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01-06-2019, 09:16 AM   #1
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Trying to decide how to proceed.

The lenses I have that are keepers are:

Tamron 10-24
Sigma Macro 105
Sigma 300
Tamron 500 Mirror

I have the Pentax 18-55, a couple of ProMasters that I'd want to replace.

I want to cover the lower end from the Tamron, and up to the Sigma 300. I don't know whether to go with a zoom(s), or primary lenses. I can't spend more than about $500 for first addition(s) right now. I know that's not a good budget, but I will have to proceed slowly to build my lineup.

If primaries, which ones? I will say I prefer zooms, but of course have never looked thru a limited primary. I'm definitely planning on the 21 ltd. Also been looking at the DA*18-135.

My main photography is wildlife, landscape.


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Three thoughts:

1) If you have a k-3 or newer, the PLM version of the 55-300 is outstanding albeit slow (narrow apertures) the speedy focusing and could optical quality is a nice light package that complements your 300. Add a da 35 fixed prime and you're in business.

2) Maybe a used DA* 60-250? I'm aftaid that generally more like $600 with shipping and doesn't cover the normal to short Tele.

3) DA*50 -135 screw drive converted lens and a DA 35 f2.4? The 50-135 is spectacular and prices for screw drive converted versions seem to be really low. That would be a sweet combo. Add the DA HD 1.4x converter later and you have a 70-190 f4 also.

Wildlife and landscape is what makes me pause. The type of these matters. Telephoto landscapes are less common but not unheard of. The 50-135 or 60-250 deliver for these. Wildlife can mean super long telephoto or shorter depending on the animal. The 55-300 delivers in good light. For less easily spooked creatures and an environmental component of the shot the others may work. The 60-250 works better at a distance than close fur to focus breathing but it may work.
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DA 55-300 WR All. Day. Long! (wildlife)

The DA 18-135 would be welcome too! (landscape)
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I do use a K3. The PLM version is out, because I'm very afraid to attempt to upgrade to the latest firmware, that's required for this lens.

From what I hear, the 60-250 is not able to be converted from SDM, in case of failure. Otherwise, this would be a sweet lens for me, for sure!

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QuoteOriginally posted by csa Quote
afraid to attempt to upgrade to the latest firmware
I upgraded my K-S2 no issues at all... what's your worry here? They have videos on how to do it properly too...
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Yes, and I've seen where several had problems & "bricked" their camera. I cannot afford to lose my K3; my personal choice.
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If you shop carefully you can go with both an 18-135 and a 55-300 for your upper limit. Many say the new PLM is that much better, but I'll say we've always enjoyed the best consumer long zoom in the 55-300 series. Both are WR which I have to believe is a plus in the Mountains.
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QuoteOriginally posted by csa Quote
Yes, and I've seen where several had problems & "bricked" their camera. I cannot afford to lose my K3; my personal choice.
I had 0 problems upgrading my K3 and K 3 II to handle the PLM

and I know next to nothing about computers

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I'm not willing to take a chance; again, my choice.
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I'm not willing to take a chance; again, my choice.
is the right one for you
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QuoteOriginally posted by csa Quote
I'm not willing to take a chance; again, my choice.
Ah, but the 55-300WR HD is far lower in price now because of the PLM and is a solid lens in its own right. No worries with the crazy PLM black magic that could harm our cameras either.
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I'll echo that I know of zero bricks of k3 due to firmware but respect your choice.

I also can tell you that very very few 60-250 users report sdm issues.

The regular HD DA 55-300 wr with quickshift is usable for wildlife just a little harder.
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Yes, and I've seen where several had problems & "bricked" their camera. I cannot afford to lose my K3; my personal choice.
Really? How many have bricked their camera doing a firmware update? What was the reason?

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I didn't want this thread to turn into updating firmware. I simply explained why I could not use the PLM.

Thanks everyone, I really don't want to continue trying to defend my personal decision about the firmware.

Those that suggested lenses, my thanks!

I won't be continuing this thread, as I really don't have to justify my personal decisions.
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QuoteOriginally posted by csa Quote
I didn't want this thread to turn into updating firmware. I simply explained why I could not use the PLM.

Thanks everyone, I really don't want to continue trying to defend my personal decision about the firmware.

Those that suggested lenses, my thanks! I won't be continuing this thread.

I hear you. Good luck with your decision.
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