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08-22-2013, 09:59 PM   #1
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I dont know what lens to get???

Well I have to make a choice here I can either get a pentax 50mm-135mm*lens or a tamron 70mm-200mm lens both f2.8. So my ? is what one do you think I should get cause I am leaning more to the pentax but I just dont know.
I want it for weddings and portraits and im thinking the tamron would be better for the extra reach but I really like the pentax betterso please help thank you all

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Which lenses do you have?
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Looking at your lens lineup, I would possibly suggest the Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 for the extra reach. It has also an excellent review:
Fast Sports Zoom Lenses for Pentax - 70-200mm Sigma & Tamron - PentaxForums.com

On the other hand, the DA*50-135mm is a DA* grade: it is weather resistant lens and a smaller lend. If you need WR or need a small lens, you could consider the DA*50-135mm.

I believe that your choice will be linked with your needs, what focal lengths you need, whether (or not) you need WR and/or a small lens. If you will shoot up to 200mm, and do not need WR, the Tammy will be your preferred option. If you need only up to 135mm and do need WR, then the DA* is the one.

Hope that the comment may help.
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I have hardly used my Sigma 70-200/2.8 since I got my DA*50-135. The Sigma is good, but the optical quality of the Pentax is exceptional, it is considerably smaller and lighter, and is weather resistant. The Tamron uses screw drive autofocus, which could be distracting at quiet wedding ceremonies.

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I absolutely love my Tamron 70-200/2.8. It is exceptional. However, the autofocus sounds like a lawn mower driving by. It's the loudest I have by a long way. Not a problem for me, but in a wedding, the 50-135 will be the better choice every time.
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There's significant weight difference.

That said, if I were to do wedding and portraits, I'd go with 70-200. I think the 70-200 tamron is very underrated.
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well I have read all your coments and I think im going to get the Da* just because I Have a tamron70 - 300mm I was looking for something faster with great IQ and the da is just better in my case. I have also considered the sigma 50-150 2.8 that has also caught my eye.
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You could try renting the lenses before you buy. I tried both for a week and settled on the 50_135 but it was the difference in size and build quality that sealed it. The tamron takes about as good images and is a lot cheaper nowadays.



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The Tamron 70-200 is absolutely great. If you should consider this versus a pentax lens, I think it should rather be the 60-250, which compares better to the tamron regarding size and handling (in my simple opinion). The 50-135 seems for me to be a more versatile lens for random shooting. I only took with me the Tamron when I really planned it. Never just in case, it was just to big for that.
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Well I was looking to get a set of F2.8 zoom lenses for portrait and wedding work so I was thinking of either the #1 28-75 and 70-200 Tamron's or getting the #2 Tamron 17-50 2.8 and the Pentax 50-135 see what I really want to know is if you all think ill need that extra reach of the 200 or do you think the 135 would be enough because im leaning more to the #2 option but if pentax comes out with "FF" at some point option #1 would be better so I dont know
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QuoteOriginally posted by lguckert79 Quote
either the #1 28-75 and 70-200 Tamron's or getting the #2 Tamron 17-50 2.8 and the Pentax 50-135
#1 is not wide enough, therefore #2.
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Hi lguckert79,

In the 135mm film world, the 28-70 f2.8 and 70-200 f2.8, along with a fast 50 had pretty well established itself as the professional wedding and event photographers standard kit. With APS-C, the equivalents are roughly 18-50 and 50-135. For me, this is just about the right combination, and I appreciate the weight savings more than I can say. Add a camera mounted external flash, and any 70-200 f2.8 is just too heavy to drag up to my eye repeatedly over the course of a few hours. With the 50-135, it's doable though. I know a lot of people like the 70-200 f2.8 zooms, but I have personally found very little that the range does well for me. Probably the only time it always gets the call is for zoo trips, where the FLs work well for me. For events, I grab my Sigma 17-70 f2.8 -4.5 and DA* 50-135 f2.8 and a flash.

When I got my first Pentax DSLR, (a DS), I picked up a Tamron 28-70 f2.8 and a Tokina 80-200 f2.8 out of habit, and though I use both of them occasionally, they are definitely not the workhorse FL ranges they were when I was shooting 135 SLRs. The Tokina is not as good optically as the new Tamrons and Sigmas, but I've never even considered upgrading this zoom. The Tok will suffice for what I use it for.

I use my cameras and lenses differently than most, so this post might be irrelevant, but I thought I'd offer my 2 worth.

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so I think my mind is made up I'm going with the pentax 50-135mm F2.8 and down the road get the tamron 17-50 2.8.
I want to thank you all for your replys they have helped a great deal.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lguckert79 Quote
I think my mind is made up I'm going with the pentax 50-135mm F2.8 and down the road get the tamron 17-50 2.8.
Cool!
I have both of these and when I know I am going somewhere where I dont mind the weight, those are the two I take.

Of course, the weight is because I have two K5's and I also dont like changing lenses if I can help it. So 2 cameras, 2 lenses and you got most things covered...
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