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Poll Question: What's your opinion about 70-400 silver color
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    Posted: 03 October 2008 at 15:02
The announced Sony AF 70-400 F4.5-5.6 G SSM SAL-70400G lens is in silver color (and is not planned to be provided in any other finish).


As Sony representatives have explained the reason is in Sony decision to differentiate future Sony top end lenses (probably all future tele G lenses) from Canon and Nikon ones.

As far we know, the final decision about silver color only for future G tele lenses isnít yet made and it may depend on user feedbacks. So, this poll is kind of feedback form about whether or not you do like the idea.
When voting, please tell us if you had the chance to see the lens yourself since product shots may not give a real impression on how the lens looks like in real life.
 



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 October 2008 at 15:04
It is growing on me. I don't love it, but it wouldn't stop me from buying the lens if I needed it.

Although, I haven't seen it in person yet....
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 October 2008 at 15:07
While i understand the need to differentiate from the TWO, silver lenses aren't the proper way for doing it IMHO.
Besides, after seeing (and even using it) i really found the lens to be ugly and having a black camera with white TC and silver lens it may be closer to Beneton than Sony so my vote is No silver lenses please !

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 October 2008 at 15:09
On the basis of that photo I'm not keen & especially for long teles that are largely used by nature photographers who go to great lengths not to be very visible.
I still have to see it in the flesh though & that could possibly change or strenghten my feeling.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 October 2008 at 15:10
I saw it at photokina snd it doesn't look anywhere near as good as the product photo. It looks cheap and tacky, I will not be buying it in its current colours. I don't care if it will out-resolve the 70-200 SSM + 2x TC.

I made my opinions on the matter abundantly clear at Photokina to my Sony contacts.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 October 2008 at 15:12
ha! thanks kiklop. I think I saw this coming... this may be one of the most one sided polls we have seen...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 October 2008 at 15:13
Originally posted by groovyone groovyone wrote:

It is growing on me. I don't love it, but it wouldn't stop me from buying the lens if I needed it.

Although, I haven't seen it in person yet....


I was a bit like you until I actually saw it in person, I changed my mind. It might have abuild quality worthy of G, but I doubt it looking at it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 October 2008 at 15:17
hummm... has anybody tested how much worse silver is than black/white? Maybe it has less resolution and less contrast?   
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 October 2008 at 15:19
From the product shot I don't like the silver, but I don't like white either... black is preferable.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 October 2008 at 15:21
To me it reminds me of the series of "inexpensive" lenses the Minolta put out years ago. I guess you could always by a camo cover for it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 October 2008 at 15:26
I always had an assumption that I the "G" stood for GOLD, (based on the gold band put on these lens), this is really a wierd way to market a G lens. Its a "gold" lens, but its silver and has no gold markings on it.
A matte black with a Gold band, or white with a gold band, or just regular black with a gold band I think would be much more marketable.

This is all based on product shots, as I have not seen one in person.
Knowing my taste and preferences, I do not expect I will be getting a silver "(G)old" lens.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 October 2008 at 15:26
I will say one thing though, it was almost worse than it is now! Sony apparently considered having the front area that is currently a different silver color in Cinibar (Alpha Orange) instead! (shudder).

I think a nice thin Cinibar ring around a black or white lens would look good.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 October 2008 at 15:31
A matte black with a Gold band, or white with a gold band, or just regular black with a gold band I think would be much more marketable.


Yeah, make it look like a Sigma, that's a real winner. ;) Although to be fair Sigmas aren't really black, they're more of an 80% gray (think the background color of your posts).

I can live with the silver color as long as I get the optical performance out of it. Honestly I have to see it in person first before I can make a real judgment.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 October 2008 at 15:31
Haven't seen it in person but that won't sway me. Silver never! It smacks of Phoenix, later Vivitar and old cheap and cheesy bottom of the barrel Minoltas. Other brands also using it and it screams budget beginner's kit. I'll never buy it. Give me white, please.
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