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02-07-2015, 07:40 AM - 1 Like   #1
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Would you sell these lenses to purchase the new HD Pentax-D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 ?

If the new HD Pentax-D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 ED DC AW turns out as great as I think it will be, I'm contemplating selling off my Pentax F*300 and DA*50-135 just to obtain it. Maybe even my little used FA 43.

Then my lineup would consist of (K-3 camera)

1) DA*16-50

2) FA 31

3) FA 100 Macro 2.8

4) HD Pentax-D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 ED DC AW

Read more at: HD Pentax-D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 ED DC AW Reviews - D FA Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

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QuoteOriginally posted by Driline Quote
If the new HD Pentax-D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 ED DC AW turns out as great as I think it will be, I'm contemplating selling off my Pentax F*300 and DA*50-135 just to obtain it. Maybe even my little used FA 43.

Then my lineup would consist of (K-3 camera)

1) DA*16-50

2) FA 31

3) FA 100 Macro 2.8

4) HD Pentax-D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 ED DC AW

Read more at: HD Pentax-D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 ED DC AW Reviews - D FA Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

What to do.......
If you are anticipating pentax FF, it will be perfect time to load off 16-50 and 50-135. But those two are still not enough to cover the cost of 70-200. And I do not think a valid reason to sell f* 300 unless you plan to buy 150-450.
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What is it that your current setup can't do that you can do with the modified setup? That will answer the question for you.
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I don't want the FF camera now. I'm keeping the K-3 for at least 2 or 3 more years.

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What is it that your current setup can't do that you can do with the modified setup? That will answer the question for you.
Fast action sports.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Driline Quote
If the new HD Pentax-D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 ED DC AW turns out as great as I think it will be, I'm contemplating selling off my Pentax F*300 and DA*50-135 just to obtain it. Maybe even my little used FA 43.

Then my lineup would consist of (K-3 camera)

1) DA*16-50

2) FA 31

3) FA 100 Macro 2.8

4) HD Pentax-D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 ED DC AW
If you don't use your 300 sell it, but if you do the 70-200 will not replace it. If you don't use the 43. sell it. How well do you like the 50-135? I'm guessing you are not happy with it or you wouldn't think of selling it. What do you plan on shooting with the 70-200? What do you shoot with the 50-135? You would lose 50-70mm but gain 135-200, does that make sense for what you shoot? I've always felt that a lens doesn't really fit your shooting, trade it for something that does (unless you can afford both). I would chart the pros and cons of each lens, chart the things you plan to shoot and match up what fits best, and run exposure plot and see the exact focal lengths you are using and analyze why. Some things should be easy, if you are shooting a lot at 135, you probably need that extra reach. Of course all of the charting and analyzing doesn't account for the special feel or rendering a lens can have.
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If you don't use your 300 sell it, but if you do the 70-200 will not replace it.
That's what I'm thinking, too. If you're used to shooting with the 300 on your K-3, you may be disappointed by the reach of the 70-200 on the new FF. Your avatar suggests that you're shooting motor sports, in which case it may be very handy to have a 2 camera set-up...an APS-C on the 300 and the FF on the 70-200. However, if you're shooting things where you don't need the reach, then selling the 300 may not be that big of a deal.
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I never owned the 300, but I had a chance to try it out. Its really great, I wouldn't replace it with a zoom, especially one that ends at 200mm. But there are other things to keep in mind. The new lens is DFA, WR, has many new features.. and it is quite big. Think about your priorities
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So essentially since you plan to keep the K3 the FOV of existing lenses is not changing and the FOV of the new 70-200 would be equivalent to a 105-300 f/2.8 that you would use for action sports? I can see the appeal of that. You would lose the 450mm FOV you get from the 300mm you have right now. If the F* 300 & 43 are rarely used then The only issue is size/weight - the 50-135 is light and handles well the new lens is huge and heavy.

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If you need the 70-200 more than you need those other lenses, then of course you should sell them and get the new Pentax fast telephoto zoom. I'm also inclined to suspect that the new DFA* 70-200 could wind up being the best lens of it's type ever made. The very size of the lens suggests a no compromise piece of glass (just as the DA 28-45 and the Oly SHG zooms are also heavy no compromise lenses of outstanding quality). Indeed, the only possible caveat is this consideration of weight! The Pentax lens weighs around 75% more than the Tamron 70-200! If you're prepared to handle the weight, I see no compelling reason not to go for it.
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It just depends on how much you use the F*300...
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I figured if I did need the reach of the 300mm I could just add a TC to the 70-200. Nothing in stone yet, just thinking out loud
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Basically this really depend what you do/like.

Personnally i would not want to buy the 70-200:
- start too long: 70 instead of 50 from 50-135.
- 2.5 time the weight of 50-135. Quite bigger too
- 2X more expensive than 50-135.
- In term of picture quality I doubt it would beat FA77 that I already have for example.

But you said you are interrested in sports and I suppose AF performance. If that last point that bother you, for sure either the sigma 70-200 f/2.8 (quite less expensive and lighter and with OS) or the new Pentax would hopefully do a better job.

For the F300, the big question would be what kind of focal length you do use? F*300 on APSC vs maybe in the long run 70-200 on FF (even if you stay APSC for next 2-3 years) is not at all the same range.

I would say if money is a factor, I would really think of the sigma 70-200 or wait 1-2 years for the price of this Pentax 70-200 to settle down a bit and to have many reviews to check it is really worth the price.
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I would really think of the sigma 70-200
Sigma over the Tamron 70-200? Sigma HSM or HSM II? I'm intrigued by this lens. I could easily swap my DA*50-135 for it. Save myself a grand.

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Sigma over the Tamron 70-200? Sigma HSM or HSM II? I'm intrigued by this lens. I could easily swap my DA*50-135 for it. Save myself a grand.
Well if it for AF performance, that for sure sigma, tamron only has the basic screw drive lense that is great and has fantastic quality for the price... But it is not made for sport. Could do the work of portraiture, architectural detail, general purpose tele. But this is not AF deamon. It's AF perform quite ok on Pentax and quite poorly on other maker (the screw drive version) because screw drive AF is better on recent Pentax bodies than on Canikon.

To know if Pentax version would work better than the sigma and if it will be really necessary for you is really a question only yourself can respond.

My understanding is that the sigma is quite good but not as good as the Canikon variant. I'am not sure the Pentax would match the Canikon variant neither but we speak of an unreleased and untested lense here.

I would say it should be worth to spend some time reviewing the lense looking from feedback of users etc and to really justify you need to spend 1000$ more for the Pentax if you choose this path.
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Dude, I think thoughts like these on a daily basis. At the end of the day, only you know what is in your own best interest. Your 4-lens line-up looks excellent to me. So, yes, your thinking makes perfect sense. Just do it.


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If the new HD Pentax-D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 ED DC AW turns out as great as I think it will be, I'm contemplating selling off my Pentax F*300 and DA*50-135 just to obtain it. Maybe even my little used FA 43.

Then my lineup would consist of (K-3 camera)

1) DA*16-50

2) FA 31

3) FA 100 Macro 2.8

4) HD Pentax-D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 ED DC AW

Read more at: HD Pentax-D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 ED DC AW Reviews - D FA Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

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