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01-24-2013, 10:20 AM   #1
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should I get a 50-200 wr lens?

I have an old vivitar 70-300mm zoom lens. I got it in 2001 it is all manual it works well enough but I am not crazy about it. I have gotten pretty good at focusing it. Its just the photos always seem soft. Is that the right word for it. They just are not very crispy when I adjust the sharpness I can make them look better. I just really want a Weather resistant lens for my k30. I would also like to have a zoom lens that is auto.

Anyone have the WR 50-200mm ? Do you like it? Should I wait to buy one or will they be really hard to find soon? I found one for a good price on amazon well under $200.

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I have a WR 50-200 and use it often in nasty weather. In my opinion it is difficult to beat for the price.
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Have one on order for my K-5.These lens don't get great reviews but have had the da50-200 non wr which is the same optically and got satisfactory results with it.The wr will get very little use most of the time but think it is worth having when going out in threatening weather or outdoor events which last until after sundown then heavy dew forms.
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I have a non-WR 50-200mm, but I find that its output improved when I slapped on a polarizer. Now, some will say a filter can never really "improve the IQ," but to me a polarizer did more than half of what I would otherwise do in post processing. Never tried a hood on it, though. And not sure if a CPL is any useful in bad weather, because these filters aren't themselves WR. So I'm not really sure why I'm posting this, maybe just to say that even though the lens doesn't have the best IQ, there are things you can do to maximize it.

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Although many on this forum will tell you that the 50-200 is rubbish and that you are better off with the 55-300 because it is bigger or whatever, don't listen.

Get it and you will not be disappointed - Flickr: Search kh1234567890's photostream for 50-200mm


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I just sold my Olympus lens so I have a little extra money. I want one lens of mine to be wr. I am going to buy it. I was playing with my 70-300mm manual this morning with a tripod. It's kind of hit and miss with it. Sometimes I get a great shot other times its not so good more. I want an auto zoom lens to add to the collection it makes sense.

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NO!! They're AWFUL, just AWFUL, it'll RUIN all your images...

QuoteOriginally posted by tahoejeepmom Quote
I have an old vivitar 70-300mm zoom lens. I got it in 2001 it is all manual it works well enough but I am not crazy about it. I have gotten pretty good at focusing it. Its just the photos always seem soft. Is that the right word for it. They just are not very crispy when I adjust the sharpness I can make them look better. I just really want a Weather resistant lens for my k30. I would also like to have a zoom lens that is auto.

Anyone have the WR 50-200mm ? Do you like it? Should I wait to buy one or will they be really hard to find soon? I found one for a good price on amazon well under $200.
Pentax is doomed, Canikonony is WAY better, how could they make such a piece of ***, I think I have a bad copy, why isn't it sharp handheld at 200mm 2 seconds and f22, etc., etc...



Actually, it's the best deal in the history of photography...



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03-31-2014, 06:22 PM   #8
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I have the all-plastic DAL variant, and am pretty happy with it. Do you use the 300mm focal length much on your old zoom? If you don't need the reach, the 50-200 is a bargain.
135mm, f/8



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I have never agreed with those who put down the DA 50-200. Lenses with @ this FL range (traditionally 70-200 or thereabouts) and f4-5.6 are probably the most commonly produced lenses other than a 50mm by all mfgs historically. Of all the AF xx-200 consumer zooms made in K mount, the DA 50-200 is probably the best, with the possible exception of the F 70-210 f4-5.6 (a large and heavy beast comparatively). The DA 50-200 variants are very compact lightweight lenses for their spec.

I gave away my first DA 50-200 with one of my old bodies, then regretted this, and recently picked up a used DA 50-200 WR just to have a very compact and LW WR med tele zoom to throw in the bag. It will also see service with my Q bodies and an adapter. There are better lenses in the FL range, but you'd have to spend a lot more money initially, then forever bear the carry weight -- probably at least 3x in both respects -- to get better.

There are a lot of factors that recommend this lens, IMO.

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What everyone else has said. The 50-200WR is inexpensive, sharp enough once you stop down, easy to use hand-held. It's not breath-takingly sharp like the FA31, but it does several things pretty well -- a handy lens, well worth the space it occupies in your camera bag.
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QuoteOriginally posted by snostorm Quote
I have never agreed with those who put down the DA 50-200.
You didn't have my copy of it (version 1). There seems to have been quite a bit of sample variation, at least with the earlier version(s) of this lens. I've seen many excellent shots made with this lens, but I could never get sharp results from mine even well stopped down under controlled conditions. I didn't know enough at the time to have thought of exchanging it (I bought it new) to try to find a better copy.
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