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06-16-2008, 12:37 PM   #1
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Good cheap lens for shooting sports

Hey guys,

I just recently bought the Pentax K10D and it's a great camera. I have the kit lens which I use to learn on and the Tamron 90mm for macro shots. I want to start shooting sports though, biking in particular (mountain biking, dirt jumps, etc.).

I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good lens thats not too expensive (hopefully under $300) that would do the job. I've seen some Tamron and Sigma telephoto lens (70-300mm I think) for about $200 so I was thinking there must be something that would be good for sports shots even though I know it's not going to have the quality of a more expensive lens. I was hoping for something with f/2.8 but I don't know if I'll be able to find that for my price range.

Any suggestions?

06-16-2008, 12:49 PM   #2
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2.8 is gonna be in the 600-1200 dollar range, depending on what you get.

i'd recommend the pentax 55-300 or 50-200
06-16-2008, 12:52 PM   #3
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I've never used either the tamron or sigma 70-300s and there is definitley nothing f2.8 for under $200 especially for telephotos sorry. The reviews for the 70-300 vary a lot some say it focuses quickly while some say it's slow, noisy and inconsistent. Quality wise it seems to be a good choice. The Tamron one seems good too and again some say it focuses slow. These two lenses you mentioned are probably your best bet in the $200 price range both have good optics and a high zoom range if you have light both will work out well. Good luck, Pentax doesn't make many long range telephotos unfortunatley.
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Thats kind of what I figured as far as f 2.8 goes so I'll have to forget about that for now.

Is there a big difference between the Pentax 75-300mm telephoto and the 55-300 you mentioned?

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Focus speed isn't bad on the 70-300 (the Sigma anyway)....unless you are already way off the mark. But once you grab focus, if you use AF-C, it will do just fine. Even if you aren't anywhere close, it's not all that slow, just not super fast. The 55-300 sounds nice, but at almost twice the price (and nearly 3x as much as the Tamron), it seems a bit pricey to me. As to the 75-300, I won't say it's bad (and really can't since I've never used it), but 99% of those that have experience with all of them seem to rank the Sigma and Tamron as #'s 1 & 2 (no clear winner here), with the 75-300 #3. I have the Sigma, have used it for kids sports as well as some amateur car racing, and can't complain too much about it. If the lights bad, well, you really can't expect a whole lot from any f/4-5.6 lens then, can you? But in decent light and better, no problem. I've even used it with a 1.4x TC with overall satisfactory results, though when it was off, it was OFF, lol.
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If you can hang off the Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 should be released soon ... at around $700US ... cheapest of it's kind for Pentax mount ... and linked with a TC ... should get more reach again.

Other than that ... if you are loking for a fast 300mm ... the DA* 300 is in the thousands.
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why not MF lenses?

have you considered MF lenses.

I know it is not as easy as AF, but it is how it was done in the good old days?

You might be able to get a Vivitar Series 1 F3.5 70-210 for about $150.

You want the version 1 lens, one touch zoom, constant apature and it is 180 degree rotation minimum fovus to maximum, therefore quick enough for sports and precise enough that you will be accurate on ficus.
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I would definitely look into a manual focus lens if it means a better lens without being a lot more expensive. I want to get better at using manual focus anyways so that might not be a bad idea.

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