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02-17-2014, 12:26 PM   #16
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Go to the shop with your camera and try the focusing speed of 50-135mm.

If it satisfies you, get it.

That is what I would do.

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there is no shop in my area to try any pentax lenses so im kinda sol on that try it before you buy and I got the 70-200 tamron already but now im 2nd guessing my purchase but if I sell the 70-200 I will have the money to buy the 50-135 but let me try out the 70-200 befor I do that
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Tamron 70-200mm has my vote

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Pentax 50-135 or Tamron 70-200 what one would you use for weddings they both are highly regarded but what one would you prefer and why do you prefer the lens of choice??
I've always wanted to get the Pentax 50-135mm DA*. It was at the top of my most wanted list when it sold for around $800, but isn't even on it at $1400. I believe the Tamron 70-200m is probably the better choice between the two. I have had the Tamron 70-200mm for a year or two now and it is almost always my go to lens. The screw drive is noisy compared to the SDM of the 50-135mm, but with the distance you will be shooting it won't be much of a distraction. It is also faster to focus on cameras like the K5/K5II/K3. You also run the risk of SDM failure with the 50-135mm(less common with newer versions from what I've heard). The image quality is pretty comparable between the two from what I have read.

You can get the Tamron 70-200mm and the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro HSM together for a $180 less than the Pentax 50-135mm. This setup will give you a range of 17-200m and will cover most shots at a wedding. If you can't switch lenses then the Pentax 50-135mm is the logical option between the two, but 50mm isn't wide enough for those family group shots and the 135mm is too short to shoot from the back of most churches/ceremony halls. You might also want to consider the Pentax Zoom Telephoto 60-250mm f/4 ED DA*. It is expensive, but will give you the long end that you get with Tamron and almost the wide angle of the 50-135mm. There is also the Sigma 50-150mm f2.8. Although it is discontinued it is considered to be a much cheaper alternative to the Pentax 50-135mm. I personal couldn't imagine trying to shoot a wedding with just one lens, but if I did it would probably with something like the Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 or the Tamron 28-75mm f2.8. Each of these lenses would give you some zoom, but would also allow for wide shots needed at a wedding.
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I would be interested to hear an update of how this lens selection has ultimately worked out in the long run... happy with the 70-200 or wished you'd have gone with 50-135* ?

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Well for weddings I'd suggest a quiet in lens motor lens.

The Pentax 50-135 or a Sigma 70-200. The Tamron will just be too noisy and you'll feel self-conscious using a loud lens in a Church or other situations you want to use the lens. The downer will be the focus speed with the Pentax. Stellar image quality but focus is only ok. Used on a K5 only by me though.

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I would be interested to hear an update of how this lens selection has ultimately worked out in the long run... happy with the 70-200 or wished you'd have gone with 50-135* ?
I love the tamron 70-200 it is more than what I had expected I have used it in sports weddings and just about everything the 70 is good enough for 2-3 people portrait's and the 200 end works great for the long shoot. The noise is not even a issue in a church someone that cough's is louder than that lens while focusing so.
I still have not been able to test the 50-135 pentax next time im up in NY city I'll stop at Adorama or B&H and test one and see if I like it more but for now I'll be sticking with the tamron set up I have. I do need to fill the gap between 50-70 I'm thinking the pentax DA* 55.
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tamron is good
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