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02-03-2015, 04:43 PM   #31
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Find a Tokina 400 4.5 AF AT-X used for about $400. sharper than the 55-300, less CA and fast auto focus.

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Although a bit short, how about the El Cheapo , but excellent F 70-210! Normhead uses this lens as his back up. I just purchased a used one in excellent condition off ebay for $40 bucks.



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QuoteOriginally posted by Des Quote
Typo I think - more like $5000 for this lens. Same kind of ballpark as the Pentax 560 f5.6.
What's $4500 between friends?

QuoteOriginally posted by Driline Quote
Although a bit short, how about the El Cheapo , but excellent F 70-210! Normhead uses this lens as his back up. I just purchased a used one in excellent condition off ebay for $40 bucks.



You can read the review here:

SMC Pentax-F 70-210mm F4-5.6 Reviews - F Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
You can see pictures taken with this lens here.







The thing with the 70-210 is it's consumer quality, not good with a TC, but neither are most of the other consumer zooms mentioned. The Tamron 70-200 being the exception.
02-04-2015, 08:21 PM   #34
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The da 55-300 is a good basic lens...mine was $120aussie.its noisey though so just shoot manual if your subjects tend to fly away

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