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05-13-2014, 05:09 PM   #1
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60-250/50-135 macro abilities

I'm looking to upgrade my Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 APO. I love the range and macro feature of this lens, but I'd like a better lens, preferably with weather resistance. Can anyone enlighten me about the close-up/macro/IQ capabilities of the 50-135 vs 60-250 vs Tamron 70-200 f2.8 Macro. Thanks!

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QuoteOriginally posted by jenst Quote
I'm looking to upgrade my Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 APO. I love the range and macro feature of this lens, but I'd like a better lens, preferably with weather resistance. Can anyone enlighten me about the close-up/macro/IQ capabilities of the 50-135 vs 60-250 vs Tamron 70-200 f2.8 Macro. Thanks!
The max. magnification of those lenses is 0.17x, 0.15x, and 0.32x, respectively. You can certainly still get close-ups with nice bokeh, but for real macro shots you'll want to get a dedicated prime macro lens. When buying a premium telephoto lens I'd look at overall image quality and portability over magnification. We've got reviews here:

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I agree with Adam - at this price range you need to be buying the lens for its telephoto capabilities. IQ, perhaps AF performance, and anything else that matters to you should be evaluated within the telephoto realm. The "Macro" capability of these lenses is more of a gimmick - helpful in some cases, but no match for a simple macro lens (such as the Cosina 100/3.5 macro - typically available for less than $150 - sometimes much less).

And honestly, the IQ of that Cosina (available under many different brands) is actually good enough to be worthy of a kit that also includes one of these high-quality telephotos you're considering. So I'd buy based solely on the telephoto performance of these lenses, unless you have a really good reason you need pseudo-macro capability in the same lens. The cost of adding a true macro can be negligible in comparison to the cost of these quality telephoto lenses.


My preference for the lenses would be in this order, for IQ and general use:

DA*50-135/2.8
DA*60-250/4
Tamron 70-200/2.8


However, your usage scenarios are a very important factor. For example, if you were mostly shooting fast-moving sports, the order would be the exact opposite!

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I keep pinching myself how good my 60-250 actually is for doing wildlife. The 60-250 can get very close in on a subject. I don't know how they did it and still get sharp pics. I also have the 50-135, but my 60-250 gets 90% of the use. I have a sigma 70-300 with macro capability. The macro is so bad that I can't think of any way of describing it without a few choice words.

Look up the thread about using a close up lens on a 60-250 - I haven't tried it yet as I'm running a bit short at the moment
http://https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/10-pentax-slr-lens-discussion/2590...ml#post2792562
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/10-pentax-slr-lens-discussion/259058-cano...ml#post2792562


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