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12-26-2007, 05:08 PM   #1
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lens overlap question

I was just curious how many people have overlapping lenses or do you sell a lens that you have coverage from another lens? I ask because I am thinking of getting the tamron 75-300 lens as well as the 90mm Macro. Current lens list : 10-17mm, 18-55mm, 28-75, 28mm fixed and the 50-200mm,the two new lenses obviously would cause duplication so was just curious what other people would do sell or keep them ?

12-26-2007, 08:24 PM   #2
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Well, I wouldn't consider a dedicated macro lens to be duplicating anything, least of all a 70-300 zoom. The obvious one to sell would be the 28-75, but I find that to be a nice zoom range. The 18-55 is sometimes too short, the 50-200 too long, and when I'm using a zoom I try not to take anything else out with me. And I would never advise getting rid of a prime lens...

So I think you're all set, personally.
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define overlap.

If the new lens does somethng different, in one case a dedicated macro, then there is no overlap.

The second lens is a but more of a mystery, and you may want to think about 50-200 vs 75-300, but look at it in terms of speed, against reach. i.e. maximum apature at both ends of the zoom range. The 50-200 may be faster at 200 than the 75-300 and this could have some value.

I would personally gone for something longer, perhaps getting out to 400 mm with the new zoom.

to me 300 mm over 200 mm is not a big enough change.
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My dilema...

This is my current dilema also.. I am looking at a tamron 70-300 macro tomorrow but already have a 80 - 200 and a 18 - 55. So since the macro only works for certain ranges am I duplicating or not????

Gotta love the LBA...

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I would think the only real overlap might be the 50-200 and 70-300. I'd guess that you will find yourself rarely using one of them. But in the end, it really comes down to you and how and what you shoot. It really is a personal preference, and what works for one person doesn't work for others.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mtnbearhug Quote
This is my current dilema also.. I am looking at a tamron 70-300 macro tomorrow but already have a 80 - 200 and a 18 - 55. So since the macro only works for certain ranges am I duplicating or not????

Gotta love the LBA...
Given that the 70-300 covers the entire range of the 80-200 and then some, as long as all else is equal or nearly so (speed, IQ, etc), yes, you would end up with a duplicate lens in the 80-200. But if the 80-200 beats out the 70-300 in all areas except FL, you'd probably be better off with a dedicated macro lens that can do 1:1.
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I think that i will take care of my LBA for a bit by getting the 90mm macro and just keep an eye out for either the sigma 135-400 or the 170-500mm and stick with the 50-200 i do like the lens just wish it was faster
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Sounds good to me ... the Tamron 90mm SP Macro is a top lens ... I am only just starting to play with it myself ... it's also a great portrait lens as well ... very sharp indeed.

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The Pentax 50-200 is nice and compact. The 70-300 will draw attention due to its size. I'd keep both as they are not that expensive, and each has a use.

The 28 seems like a triplication, and unless it was fast, I'd find a new home for it.
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the 28mm is an F1.8 lens bought it for low light
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