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07-20-2013, 12:45 PM   #1
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Looking for nice lens with some range

Hello folks, I currently own a K5 II and a 16-50 2.8. I am looking something with a little bid of range to complement this lens. Could be zoom or prime does not matter. I do not want to log around a huge lens though so the big 2.8's are out of the question. I also do not want to spend a grand on an FA lens especially considering I just bought a 77mm which is going back due to it being defective. Looking for something affordable, manageable in size, decently fast and with good auto focus to take pictures of kids running around in the back and swimming etc...

Any suggestions?

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Depends what you mean by "range" and "affordable". Also on whether you want to buy new or are willing to hunt for used lenses. Maybe Pentax FA 28-105mm F/3.2-4.5? It's very light, affordable (<$200) and with decent image quality, IMHO. I like my copy. Some have reported focus issues, but I haven't seen that - on the contrary that lens is one of my fastest focusing lenses (with a K-01). Otherwise if you're willing to go to around the $400 mark, then you have the DA 70mm, the 18-135mm, and another option to seriously consider: D-FA 100mm, either with WR or not. With that you'd have a reasonably light, pretty fast 100mm and a fantastic macro. Food for thought...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Doundounba Quote
Depends what you mean by "range" and "affordable". Also on whether you want to buy new or are willing to hunt for used lenses. Maybe Pentax FA 28-105mm F/3.2-4.5? It's very light, affordable (<$200) and with decent image quality, IMHO. I like my copy. Some have reported focus issues, but I haven't seen that - on the contrary that lens is one of my fastest focusing lenses (with a K-01). Otherwise if you're willing to go to around the $400 mark, then you have the DA 70mm, the 18-135mm, and another option to seriously consider: D-FA 100mm, either with WR or not. With that you'd have a reasonably light, pretty fast 100mm and a fantastic macro. Food for thought...
Wow great information here! Def something to think about.
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The DA55-300 always recommended in these situations...I don't have it, but only because I have one of those 2.8 monsters I lug around!

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I considered the 55-300 however 5.6 is a bit slow for me.

Im tempted to just hold of and buy a 50-135 2.8
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Hello Borislav,
I think the 50-135mm is the best all-around choice for you, in fact it was the first lens I thought of after reading your post. But you said you didn't want a big f/2.8 zoom. I've seen the 50-135 and it's not a huge bazooka like many of the 80-200mm f/2.8's, doesn't need a tripod for every shot. You'll be surprised at how far the 'reach' of 135mm is in real shooting conditions and if you keep your ISO low, you can enlarge smaller subjects.
From what I've seen posted, the 50-135 has great I.Q. and all-around performance. It fits nicely with your wide-angle zoom.
IMO it's the best fit.
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Thanks for all the feedback folks!
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This caught my eye a couple of weeks ago:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/227006-lens-comparison.html

The Sigma 18-250 certainly looks an interesting proposition to me, especially as it doesn't cost the Earth. Also, it's possible its built-in "Optical Stabilisation" may be slightly superior to the in-camera SR (at the longer focal lengths), though you'd lose horizon correction if you turned SR off in order to accommodate it.

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