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10-19-2008, 05:16 PM   #1
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How would YOU complete this kit?

Just for fun, lets say you have a:
k10d + 16-45mm, 50 1.4, D-fa 100mm macro

How would you comeplete this kit.. and by complete I mean cover the telephoto end.
Tamron/Sigma 70-200mm?
Sigma 100-300mm?
Pentax 50-135mm?

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10-19-2008, 05:25 PM   #2
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55-300 for tele zoom.
10-19-2008, 05:31 PM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by alohadave Quote
55-300 for tele zoom.
That is a good inexpensive lens, and I could get some of it back by selling the 50 :-)

I'd take the Tamron/Sigma 70-200 over the 50-135 just from a focal-length choice.
10-19-2008, 05:33 PM   #4
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I'd probably pick something like the DA 300. But out of the three you have listed, I would pick the Sigma 70-200. It beats the Sigma 100 -300 on speed and for the difference in price you can afford a TC and the light loss. This would also make your kit more flexible.

10-19-2008, 05:42 PM   #5
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I'd go with one of the 70-200's and a TC. I'm assuming that since you listed the 3 choices you did that you can afford any of them, so I won't toot the 55-300 horn. Between the 70-200s and the 100-300, either one of the 70-200s are lighter than the 100-300, the Tamron being the lightest of the bunch.

If you're going to be doing a good bit of traveling, it wouldn't hurt to pick up one of the lighter weight telezooms like the 50-200 or 55-300, simply because of the weight issue.

10-19-2008, 05:48 PM   #6
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We have very similar kits (see my signature). I would do what I did do. I need 300mm minimum, because I like shooting wildlife. The 55-300mm works for me. When Pentax releases the 1.4X TC I'll buy one to go with my 100mm macro and 55-300mm.

What are you wanting to shoot with your telephoto lens?
10-19-2008, 06:02 PM   #7
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Well I did actually have a copy of the 55-300mm, and found that when I am shooting in the telephoto range I wanted something faster..
In hind sight I think that would elimiate the 100-300mm, but add the *300mm to the list lol.

I do like the idea of the 70-200mm and a tc though
10-19-2008, 06:14 PM   #8
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Depends on what I plan to shoot.

There's no point in getting more range if you don't find yourself using it (i.e. landscapes). There's also no point in getting a lens that reaches 300 but at f5.8 if speed is crucial, etc.

But if it was me with my current photography (mostly portraits), than I would get the 50-135 DA* (because it's great IQ in a range that's great for portraits)

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Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 or DA* 50-135 f/2.8.

Tamron has more reach, but the 50-135 is a just a tad sharper and noticeably smaller/lighter. Both are exceptional.

10-19-2008, 07:29 PM   #10
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For complete coverage, Sigma 50-500mm (aka bigma).

If looking for IQ only at shortish tele range then the Pentax DA* 50-135mm f2.8.

Speed and longer range then Tamron 70-200mm f2.8.

Cheapish telezoom Pentax DA 55-300mm.

Kind of depends on your budget I guess.

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because 200 and even 300 is a bit short for wildlife, so that leaves events/street for me.

For those I'd like a lens with a wider end, smaller and sealed.
10-19-2008, 11:06 PM   #12
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k10d plus
Pentax FA50/1.5
Pentax DA16-45
Pentax DA*50-135
Pentax DFA100 macro

This is a great setup imo. When you need the reach, 200mm isn't enough anyway. I'd rather have a much lighter and smaller lens which is weather sealed, and covers 50-70mm end too
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Out of the options you mentioned, I would be between 50-135 and 70-200. If you need reach then go for latter.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jsherman999 Quote

Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 or DA* 50-135 f/2.8.

Tamron has more reach, but the 50-135 is a just a tad sharper and noticeably smaller/lighter. Both are exceptional.

Or get both like Jay did...
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Yes my internal dilemma is what some of you have pointed out here.
That really the 50-135 does not give me much more reach, but even If i was to do wildlife I would need more than 200mm anywas...
I guess the only answer is to get a bunch of new lenses! lol
Thanks for the input everyone!

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