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Todd Caswell

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I tried one out on my Mark IV and it did a very nice job. Much improvement over version 1. Focus was much better, didn't try it in low light but by all accounts that is improved as well. Congratulations on the new lens!

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  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

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