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08-11-2008, 01:54 PM   #1
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I'm going off to college in about three weeks and have some money to spend. The priority right now is to finish my lens kit for the time being. This is what I'm looking at. What do you guys think?

Pentax K10D --> Already own
Tamron AF17-35/2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical (IF)
Pentax DA 35/2.8 Limited --> Already own
Pentax F 50/1.7 --> Already own
Pentax DA 50-200

08-11-2008, 02:46 PM   #2
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I am slowly building my collection and I think its important to consider your particular needs, though that does cover all different focal lengths. I've been reading non-stop for the past week about what people have to say about lens for Pentax.

The DA* 50-135 is next on my list to cover past my 50/1.4. It would be much better than the 50-200, but is very expensive.

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Ill assume the 50-200 is on as much for budegetary reasons as anything else? Because if you can. I think the 55-300 is the way to go. The extra 100 mm is nice, plus it seems to be as good or better than the already solid 50-200.

However, one is a lot cheaper than the other, and remembering college....money wasn't always handy

I agree with the above...what do you find yourself wishing for most, in terms of shots missed, or shots you could have had if you had the "missing" lens?
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I usually do macros, landscaping, and would like to get into birding. The 55-300mm is quite expensive.

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how about a 2nd hand Tamron 70-300, should help you to develop your birding
and on a budget, the Zenitar 16mm fish is very interesting
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Drop the 50-200 and look at a 55-300, you'll be much happier.
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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but...

I just checked Tamron's website and the 17-35 doesn't come in a Pentax mount.

With that, I would suggest that you look into getting a DA16-45. Used, you can find them in the same general price range as the Tammy 17-35. Check KEH:

KEH Camera: Pentax Digital - Zoom Lenses - 16-45 F4 SMC DA ED AL (67) DIGITAL SLR ZOOM SUPER WIDE ANGLE LENS
KEH Camera: Pentax Digital - Zoom Lenses - 16-45 F4 SMC DA ED AL (67) WITH HOOD, CAPS, DIGITAL SLR ZOOM SUPER WIDE ANGLE LENS
KEH Camera: Pentax Digital - Zoom Lenses - 16-45 F4 SMC DA ED AL (67) WITH CAPS DIGITAL SLR ZOOM SUPER WIDE ANGLE LENS

If you have your heart set on buying brand new, then Prodigital2000 has brand new ones for about the same price as the used ones on KEH:
PENTAX SMC DA 16-45mm F4.0 ED/AL LENS NEW f/K20D K200D - eBay (item 140256666656 end time Aug-15-08 18:24:44 PDT)
I checked and the MS Live.com-Fleabay deal is back, so you can get 25% off if you link to Fleabay via a live.com search.

Add in either the 50-200 or Tammy 70-300 and you should be good to go.
Have fun spending your money.

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If your heart is set on that 17-35mm range then while the Tamron isn't an option in K-mount, Sigma does make one. I had the older brother to the current model and it was a nice sharp lens. I got my copy from Cameta via Amazon for right at $200. I sold mine a while back because my 'lens road map' changed and the 17-35 just didn't fit.

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I agree on the 'Tamron 70-300mm' DI, it has some faults you probably are aware of but delivers very high bang for the buck. I owned it, then got the Sigma 70-300mm APO, then the Pentax 55-300mm. For sure if possible get the Pentax 55-300mm, if not, Tamron 70-300mm. And buy an extra battery or a filter or something with the extra.

There is nothing wrong with your other choices and may be the 50-200mm would be better I have never owned it, but have seen some great pics from it. It seems the edges can be soft according to owners, but... you dont have high CA/PF with it. But... for birding and the money I still say the Tamron. And remember, try them with those lens you can always eBay them and recoup ~70/80% of your investment.
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Consider ther Sigma 17-70 over the Tamron.

As for birding, honestly 300mm is too short so the 50-200 is a nice, light option.
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I'm aware the Tamron 17-35mm isn't available for Pentax anymore. It used to be though, and I've managed to find one. If I can get it for cheap enough, then I might go for it. Is it a good lens? Review seems to indicate that it is.

I also found a Tokin AT-X 80-200/2.8 on eBay. However, it's the older manual version. Is this a good lens? Again, I want something that's cheap, but has good quality. I wasn't very happy with kit lens, so I'm weary about the DA 50-200mm. If I can get the Tokina cheap enough and it's a good lens, then I might go for it.
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Just by looking at some sample images at pbase, the 17-35 looks like a decent lens...
Tamron SP AF 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di LD IF Lens Sample Photos and Specifications

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Yes, it definitely does and so does the Tokina. Of course, it's a manual lens, but I don't care as much for AF and the pictures on pBase do it great justice.

http://www.pbase.com/cameras/tokina/80-200_28_at_x_sd

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While my lens kit is basically complete in terms of focal length, I've been giving some thought to eventually picking up a constant 2.8 telezoom. Between Fleabay and KEH, I've found at least a couple of these lenses and judging by KEH's pricing, I think it would make a good alternative to one of the more expensive 70-200/2.8s.

I took a look at the pbase pics and it seems like that the best pics with that lens were on the K10.

Maybe my kit still isn't quite done yet...
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Wow, I hadn't noticed that a lot of the good photos were taken with a K10D. That makes it even more worthwhile. Also, the pictures at the air show were good too, which means that the MF probably isn't difficult to handle. I think I'm going to go for it, assuming it's cheap enough.
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