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06-20-2010, 06:35 PM   #16
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A lot of those indoor pools are super humid, Last thing you want is all that humidity to get in your lens. I would wait, save the money and get the 50-135 2.8. Trust me, you need at least 2.8.

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Good point about the humidity. But no way is the 50-135 going to be long enough unless he's walking along the edge of the pool. Although if he's doing that a lot, he may someday REALLY be glad he had WR.
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QuoteOriginally posted by GaryH Quote
I spent 14 years taking pictures of my son's swimming career with a film camera then a P/S and I will tell you that the vast majority of Natatoriums are poorly lit. I used 100 macro f4 a lot and wished for something faster but did not own it at the time. As I look back on it, the ideal lens for most meets would have been the 50-135 that I now own.
OK, but

- The OP's budget is $500.
- How often did you feel comfortable shooting ISO 3200 or 6400 on that film camera? While not as ideal as a long fast lens, a long slower lens combined with high ISO seems the bets solution for someone not will to spend closer to twice the OP's budget.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
OK, but

- The OP's budget is $500.
- How often did you feel comfortable shooting ISO 3200 or 6400 on that film camera? While not as ideal as a long fast lens, a long slower lens combined with high ISO seems the bets solution for someone not will to spend closer to twice the OP's budget.
I don't disagree with your view but the OP will have to realize that he will not get the best image quality with the 55-300 and the K20 at indoor swim facilities vs the 50-135 and either the K20 or the KX. It is something he has to decide. If he sold the 17-70 he could add his $400-500 cash to that and get the KX with the 55-300mm and have the best of both worlds and an extra body too. That is what I did a month ago. He will appreciate the higher ISO capabilities of the KX with the slower lenses at swim meets.

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