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09-04-2011, 12:38 PM   #1
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Decisions, decisions.... :-(

Help!! I can't make up my mind which lens to buy for my K5....

The only lens I have at the moment is the 18-55 kit lens and am now ready to buy a longer length zoom (hopefully to capture some wildlife plus my son has just started playing soccer)

I think I've narrowed it down to either the Pentax 55-300 as it seems a good buy and is within budget (was hoping to spend less than $500).... but now I've seen the Tamron 70-200 F2.8 which is getting great reviews, but is more expensive and heavier to hold.... so now I don't know what to go for.

Any thoughts, opinions or reviews on either would be very much appreciated... I have already browsed the lens reviews and images on this site and it hasn't helped in the slightest!

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09-04-2011, 01:10 PM   #2
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If you want image quality, go for the tamron. The 55-300 is a good beginner zoom, but it's not an F2.8 zoom

Fast Sports Zoom Lenses for Pentax - 70-200mm Sigma & Tamron

Compared to other lenses in its range, the Tamron is almost 20% lighter!

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Hi Angela,
There is no comparison between the Tamron 70-200 and the Pentax DA 55-300. Both are excellent lenses, for what they can do...
f/2.8 opens up considerably more possibilities in lower light and action photography. The only downside to the 70-200 is the reach - you may find 200mm not being enough for you in sports. Indeed it is a *lot* heavier, but still manageable to have around the neck and shoot with.

The DA 55-300 works best in bright conditions - at least mild overcast. Then f/5.8 at 300mm will give you a decent enough shutter speed to freeze action without having to boost ISO up too high. It all comes down to budget ($500 won't get you a 70-200) and capability (if you don't necessarily need f/2.8, which the K-5 reduces the need of due to its high ISO capabilities, then you're better off on your wallet and neck to get the DA 55-300).

I have both, but for different reasons - 70-200 for events and weddings (not so much sports, unless I'm indoors and can come closer to the action, like on the sidelines) and 55-300 for everything else that is reasonably well lit...
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I have the DA 55-300 and am pleased with it. It is especially useful for wildlife and sports at 300mm (about as long a lens as I can hand-hold). But the Tammy's 2.8 speed would sure be nice for indoor sports & theater.

I hope someone will comment on how the Tamron's IQ at 200mm enlarged to 300mm compares with the DA's at 300mm.

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I have the 55-300 and it's a great lens for wildlife unless lighting is poor. That Tamron would be great for soccer, and for shooting in a dark forest. A lot of people will give you opinions, but listen to Adam and Ash, they are two of the most knowledgeable and experienced people on this forum.
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Just did some soccer this week and 200mm isn't a lot on a big field. On the other hand if you run along the side then you can get more then enough.

My suggestion is to buy the Tamron, since my DA*60-250mm/f4 is just on the edge in dim light and in evening only having stadiumlight.

This is the first division womens soccer in The Netherlands, VVV against FC Twente (in red and semi-professionals). Played in the stadium of VVV.

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So when light is crucial then the Tamron is your choice, given the budget.
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What were they spraying on the injured player's leg?
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What were they spraying on the injured player's leg?
A cooling spray:

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Remember the 70-200 is a big lens. Are you sure you will want to carry it around? It gets heavy.

You can always rent that kind of lens from cameralensrentals.com to be sure.
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You could always get the DA L 55-300 lens used. It usually runs pretty cheap. The optics are the same; the difference is the bayonet mount is plastic on the DA L. However, I'd wager the flexibility of being able to shoot at f/2.8 would make the Tamron the better choice, at least for me. I do have the DA L version of that lens. It's a fantastic lens for an outdoor sunny day, but it is not a fast lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by miltona580 Quote
You could always get the DA L 55-300 lens used. It usually runs pretty cheap. The optics are the same; the difference is the bayonet mount is plastic on the DA L.
The DAL also has no quick shift (though I never use it) and does not come with a hood.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RonHendriks1966 Quote
Just did some soccer this week and 200mm isn't a lot on a big field. On the other hand if you run along the side then you can get more then enough.
My suggestion is to buy the Tamron, since my DA*60-250mm/f4 is just on the edge in dim light and in evening only having stadiumlight.
This is the first division womens soccer in The Netherlands, VVV against FC Twente (in red and semi-professionals). Played in the stadium of VVV.
So when light is crucial then the Tamron is your choice, given the budget.
By the way Ron, those are very nice football shots.
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QuoteOriginally posted by AngF Quote
and heavier to hold.... so now I don't know what to go for.
For this I use a monopod. It is something to get used to.
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Why not just make use of the K5's excellent ISO-performance? You really don't need F2.8 for the extra light if you have a K5. Only if you want a thinner DOF it will be handy.

My DA 55-300 and K5 combo performs excellent in bright light and OK in low light. And if you want to freeze for action shot, just bump up the ISO.
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For me 200 mm is not long enough for either sports or wild life but if you can use it with a TC then it is the way to go. At the moment the TC will be the issue
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