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02-08-2011, 03:33 PM   #1
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Pick one: DA* 50-135 or DA* 200

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Sorry for the silly thread, but I really need some fresh advises. I have an option to buy for a good price one of DA* lenses: 50-135 or 200. I have lot of primes and two budget long zooms (and waiting for F 70-210 to replace them both). So I planned for 200 or 300 prime initially.

However, looking through my winter skiing photos taken with DA 50-200, I've realized that I usually shoot at 50-135, rarely trying longer zooming (though sometimes 200). Actually, I was going to stuck with DA15+40 + FA 135 as the compact skiing combo this year, but 50-135 looks like the good fit as well.

From the other side, I like primes. 50-135 is bulky, it is almost the twice size of my FA 135. I would excuse the size for the long prime, but 50-135 is not too long zoom...

So, I don't know. What would you do in this situation?

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QuoteOriginally posted by kaipa Quote

So, I don't know. What would you do in this situation?
I found myself a MKI Sigma 70-200mm f2.8
02-08-2011, 03:51 PM   #3
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I found myself a MKI Sigma 70-200mm f2.8
Thanks, but it is too big for me.
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I have the 50-135 and I really like it. I use it for all of my concert shots and it's not that heavy. Works awesome with the K200D.

DA* 50-135mm F2.8 - a set on Flickr

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Well, I own a 50-135 and don't yet own a 200, so you have my answer.
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A friend of mine likes the 50-135 for skiing. I tried using my M135 for skiing last weekend and the focal length seemed decent, but the super-stiff-when-cold manual focus ring meant most of my action shots were out of focus.
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The 50-135 is a wonderful zoom. Very good performance from wide open and versatile focal length coverage.
I did not get one myself as like you I have too many primes and I'd like the option of just picking what I need for the day and not having excess weight round my neck for a day of shooting (size as well).
A too good 50-135 would very well obsolete my range of primes though the focal lengths that it covers (of course up to its limitation of f2.8))

I seldom use the FA*200/2.8 that I have though.
For me, it boils down to a preference to travel light and small and being able to live with my lens choices for the day (eg. one FA43/1.9ltd and FA135/2.8 with nothing in between; and just a 85/1.4 the next; etc)
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The 50-135 is a wonderful zoom. Very good performance from wide open and versatile focal length coverage.
I did not get one myself as like you I have too many primes and I'd like the option of just picking what I need for the day and not having excess weight round my neck for a day of shooting (size as well).
Agree.

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A too good 50-135 would very well obsolete my range of primes though the focal lengths that it covers (of course up to its limitation of f2.8))
There are not too many primes in this range that it can replace. Actually, I can not think of one. So the only reason of buying 50-135 would be the versality and WR. However, it is probably not enough to compromise size and weight.

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For me, it boils down to a preference to travel light and small and being able to live with my lens choices for the day (eg. one FA43/1.9ltd and FA135/2.8 with nothing in between; and just a 85/1.4 the next; etc)
Agree again. My only concern is that for shooting skiiers, zoom is more convenient. I will try FA 135 soon, though. Maybe it is ok. If so, zoom would be completely obsolete for me.

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