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08-09-2012, 02:29 PM   #1
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DA* 50-135 Should I let it go ?

I have a DA* 60-250 recently purchased (at the peak prices oh well least I bought it used so paid about what a new one would be now , no regrets really.). I also have a DA* 50-135. Both are stellar lens.

There's too much overlap really , even if the 50-135 is a little faster and smaller. I covet every lens every made so if I did sell it I would pick something else up (likely a DA* 300). Does anyone have both ? Does anyone use both ?

Not sure what I am asking for really leaning towards selling it, but would be curious if anyone else has had this delima and what did you do .....

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Keep it and pick up another body. I've found that I LOVE shooting with two bodies these days. It makes it easy to get video and stills at the same time or have another lens on a body at the exact time needed without having to change lenses!
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Also having two K5s is not the same thing as having another camera as "back-up". It's cool to have your top-of-the-line camera in duplicate with the same settings ready-to-go.
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QuoteOriginally posted by daacon Quote
There's too much overlap really , even if the 50-135 is a little faster and smaller. I covet every lens every made so if I did sell it I would pick something else up (likely a DA* 300). Does anyone have both ? Does anyone use both ?

Not sure what I am asking for really leaning towards selling it, but would be curious if anyone else has had this delima and what did you do .....
250 and 300 are closer than 135 and 250. I don't see the logic in that :-)

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QuoteOriginally posted by SpecialK Quote
250 and 300 are closer than 135 and 250.
The difference in the 60-250, is not really the reach, it's prime versus zoom. There's not much difference between 250 and the 300. You aren't going to want to carry both.
I agree you probably don't need both... but.. who knows. I don't carry the 60-250 on the camera, I carry it in the bag. It's a bit heavy for a walk around.

The other problem I have with the 50-135 is my next choice of lens will be a Tammy 70-200 2.8 (after the tammy 10-24 and 15 Ltd). The 50-135 lens would never see the camera. With my 50mm 1.7 covering the 50 end of things... to me that lens is the red haired orphan. But I guess it all depends on your shooting style.
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Also having two K5s is not the same thing as having another camera as "back-up". It's cool to have your top-of-the-line camera in duplicate with the same settings ready-to-go.
I do have a K20D and yes another K5 would be great however I don't see where I would find it useful to to have a DA* 60-250 on one and a DA* 50-135 on the other ?

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250 and 300 are closer than 135 and 250. I don't see the logic in that :-)
Who said it has to be logical I find I always reach for the DA* 60-250 now and rarely use the DA* 50-135. You are right is another 50mm on the long end worth it ? Maybe I will go the other way and get a wide prime , however I also have the DA 12-24 and DA* 16-50. I could use a new Tripod , bag maybe even a used K5 (Sell the K20D an lens) I am not too concerned on what to spend the money on I am pretty good at that
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I sold my 50/135 after buying 60/250. You can keep both if you have very different uses for it. For weddings or indoor party´s you can´t use 60-250, but the 50-135 can do the trick. In my case I have already FA*85 and DA*55 to cover that.
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The difference in the 60-250, is not really the reach, it's prime versus zoom. There's not much difference between 250 and the 300. You aren't going to want to carry both.
I agree you probably don't need both... but.. who knows. I don't carry the 60-250 on the camera, I carry it in the bag. It's a bit heavy for a walk around.

The other problem I have with the 50-135 is my next choice of lens will be a Tammy 70-200 2.8 (after the tammy 10-24 and 15 Ltd). The 50-135 lens would never see the camera. With my 50mm 1.7 covering the 50 end of things... to me that lens is the red haired orphan. But I guess it all depends on your shooting style.
Interesting you want a Tammy 70-200 f2.8 and the DA* 60-250 ? I actually sold my Tammy 70-200. It is all about what your particualr style / needs are for sure.

