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Re: [OM] 35-105 zoom question

Subject: Re: [OM] 35-105 zoom question
From: Winsor Crosby <wincros@xxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 20:53:51 -0500 (CDT)
>In a message dated 98-07-28 22:02:43 EDT, you write:
><< Finally, I'm puzzled by your abrasive attitude on this subject.  Did you
> actually design this lens and our calling it a Tokina or Kyocera offends
> your professionalism?  We're a pretty nice, happy group here, and I can
> *guarantee* you we have no ulterior motives in calling the 35-105 a
> non-Zuiko.  We are enthusiasts, and just want to get to the bottom of
> things.  I suggest you chill out and help us find the truth in a
> rational manner, using concrete data, not just your opinions and
> feelings.
> Cheers,
> --Lee >>
>Sorry about the abrasive.  Guess I get a little irritated when people start
>basing their beliefs on "someone said" and "gee, it seems to me" without any
>basis in fact.  The problem, as  seen in this thread, is one person says
>something, someone else repeats it, and,  soon enough, everyone is quoting it
>like scripture. It ain't that way.
>You have a fabulous web site.  I'm sure you don't allow much conjecture and
>speculation on it.  That would destroy the integrity of the site.  I'm a very
>recent subscriber to this list (though a longtime Olympus admirer and an owner
>of a fair Oly system - 3 bodies and ~15 lenses).  I'm here because photo.rec
>is full of misinformation, conjecture, speculation and BS.  Hate to see it
>here where the subscribers have the sense to chose and use Olympus.
>Also, I have this lens.  Maybe I'm a little defensive thinking I bought a
>Zuiko and then someone is telling me that it aint no Zuiko it might be a
>But they can't give scripture and verse.
>Anyway, Lee, if you think I don't belong here, say so and I will leave.
>I would prefer to stay in the company of similar thinking photographers (Oly
>shooters) because I think the emphasis is on control of the final print.  One
>doesn't aim the camera and push a button while the camera does everything and
>sometimes you get a good picture.  One does have to think a little more using
>Olympus:  where to put the focus; exactly what exposure will do justice to the
>frame.  It's thinking photograph, not "load another roll and hope something
>comes out."
>But I ramble.
>And I will accept my 35-105 as a Zuiko lens.
I forget where exactly in Benjamin Franklin's autobiography he said it, but
at some point he realized he could be more persuasive when he said,
"Perhaps.." or "Could it be that...?", because it offended less than an air
of certainty that was usually met with opposition regardless of the merit
of his argument. Perhaps a speculative approach to discussion is a wise way
to proceed and is not a fault.


Winsor Crosby
Long Beach, California

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