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01-10-2011, 07:57 PM   #1
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DA* 50-135 f/2.8 or DA 70 f/2.4 + Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8?

Hey everyone, I'm shooting with a K10D and have the 18-55mm kit lens. Now, I’m looking to get my next lens for portraits and am torn between these two options:
1. Two primes lens (DA 70 f/2.4 and Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Macro)
(Local price US $800)
2. One zoom lens (DA* 50-135 f/2.8)
(Local price US $985)

I knew DA*50-135 is a wonderful lens, larger aperture, higher quality glass, better weather sealing, but I'm becoming very worried about the SDM issue. Considering from the number of SDM failures I hear about on this forum, it seems the DA 70 f/2.4 and Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 would be a better decision? I would be very appreciative if anyone could give me any advice. Thanks!


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01-10-2011, 08:47 PM   #2
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For potraits, i'd suggest you get the 70+90 combo, considering the price and tamron's macro ability.

The zoom gives you flexibility and 135mm reach, which are not that important for potraits. Plus, it is heavy, and focuses relatively slow.
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I own the Tamron 90 because I thought I'd like to shoot macro. But why do you want both it and a 70?
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QuoteOriginally posted by SpecialK Quote
I own the Tamron 90 because I thought I'd like to shoot macro. But why do you want both it and a 70?
My thoughts exactly.

If you plan to shoot macro then I have the Tamron 90 and can say it is a great lense with a superb bokeh for portraits and a wonderful macro lense. If you don't plan to use it a lot for macro though then I don't see the point.

Personally I would go for the Tamron 28-75/2.8 and the T90, but if you just want primes (and don't need macro) then maybe the DA40 and 70 make a better pair.

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70 & 90 are too close to buy both, a DA40 & DA70 would make more sense perhaps.

I have the DA*50-135 (with a 3 year mack warranty) and the DA70 (& a DA40). The DA70 comes out when I want maximum speed, light weight and I want to be low profile. The DA*50-135 in reality gets used more though. Both have very high IQ, even wide open.

Between DA70+DA40 vs DA*50-135 I would still choose the DA*.
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QuoteOriginally posted by twitch Quote

Between DA70+DA40 vs DA*50-135 I would still choose the DA*.
50 is still too close though IMO for a portrait lense (though of course it depends on the situation and who you are shooting) which is why the 40/70 pairing offers more flexibility. Or the the excellent Tamron 28-75/2.8. YMMV.
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I own the Tamron 90 because I thought I'd like to shoot macro. But why do you want both it and a 70?
Hey SpecialK, thanks for your reply, I think the long range of Tamron 90 in APS-C (90x1.5 =135) can bring me a very good Bokeh. that's way I'm considering Tamron 90.
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70 & 90 are too close to buy both, a DA40 & DA70 would make more sense perhaps.

I have the DA*50-135 (with a 3 year mack warranty) and the DA70 (& a DA40). The DA70 comes out when I want maximum speed, light weight and I want to be low profile. The DA*50-135 in reality gets used more though. Both have very high IQ, even wide open.

Between DA70+DA40 vs DA*50-135 I would still choose the DA*.

I finally bought the DA* 50-135 this week. It's a wonderful lens, build quality is on a very high level. AF is very silent. I really love it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by gavinwang Quote
Hey SpecialK, thanks for your reply, I think the long range of Tamron 90 in APS-C (90x1.5 =135) can bring me a very good Bokeh. that's way I'm considering Tamron 90.
Yes, the Tammy 90mm Macro has splendid bokeh and is a versatile lens. I shoot Macro, Portraits and Landscapes with it--all are awesome.

Enjoy the 50-135mm!
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I finally bought the DA* 50-135 this week. It's a wonderful lens, build quality is on a very high level. AF is very silent. I really love it.
Wow, great! Glad you are happy with your purchase
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