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I sold my 50/135 after buying 60/250. You can keep both if you have very different uses for it. For weddings or indoor party´s you can´t use 60-250, but the 50-135 can do the trick. In my case I have already FA*85 and DA*55 to cover that.
Indoor parties 50-135 that is pretty long heck I fond 28 long in a crowd. (at least in my house your 50k sq ft mansion may be fine ha!) and I don't , won't and will never do weddings

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If you don't use it get rid of it. If you have seller's remorse or start to miss it, buy a different lens with the money you received from selling the 50-135. It will make you feel better.
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I never owned the 60~250, but I have kicked myself at least once a month for two years now after selling my 50~135.

I now have the Tamron 70~200, and while it is a great lens that I can use on both digital and film, and it has a very useful tripod collar it has a major drawback :: weight and size.

The 50~135 was very easy to carry around, even without a camera strap. The 70~200 gets heavy quickly, it's not really practical to sling over my shoulder, and it doesn't fit well into any of my bags when mounted to my K20D. I love the extra range, and I love having a tripod collar, but I really really miss the size/weight of that DA*.
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I would sell it if you don't use it, I see more sense in the 300 with the 60-250 than in keeping what you have. Or maybe you could find one of those Pentax AF teleconverters or wait for the 560mm.

As long as it's your cash Dave, maybe one of these!!
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QuoteOriginally posted by RonHendriks1966 Quote
I sold my 50/135 after buying 60/250. You can keep both if you have very different uses for it. For weddings or indoor party´s you can´t use 60-250, but the 50-135 can do the trick. In my case I have already FA*85 and DA*55 to cover that.
I did the exact opposite. It had nothing to do with the capabilities or lack thereof, really. It was just that I didn't live in the longer focal length area . . . I proceeded to sell my DA* 300 too.

I am infatuated with 50-135, especially with K10D for reasons not entirely clear to me. My 50-135 has a busted SDM and not fixed, but I still used it a hell of a lot, manually, of course. I think that this is a very special lens, at least to me anyway.
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If you are looking at FF equivalence then you're better off keeping the 50-135 and buying a fast 200 and a 300. I still use my FA*300 4.5 along with my DA*60-250 (but don't usually carry both) and find the extra reach IS important. Also, the 60-250 is a bit heavy for long walkabouts whereas the 50-135 is perfect.
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So much love for the DA* 50-135. I agree though it is a stellar lens , in fact I had one, destroyed it (long story) and bought another. It's not like I need the cash to eat next week, however I hate to have it just sit in bag , neglected when I know so many others would use it.

Tom - yeah I would spend someone else's money on that as well

I have all I 'need' actually more than I need really - I did manage to part with a few lenses in the market place a while ago - which was a big step for this pack rat. - I will give it some more thought. Not sure I really want to part with it, so maybe the next little while I will make it a point to use it and then re-evaluate.
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Your dilemma really strikes a chord with me daacon. I go through stages where I don't use a certain lens for a while, then think about selling it to fund another lens I want to try. I've bought and sold quite a few lenses over the past couple years. For me, it was an experimentation stage where I needed to try out all these great lenses to see what I really like. I am actually quite proud of myself since I have now pretty much settled on a group of lenses that I really like - keepers finally!

I know what you mean when you talk about an older lens becoming redundant after a newer lens purchase such as your 50-135 vs, your 60-250. While they do overlap quite a bit in focal length, they each are unique with their own qualities.

Myself, I love my 60-250 enough that if I had the 50-135 I think I could part with it. But.....I can't say for sure since I've never owned the 50-135. I did sell both my DAL 50-200 and DA 55-300 after getting my 60-250 without any regrets, but those lenses are in a different league.

I also thought I might sell my FA* 300 4.5 when I bought the 60-250, but after some thought - even had it for sale here but withdrew the listing - I just won't part with it. I love shooting with the 300mm prime! So I think my opinion or "vote" would go for your first thought - get yourself a DA*300 and sell the 50-135. If I remember correctly, you do a lot of wildlife photography, and if so, you will love the 300mm prime. There is definitely room for both the 60-250 and 300 for me - they are both my favorite lenses that I have ever bought or used.
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