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07-19-2008, 10:31 AM   #1
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Lens buying poll, help...

I'm a list maker, so here's a list within my budget I hope will gvie me the best image quality, range and cost (in that order) for my existing setup of a K100D and an FA 50mm f/1.4.

Budget is up to $800, all quoted costs from Adorama just because they're good to do business with. So, before my wife goes mad with my incessant chatter on this and clubs me wih a very old and very heavy tripod, you choice would be...

Alternative #1
FA 50mm +PENTAX DA 16-45 f/4.0
RANGE: 16-45_50 no macro= $325

Alternative #2
FA 50mm +Tamron AF28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD
RANGE: 28 - 75 no macro= $350

Alternative #3
FA 50mm + Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC Macro @ $419
RANGE: 18- 50 all macro= $419

Alternative #4
FA 50mm + PENTAX AL 35 f/2.0 + Tamron SP AF90mm F/2.8 Di Macro
RANGE: 35_50_90 with macro at 90mm only = $659

Alternative #5
FA 50mm +Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 + Tamron SP AF90mm F/2.8
RANGE: 18 -50_90 all macro = $779


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pentax 35mm limited macro + 50mm FA f/1,4 + tamron 28-75.
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It mostly depends on what you want to shoot.

For IQ, #4 would be the best, but you will probably miss the wide angles.

Also, for your alternative #5, I think i would switch the Sigma 18-50 for the Tamron 17-50.
I feel like the Tamron has better IQ and you won't need to macro ability on the zoom if you buy the 90 macro.
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