Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home

Show Printable Version Search this Thread
01-09-2013, 04:10 PM   #1
Senior Member

Join Date: Dec 2012
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 160
Best value Zoom


Still new on all this stuff, but learning a lot in this forum.
Im searching for suggestions for a good zoom-lens (as good u can get for a 300-400 bucks)

I think since i hate flashes, i want something like f-2,8. I prefer longer zoom than wideness.
My thoughts is than when i get lanscape pictures, (that doesn´t move like my children) i can as well use an old M lens.

For portraits I now use the "K series" SMC Pentax 55 1,8. Very happy with this.
the zooms i got now is the kit lens and the sigma 70-200 1:4-5,6 UC II, not the best but i got it for 10 bucks.

01-09-2013, 04:28 PM   #3
Site Supporter
SpecialK's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: So California
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 14,901
As far as long budget zooms go, the Pentax 55-300 is good. It's average-slow, however.

F2.8 is going to cost (new) about $729 for a Tamron 70-200. Nicer optically, shorter FL, heavier.
01-09-2013, 04:36 PM   #4
Senior Member

Join Date: Dec 2012
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 160
Original Poster
i´ve seen an sigma 18-50 2,8 for about 350 used off course, but its too short.

01-09-2013, 04:41 PM   #5
LeDave's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Minneapolis - St. Paul
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 2,904
The cheapest 2.8 zoom for long range photography you can get right now is the Tamron 70-200 f2.8 and can be had new for $770 otherwise the cheapest I've seen it go for used is in the high side of around $500 if you're lucky.
01-09-2013, 04:45 PM   #6
Senior Member

Join Date: Dec 2012
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 160
Original Poster
I think i go for the F or the FA. The older the better bor the bucks?
Maybe I should go for the Takumars 85 1,9 and 105 2,8 instead for 215? (the 85 in mint condition)

and use the kit zooms meanwhile.
01-09-2013, 05:02 PM   #7
Site Webmaster
Adam's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Arizona
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 43,118
If you want F2.8 this Tamron is probably the best value:
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro AF Lens AF001P-700 B&H

If that's too much then take a look at the Pentax 55-300mm (DA or DA L if you're really on a budget):
SMC Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED Reviews - DA Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

Adam Webmaster (Site Usage Guide | Site Help | My Photography)'s high server and development costs are user-supported. You can help cover those costs by donating. Or, buy your photo gear from our affiliates, Adorama, B&H Photo, or Topaz Labs, and get FREE Marketplace access - click here to see how! Trusted Pentax retailers:

01-09-2013, 05:07 PM   #8
Senior Member
Saxplayer1004's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Litchfield, ME
Posts: 166
I just acquired an old vivitar 75-205 f3.5 that is quite nice. It's full manual, but if you can find one they are very very cheap. Pretty sharp, but you do have to focus manually and aperture is manual too. It's great value and usually around $50.
Excellent Vivitar 75 205 mm MC Macro Focusing Zoom Lens Pentax K Mount | eBay

There's a push pull version which some people are partial to since you can control focus and some simultaneously. Makes it easier for tracking moving subjects in manual focus.
Thread on it

There are certainly better options out there, but for the price that they come up, they're quite good. I'd offer $40 for the one on ebay though

01-09-2013, 05:14 PM   #9
Veteran Member
Docrwm's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Somewhere in the Southern US
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 11,275
The best value is definitely NOT the new 18-270

You're getting great advice - the 55-300 is a sweet lens but its not a top of the line lens either and the Tamron 70-200 is the best value IMHO among the 70-200ish f2.8 lenses (hence my purchase of one). You can't even find a functional f2.8 long zoom in your price range that is legit (or it sells in <2minutes).
01-09-2013, 05:20 PM   #10
Senior Member
Saxplayer1004's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Litchfield, ME
Posts: 166
There is a Tokina 80-200 f2.8 on the marketplace right now for $600 iirc. That is my fast lens in that range and it is quite nice. I know it's above your budget, but F2.8 and $400 in pretty much every zoom length don't happen often. Primes sure, but even the 28-80 ish ranges in the F2.8 sell around or above $400 used
01-09-2013, 06:09 PM   #11
Veteran Member
EarlVonTapia's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Vancouver
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,152
I've had the DA 55-300 for a couple of months now and it's a stellar lens. Got it for $300 used local, but you can snag way better deals through the forums here from another member.

I just recently picked up the DA 18-250 for a song (packaged as part of a larger batch for really cheap) and it too is a stellar lens. They go used for around $325 - $350.

I've found that in both cases, a good high ISO performing camera can somewhat mitigate their slowness. The K5 and anything newer should do it.

In my opinion these are two of the best bang for buck long zooms right now for under $400.
01-09-2013, 06:10 PM   #12
Senior Member

Join Date: Dec 2012
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 160
Original Poster
I got the chance to buy the pentax da 16-50 2,8 for 385 bucks, but stupidly i wasnt aware what the value of this lens was until i got to hang here around :/
I live in sweden so it can be a silly market here. i hope for desperate fools that have cash dependencies or changing camera system.
01-09-2013, 06:51 PM   #13
Veteran Member

Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 4,893
As others have said:

As good as you can get for $300-400 (new) is the DA 55-300.
The Tamron 70-200 is also pretty nice, you might find it used for $500. I own both and wouldn't sell either unless I completely changed systems.
01-10-2013, 04:59 PM   #14
Senior Member

Join Date: Dec 2012
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 160
Original Poster
Thanks for all the advices. I will go for the Pentax 55-300.
I think it could be nice with the extra 20 on the wide scale, and i guess that the 300 length could be usefull sometimes,
and that the AF will work white well up. To 200
01-10-2013, 05:01 PM   #15
Senior Member

Join Date: Dec 2012
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 160
Original Poster
My stupid Iphone corrects my english into swedish words.
Most annoying

  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
bucks, k-mount, lens, pentax lens, slr lens
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Best Value Pentax Lens BendingPhotography Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 87 11-12-2014 07:41 AM
Best value used Pentax DSLR for catalog photography? Hamster Pentax DSLR Discussion 9 10-13-2012 09:24 PM
Indoor portraits of 2+ people, best aperture/F value? Dr Meerkat Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11 10-13-2012 08:15 AM
Best value way to get extreme reach with reasonable IQ? Unsinkable II Pentax Q 9 06-27-2012 04:24 AM
Whats considered the best value super wide angle lens ? Less than 17mm photoleet Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 24 02-01-2012 10:19 AM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:07 AM. | See also:, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]