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04-15-2008, 08:20 AM   #1
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DA 50-200 not quite cutting it for "zoomability"

I like the lens just fine, works great, like the pictures I'm getting, but I always seem to want a little more "oomph" on the far end of the zoom. What would be your suggestion...teleconverter lens or more powerful zoom? Thanks.

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how much are you willing to spend?
you can wait for the new DA 55-300, or pick up a used Tamron 70-300 (but bad purple fringing) or Sigma 70-300 (many people say they have bad samples)
or consider the Pentax/Tamron 18-250 for overall handiness
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QuoteOriginally posted by k100d Quote
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The answer to that question will offer more helpfull suggestions .... as well as what your general usage is (Landscape , nature, sports , etc)
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QuoteOriginally posted by mrpackerguy Quote
I like the lens just fine, works great, like the pictures I'm getting, but I always seem to want a little more "oomph" on the far end of the zoom.
Who are you spying on?

In case you consider the 18-250 I find it soft at 250 but wind back just a little to 220 it's truly excellent. Problem is 220 isn't much more than your current 50-200.

Anyway here's a sample @18. Note the house with black roof near center, I can hardly make out what's on the lamp post and on the fence wall in front of the house:


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Zoom in to 220 it's like I was just across the street:



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Nice pics. I'd probably spend up to around $300-350. My use is mostly landscape, birds. Thanks.
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Nice pics. I'd probably spend up to around $300-350. My use is mostly landscape, birds. Thanks.
I have heard good things about the Tamron 70-300 macro with you budget might have enough for 1.4x TC as well. And you a a decent 'macro' capable lens.

There are lots of older M lens zooms and primes that are within your budget. I will let others speak about them.

Good luck .
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QuoteOriginally posted by mrpackerguy Quote
I like the lens just fine, works great, like the pictures I'm getting, but I always seem to want a little more "oomph" on the far end of the zoom. What would be your suggestion...teleconverter lens or more powerful zoom? Thanks.
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