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01-27-2014, 09:08 PM   #1
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What would you do?

What I have:

Pentax DA* 16-50mm f2.8
Pentax DA* 50-135mm f2.8
Pentax FA 31mm f1.8
Pentax DA 50mm f1.8
Pentax FA 77mm f1.8
Pentax SMC 55-300 f4 - 5.8

What I want :

Pentax DA* 300mm f4
or
Pentax 60-250mm f4

What I shoot:
Dogs, birds, general wildlife, landscape, nature

I planned on selling the SMC 55-300mm to replace it with the DA*300mm, but then I was thinking I can sell the DA* 50-135mm and SMC 55-300mm and buy the DA* 60-250.

This would save me money, but then I would be losing the faster 50-135 and also losing 50mm in distance. I do plan on buying a 1.4 teleconverter in the near future for either the 60-250 or the 300.

What would you do?

01-27-2014, 09:12 PM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by SashasMom Quote
What I have:

Pentax DA* 16-50mm f2.8
Pentax DA* 50-135mm f2.8
Pentax FA 31mm f1.8
Pentax DA 50mm f1.8
Pentax FA 77mm f1.8
Pentax SMC 55-300 f4 - 5.8

What I want :

Pentax DA* 300mm f4
or
Pentax 60-250mm f4

What I shoot:
Dogs, birds, general wildlife, landscape, nature

I planned on selling the SMC 55-300mm to replace it with the DA*300mm, but then I was thinking I can sell the DA* 50-135mm and SMC 55-300mm and buy the DA* 60-250.

This would save me money, but then I would be losing the faster 50-135 and also losing 50mm in distance. I do plan on buying a 1.4 teleconverter in the near future for either the 60-250 or the 300.

What would you do?
The 60-250mm over the 50-135mm + 55-300mm is a good idea if you don't mind its larger size and don't need the extra stop. With how high you can push the issue these days I don't think that would be a problem, though!

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01-27-2014, 09:25 PM   #3
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How often do you use the 50-135 at f2.8? If you can live with f4 sell it plus the 55-300 for the 60-250. If you need that 2.8 option, then you have to decide whether the 60-250 or the 300 is the lens to add.

Personally, I would keep the 55-300. It's a good lens to pack when the better long lenses are too heavy.
01-27-2014, 09:46 PM   #4
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QuoteOriginally posted by DeadJohn Quote
Personally, I would keep the 55-300. It's a good lens to pack when the better long lenses are too heavy.
Plus, you won't get a terribly large sum of money for it either. Unless you're really hard up for $250--at which point you shouldn't be buying lenses anyway--it's probably not a bad call to keep it for a while. If you don't use it again after 6-8 months, then you can get rid of it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by SashasMom Quote
This would save me money, but then I would be losing the faster 50-135 and also losing 50mm in distance.
Personally I would not miss the 50mm; the difference between 50mm and 60mm is not massive.
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You'll get more outstanding photos with the DA*300, plus TCs nearly always work better with primes anyway. The DA*50-135 gives better IQ than the DA*60-250 as well. I considered the DA*60-250 until I compared the photos from it. I also compared it in the store, and was able to get almost as good quality photos out of my ~$65 Takumar F70-210/4-5.6. Although I realize the DA*60-250 would definitely outdo the older Takumar in certain situations, it just wasn't that impressive - especially considering the larger size and high cost.


OTOH, the DA*300 and DA*50-135 are impressive. I tried the DA*300 and it's nearly as good as my F*300/4.5, plus it's 1/3 stop faster and has WR. And being a prime, it's relatively light weight (for a 300mm non-kit-type lens).


So what I did is go with the DA*50-135, K200/2.5, and F*300/4.5. But I find having either the 200mm or 300mm with me is good - I don't usually need both at the same time. Since the DA*300 has nicer IQ and faster AF than the DA*200, I think your DA*50-135 and DA*300 +1.4x TC combo is the right idea.

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01-28-2014, 02:31 AM   #7
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QuoteOriginally posted by SashasMom Quote
What I have:

Pentax DA* 16-50mm f2.8
Pentax DA* 50-135mm f2.8
Pentax FA 31mm f1.8
Pentax DA 50mm f1.8
Pentax FA 77mm f1.8
Pentax SMC 55-300 f4 - 5.8

What I want :

Pentax DA* 300mm f4
or
Pentax 60-250mm f4

What I shoot:
Dogs, birds, general wildlife, landscape, nature

I planned on selling the SMC 55-300mm to replace it with the DA*300mm, but then I was thinking I can sell the DA* 50-135mm and SMC 55-300mm and buy the DA* 60-250.

This would save me money, but then I would be losing the faster 50-135 and also losing 50mm in distance. I do plan on buying a 1.4 teleconverter in the near future for either the 60-250 or the 300.

What would you do?
i have had the same quandry a I want to start shooting Birds Wildlife & Sports .I chose the Sigma 120-400 DG APO HSM OS , as it has the reach , on a cropped sensor is terrific quality and has the HSM motor so focusses really fast on my K-30. It is a big heavy lens but is an absolute joy to use

SRS Microsystems are also doing it for 479 which is only 30% of the price of a 60-250 and it has the extra reach
01-28-2014, 01:13 PM   #8
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I appreciate everyones input. For now I am leaning towards the DA* 300mm and keeping the DA* 50-135mm. I dont want to lose the 2.8 of that lens and the images from the 300mm blows me away. Plus like someone earlier said when I throw a teleconverter on its best to stick with the prime lens.

But hey, tomorrow I might change my mind, but for now I am saving money and searching for a used Penyax DA* 300mm.

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