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03-14-2012, 05:19 AM   #1
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Small but high quality tele zoom?

Hi everyone,

I've decided that I'm not happy with my Samsung/Pentax 50-200. It's not that it's awful, but I'm just not impressed enough with the pictures to want to use it. So I am teetering on the edge of selling it, but don't know what would replace it. The 60-250 looks tempting, but apart from the price I doubt that I would frequently carry something so large. So, if I give up the idea of the lens being fast or constant aperture, is there a lens that stays small but gives great IQ wide open (even if that is f5.6)? WR would be great too, but not essential.

Thanks for any help in advance,

David.

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Its a bit of a no brainer for the 50-135 here me finks !
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The DA*50-135/2.8 is a great lens, no doubt about that, I love mine, its great working range, but if you had a 50-200, maybe look at the DA 55-300, there are a lot of folks singing praises to that lens.
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I haven't used the DA 55-300, but I've heard good things about it. It's not small and it's manual focus, but if image quality is your main priority the old Tamron SP Adaptall 23A 60-300 is the sharpest zoom I've come across in that range. It's amazingly sharp & has useful macro capability. But it's all manual, so it's not for everybody.

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Seriously consider the DA 55-300. It is cheap, light and compact, and has remarkably good IQ. I have successfully smuggled it into live stadium gigs and come out with some excellent results even in low light.
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The 55-300 is a surprisingly versitile lens with good IQ and small size. There are two versions, both have the same optical formula, so if you don't need quickshift the DAL version can be a real bargain. Look at the reviews. It's significantly smaller and lighter than the 50-135 and obviously has more reach too.
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So the 55-300 seems to be the choice - is there a WR version available, or is that just the 50-200?

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QuoteOriginally posted by orangezorki Quote
So the 55-300 seems to be the choice - is there a WR version available, or is that just the 50-200?

David
No, there's no WR version.

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50-200mm are very good. Depend on your skill. I shoot the hummingbird with 50-200mm and it is fine sharp and colour because I am more skill how to set up and setting in my camera. Smile
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Small and high quality pretty much defines the 50-135. At the same price, the Tamron 70-200 F2.8 is very good in IQ, and although may be a bit larger, is a lot lighter than the Sigma and Pentax versions.

Now, if you are stepping away from those, the 55-300 is probably the next best bet.
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I have the tamron 23a. It is kind of slow and hard to handle, but is tack sharp up to about 200-250. Its also really cheap. Just find one with a hood. It isnt small nor light, so I guess that doesn't meet your specs.
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50-135/2.8 is the best zoom lens I've ever used. Can't recommend it highly enough.
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The 50-135, though, is *enormous* compared to the 50-200. The 55-300 is noticeably larger than the 50-200, but could still be considered "small". I've said this before, though, and am still waiting for posted pictures to prove otherwise: I think that whatever improvement in IQ there might be going from the 50-200 to 55-300 would be so sbtle in real world usage that it would not be worth the difference in size/weight, cost, and especially giving up WR. I'm still willing to take this claim back if I ever see pictures that suggest otherwise.

For the OP: I'd suggest posting some pictures from the 50-200 you are not happy with. The issues you may well turn out to be not entirely things that changing lenses would correct.
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The Tokina AF 70-210 is pretty good,if you come across one.
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The 55-300mm Pentax lens would be a nice upgrade. You could also opt for the Tamron 70-200mm.
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