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10-08-2011, 08:49 PM   #16
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Get the 50-135

QuoteOriginally posted by ozlizard Quote
I really want this lens. I want it for weddings/portraits/landscapes. Later on I would probably get the 16-50 to fill the gap. I have the Sigma 10-20 so have that angle covered (excuse the pun!).
I missed out on one on Ebay and am hoping to pick one up on here.
If I can't manage to find one in time (have a wedding on the 19th November) is there a comparable lens out there? I don't care if it's Sigma or whatever as long AS IT IS GOOD. Sorry for shouting.
Just buy the 50-135:



Are they in short supply or something?

I shoot the 16-50 with the 50-135 and it is not nearly as good as the 50-135.

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The main competitor is the Sigma 50-150 (sadly now discontinued). It does, however, have a reputation for front-focusing on a par with the 50 f1.4 . I had two (separated by a space of a few weeks) and had to return both due to severe FF. It wasn't the body: by chance I had my DFA100 to hand when testing the second copy, and the camera focused that perfectly.

In short, the 50-150 is excellent (provided, ironically, that you use it at 50-135 as the performance at 150mm isn't great) but make sure that you get it from a retailer with a good returns policy just in case you get a dud one - though that's true of any lens purchase to be fair.

EDIT: Thought I'd add that - as vinceloc's examples demonstrate - the 50-150 has beautiful bokeh. The AF is also very fast and very quiet,
Sorry Mr.C. but I definitely can not agree that it's performance at 150mm isn't great :

f2.8 / 1/800 / ISO 1,600 / 150mm



f4.0 / 1/400 / ISO 320 / 150mm

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Haha that'll teach me Maybe I should qualify that to "performance at 150mm and shortish focus distances" (which I think has already been mentioned and is certainly picked up on by PZ). Nice shots by the way - particularly the first one - and topical too.
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QuoteOriginally posted by MrCynical Quote
Haha that'll teach me Maybe I should qualify that to "performance at 150mm and shortish focus distances" (which I think has already been mentioned and is certainly picked up on by PZ). Nice shots by the way - particularly the first one - and topical too.


Thanks.

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Well the discussion is a bit of a moot point now as I have just purchased the 50-135. Waiting for delivery this week. Can't wait to get it on my K5. My first Pentax lens and the only top quality one I have ever owned. I will let you know what I think and post some samples.
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Your in for a treat Greg, the * lenses are top notch
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Yeah can't wait Simon, been a long wait for this!
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You won't be disappointed... it is a great lens. I have even used it to shoot low light video of our dogs in the river in shadow... amazing results, was expecting dark blurry nothing, not crystal clear better-than-being-there video.

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Lens arrived yesterday, so went out this morning for some quick shots. First impression? WOW!
This lens is superb. I don't think I will have any trouble at the wedding with this baby!
This shot was hand held in natural light, ISO 200, 1/100 @ 5,6. Just a quick snap really. At 100% crop the detail blew my mind.

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thats great news Greg...is the lens in good nick ?
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It looks like a just bought a new one..immaculate.
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