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05-05-2008, 03:17 PM   #1
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Which lens should I get? Please help.

Alright. Got my $600 stimulus check.
Now.

I've narrowed it down to two choices - or if there is anything you all could suggest that might be even better....

(for a K100D Super by the way)

Choice 1:
Tamron 28-75mm
Tamron | 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di Autofocus Lens | AF09P700 | B&H

or

Pentax 50mm
Pentax | Normal SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lens | 20817 | B&H

or...BOTH?

all I currently have is the 18-55 kit lens, and a 70-300 that was free with purchase of the camera.

Thanks to any help.

05-05-2008, 03:26 PM   #2
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what you need it for?
and are you planning to get wide angle? 28-75 from tamron would be great walkaround lens. Many people love it here. FA 50 is classic. But maybe not as versatile as 28-75. Somebody wise once said. Lenses should be purchased according to skills. Better lens won't make much better pics if you don't know what to do with it.
If you're new to photography get Tamron. It's great, versatile lens...
Or check out Sigmas 24-60 or 24-70 both f2.8 and Sigma 17-70 is getting good reviews too
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If money is no problem buy both

The FA50 is a great lens. If you need a fast 50, the FA50 is one of the best choices.

About the Tamron, i've heard good things about it.

My advice, replace the kit lens with the Tamron, and add the FA50 for very low light and thin DOF.
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It's a no brainer. Get the Tamron 28-75...It is sharper than the 50 f1.4.
If you can afford it get the Sigma 10-20 and you are set up from 10-75 mm.

Another option might be the Tamron 17-50 f2.8 lens. The 16-50 Pentax is too expensive. You could wait for the Pentax 17-70 f4.0 lens as well.

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Depends on what you want to do with it.

I'm personally a fan of the FA 50/1.4 - it produces stunning, sharp, well contrasted portraits with beautiful bokeh. I've even tried shooting at f/1.4 and have been very pleased with its performance wide open. If one is shooting portraits without this little classic, I'd say the full potential of the camera is not being exploited (unless you've got the *85/1.4 or some other freaky lens like that). It's the best value for money.

Then again, I have both because the Tammy is a little more versatile for most things other than wide angle landscapes, like being able to capture single portraits and larger groups of people without the need to change lenses. It's considered very sharp and well contrasted also for a zoom lens and I'd have no hesitation to recommend this lens also.
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basically an everyday walk around lens i guess.
thanks for the help so far.
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tamron ! at least you get some range
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Another one to consider--the Sigma 17-70/2.8-4.5. For the focal range/IQ/price combination, it can't be beat. At less than $400 ($369 at Adorama), it is an extremely good deal. At that price, you could afford to get both it and the 50/1.4.

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I have the Tamron 28-75mm /2.8 and the Pentax FA 50mm /1.4. I'll agree with what's been said about both lens so far. I'll say that in short you really can't go wrong with either lens. For myself I find I use the Tamron more, simply because it's more versatile. The 50mm gets put in the bag for indoor people shots.
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QuoteOriginally posted by tybeck Quote
I have the Tamron 28-75mm /2.8 and the Pentax FA 50mm /1.4. I'll agree with what's been said about both lens so far. I'll say that in short you really can't go wrong with either lens. For myself I find I use the Tamron more, simply because it's more versatile. The 50mm gets put in the bag for indoor people shots.
this is basically what I was thinking myself

maybe i will add the 50mm to my birthday wish list
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QuoteOriginally posted by hwblanks Quote
Another one to consider--the Sigma 17-70/2.8-4.5. For the focal range/IQ/price combination, it can't be beat. At less than $400 ($369 at Adorama), it is an extremely good deal. At that price, you could afford to get both it and the 50/1.4.

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the Tamron I am considering is $349, so I would be in the same boat price-wise, however, the added versatility could be nice.
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tamron

QuoteOriginally posted by Morbo Quote
basically an everyday walk around lens i guess.
thanks for the help so far.
then go for tamron, you won't regret it...
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I have both, once I got the Tamron the FA hasn't been used much at all. Its really sharp for a lens you can find for ~$300 used.

Most of the time, its on my camera with the Sigma 10-20mm in the bag along with the FA just in case.
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yeah i think it's going to be the 28-75 in a walk.

i'll put the 50mm on my birthday list.

thanks for the help everyone.
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I'd keep an eye out for more of those $380 CAD DA 35mm f2.8 macro lenses discussed in another thread! I picked one up and can't wait! If you already have a zoom, go prime baby!
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