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#1 Yaron Harel

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Posted 15 April 2009 - 02:10 AM

Hi all.
we attending to purchase the new 18-85mm F2.8 lens, is there any opinion on this lens comparing to other similar lenses PL mount in optical POV did someone made a test on this lens and compare it to lenses like Zeiss,angenieux etc' and can give us an objective opinion.
Thanks, Yaron.
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#2 Tom Turley

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 10:49 AM

I've not had one up on a projector for comparison but when I did play with one about a year ago, optically, it looked very sharp, all the way to the edges. But the build quality made me think it might have a limited lifespan in the field...
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#3 Jamie Metzger

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 11:16 PM

Red lenses are not built well. Also, you will have to wait quite a while to actually receive this lens, since I know someone that has been waiting over a year to get one.
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#4 Chris Kenny

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Posted 25 April 2009 - 12:37 AM

Red lenses are not built well. Also, you will have to wait quite a while to actually receive this lens, since I know someone that has been waiting over a year to get one.


The 18-85 is delivering now in limited quantities, and is supposedly expected to be out of backorder sometime this summer. And it's one of Red's "Pro" line of lenses; if your judgement of the build quality of Red's lenses was based on the 18-50 or the non-"Pro" 300mm, it doesn't carry over.
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#5 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 01:26 AM

If you like a zoom lens that breathes like crazy, by all means, get it.
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