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I have been wanting the 200mm, but just hadn't wanted to spend the money for it. Today I decided to stop at a camera store and talked with one of the guys. He told me this 3rd party lens is just as good, (I hope so). It's a Promaster. It has a lifetime warranty. Even if I drop it, just come in and they replace it.

I've already tried it out and like it so far. ;)



PROMASTER ®
18-200 Digital XR EDO Aspherical Auto Focus Zoom Lens

2005 Winner - Lenses

Features:

PROMASTER's has always strived to have the ideal zoom lens for the avid photographer. As a result, we have introduced our high-power zoom lens in the new AF18-200mm Digital XR EDO lens for exclusive use with digital SLRs. The use of core technologies such as Aspherical elements, a Multiple Cam Mechanism and Integrated Focus Cam design has led to the creation of the world's lightest, most compact 11.1X zoom lens made for digital SLR cameras.

PROMASTER Digital EDO lenses are designed exclusively for use on digital cameras with smaller-size imagers. These lenses are not designed for 35mm film cameras and digital cameras with image sensors larger than 24mm x 16mm.

The 18-200mm (28-300 when converted to 35mm format) provides the digital photographer with the versatility of a true wide to ultra tele zoom in an amazingly easy to use design.

Specifications:
• Enhanced Digital Optic Design
• Lens Construction: 15 Elements in 13 Groups
• Lens Coating: Multicoated
• Angle of View: 75-7°
• Minimum Aperture: f/22
• Minimum Focusing Distance: 17.7 in (0.45m)
• Maximum Magnification: 1:3.7 (at 200mm)
• Zooming System: Rotary
• Weight: 14 oz.
• Diameter x Length: 73.8mm x 83.7mm
• Filter Size: 62mm
• Bayonet lens hood included
• Lifetime Warranty

AVAILABLE EARLY SUMMER 2005

Available to fit:
Canon EOS - Code # 2065; Minolta Maxxum AF, I, xi, si - Code # 2072; Nikon AF - Code # 2079; Pentax AF - Code # 2086
 

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Great! I can't wait to see pictures (the kind you take with it ;))
 
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