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02-02-2011, 09:32 PM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by dgaies Quote
I didn't mean to imply it didn't work with the 60-250, which it does. I just meant the combo with the 70-200 works better in terms of AF performance.
Oh I've no doubt! You just peaked my curiosity and I had to try it!

I haven't put my 60-250 thru it's paces yes as I am still waiting for my K5d to come back from Pentax Canada... if I ever get it back... (They've only had it for a month...)

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Hey guys so I was thinking in regards to a backup.... I could go one of two ways...

1) get another lens...I would get something wide, can't afford a Pentax 12-24 on top of these 2 lenses but maybe a used sigma 10-20.....this and the 60-250 would get me by in a pinch.

2) or I could get a K-10d with the older firmware and that way I could revert to the screw drive in a pinch and on top of that with 2 bodies and 2 lenses I would be even more weather-sealed because instead of changing lenses I would just choose grab a different system, with the K-7 with one lens and the K10d with the other.

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Loren, my personal take on it is that as a backup for my DA*16-50 and DA*60-250 I'll be keeping my Tamron 17-50 and DA55-300.

The tammy and DA are pretty decent lenses and keeping them seems like the prudent thing to do.

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It's not a bad plan: 16-50 on a K10D, 60-250 on your K-7, not sure if you need a 10-20 as well, unless wherever you're going has vast landscapes you want to capture as well, but 16mm is not to bad a WA focal length for that too. Having backups for these lenses on your limited budget is overkill if AF isn't critical for every single occasion.

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It's a pity these lenses are unreliable.

I've been a keen photographer since the mid-1970s. Used to go on holidays to places like Bryce Canyon with 25 rolls of film and a massive camera bag

In those days, zoom lenses were basically crap. Awful chromatic abberations, etc. Even the best Tamrons were not much good.

When I went digital (ist DL) and later K200D, I got by carrying just the 16-45. The quality and resolution of even the ist DL with the 16-45 surpassed all film except Kodachrome 25 and that was near-useless without a tripod anyway.

Now I carry just the one camera, carried in a little waist pack, and a 50-200 which remains in the light aircraft in which I often travel around Europe.

A lens whose focus can pack up is as useful as a chocolate teapot because manual focusing doesn't work too well; not with the standard prism anyway.
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QuoteOriginally posted by peterh337 Quote
It's a pity these lenses are unreliable.

A lens whose focus can pack up is as useful as a chocolate teapot because manual focusing doesn't work too well; not with the standard prism anyway.
Classic!
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The DA*16-50 sort of reminds me of the V12 sports and luxury cars of 30 or so years ago--expensive and unreliable, but when they are on they sing like nothing else. Unfortunately, I never had the money to spare for either. There is always that backup to buy as well.
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I see Jessops (UK) have stopped carrying the 16-50...

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