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12-14-2016, 02:39 PM   #1
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18-135 or new 55-300 PLM as an WR upgrade for old DA 55-300 - HELP :)

Hi,
I feel the need to change my old DA 55-300 to something newer and better. I just can figure out what should I buy.. ;/
I have K-70 with Sigma 17-50 and DA 55-300 and I want to keep the sigma as IQ is superb and I use it for landscapes and architecture, and night shots.

I use 55-300 for kids shots, parties, animal/bird shots mostly. All of those are usually moving fast and unpredictable + amount of light varies a lot

What I need:
- FAST AF
- single WR lens that I could go around in bad weather or bad conditions or winter etc.. when I can't take the Sigma
- basic lens that would always be with me
- lens with longer focal to shoot kids/people that are a little farther than the 17-50 reaches

I wanted 18-135 mainly due to fast AF a lot of people praises, but I read that new 55-300 PLM also has fast and good AF, and at around 100-150mm it is even sharper than 135 on the long end.

Anyone got both lens and can compare the AF speed and IQ?

I considered both and can't decide which one is better, some + and - below:
+ 18-135 wider at short end
+ 18-135 better for everyday carrying
+ 55-300 longer
- 55-300 darker
+ 55-300 i am used to those focal lenghts available
- I want to get a little more into street photography so I might not need the 150mm+ very often
+ I want 300mm for bird shots
+ 150-300mm focals might be usefull for kids shots (I have a knee condition that prevents me from running)

I considered also the 18-135mm + some long bird lens but I did not find any good long lens (might be manual) that does not cost a small car..

Anyone HELP? Anyone have had same dilema? or know other solution?

12-14-2016, 02:54 PM   #2
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I own the DA55-300mm(no WR) and the 18-135mm....and next lens I buy is the newest 55/300 plm....


The 18-135 is good but if you add a K1, its only usable in crop mode....square crop isn't bad, the vignetting is a lot less than FF mode.


All reports on the PLM are positive, its compact and focus is miles ahead of screw drive....my DA is mainly used at the long end with a 1.4TC, so with less light than the PLM.......55/300 is a great focal range for MY walk around...many will disagree for their walk around.


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I picked the 16-85 since WR is important to me. Wider and long than Sigma, but slower...
How often do you need WR when shooting at kids and birds? If not too often, I would suggest 18-135.
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The 18-135 and the 55-300 are completely different and suitable for different purposes. You have the wide end covered with the Sigma and the 18-135 will add little to that that the 55-300 wouldn't also cover.

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Since you already have the Sigma, I'd go for the new 55-300mm. Maybe you can add the 18-135mm later if you need a single all in one lens

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damn.. no I think if I should leave the 55-300 for now but change the sigma to DA 16-85?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
Since you already have the Sigma, I'd go for the new 55-300mm. Maybe you can add the 18-135mm later if you need a single all in one lens
In addition the 55-300PLM is a bit faster from 70 upwards. Have a look here. I listed the open aperture changes.
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