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08-12-2019, 07:52 AM - 1 Like   #16
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The DA 55-300 is sometimes close to your budget, one recently was listed for $120 in the marketplace. The DA-L version is similar but the lack of a hood and quickshift is annoying. The F 70-210 is ok but in my copies of these two lenses it exhibits more purple fringing.

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QuoteOriginally posted by UncleVanya Quote
The DA 55-300 is sometimes close to your budget, one recently was listed for $120 in the marketplace. The DA-L version is similar but the lack of a hood and quickshift is annoying.
An aftermarket hood for the DA-L costs around $2, so I wouldn't be too fussed about that. I agree that QS is certainly a feature worth paying a bit more for, if the budget will go that far. (There's also the factor that the DA-L has a plastic mount whereas the DA has a metal one, which is likely to be more durable.)

But to put that in perspective, none of the F or FA telephoto zooms and none of the third party telephoto zooms has QS. The absence of QS is one reason why the Sigma, the Tamron and the DA-L are all cheaper than the DA 55-300.

A workaround for the absence of QS is to press the lens release button and focus manually. Not ideal, but many people use this technique.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Des Quote
An aftermarket hood for the DA-L costs around $2, so I wouldn't be too fussed about that. I agree that QS is certainly a feature worth paying a bit more for, if the budget will go that far. (There's also the factor that the DA-L has a plastic mount whereas the DA has a metal one, which is likely to be more durable.)

But to put that in perspective, none of the F or FA telephoto zooms and none of the third party telephoto zooms has QS. The absence of QS is one reason why the Sigma, the Tamron and the DA-L are all cheaper than the DA 55-300.

A workaround for the absence of QS is to press the lens release button and focus manually. Not ideal, but many people use this technique.
I actually purchased Pentax-F 35-70 and - F 70-210 for a whopping 75.00 for the pair.

I wasn't looking for anything spectacular. I just wanted something that could produce keeper images on the cheap. These lenses will be used sparingly. I rarely shoot with zoom lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kevinWE Quote
I actually purchased Pentax-F 35-70 and - F 70-210 for a whopping 75.00 for the pair.
I wasn't looking for anything spectacular. I just wanted something that could produce keeper images on the cheap. These lenses will be used sparingly. I rarely shoot with zoom lenses.
Sounds like a recipe for cheap fun. Enjoy them.

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QuoteOriginally posted by kevinWE Quote
I actually purchased Pentax-F 35-70 and - F 70-210 for a whopping 75.00 for the pair.

I wasn't looking for anything spectacular. I just wanted something that could produce keeper images on the cheap. These lenses will be used sparingly. I rarely shoot with zoom lenses.
Sounds like you got a couple good lenses for a song. Well done.
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Late to the show, but I would have suggested a generation one 17-70 Sigma for the "short end" - love mine = cheap and very sharp, if a little on the larger size.
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My suggestion for the Tamron is Pentax F 70-210mm f4.0-5.6
I second this... My pa has one, not a bad lens for the coin. Seriously punches well above itís weight.
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The main advantage of the 35-70 in my eyes is the extremely fast and accurate autofocus. Which kinda messes with my mind since it isn't exactly a bright aperture lens.

Simply a great walkaround lens you don't have to worry about too much.

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