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06-17-2011, 04:49 AM   #1
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DA*50-135 and 77ltd

Here's the story: after some time I've became tired of changing primes all the time (55,77,105) whenever situation required that so I opted for a compromise - a zoom with decent optical quality - DA*50-135. To pay for it I'll have to let 77ltd go, it wasn't an easy decision, really.
Anyway, zoom arrived, I did make some photos and BIG surprise. It seems that it easily matches the sharpness of 77, and is even more contrasty. AF is much more precise, almost always spot on. Surely it cannot contend in BOKEH, but otherwise....
Am I missing something? I thought that zooms are to be inferior to primes....but in this case I clearly don't see it.
Do you have similar experience?

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do you feel like it is fast enough indoors?
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The 60-250 aside because I've never tried one, you have purchased THE best zoom currently available in the Pentax line. Its performance shouldn't shock you but I'm glad it does. Enjoy the lens.

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did you miss the size of the 77ltd?
did you miss the extra stops in the 77 ltd?

50-135 is great but every time I pull it out.... people think I am 'professional'... it also looks like a super zoom lens that some people afraid of (privacy).


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No arguments there, the 50-135mm is such a beauty. I still think that primes gives a better sharpness and color, but this zoom is amazing.
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Zoom lens technology has zoomed ever the years.

I dont have the 77 but I do have the 50-135 and the 70mm.

I only use the 70mm when I want/need to carry something small. I also have the tamron 28-75 but I prefer the 50-135. The tamron of course is wider and if only the pentax 16-50 was as good as its sister lens I would have stuck with just pentax. The tamron is pretty nice zoom lens too though.

If they ever make zooms the size of the primes and retain the quality of the 50-135, I would only use zooms. As someone else mentioned, you should not be surprised when you have just bought one of Pentax's most highly rated zooms.
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I have both and they have their purposes, both are super sharp.

My travel kit is the 16-50mm and 50-135, 16-135 in 2 lenses. I use my 77 when I want awesome bokeh in my shots.
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Hi guys

thanks for replies.....just shortly to answer few comments...
well, yes 1.8 is advantage when shooting indoors, no discussion here, however i used 77 wide open only sparely, as it is much better from 2.8 up
yes limited is beautifuly crafted lens indeed and small. Strangely enough people don't look intimidated by zoom lens - but for street shots i'm not using the hood.
I agree 77 produces better colour and better bokeh at similar focal lenght, but then zoom is bit more universal and i realy like internal focusing and zooming and WR. It's a lose something, you gain far I'm pleased.


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