands on the new Carl Zeiss 16-80mm but there seems to be a problem getting it to market.  Sony's website said they would take orders starting Oct. 6th but now they've pulled that statement and no word period.  The 75-300mm I'll review in the next couple of weeks.

Update: Sony now says the Carl Zeiss 16-80mm will be available in the spring of '07, looks like Sony once again has some serious production problems.

  • Sony 75-300mm F/4.5-5.6
  • circular aperture, 7 blade
  • lens hood
  • Max mag .25x
  • Equivalent to 112.5-450mm on aps-c
  • Filter 55mm
  • Weight 460g
  • Min aperture F/32
  • $229




Here's a new lens from Tamron, due out in 2007; I assume early in the year.  No pricing yet but most likely $500 - $600.  Focal length equivalent on an aps-c size sensor approximately 27mm-375mm.

  • Tamron SP AF18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II LD Aspherical [IF] Macro
  • Compatible Mount: Canon, pentax, Samsung, Sony/maxxum and Nikon.
  • Maximum Mag ratio:1:3.5
  • Weight: 430g (15.2oz)
  • Filter size: 62mm
  • Diaphragm blades: 7
  • Lens construction: 16 elements/13 groups
  • Min aperture: F/22
  • MFD: 17.7" .45m
  • Zoom lock---finally!