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09-25-2008, 09:04 PM   #1
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Hello, I have been reading till I'm about to go nutz. Please help me here with a selection of a couple of lens to go with my K200d. I chose that body for the "Out of Doors," aspect of tough little camera that I can get AA power for anywhere. My basic question is this: I will be enlarging shots to A3 or A4 for images to cover the walls of my hotel. I believe the * DA 16-50 and *DA 50 to 135 are the lens I want because of the obvious qualities. But, do the Primes offer superior IQ and FOV so much that I could tell a difference at the enlargements I want to make? I do realize that making quality images is more than what I just asked, but I do want your opinion if you have specifically made comparisons with these lens. I have the two basic kit lens and a 50-1.4.
Thank-you Tarp

09-25-2008, 09:27 PM   #2
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if you want to make the most of the weather sealing go for the DA* lenses.
the Primes are better, smaller and faster (the FA ones are) but the differences at smaller apertures are quite marginal.

just be careful checking the DA* 16-50 for QC issues. the 50-135 is known for being excellent. see the "Doesn't suck" post
09-25-2008, 09:35 PM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by tarponn22 Quote
Hello, I have been reading till I'm about to go nutz. Please help me here with a selection of a couple of lens to go with my K200d. I chose that body for the "Out of Doors," aspect of tough little camera that I can get AA power for anywhere. My basic question is this: I will be enlarging shots to A3 or A4 for images to cover the walls of my hotel. I believe the * DA 16-50 and *DA 50 to 135 are the lens I want because of the obvious qualities. But, do the Primes offer superior IQ and FOV so much that I could tell a difference at the enlargements I want to make? I do realize that making quality images is more than what I just asked, but I do want your opinion if you have specifically made comparisons with these lens. I have the two basic kit lens and a 50-1.4.
Thank-you Tarp
A tripod will probably go a lot farther than any lens for increasing "IQ" (a term I personally hate).
The 50-135 and 16-50 lenses that I tested were absolutely tack sharp when well supported.
The primes will be somewhat sharper for sure, and I prefer the other rendering properties of the LTD primes, but to a degree this is a combination of prejudice and over-nitpickiness.
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