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12-30-2007, 02:24 AM   #1
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Zoom v. Prime

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By some divine miracle, I'm going to scrounge up the money to purchase both PENTAX DA* lenses before the end of this summer. I've decided that I need the zooms for versatility; I'd love to have both zooms and primes, but I just can't afford both at the moment. I need to pick something and run with it. In terms of quality, how does the DA* series stack up against some of PENTAX's best primes? I've heard some people say that the DA*s come very close to matching the image quality of some of PENTAX's most coveted prime lenses. Does anyone with first-hand experience want to offer me their opinion? I would very much appreciate it! Also, should I start off with the 16-50mm or the 50-135mm? Which one would you say covers a more versatile focal range? Thanks!

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Definitely the 16-50 first. The 16mm wideangle is fantastic and I've never felt hugely inhibited by the 45mm long end of my 16-45.
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I don't have first hand experience with DA* but many are saying/writing that 50-135 is better lens than 16-50...
12-30-2007, 05:15 AM   #4
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Sigma 17-70 is a good bet for the wide angle zoom or try sigma 10-20 instead of Da* 16-50

Da* 50-135 seems like a gem itself. Can't go wrong with that.

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If you like to have both prime quality and zoom verzality + some extra wide angle,
I would recommend DA12-24 + FA35 + DA*50-135 (+ FA50 maybe)
In total price is almost equal to DA*16-50 + DA*50-135.
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That is some good advice. I am rather curious myself to see if the 16-50 is really worth it as compared the DA12-24 or the Sigma 10-20. The shots from the DA*50-135 I have seen have been pretty superb.
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QuoteOriginally posted by alib99 Quote
If you like to have both prime quality and zoom verzality + some extra wide angle,
I would recommend DA12-24 + FA35 + DA*50-135 (+ FA50 maybe)
In total price is almost equal to DA*16-50 + DA*50-135.
I picked up the FA 50mm F1.4 from Adorama for $200 just recently. I haven't received it yet, but I heard it's a superb lens. Has anyone had a good experience with this lens?
12-30-2007, 10:37 AM   #8
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i got the same lens from the same place, Stafford588. I must say, it's FANTASTIC! I made a post about the IQ between the M1.7 and FA1.4, look it up, the 1.4 takes very sharp pics.

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QuoteOriginally posted by stafford588 Quote
I picked up the FA 50mm F1.4 from Adorama for $200 just recently. I haven't received it yet, but I heard it's a superb lens. Has anyone had a good experience with this lens?
I just got it for Xmas ... and I must say it's a really nice handy lens ... I think I will be using this one quite a lot.
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Marc, with respect to your last couple of questions, I think the answers would depend on what sort of subjects you like to shoot at what distances. I've got the DA*50-135 and the kit DA 18-55 is standing in while I'm saving up for the DA*16-50. Why did I go for the longer lens first? My subject matter! I shoot landscape extractions and urban scenes more than I shoot wide landscapes or interiors, so it made sense to get the short-to-mid tele first. Maybe the opposite would be true for someone else's needs. So, what do you need more?
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