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02-07-2012, 11:17 AM   #1
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LBA help!

Hi all,

I am in the middle of a debate here and I need your point of view based on my situation.
My list of lenses is described in my signature but if you notice I have not AF 50mm or a all purpose zoom with acceptable quality.
My first option would be the 50-135, second get a 50 1.4 AF and the third get the 18-135 WR.
If you have the time and can think od something please let me know either if it is one of the three or another option that makes sense.

Thank you and happy shooting!

02-07-2012, 11:40 AM   #2
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I have the 50-135 and if I had to make the descision again, I would go with the Sigma 70-200/ 2.8

The 50-135 is a great lens when you have no SDM issue but it's also either too long at the short end or/and too short at the long end.

If you really want to stick with Pentax, go for the 60-250 instead. Of course, cost increases but worthwhile IMO.

The FA50/1.4 is an excellent choice for the price, unless you can affort the DA*55/1.4
02-07-2012, 12:26 PM   #3
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My hierarchy of LBA satisfaction:

1) Coverage - my Tamron 10-24, DA18-250, Lil'Bigma 170-500 cover much
2) Speed - my FA50/1.4 and fast f/2 MF primes at 24-28-35-58-85mm help
3) Specialty - fisheyes, macros, mirrors, all see beyond the ordinary
4) Character - old slow MF primes render differently than newer glass
5) Mania - whatever optical materials I can stick on the camera - fun!

My basic kit contains the FA50/1.4 for speed and DOF control, the Tamron 10-24 for tight spaces, the Raynox DCR-250 for getting close, and the DA18-250 for almost everything else. I hate kits of 18-55 plus 50-200 or 55-300 because I shoot a lot between 30-70mm and I hate changing lenses around 50mm. If you MUST have such a kit, add a cheap sharp agile F35-70 to cover that range.
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I agree with your first option - I think the DA*50-135 is the lens you could use here. While it's not an all-purpose zoom, the IQ is very high and the 50mm short end is much better (for me) than a 70mm short end. The reason is that when you're photographing an event, and you suddenly need to go wider, the 50mm will often be just wide enough to get the shot. I also find 135 long enough most of the time. I have primes for 200mm and 300mm, and I really like them, but I don't actually use them all that often.

Significantly, the IQ from the DA*50-135 is high enough that I don't think to myself "this image was taken with a zoom," even though I use primes most of the time.

Ask yourself this question: "How often do I get an image I really like over 135mm, using my Sigma lenses?" I'm guessing you don't, at least with the Sigma 70-300mm 4-5.6. This was how I decided to sell my DA55-300 and get the DA*50-135.

I think the DA*55/1.4 is a great second option. I've tried it, and it's the one lens I still wonder if I'll need some day. But I have the FA43 for AF, and K50/1.2 for DOF, so it seems I don't really need it. Yet the DA*55 is quite different from those two, and quite good at and near wide-open, unlike the FA43 or any of the AF 50s (DA*55's only negative is that bokeh suffers in some shots (but it's great in others)).

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02-07-2012, 04:07 PM   #5
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Cheapest...Dump the two 18-55's (or save one for at the beach), the 70-300 and one of the 50's. Get a 17-70. Done :-)
02-07-2012, 06:04 PM   #6
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So many ways to make a fine kit from your set. I'd take 10-24 + 35 + 55-300 as a fine trio myself. The 17-70 would be nice too, that plus Tamron 90 plus your 100-300 is hard to beat. It's really up to you to decide how to slice this up, but you definitely have some good choices to make.. and some items to sell as part funding, if you choose.

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