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12-30-2017, 10:07 AM - 1 Like   #16
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I was also in trouble deciding between 50-135 and 70-200 and finally ordered 50-135 yesterday for my K3. Will see but something telling me that I shouldn't be dissapointed.

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HI!! I hope you have better luck than I did. The lens is VERY soft at 2.8. I ended up returning it and getting the 70-200 which I'm over the moon happy with.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lev Quote
I was also in trouble deciding between 50-135 and 70-200 and finally ordered 50-135 yesterday for my K3. Will see but something telling me that I shouldn't be dissapointed.
Good luck with it!

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HI!! I hope you have better luck than I did. The lens is VERY soft at 2.8. I ended up returning it and getting the 70-200 which I'm over the moon happy with.
Me too. On crop the 70-200 F2.8 * from Pentax is one hell of a lens. Love mine.
12-30-2017, 02:24 PM   #19
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QuoteOriginally posted by gm4life Quote
Good luck with it!

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Me too. On crop the 70-200 F2.8 * from Pentax is one hell of a lens. Love mine.
I'm sure 70-200 is a fantastic lens, but coupled with K3 or similar it becomes super tele. I wonder how it is to shoot portraits with this combo

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personally I like the combination of my D FA * 70-200mm 2.8 and K 3 and K 3 II a lot


QuoteOriginally posted by Lev Quote
I'm sure 70-200 is a fantastic lens, but coupled with K3 or similar it becomes super tele. I wonder how it is to shoot portraits with this combo
well

you could take the time to review this thread

Pentax HD PENTAX-D FA* 70-200mm f/2.8 ED DC AW . . . CLUB! - Page 12 - PentaxForums.com

and see what members of the forums have been able to do with the lens

QuoteOriginally posted by DawnHoweth Quote
. . . I ended up returning it and getting the 70-200 which I'm over the moon happy with.
please consider posting some of your photos using the lens in that thread when you get a chance

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I'm sure 70-200 is a fantastic lens, but coupled with K3 or similar it becomes super tele. I wonder how it is to shoot portraits with this combo
It does a good job. It basically becomes a 100-300 a fairly nice range for portraits to telephoto. Aside of being speedy and heavy it is astonishingly great piece of glass.
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It does a good job. It basically becomes a 100-300 a fairly nice range for portraits to telephoto. Aside of being speedy and heavy it is astonishingly great piece of glass.
yes, if size and weight is not a big deal, 100mm is good. I've shot portraits with my 100mm macro which becomes actually somewhere at 135mm and even that is good, it gave me just beautiful results
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yes, if size and weight is not a big deal, 100mm is good. I've shot portraits with my 100mm macro which becomes actually somewhere at 135mm and even that is good, it gave me just beautiful results
Nope you are right the 100 Macro on a crop becomes a approx. 150mm lens - which is still excellent for portraits only a tad longer than the classic 135mm from the film days.

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QuoteOriginally posted by DawnHoweth Quote
HI!! I hope you have better luck than I did. The lens is VERY soft at 2.8. I ended up returning it and getting the 70-200 which I'm over the moon happy with.
Depends on your copy really, I've never had an issue with sharpness wide open on any of my 6 copies
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My brand new 50-135 is on the way back to B&H

Loose focus ring, backfocusing on wide angles, and at the end of the week testing it - started to notice squeaking noise while focusing. I can not believe so many things can appear just in a week of testing in a shiny new $1000 STAR lens!

What are you guys thinking? Is it worth to try another? What is your overall thoughts about this lens?

Now I'm thinking, while it's in transit, to exchange it to 70-200, but it's so huge and heavy...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lev Quote
My brand new 50-135 is on the way back to B&H

Loose focus ring, backfocusing on wide angles, and at the end of the week testing it - started to notice squeaking noise while focusing. I can not believe so many things can appear just in a week of testing in a shiny new $1000 STAR lens!

What are you guys thinking? Is it worth to try another? What is your overall thoughts about this lens?

Now I'm thinking, while it's in transit, to exchange it to 70-200, but it's so huge and heavy...
B and H will take care of you with the 50-135. I sent one 70-200 back before I got one that was just right. I highly recommend the 70-200 if the size, weight and price donít bother you. I had to do some micro focus adjustments on my K3 II but was pretty good out of the box on the KP. It takes great photos!
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Yeah, I guess a QC issue can happen when buying any lens, even good ones. I am apparently one of the lucky ones with my DA* 50-135mm, which I've enjoyed for years with only great results. But if you need more tele with less at the short end, and don't mind the extra weight, the DFA 70-200mm is the way to go. They overlap, but the FL range is quite different in terms of which is better for what use.
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QuoteOriginally posted by gm4life Quote
I had to do some micro focus adjustments on my K3 II but was pretty good out of the box on the KP. It takes great photos!
Are you talking about 50-135 or 70-200 regarding micro adjustments? I've done some, but every time the depth of field is either in front or in back of subject. I think something is loose inside SDM mechanism along with loose focus ring it has.

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QuoteOriginally posted by mikesbike Quote
Yeah, I guess a QC issue can happen when buying any lens, even good ones. I am apparently one of the lucky ones with my DA* 50-135mm, which I've enjoyed for years with only great results. But if you need more tele with less at the short end, and don't mind the extra weight, the DFA 70-200mm is the way to go. They overlap, but the FL range is quite different in terms of which is better for what use.
Yes, glass itself is just fantastic! I just too much afraid I'll get another bad copy but I have to decide. 70-200 is much heavier and pricy, besides it's too narrow at wide angle for crop.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lev Quote
Are you talking about 50-135 or 70-200 regarding micro adjustments? I've done some, but every time the depth of field is either in front or in back of subject. I think something is loose inside SDM mechanism along with loose focus ring it has.

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Yes, glass itself is just fantastic! I just too much afraid I'll get another bad copy but I have to decide. 70-200 is much heavier and pricy, besides it's too narrow at wide angle for crop.
" too narrow at the top end for crop "

I'm confused, what do you mean by that?
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I'm confused, what do you mean by that?
I'm sorry, I mean too narrow at the wide angle for crop sensor
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