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Need 35mm f/2 suggestions on where to buy

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Edrod13, Aug 6, 2007.

  1. I have seen many of these for sale, but for some reason I am always late or do not have the funds to make it happen. This is a very hot lens and I would really like to replace my 50mm 1.8 since I find it a bit too long for my type of pics.

    A couple of days ago, the 50mm really saved my butt because my nephew had his b-day party at the local bowling alley and I wanted to give him some pics as a keepsake. It really never occurred to me that flash would not be allowed since It could distract other players in the near by lanes. So I had no choice but to take my 28-75 f/2.8 ( that has been glued to camera ever since I purchased it ) off my camera and put on the 50mm. It was somewhat dark and I was getting something like 1/40-1/60 at f/2.2-3.4 or so. All in all once I ran them through some NN and CS2, they came out pretty good. Good enough for him and my sister in law to be excited and appreciative. Earlier this week I read a thread where Uncle Frank mentioned that why aren't more people just buying them new since they go for about $319 and that includes the 5 year warranty and FREE shipping in some cases. So after thinking about this I have decided to just buy one new instead of saving a few bucks, but would like to see what retailers you guys and girls can suggest. BH has it for $319, does this sound like the best deal? thanks in Advanced and sorry for the long story, just made me realize how important it is to have a small fast prime in my bag because you just never know when you might need it!
  2. Hi, Eddie! Unless there are meaningful savings involved, I always buy from B&H or Adorama. Why take a chance on a lesser rated etailer for $5 or $10 bucks? Meanwhile, the 35/2 is a great addition for less than $325!

    I got a lot of use out of mine this weekend, covering a friend's son, Derek, who was competing in the "Alcatraz Swim or Die" event. It was damp, sandy, and salty where I was shooting, and I preferred using the 35/2 over my expensive 28-70/2.8. Besides, the day started at 6:15AM at Crissy Field, so the extra f/stop came in very handy.

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    And even when it was lighter out, the 35mm FOV worked out perfectly for catching contestants coming out of the water.

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    The 35/2 also came in handy for random snaps at Fisherman's Wharf later on in the day.

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  3. kgill


    Jul 25, 2007
    I bought my Tamron from BuyDig.com, which was selling it for $40 less than B&H. I contacted BuyDig to ask if they were a Tamron authorized dealer and I contacted Tamron to ask how BuyDig was as a retailer and Tamron confirmed that they are excellent retailers. They don't always have lower prices and don't have a large selection of lenses, but you can check with BuyDig...or do FROOGLE.COM and see if there are significant savings on the lens, but I've found that the differences from B&H to other retailers are generally only $10 unless you're going to the used market...
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  4. Chris101


    Feb 2, 2005
    I have bought from Buydig with good results.
  5. I picked up a very nice used one from B&H for $229 several months ago. It looks just like new to me.
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