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09-02-2012, 05:49 AM   #16
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My 2c....
#1 MY dream portrait combo on APSC would be a 24-70ish 2.8 and the 50-135 2.8. Reason is the tight portrait range is 50-135, a with 70-200 you will find your self changing to the other lens or stepping back a few in an event situation which isn't ideal.
#2 If your 24-105 is acceptably sharp then I believe the 70-200 would be your best bet. Note that both my choices have abit of FL overlap in-case of gear failure on the day.
#3 If you shoot abit of film and/or have any inclination to FF I think the 70-200 would be the choice (SORRY to mention but it is relevant ;p).
I like my 28-105, but I will eventually replace it with a constant 2.8. Probably the 28-75 Tammy. It's just going to get me by in the meantime. It does ok, for my needs right now. But I feel a little redundant having 90% of my focal length doubled over (50-105 coverage on both lenses). So essentially the 28-105 only covers 28-49 that the 50-135 can't. And the 50-135 only covers 106-135 that the other cant. I like the 28-75 a lot . But it just isnt a imperative for me to have right now. I can wait. But the 50-135 (which I ultimately decided to get over the 70-200), is pretty vital at this point, I think it covers all the the important ranges for a wedding and portraits.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Isnwm Quote
But the 50-135 (which I ultimately decided to get over the 70-200), is pretty vital at this point, I think it covers all the the important ranges for a wedding and portraits.
Yup, apart from group shots and large establishment shots of venues the 50-135 will be stuck on the camera
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Have you run the Exposure Plot program and seen which focal lengths you use the most? (from before you sold off your lenses). That may tell you if you really need to cover 136-200. But, which one do you really want? If you don't buy the one you really want, you'll still want it. And you can always sell lenses as your needs change.
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p.s. Tomorrow the DA* 50-135 will be down to $825 after instant rebate!
Or so everyone thought......Pentax started playing their games with pricing again.

Sept 1st with the rebates in force now, the 50-135 is now $1525

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-price-watch/197349-instant-rebates...ml#post2080515

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Have you run the Exposure Plot program and seen which focal lengths you use the most? (
Do you have a link to this software. I ran a search and found a lot of different ones to download.
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agree. 50-135 is a very good portrait lens. plus it is weather sealed. you can do some creative portrait in rainy days, beach and so on.
but the auto focus is kind slow..not very good for moving subject...
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QuoteOriginally posted by stormtech Quote
Or so everyone thought......Pentax started playing their games with pricing again.

Sept 1st with the rebates in force now, the 50-135 is now $1525

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-price-watch/197349-instant-rebates...ml#post2080515
Just saw it... I am crazy pissed. I was literally about to buy a DA* 50-135... not any more... nope.
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QuoteOriginally posted by JinDesu Quote
I shoot a Tamron 70-200. I enjoy using it, and I've used it for walking around (heavy, but I like long focal lengths), shooting low light sport events, portrait shooting (70-100mm is good for this), and occasional wildlife (squirrels, birds, etc).

Having used it, and having held a 50-135, I would go for the 50-135 now if I could. The 200mm reach is fantastic, but my shooting has generally been in the 70-135mm range. Added to that, I like the SDM on the 50-135, the WR of the 50-135, and the weight of the 50-135.

So if you aren't hunting for small animals, and your general use for this lens is going to be portrait and intimate events, the 50-135 is your better bet.

70-200 is more suited for midrange wildlife and sports.
Is the tammy 70-200 2.8 AF as slow as reviews tell me? They say the Tammy has superior optics compared to the sigma 70-200 2.8 but the sigma has the tammy beat hands down in autofocus speed?

not trying to high jack, just wondering.

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Is the tammy 70-200 2.8 AF as slow as reviews tell me? They say the Tammy has superior optics compared to the sigma 70-200 2.8 but the sigma has the tammy beat hands down in autofocus speed?

not trying to high jack, just wondering.

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I was genuinely curious about this myself. I am really really tempted by the Sigma just bc of all the rants & raves I've read about the AF Speed. I read an article on the focus speed of the Sigma vs the Tammy. The sigma beat it by like half a second. The total times were like .94 vs .52 or something like that. I'm really curious how the 50-135 fares in that test.
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Do you have a link to this software. I ran a search and found a lot of different ones to download.

Download via C-Net
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I have owned a Sigma 70-200 f2.8 and sold it with-in 6 months after 3 HSM issues. I have since replaced it with a Tamron 70-200 f2.8 which has now given me 2 years of faultless service. Yes the AF is noisy and slower than the Sigma but it is far more accurate, locking on focus with-out all of the focus hunting that the Sigma was prone to. The biggest difference though is the IQ, the Tamron is optically one of the most impressive zooms I have ever used, up to 180mm it is hard to beat it with a bag of primes.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Isnwm Quote
I was genuinely curious about this myself. I am really really tempted by the Sigma just bc of all the rants & raves I've read about the AF Speed. I read an article on the focus speed of the Sigma vs the Tammy. The sigma beat it by like half a second. The total times were like .94 vs .52 or something like that. I'm really curious how the 50-135 fares in that test.
50-135 is about 1 and half second to run back and forth
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Is the tammy 70-200 2.8 AF as slow as reviews tell me? They say the Tammy has superior optics compared to the sigma 70-200 2.8 but the sigma
Who is "they"? I have had all three of the lenses discussed here [Sig 70~200, Pen 50~135, Tam 70~200] with the Tamron being one of my quickest "in and out" of the arsenal lenses - it is a good piece but the absence of HSM/USM/SDM did it in for me, with it being screw drive AF there is no "quick shift focus" and you can't use "CIF" with this lens, huge deal buster for the type of shooting I do. The sharpness of the Tamron is pretty good, not as good as the Sigma 70~200 OS FLD though. The 50~135 is the real deal if you are looking for a zoom type portrait lens, IMO it is the best zoom type portrait lens offered by pentax; if you have to get the extra range as in a 70~200 and you are not on a tight budget, the Sigma OS FLD is the best option...
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Who is "they"? I have had all three of the lenses discussed here [Sig 70~200, Pen 50~135, Tam 70~200] with the Tamron being one of my quickest "in and out" of the arsenal lenses - it is a good piece but the absence of HSM/USM/SDM did it in for me, with it being screw drive AF there is no "quick shift focus" and you can't use "CIF" with this lens, huge deal buster for the type of shooting I do. The sharpness of the Tamron is pretty good, not as good as the Sigma 70~200 OS FLD though. The 50~135 is the real deal if you are looking for a zoom type portrait lens, IMO it is the best zoom type portrait lens offered by pentax; if you have to get the extra range as in a 70~200 and you are not on a tight budget, the Sigma OS FLD is the best option...
Have you ever shot any type of action stuff with your Pwntax 50-135 ? I'm curious to know how well it would perform @ a little league baseball/football game, or even a high school football game, if I were on the sideline, shooting the action from the side. (not from the end zones like the pros w/ their super zoom expensive lenses). That's my only concern. Length & focus speed. Say the teams were playing from the right hash mark (closest side of the field to me), if I held the camera up and had it pre focused or a great QB throw picture, or the RB running around the corner towards me... Is this expecting too much from the SDM focus ? I am constantly seeing online that the HSM sigma AF just blows the doors off the competition in AF speed. But at what cost ? How much of a dropoff on IQ is there ?
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