Just received the 35-70 lens but haven't had much time to play with it just yet (got a leaky pipe in the walls. Dealing with plumbers...). Purchased it from bwilder10h - Thanks! From the first couple of shots, it looks much better in terms of the color renditions etc... But I have noticed on potential issue with this lens. The minimum focus length (not in the macro setting) is pretty long. It had a hard time focusing on something closer than 16 to 18 inches or so. I should probably take a look at the manual, but as I said, dealing with plumbers while I work at home. Of course, I still have time to post here. I'll try to post some pictures soon.