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What's on your mind? Here are some Q's and A's
Every so often, Helen Oster, Adorama Camera's Customer Advocate, gets a question about stuff we sell--and passes it along to me. I’ve saved up some of the more interesting questions and answers. Enjoy today's customer email grab-bag!
The other thing I didn't understand is the huge range in prices from $26 up to $187 ($350 if we include Leica;-) for a 67 mm circular polarizer. When I see 5x price range in lenses I have an idea what that means and what benefits the more expensive lenses might offer. But in a polarizing filter I have no idea.
Extra-thin glass filters and anti-flare coatings can further raise the price of a polarizer.?? The least expensive polarizer is most likely an uncoated, standard linear polarizer, not useful in autofocus cameras; the most expensive are coated, filter out UV rays, and have extra thin glass. There are all kinds of in-between variations. That's why there's such a wide range of prices.??
Which way to zoom?
The 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G (around $680) seems unnecessary, since your 70-200 covers a substantial portion of that range already, although admittedly the 18-200 is lighter--an important consideration. But again, it depends on his budget and how often you’ll want to zoom to 200mm with the lighter lens.
Monster lens slugfest
Which lens is the “better” lens really depends on the end use; what’s better for you might not be suitable for the next guy. Both lenses are high-end and image quality is going to be excellent in most situations, and you pay a premium for that. So, what are the differences between these two lenses? The 500mm lens offers 20 percent more magnification than the 400mm, but lets in half as much light. Is it worth losing half the light to get a 20 percent increase in magnification?
On the other hand, the slightly smaller aperture means the 500mm lens weighs less: The 500mm weighs 8.5 pounds vs. 11.5 pounds for the 400mm. When you’re in the field, those three pounds can make a difference and that may be why you see more shots with the 500.
In either case, the lens you choose will be a major investment, so it’s good to do diligent research and ask questions. A quick search online will reveal plenty of tests and hands-on reviews by nature photographers for both lenses; also look at the Adorama customer ratings, which are at the bottom of each lens’s web page. They will help you make the right decision for you.