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12-18-2008, 05:06 AM   #1
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Pentax 50-200mm? - 29.33

Hi,
Just a quick intro... Im pretty new to photography and have had the K100D super for about 4months.

Now...
I literally bought a Tamron 70-300mm yesterday but on looking at the Jessops site they have now reduced the Pentax 50-200mm to 29.33 which is amazing value.

Is it worth me buying that lense also?

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Samuel


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12-18-2008, 05:18 AM   #2
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I would have to say, "No". Almost a complete duplication of focal range. If you can still return the Tamron and you like the 50-200 better, then you might do that. But there would be little point to having both.
12-18-2008, 05:27 AM   #3
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they have now reduced the Pentax 50-200mm to 29.33
Damn that's cheap
This lens really has come down in price massively over the last year and a half.

Personally I quite like the DA50-200, but given you already have the tamron I'm not sure that you'd gain much by having both. I suspect that the extra reach of the tamron would mean that would be the one you'd reach for anyway if you did have both.
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Very Cheap! I might pop along and try out the pentax if i can find a store near me with it instock. But I can def. understand it being pointless as its basically the same focal range.

Hopefully i've helped somebody else out in there search for cheap lenses though!

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You should also look at sample images from both. There should be some from the Tamron in the Tamron Club thread. And you also have to consider the brightness of the lenses. What are the aperture ranges for the two?
12-18-2008, 06:24 AM   #6
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Wow, what a price!! However, filling your bag up with duplicate lenses may not make sense. I've been very happy with the 50-200, but I know nothing of the Tamron. The only reasons I could see for having both would be size or IQ. At that price, though, you could afford to buy the Pentax to take into situations where it might get damaged.
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It's a good price if you can actually get hold of one. I tried to order one at the previous (still very good) price from Jessops a couple of weeks ago, no matter what postcodes I tried no stores had any in stock, the local store I tried looked on their ordering system to find ~150 on back order and when I ordered online I got a call asking if I'd like to swap the order to a different item (the Tamron) as the Pentax lenses wouldn't be in "for a while".

If you can get hold of one at that price and the money's burning a hole in your pocket it might be worth it purely from a size point of view, if you're out and about it's a lot less lens to have to try to fit in a bag.
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Is size and weight important to you?

50-200 - Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 4 x 3.8 inches ; 9.1 ounces
70-300 - Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 4.1 x 4.1 inches ; 1.2 pounds

The Tamron is 10 ounces heavier than the Pentax. That may not matter to you, but think about how you shoot and if you'll be carrying around the weight, and if that is okay with you. The 50-200 is only marginally bigger and heavier than the 18-55 kit lens.

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I've actually just put an order in, it seems like a good carry around lens which doesn't matter to much if it gets knocked at that price.

Hopefully their supplier has enough stock for all the backorders.
12-18-2008, 09:55 AM   #10
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Wrong size listed... (but I definately would get it)

QuoteOriginally posted by alohadave Quote
Is size and weight important to you?

50-200 - Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 4 x 3.8 inches ; 9.1 ounces
70-300 - Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 4.1 x 4.1 inches ; 1.2 pounds

The Tamron is 10 ounces heavier than the Pentax. That may not matter to you, but think about how you shoot and if you'll be carrying around the weight, and if that is okay with you. The 50-200 is only marginally bigger and heavier than the 18-55 kit lens.
Hey dave,

I am not sure where you got those diminsions... but my DA 50-200 is about an Inch and a half shorter than my tammy
Length 3.1" (78.5mm)
Maximum Diameter 2.6" (66.5mm)

And you are right it is not much bigger than the kit 18-55

I would definately get it for that price. It does not have the PF problem of the 70-300 and the 50mm at the wide end is usually more important in my shots than the 300 at the long end.

I absolutely trust my DA 50-200... with the tamron I always have to think if PF will be a problem in the conditions I will be shooting.

Plus for that price, if you pick up a raynox 150 to stick on the end of the 50-200 you have a very nice psuedo macro lens.
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I have both the DA50-200 and the Quantaray-branded version of the Tamron 70-300. Since getting the 50-200, I hardly ever use the 70-300. The smaller size/weight makes a big difference to me both on the camera and in my bag, plus I find I shoot more in the 50-70 range than I did at 200-300. Realistically, when the 50-200 isn't really long enough, neither is the 70-300 (wildlife), so I settle for cropping, and that just so common or so much a problem that it outweights the other advantages of the 50-200.

Oh, as for maximum apertures and IQ, they are similar enough to not make any difference for me. Some get worked up about CA/PF issues on the 70-300, others about corner softness issues on the 50-200, but neither bother me much.
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