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07-26-2011, 01:24 PM   #1
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Lensswitch descision's: DA*50-135/f2.8 -> DA*200mm/f2.8

So I'm sitting with this. I have a DA*50-135mm/f2.8 and I can switch it for a DA*200mm/f2.8. With no money for me to loose (I sell my 50-135 to one person and buy the 200 from another for the same amount). Both lenses are bought by first owner in spring 2009.

I have a nice set of lenses:
For outdoor sports I use DA*60-250mm and FA*85mm, but on rainy day's I tend to use the DA*50-135mm, but it is slow on focus.

For indoor sports I use FA*85mm and DA*50-135mm and sometimes DA*55mm, but the two last lenses are very slow in focus. I use DA40mm if I can get close to the action.

The 50-135mm is not used a lot by me. It is a little short on some occasions, but then again it is a nice and versatile lens. The FA*85mm is much more sharper, even wins at f2.0. The 60-250 is much heavier. I have two K-5's so I don't have to switch lenses a lot, I just take the second body.

Any thoughts about this?

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QuoteOriginally posted by RonHendriks1966 Quote
Any thoughts about this?
A 70-200 since they are also in about the same price range?
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For me, personally, 200mm isn't a very useful focal length. Of course, it may be to some.
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The DA*200mm is highly regarded by those who have it. It will nicely complement your FA*85mm. Since I love primes, I would swap if I was in your position. Just an opinion...

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Still loosing sleep about it.
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I dont have them nor have I used them, but I would take a the 200 over the 50-135 purely because I love primes
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I descided to order the 200mm, but it will come in a few weeks since there are holidays overhere.
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I descided to order the 200mm, but it will come in a few weeks since there are holidays overhere.
You will like this lens. There is a very good chance you will end up wanting to keep them both.

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You will like this lens. There is a very good chance you will end up wanting to keep them both.
Well that was not the plan for now. To much lenses is not the plan. Maybe when Ricoh would bring a new improved version for the 50-135 then I would think about it again.
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What don't you like about the 50-135?
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What don't you like about the 50-135?
Well that is my main trouble: it is a very good lens.

In my bag: DA 14mm, 21mm, 40mm; DA* 55mm, 50-135mm, 60-250mm and FA*85mm.

It is a lens that I only use on some occasions. Gives me great pictures at that time. But the since little over a year I have the 85mm and that takes away some of the time. Since two months I have the 60-250 taking away some more playing time.

Coming short on some indoorsports where I can't use the 60-250 for the loss of a lightstop. The Sigma 120-300mm/f2.8 keeping me waiting. So there is a need for something like 200mm for my use. When I purchase the DA*200mm, my guess is that the 50-135 never leaves my home again.

The other thing I was thinking about is keeping 50-135mm and buy 200mm and sell again the 60-250mm.
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cannot comment on your usage, but on APS-C the 50-135 is great. Too bad about the slow AF...I had the Tokina 50-135 on my D200 back then and it was the best lens I had, along the Nikkor 17-55/2.8.

200mm are pretty long for indoor sports on APS-C. What focal lenghts do you WANT to use for that?

But I can certainly understand the urge to get the prime *g*
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Well everything is going fast. The 50-135 is sold and tomorrow my brandnew DA*200mm/f2.8 is coming. I hope I don't miss the zoom to much. Or else I hope that Ricoh gives it a soon upgrade with SDM-II and I buy it again new.

I now also have a nice set off lenses that for a Full frame camera. So Ricoh, let's do it and jump into it.
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I now also have a nice set off lenses that for a Full frame camera. So Ricoh, let's do it and jump into it.
Congratulations and I'll help you hoping
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I found that the 60-250 took the place of my 50-135 in so many ways that I sold the 50-235 and have never looked back.
sure it would have been great to own both but finances did not permit both to exist in my collection. Enjoy your 200mm.
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