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09-23-2012, 10:55 AM   #1
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Well, I just bought a 50-135...

I finally ended up getting a 50-135. Ive been eyeballing that lens for a while. The samples on pixel peeper.com are just jaw dropping. My main purpose for it will be portraits, but Im going to give it a try at sports photography also. I sold a sigma 70-200 f/2.8 hsm macro II , and got the 50-135. Im working out of town, and wont be home to play with my new toy for a couple weeks. Can any current owners of this lens give me an idea of what ive gotten myself into ? What has been your experience with using it for sports or action shots ? I just went through my lightroom library , looking at the data on some shots I took at a football game recently with the sigma 70-200, Most of my best shots were between 110-155 mm. most of my 180-200mm shots seemed much softer, so Im thinking and hoping that the 50-135 will be able to perform about as well, and of course I can crop to zoom if needed. Any thoughts, or input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. The two pictures I posted are from the 70-200 , the first one was at 155 mm, and the 2nd was 105 mm . I know the 155 is out of range for the 50-135, but I think with enough cropping, i can get close to that.

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09-23-2012, 01:00 PM   #2
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I am a former owner. I "traded in" my 50~135 for a Tamron 70~200 in 2009 predominantly because I wanted a mid-range zoom that I could use on film, and couldn't justify the cost of having both. I don't to a lot of sports shooting, but about 50% of my photography is action/event oriented.

I regret that decision; my need for AF when I'm shooting film is minimal and I have a very good copy of the SMC A 70~210/4.

In hindsight I can say:
  • I very much miss the lighter weight of the DA*.
  • The tripod collar on the 70~200 is a very big plus; I am not a big fan of hanging 2lbs of lens 7 inches off the mount.
  • I miss having 50mm far more often than I am thankful for having 150~200mm.
  • I loved the silence of SDM.
  • I occasionally hated the fine AF correction wiggles of SDM.
  • Quick-shift how I miss you.
  • The 50~135 fit wonderfully in every camera bag I own(ed); the 70~200 not so much.
  • Pentax optics quite simply are better; subjectively speaking, if not empirically.
09-23-2012, 01:21 PM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by Venturi Quote
I am a former owner. I "traded in" my 50~135 for a Tamron 70~200 in 2009 predominantly because I wanted a mid-range zoom that I could use on film, and couldn't justify the cost of having both. I don't to a lot of sports shooting, but about 50% of my photography is action/event oriented.

I regret that decision; my need for AF when I'm shooting film is minimal and I have a very good copy of the SMC A 70~210/4.

In hindsight I can say:
  • I very much miss the lighter weight of the DA*.
  • The tripod collar on the 70~200 is a very big plus; I am not a big fan of hanging 2lbs of lens 7 inches off the mount.
  • I miss having 50mm far more often than I am thankful for having 150~200mm.
  • I loved the silence of SDM.
  • I occasionally hated the fine AF correction wiggles of SDM.
  • Quick-shift how I miss you.
  • The 50~135 fit wonderfully in every camera bag I own(ed); the 70~200 not so much.
  • Pentax optics quite simply are better; subjectively speaking, if not empirically.
Thank you for your reply. Im very excited about this lens. I have not see a single picture from this lens that didnt impress me. Im almost convinced this lens is incapable of a bad picture.
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