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04-04-2013, 06:40 PM   #1
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Looking for new lenses

Well, after upgrading from my K-10, to a K-5 I thought it might be time to replace my lenses as well. Here is what I have currently:
Sigma 28-300mm 1:3.5-5.6
Sigma 21-35mm 1:3.5-4.2
Pentax 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6
Takumar 70-210 1:4-5.6

I do mostly nature, landscapes, and air shows, but I am also looking for lenses that would be great for macro, and portrait work.
I am currently on a budget, however I want the best bang for my buck. What I am currently looking at are
Sigma 70mm EX DG 1:1 macro
Pentax DA* SDM 60-250 f/4
Pentax DA* SMCP 300 f/4
and hang onto my 21-35mm

Would these lenses be good choices for what I am looking to do? Are there cheaper lenses with similar focal range, and good IQ?
Thanks in advance

04-04-2013, 07:11 PM   #2
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It would probably help to know how much you want to carry, in terms of numbers of lenses. You could cover 10mm-300mm with just a couple of lenses, or with a dozen lenses, generally with the expected tradeoffs. You already have considerable overlap. At some point most people hit a limit in terms of either how much they want to carry, or how often they want to change lenses.

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Well, as it is right now, I carry 3 lenses and one on the camera, I could however carry up to 5 plus one on the camera. I am not really concerned with changing lenses very often, as I typically carry a shorter zoom on one body and a longer telephoto on the other.
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The DA* are wonderful! I got the 300mm but I've only tried the 60-250mm for a short stint. The 300mm is almost always in my bag and often on the camera and is probably one of the most acclaimed lenses on the forums. I would love the 60-250 as a walk around but sadly I need the faster speed and internal zooming of my Sigma 70-200/2.8 for my hockey shooting and I don't have the money or room to have both. A weather sealed 60-250mm would probably be perfect as a walk around for me as I'm a tele guy.

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At this point looking at the price, would it be best to keep my 28-300 as a general walk around lens and get the 300 or get the 60-250 DA* and get rid of the 28-300? For me, my wallet doesn't exactly allow for both right away. I am trying to find what lens would be the best buy and that'd be the most general and overall most used lense in my bag.
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I think it all depends on the reach you're after. If your 60-250 would be permanently stuck at 220-250mm I would say go with the 300mm but I can really see the use in a lens that can double as a general and portrait lens and also a wildlife and sports one.
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I think my first purchase is to be a 70mm Sigma macro, which would also double over as a great lense for portrait work, then perhaps the 60-250 with a 1.4x tele converter for sports, and would probably also be used for just about everything else as a general purpose walk around lense?
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