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04-29-2008, 09:57 PM   #1
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Need Advice...Quick!

I will soon (hopefully VERY soon) have $400 to spend. Here is where I'm stuck:

Option A: DA 40mm and most of the cost of the DA 55-300

Option B: DA 40mm and Tamron 70-300, $ to spare

Option C: DA 35mm and wait to get either 70-300 or 55-300


I have: DA 12-24, DA 70

Looking for street/travel kit for landscapes, city walks and scapes, and long glass for OCCASIONAL sports and wildlife

Low price DA 35 is limited in quantity...what do you guys think?

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04-29-2008, 10:07 PM   #2
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If it were me, I'd go for "A". Already have the DA40, and am very happy with it. My next lens purchase will be the 55-300. That won't be for awhile because I have a 18-55 Mark II and an A50/1.2 coming in the mail any day now. The DA40 is the default lens on the body, mostly because it is so small and is of a focal length that I use very often. Sometimes, I lust over the DA35 macro, but since the 40 is so close in focal length, and that I already have a FA35/2, I can pass on the DA35. I'm just hoping that the new DA15 limited will be a pancake, or at least 1/3 the size of the DA14.
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I'd go for option C. as the DA35 has macro ...other lenses will come, don't rush.
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Da 55-300 seems a better choice. I doubt you will use much of Da 40 or 35 f2.8 macro

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QuoteOriginally posted by gnaztee Quote
Option A: DA 40mm and most of the cost of the DA 55-300

Option B: DA 40mm and Tamron 70-300, $ to spare

Option C: DA 35mm and wait to get either 70-300 or 55-300
I'd say option C just because the DA35 limited macro has been producing some absolutely stunning images. Your requirements do not include macro but you might get sucked in by using a close-focusing lens. You never know until you try.

Also 35mm is very versatile and you already have a wide angle for some of your other cityscape needs.
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I choose option B. I love my da 40. Very sharp edge to edge WO, extremely sharp SD. The tamron is an awesome bank for the buck lens. Surprisingly good. I prefer longer macros as well.
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Thanks All

Valid points, all of you. Of course, that means I'm still stuck

I'm mid-sale on the Tamron 28-75, which has fairly good close focus, and I just picked up the DA70, which doesn't (compared to the Tamron, at least). So the DA35 seems like a good all-in-one for a mid-range length and walkaround lens.

On the other hand, I've never heard of anyone NOT liking the DA40 because of image quality, only for being too small to manual focus, or for the lens hood/cap. I don't use manual focus much, so this wouldn't be much of an issue for me. I know it's early in the distribution of the DA35, but I'd love to see a comparison between the two. I fear I'm getting sucked into the (well-deserved, it seems) hype of the DA35, when the DA40 might suit my needs as well.

Sigh...

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Whatever you do, don't get the Tamron 70-300--get the 55-300 instead. If you haven't already, then take a look at this:
Quick test - DA55-300 v. Tam 70-300 + DA*300 as reference [Page 1]: Pentax SLR Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review

Unless size really matters, I would say go with the DA35 over the DA40, as it's more versatile.

HTH,
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Too Late

Prodigital2000 is already out of the DA35, so that's off the table for awhile. Looks like I have no decision to make right now, as nobody else has this lens for even close to that ebay price.



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QuoteOriginally posted by gnaztee Quote
...never heard of anyone NOT liking the DA40 because of image quality, only for being too small to manual focus, or for the lens hood/cap.
Todd, if you opt for the DA40, get the snap lid from a plastic Fuji film canister. Fits perfectly! And, you need not worry about screwing in the OEM cap all the time.
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QuoteOriginally posted by volosong Quote
Todd, if you opt for the DA40, get the snap lid from a plastic Fuji film canister. Fits perfectly! And, you need not worry about screwing in the OEM cap all the time.
Thanks for that advice!
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I'd go option C. It adds macro and a closer to 50mm standard lens and fills the gap. Wait for the long glass to make sure what you need and possibley get a better quality longer lens like the sigma 70-300 2.8 IIRC
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