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07-31-2011, 01:50 AM   #1
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Lens suggestions for sports photography (K-5)

Hello dear Pentaxians,

I just recently bought the K-5, tested it extensively during my vacation. I got it with the kit lens DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR.

Now, I am looking for another lens to buy, preferably so I can use it for sports photography (running&triathlon).

I mainly wonder whether I should go for a pentax lens or a different brand.Any good suggestions (or experiences)?

Thanks, guys!


07-31-2011, 04:21 AM   #2
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Hi there. It depends greatly on your budget, then on your expectations of the lens. For starters, I'd suggest the DA 55-300, a great value for money lens that is both sharp and versatile. Problem with it though is that it is somewhat slow particularly at the long end. Something more expensive yet faster and reasonably versatile are the Sigma or Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 offerings. Then there's also the excellent DA* 60-250, which is more versatile still but considerably more expensive.
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And there is Sigma 300mm/f2.8 even more faster and expensive and if we are luckey in future also Sigma 120-300mm/f2.8.

Both sports are I guess standing from a point where runners cross and then catch them? That isn't very demanding for camera and lens, only to make the picture look interesting is very difficult.

So depending on your experience, willing to pay the price, willing to lug around a big and heavy lens, will make your choices.

I use for sports DA40mm, FA*85mm, DA*60-250mm and just yesterday bought DA*200mm. Basicly you can make sportspictures with every lens and focal lenght, only the images look very different.
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I can recommend either of these:

Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD Macro Lens Reviews - Current Zoom Lenses - Pentax Third-Party Lens Review Database

Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens Reviews - Current Zoom Lenses - Pentax Third-Party Lens Review Database

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If you don't mind carrying a large lens, the 70-200 f2.8 lenses from Sigma and Tamron are the first choices for most people.

The Pentax 50-135 f2.8 is not as long, its AF speed is slower but on the other hand it is MUCH smaller. You can also shoot wider which is something I personally like to do b.c I shoot team sports. That may not be needed for running and triathlon. Plus with the K5 you can CROP as an alternate way to zoom and still get away with it...
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The lens FL should be determined upon how close you are to the subjects. The closer you can get and the wider the FL the better the picture. The IQ of the lens depends upon your intended uses. If all you are doing is posting to the net and printing 8X10, you don't need the best glass, but if you are going large or trying to market images, the glass is very important.
The biggest factors is quality of light and technique, regardless of the lens used.
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This was shot handheld at yesterday's OSIM Singapore Triathlon with a K-5 and Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 HSM II early in the morning. Focusing is really fast and image quality is pretty good.
The lens has good reach and the f/2.8 maximum aperture was really a huge plus when looking in the viewfinder and considering the light level wasn't really bright.


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Funny I did this one with FA*85mm


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Dear all,

thanks for your many replies. Before starting this thread, I actually looked at the DA 55-300 and a sigma 70-300 but it was quite cheap (180 Euros =ca. 260 US dollars). It confused me a bit that you can get a sigma lens (which I consider good quality usually) for such a bargain.

@psychodoc: that's what I did up to now ;-) but I would like if my runner-friends don't necessarily see me when shoot them so they don't consciously look at me.
And also sometimes (especially for the swimming) I don't get as close as I want (need) for my 18-55mm.

So, I'll have a look into all your suggestions. Thanks again
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QuoteOriginally posted by RonHendriks1966 Quote
Funny I did this one with FA*85mm
Ah! but it ain't easy to shoot a shot like this using an 85mm because you're never gonna be able to be so close to the competitors... with a 70-200mm f/2.8, no sweat.

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QuoteOriginally posted by nanami Quote
I actually looked at the DA 55-300 and a sigma 70-300 but it was quite cheap
don't go for the Sigma 70-300, it's cheap, but it's a waste of money. Not good from end to end... in fact, very bad. Very soft, lots of CA, etc ... The 55-300 is far better, and don't cost that much more.
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Well when the budget is low then the 55-300mm is a very nice lens to start with. Only thing is that it isnt wheaterseald, a little soft on the long end wide open, so you need some extra light or go up with the iso-setting.
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The problem, I am encountering is...that there seem to be rather cheap lenses (like the DA 55-300) and then next expensive is close to 3 time that price....I cannot find anything in between :-/
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QuoteOriginally posted by nanami Quote
.that there seem to be rather cheap lenses (like the DA 55-300) and then next expensive is close to 3 time that price....I cannot find anything in between :-/
you have the 55-300 f4-5.8 : 300€
the tamron 70-200 f2.8 :550€
Pentax 50-135 f2.8 (SDM and WR) : 940€

You have all sort of price. You must just know where to look
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Well I do see your wish. After the 55-300 it goes to 60-250 for 1249 euro. In between ther should be 80-200/f2.8 and 70-200/f4 (this one should be cheaper an dconsumergrade compared to 60-250) to have a compleet lensline. The 50-135 is a nice lens but short for some sports.

See lenssurvey, somewhere down here.
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