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04-17-2008, 09:45 PM   #1
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Lens Choices

No, don't need help. Just haven't posted anything in awhile and thought I'd share my lens plan (and how close I am). Want a high-quality, compact kit for travel, landscape, wildlife (big mammals, not birds). So here's what I currently have:

K10D (grip too, but won't use it all the time)
DA 12-24
Tamron 28-75
DA 50-200

Here's where I'm going (I'm thinking bump in quality and reduction in weight/size):

Keep K10
Keep DA 12-24
Sell Tamron 28-75 and buy:

DA 35 (city walk-around with macro if I need it...I don't do macro much, so not a priority, just like the focal length)

and

DA 70 (think I'm getting used one tomorrow)

Sell DA 50-200 for DA 55-300 (more reach...yes, more size too, but I wouldn't take it for city travel so a bit more is okay for wildlife...I have the Lowepro 200 Sling which will fit all perfectly)

Add a Kenko 1.5x TC for 55-300 for extra reach if needed.

So ideal kit will be:

K10D
DA 12-24
DA 35
DA 70
DA 55-300
Kenko 1.5 TC


Get a Crumpler 4 million for city travel and I'm set! Thanks for reading!

Todd

04-17-2008, 11:20 PM   #2
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Hi Todd

I know you didn't ask for opinion but I thought I would share my thoughts too =)

Given that both DA50-200 and DA55-300 are consumer-grade lenses, not too sure if you will see much improvement on IQ. If I were you, I would probably get Tamron/Pentax 18-250 for knock-around/travel lens and then your set of higher quality glasses plus either DA*200 or DA*300.

cheers
Kenny
04-17-2008, 11:28 PM   #3
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I've been there...

...been over it a hundred times, at least. And I'm with you, you make a very good point. I would LOVE to pull the DA* 300 or the Sigma 100-300 F/4, but I also know that I spend about 5% of my photo time on wildlife. I'd have a hard time justifying spending more on my least used lens than any other lens I own. Trading 50-200 for 55-300 is more about reach than IQ for me.

On the 18-250, not sure when I'd use it. I got into photography to "document" my travels (not simply snapshots, though that's how I started). That being the case, I want to use my best glass for those photos.

But again, you're right on the longer glass, I just can't afford it!

Todd

QuoteOriginally posted by kjao Quote
Hi Todd

I know you didn't ask for opinion but I thought I would share my thoughts too =)

Given that both DA50-200 and DA55-300 are consumer-grade lenses, not too sure if you will see much improvement on IQ. If I were you, I would probably get Tamron/Pentax 18-250 for knock-around/travel lens and then your set of higher quality glasses plus either DA*200 or DA*300.

cheers
Kenny
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