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04-16-2008, 08:50 AM   #1
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DA 50-200 question

I'm looking to get a good lens that will provide me a little more zoom than my kit lens provides for my K100DS. I think I might be able to get this lens for $100 but I am unsure if I should take the plung and get it. I'm guessing I am in the first stages of LBA?

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If you can pick up the 50-200 for $100, then go for it. That's an excellent deal. Just in case you haven't seen what it can do, click on the following link: Pentax smc P-DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED Lens Sample Photos and Specifications

One symptom of LBA is when you start hoarding all the money you can for lenses. You start looking around the house for anything you can sell that would bring you money for your lens fund. Another symptom is that if it's a good deal, you buy a lens regardless of whether or not you really need it. You start off with the elcheapo lenses, but then that doesn't satisfy, so you start pining for the more expensive lenses; the worst case scenario is when you're willing to pay a 4-digit price for one lens. Does that help any?

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As long as you step down the lens abit, the color is great and sharp too.
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QuoteOriginally posted by MrApollinax Quote
I'm looking to get a good lens that will provide me a little more zoom than my kit lens provides for my K100DS. I think I might be able to get this lens for $100 but I am unsure if I should take the plung and get it. I'm guessing I am in the first stages of LBA?
If it is in good shape, I would buy it, before it goes away. They sell for much more here and on Feabay. You can't loose. If you don't like it, you can sell it easily.

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Thanks for the info guys. This actually was a eekbay auction. However upon bidding it looks like someone has an automatic bidding system placing bids for them. I may try last couple minutes of the auction to see what happens.


Either that or i will horde my monies and sell my blood to save up for the 18-200 instead.... uh oh....
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"One symptom of LBA is when you start hoarding all the money you can for lenses. You start looking around the house for anything you can sell that would bring you money for your lens fund. Another symptom is that if it's a good deal, you buy a lens regardless of whether or not you really need it. You start off with the elcheapo lenses, but then that doesn't satisfy, so you start pining for the more expensive lenses; the worst case scenario is when you're willing to pay a 4-digit price for one lens."


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I would not hesitate for $100. That doesn't really register on the LBA scale.
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For $100, it's a steal. I bought my 50-200 last October.

I still haven't put it through its paces, but I'm happy with these images taken a few days ago.
160mm @ f5.6 @ 1/350 sec

200mm @ f5.6 @ 1/125 sec


No fill flash or reflectors were used.

I'd get one.

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Maybe I have a good copy, but my DA 50-200 is very good, I rarely leave home without it. I keep the program line on MTF or whatever and it seems to like 5.6-7.1 depending on the short or long end. The bokeh is not as vague and the details are not quite as sharp as my Vivitar 70-200 f/2.8-4 but it autofocuses and its very compact. The color rendition is really good, but my K10 tends to underexpose with it a bit.

If you need a moderate zoom (not too long, not too short) that wont break the bank or your heart if you damage it then this is a no-brainer.
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