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05-17-2012, 03:31 PM   #16
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Yes, swapping lenses is a major pain that results in missed shots. The IQ of a missed shot is zero. A zoom with enough coverage is best. So, the decision crunch: Do you need wider than 24mm? Or do you need longer than 50mm? You can't get both in one lens. A couple obvious solutions come to mind:

* Get an 18-135 or 18-250; boost ISO as needed.
* Use two or more cameras, with appropriate lenses.

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05-17-2012, 04:29 PM   #17
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If you want to get a norma-telephoto zoom - which any 28-XX lens would be - I'd just get a *real* telephoto zoom. But that won't solve the need for something wide-normal.
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You picked your original combo for a reason. They are amazing lenses. The only reason to change your original plan would be if you are planning ongoing full frame if/when it is available.

That's just my opinion.
05-19-2012, 01:30 AM   #19
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I know you ask for an opinion about a zoom lens.
Given the price of DA16-50 has gone up considerably and unless you need a zoom, why not get the FA31 Ltd and FA77 Ltd instead.
If you are after IQ, go for the Ltd prime.
I used to have the Nikkor 24-70 G zoom and a D700 and it is supposed to be one of the best zoom. I can tell you a US$500 Voigtlander prime is sharper than the Nikkor zoom in good light.
All the best with your decision.

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All. Thanks so very much for your thoughts.

I know this might sound a bit snobish and Canikon fanboy (for which I appologise now), but I'm coming from a 24-70/2.8 L which is a stonking, quick and sharp piece of glass and don't want to feel "dissapointed" with the alternatives on what I know to be a top-notch camera of a K-5 - proven by the fact that the 24-70 sold for more than my 7D! (but then again after using a Leica Summicron 50/2 everything else feels and produces rubbish including the lovely Zeiss 21/2.8 ZE I had!)

If only there was a Leica dsigned and made FA* 15-70/2.8 WR Ltd. for 600 ! :P

Until that day arrives, I'll see if I can get a decent used DA* 16-50/2.8 or 17-70/4 as a starter, and also a 70 or 77 ltd at first. That should cover general walking around and nice portrait shots of my 2 yr old daughter.

But my long-list is looking like a kit list of one of the following types depending on what's available at the time I can afford things!:

General walk around:
16-50/2.8, or

A 20/2.8, or
FA 20/2.8, or
DA 21/3.2 Ltd, or
FA* 24/2

DA 40/2.8 Ltd, or
FA 43/1.9 Ltd, or
A 50/1.4

DA 70/2.4 Ltd, or
FA 77/1.8 Ltd


Seriously though, can't wait to get my hands on the K-5 and whatever lens I get and start taking damn photos again!!! I hate point and clicks, and it's nearly the bank holiday season here!!!

Have a great weekend everyone, and if the sun's shining for you too, get the BBQ on...
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DA*16-50 + APSC is just as sharp as 24-70L + FF.

I have no experience on 24-70 + APSC.
I guess it all depends on what focal length you want.
05-25-2012, 05:17 PM   #22
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If you need a zoom to get by, just get the DA 18-135mm... spend your money on the Limiteds.

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