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10-27-2015, 01:05 PM   #1
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Lens replacement advice...

Well, I've jumped to the K3, but now I'm looking to get a decent lens to use to replace my DA 50-200 in the sig below. (once my wallet recovers in a little). The current 50-200 is showing it's age (lost the lens cap and after years of use, starting to get blemishes in the glass.) I'm looking for glass that will allow me to shoot nice soccer photos of my kids youth soccer (outdoor and indoor) and occasional other sports (indoor charity basketball, etc.) and then general photos. I'll probably look at replacing the 18-55 as well at some point.

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Hd da 55-300?

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There's a used 55-300 in the for sale, (2nd gen, without the HD). Does that new glass make a big difference in IQ?
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QuoteOriginally posted by VampyreGTX Quote
There's a used 55-300 in the for sale, (2nd gen, without the HD). Does that new glass make a big difference in IQ?
Not very much. But the HD is WR too.

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DA 55-300 is a great option, light, capable, and not to expensive.
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Hd da 55-300?
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DA 55-300 is a great option, light, capable, and not to expensive.
Thanks guys! Pulled the trigger on the 55-300. I'll still take advice on other lenses from other for future reference as well... I have a feeling with the K3, being such a huge improvement from the K10D, will increase my want for more lenses...
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SMC 15mm ltd, something like a 28mm (or the 31mm ltd), to fill in some good quality gaps before you get to 50.

a lot of the time when I'm out taking pics, I bring the 50-135 on the camera, and the 15mm and 31mm (in a neoprene pouch big enough to stash the 50-135, connected with an op/tech USA double lens cap)

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With regard to an 18-55 replacement I'm an 18-135 convert, having bought one for flexible wet weather use (and so far it seems good as the one-and-only in that role), but depending on your tastes, that may be too much of an overlap of the 55-300 at the lower end.

If I owned a WR 55-300 and the 18-55 was a quickshift, WR, metal mount version I personally would be retaining it, but if you want something else, I suspect the 16-85 would be the way forward.
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Buy the 18-135 and you'll wish you'd saved a bit longer for the 16-85😉
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Buy the 18-135 and you'll wish you'd saved a bit longer for the 16-85😉
I only did it because I needed a zoom for wet weather and could justify only one, so I had to get the one with the biggest focal range. OP appears to be looking for a two lens set, and in that context I completely agree the 16-85 will suit him a lot better than the 18-135.
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85 vs 135 is a less noticeable difference than 16-18, even if the numbers don't look that way. And you can crop to emulate a longer lens, but you can't crop it wider.
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QuoteOriginally posted by narual Quote
85 vs 135 is a less noticeable difference than 16-18, even if the numbers don't look that way. And you can crop to emulate a longer lens, but you can't crop it wider.
You can stitch...
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Maybe too late but while the 55-300 will get you some decent outdoors soccer photos, it's way to slow for indoors. You'll also need to learn to use the quick shift techniques because the focus is pretty slow. A 70-200/2.8 would be a much better choice. Even at 2.8 it won''t be the best in a dimly lit indoor pitch or gym. I have the Tamron 70-200 which is the cheapest one you can find new.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ramseybuckeye Quote
A 70-200/2.8 would be a much better choice. Even at 2.8 it won''t be the best in a dimly lit indoor pitch or gym. I have the Tamron 70-200 which is the cheapest one you can find new.
The Tamron 70-200 f 2.8 is a very nice lens optically even if a bit on the fragile side; however I think the 70-200 is way over its budget. I would have recommended also the 55-300 if he has been satisfied with the 50-200. As for the 18-135 I have it and want to sell it so you can imagine I won't recommend it even if for a one lens it's ok-ish for its kit-price (way too expensive otherwise). I also think the 16-85 is overpriced for what it offers. For 18-55 replacement I would go with a Sigma or Tamron 17-50 f 2.8 (I personally have chosen Sigma for its better build quality and fast and silent focusing); either one is much better than the kit lens.
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