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10-23-2010, 08:22 PM   #1
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Complement to my DA 35mm / 2.8 MACRO

I'm really trying to cap off my spending but I'm thinking about adding ONE MORE lens for the moment to help cover the varying ranges I shoot at.
Currently I use my DA 35mm macro for just about everything, and got really interested in the Tamrom 28-75mm. There would be a little bit of overlap and I probably wouldn't use the Tamron except for in the 50-75mm range. If this is the case, would my money be better invested in a more specific lens? I was also thinking about the DA 70mm but that's a bit more expensive and pretty specific in its usage. Any thoughts or other suggestions?

10-23-2010, 08:46 PM   #2
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FWIW, the DA70 is my second most used lens behind my 35 macro.
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Personally I don't think 70mm is much more specific in usage than 50-75mm range. Its only a matter of taking a couple of steps in either direction. If you like your DA 35 you will love the DA 70.
Unfortunately, if you buy it you will still want ONE MORE lens (DA 15)
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Get the DA70.

10-24-2010, 12:38 AM   #5
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I say go with the DA 15, it is harder to take wider shots with a mid range prime.
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I have a 21/40/35 Macro and 70. The one I use the most is the 40, followed by the 21, then the 70 and then the 35. I plan as next lens 100 WR. So in your case I would go for the 70.
10-24-2010, 08:43 AM   #7
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Since you were considering the tamron zoom, why not consider the DA* 50-135. One big lens, one small and you've covered everything from the normal range to telephoto nicely. Plus the DA* 50-135 has almost prime like image quality.

But honestly it really depends on what you think your third and fourth lens will be. (It will eventually happen. LBA happens.) If you are all in for primes, then I'd personally prefer the FA77 and the DFA WR 100 over the DA70. But the 100mm may leave to big of a gap from 35mm.
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Vandamro, that would be the almost ideal addition, but the cost is not so ideal. I think I might shop around for a used DA 70mm then.


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