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08-25-2008, 07:21 AM   #1
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I'm considering the DA* 50-135mm F2.8

Hi all,

In testing the 18-250 lens I find that I'm not getting the image quality I'm looking for. I also find it too slow for indoor pictures.

Considering I've invested a lot of bucks in upgrading from my *istDS to the K20D I'm thinking I should look at a lens that will compliment the capabilities of the camera. After a lot of reading on this forum I'm leaning toward the following:

1) - DA* 50-135 F2.8 - I'm thinking this should be my first lens purchase for the K20D. It's expensive (double the price of the 18-250), but I'm counting on having it for a long time. It doesn't give me the reach that the 18-250 offers, but from what I read, and samples I've seen, the IQ is superior. The only negative is the weight of the lens. A big plus is that it is weather proof, so in that sense if will compliment the K20D. Another reason I think this lens would be a good choice is that (again, from what I've read) the quality is so good that I wouldn't have to shop for primes.

2) - DA* 16-50 F2.8 (or something close) - Can't afford 2 expensive lenses right now, but I think this one would follow. For now I will just use my kit lens (18-55) for wide angle pics.

Mostly I will using the 50-135 for nature shots (close ups and landscape). I will be using it as well for the occasional family gathering and this week, a wedding.

Hope I'm thinking this out properly . . .

Peter

08-25-2008, 07:38 AM   #2
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I've been drooling over the DA* 50-135 for quite some time now. Like you, I had two lenses on my wish list, both the 50-135 and the 12-24. I chose the 12-24 as it would better suit my needs for the time being. Don't think you can go wrong with the 50-135. Now I'm just waiting for those rebates to roll around
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QuoteOriginally posted by Petermgr Quote
Hi all,

In testing the 18-250 lens I find that I'm not getting the image quality I'm looking for. I also find it too slow for indoor pictures.

Considering I've invested a lot of bucks in upgrading from my *istDS to the K20D I'm thinking I should look at a lens that will compliment the capabilities of the camera. After a lot of reading on this forum I'm leaning toward the following:

1) - DA* 50-135 F2.8 - I'm thinking this should be my first lens purchase for the K20D. It's expensive (double the price of the 18-250), but I'm counting on having it for a long time. It doesn't give me the reach that the 18-250 offers, but from what I read, and samples I've seen, the IQ is superior. The only negative is the weight of the lens. A big plus is that it is weather proof, so in that sense if will compliment the K20D. Another reason I think this lens would be a good choice is that (again, from what I've read) the quality is so good that I wouldn't have to shop for primes.

2) - DA* 16-50 F2.8 (or something close) - Can't afford 2 expensive lenses right now, but I think this one would follow. For now I will just use my kit lens (18-55) for wide angle pics.

Mostly I will using the 50-135 for nature shots (close ups and landscape). I will be using it as well for the occasional family gathering and this week, a wedding.

Hope I'm thinking this out properly . . .

Peter

I have the 18-250 and it has been a very good single solution outdoor lens. It produces all that I asked it to while outdoors in Disneyworld, the beach etc. Having said that, I wish it was much faster. My current sweet spot seems to be in the 70mm range, so I have been cosidering either the 70ltd, the 77ltd, and most recently the 50-135. Not sure where I will land but, if I could do it all over again, I'd probably go with a 50-135 over the 18-250 to cover both inside and out. (Especially considering some of the feedback on the lens.) Good luck...
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The 50-135 is a great family events/gather lens, and it's not that heavy (try lugging around a Canon 100-400mm L for a couple of hours!) I wouldn't want it to be my only lens though, as 50mm is a bit long. I paired my 50135 up with a Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 and that was able to get most of the shots I needed (I had a Sigma 10-20mm for when I needed wider than 28mm)

And oh yeah, it's so good you don't need to shop for any primes (unless you need faster than f/2.8)

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Well if you had to choose one of thr 50-135 or the 16-50, the 50-135 is soo much better.
My 16-50 is optically OK, not as great as I might expect for the money, but OK. (better than the kit 81-55, but not $900 better!!)
The build quality is not there. After a month it started squeaking. Has't afected images, but not really quite for the SDM feature. Argh! Also probably means it will break down ears earlier than necessary.

