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12-13-2011, 04:57 PM   #1
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Help a newbie out. Need a telephoto lens for K-2000


I purchased a K-2000 a year ago. I purchased this one because my father in law had alot of lenses from his older Pentax that I could use also. They work, but not under the automatic range. Now, I want to be able to auto focus my pictures. My kids play sports and are into "fast" things. I would like to be able to take the lens and just point and shoot a little more than I am able with the older telephoto lens that went to an older SLR (film) camera. I think that I would like something in the 70-300 range since I am always farther to my subject than I would like.

Since I didn't need to research telephoto lenses because I thought that I would be set with the hand me down ones, I have no idea what to look for. All the letters and numbers are confusing. I got the standard 15-85 Lens that comes with the camera. It is a great lens, except only for close shots.

Can anyone give me any guidance? advice? Any is appreciated.


12-13-2011, 05:40 PM   #3
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The above are a good start and if you are on a tight budget I'd check for a good used copy of a Pentax SMC FA 100-300. Its old and its a silver lens but the reviews are actually very strong for it and the average sale price is right around $100. It's not the fastest around but it will give you the reach you want, allow you to experiment with different focal lengths to find what you like and use most, and its not too big an investment to learn on.

The marketplace here is excellent and I can also recommend KEH.Com for used lenses that are honestly rated. My strongest suggestion is to go and spend a couple weeks reading the Lens Reviews here on the site!

Pentax-FA 100-300mm F4.7-5.8 Reviews - FA Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
12-13-2011, 08:20 PM   #4
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I'm not an expert, but I also have a K2000 and I really enjoy my DA 55-300. It's not a super fast lens, but the photo quality is good and it's not a very expensive lens. I really like the range too - a good zoom, but not a huge lens.

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Hello Casey, Welcome to the Forum!
I agree with Docrwm, the FA-100-300mm f4.7-f5.8 AF zoom (the silver one) is about the best bargain in the mid-range AF telephoto zoom market.
You can pick up a used one for $100 or so, but make sure you get the silver f4.7-f5.8 version, there's also a 100-300mm f4.5-f5.6 that's not nearly as good.
It is lightweight and has a "plastic" feel but the optics are fine and it is plenty sharp enough for most sports. Under low light you will have to boost the ISO to freeze the action, but the only other way to solve that problem is a 300mm f2.8, about $2000.00 or so!
It usually comes with a dedicated black hood, which helps a lot in reducing lens flare and loss of contrast.
The auto-focus works great with my K10D and the zoom function is solid.
All the other lenses that have been listed are good choices, but I believe the silver 100-300mm is the least expensive way to get a reasonably sharp tele zoom.
12-15-2011, 10:17 PM   #6
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I got the standard 15-85 Lens that comes with the camera.
That could be an awesome lens :-)

I'd go with the Pentax 55-300, even though I sold mine.
12-16-2011, 06:22 AM   #7
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Tamron 70-300mm F4-5.6 AF Di LD Macro Lens
I use this. I picked it up last year, and even inside, it does an okay job of Hockey shots at higher ISO. 400 if the players are standing around, usually 800 during play, 1600 if I want to really try and freeze something.

The autofocus can be a tad slow on this as the reviews state. But overall, I find it a good beginner lens, and the price was low,
a few sample shots:

Find the Macro on the lens to work well outside in sunlight. Doing flower shots and the like turn out quite nice.
01-17-2012, 01:41 PM   #8
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Thanks all! I think that I am going to go with the Pentax DA or DAL 55-300mm. I have had such good results with my 18-55mm Pentax lens that I think I want to stay with that same line.


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