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Tamron 17-35mm f2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical

sp-af17-35
Review Date: May 3, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $385.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Excellent value for money, sharp photos, good colour, contrast well constructed.
Cons:
Slightly slower focus speed than L glass. Focusing ring moves

I was lucky enough to purchase this near new lense thru an online auction in NZ. The above price also included a Polarizer and UV Filter. After having used solely a Canon 70-200 2.8L, and old borrowed 35-135L I was blown away by the wide angle of view. Auto focus was quick but not quite as quick as the L. Images of closeup shots were crisp and clear. Image detail on wide angle distance shots were good too. The motion of the focus ring took some getting used to but isn't an issue. Contrast and colour is very similar to the 70-200. I'm sure the 17 -35 will get equal amount of use along with the 70-200.

 
Epson Stylus PRO 4000

StylusPro4000
Review Date: Feb 7, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Well constructed, very economical to use compared to small printers, wide variety of paper choices, use of roll paper, large cartridges. Excellent print quality, long life prints.
Cons:
Some bronzing issues using pigment ink, non availabilty of some 17 inch wide papers from Epson. Not so good at printing high gloss photos.

Prior to owning the 4000 I was using an Epson 2100. So when the 4000 was released I didn't hesitate ordering one. Easy to set up and great prints straight away, with quality as good as if not better than the 2100. Using roll paper and the 220 ml cartridges as reduced paper costs by 75% and ink by half. Using primarily Epson prem luster paper it's disappointing to not have a 17inch wide roll to make full use of the printer's width. Cutting up 44 inch rolls is a temporary solution. There are some bronzing issues with prints when held at certain angles in light. However, this was a common trait with the 2100 and no customer has complained. Saying that professional photographers see it and so won't use my services.

Having the matt black ink cartridge included along with photo black makes swapping to matt paper easy. Using Qimage and QTR I can print bulk photos with ease and get great B&W prints.

For anyone wanting a quality machine for large print runs you can't go wrong with the 4000. My next ideal printer would be a 44 inch format capable of printing with no bronzing issues.