The 50-135 on the otherhand, GREAT! Superior image quality. Build quality, well, I dropped the thing from three feet well over a year ago and it hasn't missed a beat. I would be terrified if I dropped the 16-50, I'd probably also be picking up the pieces.

Can't say weather sealing on one is better than the other, both been through torrential thunderstorms without issue.

I would say you have the right idea of getting the 50-135 first.
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Yes, the 50-135 is a terrific complement to the K20D - search for the 'why the 50-135 doesn't suck' thread in this section.

If I may spend a little bit more of your money , may I suggest getting the BG2
grip also for your K20D - it gives you better balance with the big 50-135. (Since I
got my grip, all my shots with every lens are steadier, BTW.)

At anything less than infinity, the 18-250 is actually only about a 180-190mm lens -
so the 135 isn't really even that much shorter. I do like the 18-250 as an outdoor
lens (used to own the Tamron version,) but indoors, the 50-135's f/2.8 is sweet.


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Well, as everyone here probably knows, I'm a big fan of the 18-250. However, the 50-135 is definitely the lens that lets my K20D shine! It is a delight to use, and the reason I sold my 77Ltd. (Note - I'm not saying the 50-135 is absolutely better than the 77Ltd, but the 50-135 is so good that I rarely wanted to use the 77Ltd, so I sold it to a good home.)

I also have the 16-50 and while I didn't like the PF on my K10D, I've found that for some reason I don't see it on my K20D, so I've grown to love my 16-50 as well. Together with the 50-135 it's a great kit.

If I could only pick one lens, it would be the 50-135....or the 18-250 (sometimes convenience trumps absolute image quality, sometimes not).

The DA*50-135 really shows off all the capabilities of the K20D (image quality, AF-C improvement, high ISO).
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Mine arrives tomorrow via UPS. K20D came on Friday. Week's vacation started today. I feel like a kid at Christmas! I've been hit by LBA bad in the last year, and now I feel I'm going to have to thin it out. I love my M glass but I can't justify carrying it all around. I think I'm going to keep the 12-24, the 16-45 and the 50-135. Haven't made my mind up on the FA 50, and I know I'll curse this decision the day that Pentax announces a FF SLR. But in order to finance the 50-135 I really need to pare down this collection. Selling the DA 70 Ltd is gonna hurt, but I'm hoping that the 50-135 can fill its gap. Keep an eye in the marketplace forum, if anyone's interested.

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When I test drove a K20D, it was paired with the 50-135. I had a Canon 40D at the time and several "L" lenses, zooms and primes. I was thinking of upgrading to the 1DSmkIII. But it was this lens that won me over (ok, back over)
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I got my 50-135mm about a week ago, and have already managed to damage it whilst putting the hood on her. I think it must of occurred when I reversed the hood for storage, mis threading it somehow.
The lens hood still sits very secure on the lens, but some of the thread is missing, and I fear a small segment of it may have crept under the focus grip as it's now making a slight scraping sound when rotated... boy I was upset when I found out.
The auto focus is still silent.

Anyway, just let me say that for a valuable lens (note I didn't say expensive lol), I think the type of plastic used on the barrel could of been tougher.
Be careful out there folks

Otherwise this lens renders wonderfully.
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I own the 18-250 and it is an OK travel lens. Every picture I take with that lens needs photoshop touch ups. Since I bought the Canon G9 point-and-shoot I'm pretty sure I will sell that lens and just travel with the G9 (by the way the G9 makes owning an SLR a complete waste of time for most folks - that camera is AMAZING).

I also own the DA*50-135 and the FA*300 F/2.8. I can tell you that I like the 50-135 better than the 300 F2.8. That is saying something since there is about a $3000 price difference. the 50-135 is the nicest lens I have owned in 15 years of photography. Whenever I can pull that lens out I do.
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I have the DA 50-135.. its a super Lens.

I also have the 55-300 which is a good value for Dollar lens but I always prefer to see if the shot can be taken with my latter purchsed 50-135 if looking at the long end range


Everyone who owns one seems to be happy with it.
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