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07-13-2008, 10:39 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by jroyjohnson Quote
Thanks for all the help. These ideas will narrow my research down. I recently got back on a small trip and found myself definitely lacking some range. Not only that, but I love shooting sky/sunset shots and a lot of mine have come up lacking contrast and /or definition. I'll have to play around with them some more.
jroy, in that case I'd look for a used DA 50-200, or if you can find one at a price you can afford the Pentax A 70-210. I own both lenses and IMHO the 70-210 is a vastly superior lens even tho it lacks auto focus. It's also heavier and bigger if that matters. The DA 50-200 isn't a bad lens, and it's got quick shift which the 70-210 also lacks. But the A (stay away from the F 70-210 and the FA 70-200) 70-210 is sharp all the way thru even out to 210 (the DA is soft at 200 IMHO) and has a wonderful bokeh that the DA can't match. But you can't really go wrong with either lens.

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(stay away from the F 70-210 and the FA 70-200)
NaCl(hope that helps)H2O
Out of curiosity, why do you suggest staying away from the F 70-210? I had one and it was by far my favorite lens. The only reason I don't have it any more is that the gears that allow it to zoom broke and they no longer make parts for it. I've occasionally thought about buying another one, but they usually go for more than I want to spend. I wondered if there was some other reason to avoid it.
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My second lens was the Tamron 70-300 with the 1:2 macro switch. This lens gave me great exposure to telephoto range and macro shooting. I now realize the limitations of this inexpensive lens (slow, soft at 300), but it has been an excellent purchase and greatly expanded the type of photos I take. I now can't imagine not having some decent range (e.g., >150mm) or macro capabilities in my camera bag.

But a fixed prime would be great too, as it provides yet another dimension of shooting while likely giving you some great quality.
I'll echo this. I own a lot of good glass and I still won't part with my Tamron 70-300 LI DI. I love the versatility of that lens and use the macro function often. It is lightweight and easy to carry.
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My first lens purchase was a Sigma 75-300 APO, the 70 - 300's pre-autofocus father.
I got several sweet pic's with it, although I haven't used it since I bought a Sigma 135 - 400

However if I was to do things again I'd do things differently.
And buy a screwmount adapter.
Most screwmount lenses are cheap now, and often very high quality optics.
So it'll pay for it's self in no time.

Now that I'm getting more and more known I'm getting screwmount lenses given to me, making it even more desirable
Although I'm still waiting for that 85mm

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^^^^ THats shameful 135-400, after heather got me going on the 55-300(awaiting postman)I not going to fall in the trap that fast LOL well not until the missus forgets the 300 coming HAHAHAHA

MY second glass was either the 17-70 sigma or the 70-300 sigma not quite sure


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