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01-27-2013, 08:42 PM   #1
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da* 50-135 question

I am going to pick up my first * lens.... was wondering if this lens focuses faster; better with the new sdm motor

and I am so excited

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AF speed isn't one of the highlights of the 50-135mm. If that's what you're interested in, take a look t the Sigma 70-200mm OS HSM.

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AF speed isn't one of the highlights of the 50-135mm. If that's what you're interested in, take a look t the Sigma 70-200mm OS HSM.
Already bought it
I just couldn't carry that extra weight around with the sigma... Besides I use the 50-70 range quite often

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QuoteOriginally posted by slip Quote
Already bought it
I just couldn't carry that extra weight around with the sigma... Besides I use the 50-70 range quite often

Thanks Adam

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Good choice. I have both the DA* and the Sigma. The Siggy rarely sees daylight. It's a honking big lens.

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I know this lens gets criticized for it's AF performance, but I have never missed a shot due to AF response with the 50-135.

I'm sure I'll get some chaff for saying this, but missing shots due to AF is an indication of the shooter not paying attention to their situation.
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The beauty of the DA* 50-135/2.8 is not in its focus speed, but rather the quality of the images it produces. It is by far my most used lens since I bought it.
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As others have said, the AF speed isn't that fast- but it is pretty quiet, a solidly-built lens, and the image quality is great.

I've only had focus problems when in extreme low-light with fast moving subjects. Other than that, it performs nicely for me.
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I've no issue with AF speed, even in low light. Used for nearly all my portrait sessions.
Thanks everyone, I feel better now
I have a feeling that if I stick with my standard practices like prefocusing in a close spot, etc, I should be very happy with my purchase

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slip, I may be the bringer of "bad" news for you.

Ever since I bought the DA*50-135, it's been stuck on my K-5 IIs... they're like, married or something.
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slip, I may be the bringer of "bad" news for you.

Ever since I bought the DA*50-135, it's been stuck on my K-5 IIs... they're like, married or something.
After taking a couple of "test" shots of my daughter indoors, I think I am going to weld mine on
With the K5iis, the photos I took at 3200 ISO are cleaner then my K10 at 400 ISO.
Just incredible
That auto focus is a tad slow but I think this lens was made for portraits, not sport.
I believe that full frame might never be needed by me....especially after picking up the Sigma 70 -200mm f2.8.
I love how light the * lens is
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