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05-17-2008, 05:37 AM   #1
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Help between two lenses!

Hey guys, due to my upcoming birthday I am buying myself a new lens to satisfy some problems with my current kit. Right now I am using a Pentax SMC-A 70-210mm lens as my telephoto. However, this lens is extremly heavy and I dont normally use it without a tripod. So I was wondering if you guys could tell me if DA 50-200 would be a adequate replacement for my current lens.

Thanks for any help guys,

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QuoteOriginally posted by Tuner571 Quote
Hey guys, due to my upcoming birthday I am buying myself a new lens to satisfy some problems with my current kit. Right now I am using a Pentax SMC-A 70-210mm lens as my telephoto. However, this lens is extremly heavy and I dont normally use it without a tripod. So I was wondering if you guys could tell me if DA 50-200 would be a adequate replacement for my current lens.

Thanks for any help guys,

Cory
I don't know how the 70-210mm is, but I do think the DA 50-200mm really do a great job considering it's so cheap. The Samsung version here in sweden costs like 170$.

Linked shots - a set on Flickr

there are some shots that I took with the DA 50-200
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tuner571 Quote
Hey guys, due to my upcoming birthday I am buying myself a new lens to satisfy some problems with my current kit. Right now I am using a Pentax SMC-A 70-210mm lens as my telephoto. However, this lens is extremly heavy and I dont normally use it without a tripod. So I was wondering if you guys could tell me if DA 50-200 would be a adequate replacement for my current lens.

Thanks for any help guys,

Cory
I think you'd be quite happy with the DA 50-200. It's compact, lightweight and produces photographs with very acceptable IQ.

You can pick them up new, on-line, for around $175 these days. Used, they're going for $125 - $150.

If you want a little more reach, the new 55-300 is a very nices lens as well. It's selling for around $350 on-line.
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Happy B-Day Cory - define 'adequate' - while I have never used the kit lens 50-200 I have seen some stunning shots taken with it. And given today's price you can pick it up for less than two tanks of gas I think if 200 satisfy your long end you can't go wrong.

If you are looking for a little more reach and have a little more money I do have the new DA 55-300. I will have to say I am impressed so far with this lens. It will be about twice the price of the 50-200 though. I think you would do well either way.

Edit: haha Ed beat me to the punch

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Thanks for the help everybody, it seems the 50-200 is a nice lens after all and is probably the lens I will end up getting. I would however love to have the 55-300, but as of now college pretty much owns my wallet and I'm lucky enough to have the money for this.

And thanks Dave for the happy birthday comment.
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If you need more reach than 200mm, there are usually F or FA 100-300's available for about $100 -$130.
I picked one up for $110 a little while ago.
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QuoteOriginally posted by calicojack Quote
If you need more reach than 200mm, there are usually F or FA 100-300's available for about $100 -$130.
I picked one up for $110 a little while ago.

Hmmm, I haven't thought about those. How do you like the build quality and the overall sharpness of the lens?
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I have the A70-210 F4 and doubt the modern lens is as sharp from some of the reviews I've seen of it, and from handling it...
The 70-210 is nice for macro too...

read here:

Stan's Pentax Photography

I can't fault the 50-200 for it's portability though. It's so cheap, why not have both?

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If budget is a concern, your timing is good to get a second hand DA 50-200... with the people getting the 55-300, there is bound to be some deals to be had on second hand 50-200.

Keep an eye on the "for sale" forums...

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Rare ASAHI Pentax Tele-Takumar 400mm F5.6 Lens, M42,400 on eBay, also To Fit Pentax, For 35mm SLR, Camera Lenses, Photography (end time 18-May-08 19:23:14 BST)

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Get me one of those and I'll trade you. For real. I'm not using zooms anymore anyways. It's only 2 months old and have 10 more months of international warranty btw.

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i'm also in the market for a telephoto zoom and on a tight college budget. If the 50-200 is not enough reach, how does the Tamron 70-300 DI macro (whatever else) compare? Similar price... Sorry to hijack your thread!
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^Its ok dude, I also just found the sigma 70-300 for a good price so I might look at that instead.

Thanks again for the input guys, its been really helpful!
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if manual focus is not an issue you can pickup a cheap tokina 80-200 F4 or F4.5 constant, the A type

very tiny and a single barrell, one thing i dont like about the DA is that it has an extendable tube, i know that with the semi-metal tokina i wont be afraid of dropping it and jamming the zooming mechanism

also the pump-style focus/zoom mechanism is fun to use once you get used to it.

i got mine for 40 dollars cash at a used equipment store.
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