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MiguelATF

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Miguel Tejada-Flores
Nice lens. Oddly fragile, but surprisingly good optically.

I agree with you about the 'nice lens' part, Steve - it's a fabulous little lens.

But I'm curious what you meant by 'oddly fragile' - since the copy I own and have used for several years, has never really struck me as 'fragile' in any way. It is a plastic lens - so it doesn't have the heavy rock-solid feel of some pieces of pricier glass - but though I've never 'abused' my copy, I always had the feeling it could weather whatever one threw at it, so to speak.
 
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David
Nice lens. Oddly fragile, but surprisingly good optically.

.....But I'm curious what you meant by 'oddly fragile' .....
Not to speak for Steve. It was a lot more common with the metal versions. The mount was pretty tight and the force needed to mount / remove often caused the front ring to separate. The plastic mount version requires much less force and I'm not sure I've actually read about one separating.
 
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Matt
Here is an example.
Happened to my first one as well; and the second was slightly mechanically flawed, though in a different, if related way; both had metal mounts. The last one I owned had a plastic mount and seemed nice enough - but I had sort of moved on and hardly ever used it. For its size and price, the lens is a very solid performer.

M.
 
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David
The zoom ring of the lens would literally just come off. It appeared that the glue just gave out. Obviously, it didn’t happen a lot but enough so that it wasn’t just an urban legend.
My wife does paper crafts and has a dispenser that basically applies the sticky part of tape. That's what I used to fix mine.

I'll add that I would have no issues buying another copy of the 12-32, though I would look for one of the plastic mount versions.
 

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