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02-07-2007, 11:40 AM   #1
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Zoom Dilemma

I am considering my next possible lens, having already a SMC-M 50mm f/2, SMC-A 70-210mm f/4, and a SMCP-DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6. I am looking for autofocus capable zooms in the 50-400mm range, including the SMCP-FA 75-300mmf/4.5-5.8, SMCP-FA 80-320mm f/4.5-5.6, and maybe the SMCP-FA 100-300mm f/4.7-5.8. Which should I choose?

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For the money, the DA 50-200 is awesome! Not as long as you are looking for, but a great performer and a great match to the 18-55.
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I'd recommed the 80-320mm, especially if you also shoot with film. You won't find a more compact 320mm around, either, and it even has a good aperture range of F4.5 to F5.6. Try to avoid the silver version, however, since it employs a slightly cheaper build.

The lens is sharp at 320mm, but better prime (and shorter zoom) alternatives do exist.

The DA 50-200 is an more compact lens, but I'm guessing that it would be a little redundant for you because you have the A 70-210. IMO, the A zoom is much better for close-ups.

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