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12-17-2007, 09:25 PM   #1
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Any older 'normal' zoom lenses worth it?

I'm looking for something that will give me a little more reach than any of the current digital normal offerings- something similar to the nikon 24-120. I don't mind giving up the wide angle, as long as it is around 24mm or 28mm at the wide end. Any suggestions?

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I am very happy with my FA 24-90. (36 - 135 on a digital). I was using it happily on the k10d until the DA* lenses arrived. When I bought the camera, I bought the kit with DA 12-24 so that I covered the lost field of view.

It is now on the MZ-S (probably welded) that my wife has inherited. I can envision situations where that particular focal range would be the ideal, and I will use it then. If I can pry it out of SWMBO's hands, that is.
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I will also recomend the FA 24-90. I find it a great travel lens. Superb optics.
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If you want something bright then theres the K mount version of the sigma 24-70 F2.8, although the reviews I have reading on this lens is a bit hit or miss where one reviewer says its sharp all round while another says shots at 70mm at F2.8 are practically useless.

Or you can try the tamron 28-75 F2.8 which reviews say is better than the sigma equivalent, you do lose the 24mm range though.

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The Tammy is a very good option. Also, any of the Pentax FA28-105s (there are 3 versions). If you don't mind manual focus. the Pentax A 35-105 f3.5 is a really good lens. Built like a tank, very good optical traits, and a useable macro mode (1:4) to boot. You can buy them for around US$150.
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QuoteOriginally posted by roscot Quote
The Tammy is a very good option. Also, any of the Pentax FA28-105s (there are 3 versions). If you don't mind manual focus. the Pentax A 35-105 f3.5 is a really good lens. Built like a tank, very good optical traits, and a useable macro mode (1:4) to boot. You can buy them for around US$150.
Actually, I have one in mint condition (with one of those 3 position foldout rubber zoom hoods) I've been considering selling for a while, just haven't gotten around to it. If you're interested, I'd let it go for $150 plus $10 S&H.
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The Tamron 28-75mm is an awesome lens!

If you do not need AF, there are quite a few options open!

Another choice could be the Sigma 24-135mm f/2.8-f/4.5 or the Sigma 28-105mm f/2.8-f/4 are not bad either.
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AF is kinda big for me- my eyesignt isn't good enoug to rely on for focusing. I was looking at the 24-90 but was kinda turned off by some of the reviews in the database. Sounds like it is a good lens- also sounds like average price is ~400-500- does that sound right?

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$400-$500 for a 24-90 sounds too expensive.
Someone here bought a 28-105 for around $160.
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according to the review database that seems about right, and Fry's has a new one for $550. the 28-105 certainly is tempting at that price, though.
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FYI -

I have the 24-70mm 2.8 on my K10D and it is giving me fits; it shuts off the LCD at random in the Menu & Info menus. It sounds like they shouldn't be related, but seriously beware. I'm taking mine to the Sigma repair this weekend.
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QuoteOriginally posted by clawhamemr Quote
AF is kinda big for me- my eyesignt isn't good enoug to rely on for focusing. I was looking at the 24-90 but was kinda turned off by some of the reviews in the database. Sounds like it is a good lens- also sounds like average price is ~400-500- does that sound right?
That's a fair price for the FA 24-90. It's a fine lens. For me, it's a bit long on the digital, and I was lucky enough to find the loonies to buy the DA 12-24, DA* 16-50 and DA*50-135 so I have covered the range. My wife is in the process of discovering that 24mm is wider than 28, 90 is longer than 80 and FA 24-90 is in a different league than the FA 28-80. I don't think I will get to use it much any more.
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QuoteOriginally posted by roscot Quote
The Tammy is a very good option. Also, any of the Pentax FA28-105s (there are 3 versions). If you don't mind manual focus. the Pentax A 35-105 f3.5 is a really good lens. Built like a tank, very good optical traits, and a useable macro mode (1:4) to boot. You can buy them for around US$150.
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Actually, I have one in mint condition (with one of those 3 position foldout rubber zoom hoods) I've been considering selling for a while, just haven't gotten around to it. If you're interested, I'd let it go for $150 plus $10 S&H.
Ray, which lens is it that you're willing to part with?
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35-105mm f:3.5 A.
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