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05-28-2008, 08:57 AM   #1
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LBA - Would you make the same choice?

Hey there,

My birthday is coming up and it's time to pick out a couple presents for myself I've been using a K100d for a bit over a year now and have decided to get a K20D. I'm really excited about the dual wheels, TAv mode, etc, etc.

Anyway, lucky me, I still have US$600 or so in funds left. So I'm thinking I'll go for a DA* 50-135. I mainly shoot my kids so, even though I really like primes, zooms are much more flexible for me. I have a decent tripod, a 540 flash and a couple of 8GB Extreme III SD cards.

So, with my current lens lineup below(and my standard moving subjects), would you get a DA* 50-135 too? Or would you go for something else??

Manual primes
Tokina 28 2.8 (rarley use it)
Pentax M 50 1.7 (love it, but wish it were an A)
Soligor 135 2.5 (love it, but don't use it enough)

Modern prime
Pentax DA40 2.8 Ltd (On my camera for daily travel in my briefcase)

Pentax 18-55 old kit lens (Rarely use it as I don't shoot wide very often)
Tamron 28-75 2.8 (Love this lens. My main lens when I know I'll be shooting something)
Tamron 70-300 newer macro version (Use this for longer shots. Wish it didn't PF so much, had a zoom lock and non rotating focus).

What do you think? I would like a nice longer lens. Maybe I should be patient and wait for the Tamron 70-200 or the Pentax DA*60-250.

Thanks - Roger Hayslip

05-28-2008, 10:33 AM   #2
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The 60-250mm F4 would match the focal length of your Tammy 28-75 zoom better than the 50-135, but how often do you shoot over 135mm? and, do you need F2.8 max aperture?
Do you need the lens NOW, or can wait till "summer"?.

I'd say get the 50-135mm and get out shooting.... I'm sure it will hold it's value pretty well in case you have a change of heart in the summer/autumn.
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I don't think you can go wrong with the 50-135 with your current line-up. Besides my 50/35 primes, I use the 50-135 the most and can't express how much I love the results I get with it...
05-29-2008, 03:30 AM   #4
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I just bought the 50-135 a week ago. The IQ results are excellent and I have also found it to lock on and focus very quickly. I have a few examples in my sig if it will help you any.

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The 50-135 looks like a good option right now. Unless... you're willing to wait for the 60-250?

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05-29-2008, 05:09 AM   #6
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QuoteOriginally posted by ftpaddict Quote
... Unless... you're willing to wait for the 6-250?
... or the 5-555mm f1 ...
Here we go again with science fiction LBA
05-29-2008, 05:49 AM   #7
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LBA Choices....

I'd like to wait for the 60-250 f4. It would be a nice compliment to the Tammy 28-75. But who knows how much longer it'll be.... Late summer? Sometime this fall? 2009? A lens on the camera is worth two on the roadmap I guess.

The 50-135 might be good for taking pics in the ice rink. But it will probably be too short for outdoor kid sports shots. Getting the 50-135 for around $650 (with rebate ordered on same receipt as K20D) is hard to pass up. Anyway, I'll probably waver on this till it's time to order. There's always good short glass to consider (Tammy 17-50 2.8 and Pentax DA* 16-50 2.8). Or maybe the 21, 70 or 77....

But no 5-555 f1 I'm afraid. Couldn't find that one anywhere. It must be out of stock again...
05-29-2008, 06:05 AM   #8
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QuoteOriginally posted by roger.hayslip Quote
I'd like to wait for the 60-250 f4.
You should get the 50-135 together with K20D for the $200 rebate. When the 60-250 comes out you can always sell the 50-135 & get almost all your money back. That lens won't be difficult to resell at all to someone not qualified for rebate.

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QuoteOriginally posted by gkopeliadis Quote
... or the 5-555mm f1 ...
Here we go again with science fiction LBA
Neeh, I don't like all-rounders. I like my focal lengths split.
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The 50-135 is fantastic. It is my most frequent use lens since I got it, and I don't see that changing anytime soon.
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The DA* 50-135/2.8 is the absolute best zoom lens I own, and is pretty close to the primes I have, (and I have a lot of both). It if fully usable wide open. I'll never part with mine.

If I were tempted to get something longer, I'd opt for the Sigma EX 70-200/2.8 instead of the Pentax DA* 60-250/4. That extra stop will come in handy for interior, flashless photography.

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