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10-10-2007, 11:24 AM   #1
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Best long (affordable) telephotos?

I recently picked up a Promaster 100-300mm af zoom because it was $40 (!) "new" on ebay. It wasn't the lens pictured on the auction (it's newer and faster, so I can't complain), but it arrived safe and sound. Well, it's a pretty terrible lens. The build is pretty good, but the images are practically unusable, requiring LOTS of time nursing them back to life in PP.

I've decided I've had enough of crappy, cheap lenses.

So, forum compatriots, what (autofocus) lenses would you recommend that will get me to 300mm? Especially for less than $400?

10-10-2007, 11:43 AM   #2
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Well...what do you expect from a lens with plastic elements? Just kidding.

Lots of choices for what you are looking for. I was able to pick up a Pentax 80-320 off eBay and am fairly satisfied with it. I paid a premium price, but was well worth it, considering its condition. You can pick them up for less now. Between 100 and 150 bucks these days. Go for a silver/black version instead of the all-black version.

Sigmas have good review too, but make sure you get the APO version. People think highly of the Tamarons too. KEH should have something for you. (Note, I'm just thinking of used glass. It seems all the new stuff are super-zooms.)
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I have a Quantaray 70-300 4-5.6 tele-macro. Got it for $150 from Ritz. It's a rebranded sigma or tamron (can't remember which). It's a nice lens, especially for the price.
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can we get a few questions answered?

Please defgine the following

- Long,
- affordable
- good optical quality
- fast

I can see a lot of different opinions here depending on the above.

Without clarification, I have seen SMC - Pentax 300 mm F4 for about $350 and Tamron 500mm F8 Mirror lenses for $250

I own a 300 F4 and have posted some excellent photo's even when used with a 1.7x AF TC

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Finn, you might want to delete that Hunk-O-Junk of your profile

It surprises me that you didn't already have a lens in this range

How about the good old Sigma 70-300 APO.
You've seen countless good pictures with it, and they're affordable.

Or better yet, why not watch the classifies on here for a Sigma 135-400.
I hardly ever touch my Sigma 75-300 APO since I got mine.
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Well, when I got my K100D in January, I also got a Sigma 70-300 DL from KEH for about...um...I think it was $75 in nice shape, I'm really happy with it, but it could be a little quicker.

Manual focus works well too. Since then picked up an old Soligor Tele-Auto 300/4.5, it can be quite sharp, but it's all metal (very heavy) and I really need to use it on a tripod rather than handheld to get the most out of it (and it doesn't have a tripod mount on the lens). That I got online in an auction for less than $30 I think.

Also have an old screwmount TeleLentar 450/6.3, but I still need an adapter to check that one out. It's got a tripod mount at least.
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i have used all of these and they rock.. no zooms however.
vivitar 200/3.5== $40-60+ bayonet or M42. very sharp even at f3.5. get the f3 and tou are cooking with gas.
takumar300/4== $60-150 m42. smc or non smc, very sharp thruout range
pentax 400/5.6== $150-300. a bit slow but performs well.
takumar 500.4.5== $300-600 smc or non smc. very sharp thruout. smc is better.

i'd also suggest the tamron 300/2.8 but you will not get it at $205 as i did. usually around $600-1000
hope this helps.
i'd also suggest the sigma or tamron or tokina 70-300 as others have.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
can we get a few questions answered?

Please defgine the following

- Long,
- affordable
- good optical quality
- fast
Finn,

The catch is that you are allowed to pick any three among the following specs:
1 Long,
2 affordable
3 good optical quality
4 fast

Here are some examples:
If 1&2&3: Tamron Adaptall SP 200-500/5.6
If 1&2&4: Old Takumar 500/4.5
If 1&3&4: Pentax FA* 600/4
If 2&3&4: Tamron Adaptall SP 300/2.8

Cheers!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Abbazz Quote
Finn,

The catch is that you are allowed to pick any three among the following specs:
1 Long,
2 affordable
3 good optical quality
4 fast
That's a good way to put it. Thanks all for the input!
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Just saw this one. But I think it might violate #2, huh?

==> PENTAX 300mm ED SMC F KA Lens Digital/Film MINT+++ - (eBay item 190161741030 end time Oct-15-07 11:26:33 PDT)
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That really depends on how rich you are Finn

KEH has a New 28-300 F3.5-6.3 TAMRON ASPHERICAL LD DI INTERNAL FOCUS MACRO XR (62) 35MM SLR AUTO FOCUS ZOOM WIDE ANGLE LENS listed for around $300.00

Look under their used section, Pentax Auto Focus 35mm non manufacture zoom lenses
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Anyone ever use one of these?... 650-2600-yikes!
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I have 1 Phoenix lens, and to be perfectly honest it's good for the money.
However don't expect the same results as a more expensive lens

If you see a Phoenix 100mm macro at a good price Buy It... if you need 1.
They're the same at the Pentax, even made by the same co.
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If you have the money, you won't regret that purchase... Though I got mine far cheaper than that from a rip-off store only just over a year ago I think.. Funny how fast the prices are rising...

Otherwise maybe look at the Sigma 135-400 DG APO, or the Sigma 70-300 DG APO
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QuoteOriginally posted by little laker Quote
If you see a Phoenix 100mm macro at a good price Buy It... if you need 1. They're the same at the Pentax, even made by the same co.
What would be considered a good price? I see B&H has one for 119.00.
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