Rob, there are many Mailing Lists and Forums available online
for any major brand (Canon, Minolta, Nikon and Pentax) where you will find a
lot of that brand specialists who can surely advise you about the brand and
third-party lenses you would go with.
I myself is Minolta shooter actively participating in Minolta Mailing List
for a long time and have been advised and advised myself to others in this
regard. I don't know which camera system do you use, so will hold from
speaking particularly about something special.
One word only: basically all 28-80 (especially those of f/3.5-5.6) are
so-called kit lenses produced especially to e sold in kits with low and
low-mid specified bodies. They featured by very cheap glass capable of
delivering mediocre results, since the main goal of such lenses is the
lowest possible price rather then quality.
In optics the rule: "you get what you pay for" has almost 100 % meaning...
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of Rob Geraghty
Sent: Friday, November 02, 2001 5:58 AM
Subject: filmscanners: OT: Places to ask about lenses?
Sorry about the OT question, but I was wondering if anyone on the list could
suggest forums where I could ask questions about lenses? I'm getting a
little frustrated by the lack of sharpness in photos taken with a Sigma
28-80 f3.5-5.6 zoom, and I'm wondering just how much difference it will
make to my 35mm scans if the lenses were better.
Basically I just don't know how much visible improvement there would be
in 2700ppi scans from say a decent Pentax, Canon, Nikon or Contax lens.
I get significantly sharper results with my 50mm f1.7 lens, but it seems
to have colour aberration problems (red aberration).
I'm trying to avoid garbage-in-garbage out as much as possible in the scans.
Replies offlist would be appreciated. Thanks!
Rob Geraghty email@example.com