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12-22-2008, 12:48 AM   #1
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Lens for wildlife??

I got a great christmas present!! K20D

Now I am excited to spend my own money on a good lens.

What are some lenses you use for wildlife; most of the pic's will be big game species in colo of course. Some will be in low light. Deer, Elk, Turkey are some good examples of the species i have photographed.

I can spend up to around 500.00. I saw the DA18-250 but the review's say their is some issues at the furthest reaches.

What other brands do you guy's use?

Thanks for your input

12-22-2008, 01:09 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum, a cheap option would be to buy a 200mm Super Tak seeing as you have a 2x Converter. It depends how good your MF is. I would also suggest a tripod, no good having the range if you also get blurring.
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Got the tripod as well. forgot.
12-22-2008, 09:31 AM   #4
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Pentax SMCP-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED Autofocus for $299 at B&H. Much better performance (than 18-250) for wildlife on a budget.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ivoire Quote
Pentax SMCP-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED Autofocus for $299 at B&H. Much better performance (than 18-250) for wildlife on a budget.
I have both lenses and I definitely agree. The 55-300mm is sharper at the long end, faster and has better reach. The 18-250 is an appealing lens but does not compare with the 55-300mm for this use.
12-22-2008, 12:53 PM   #6
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Welcome to the forum, my guess would be, the longer the better, especially if the thing you want to photograph eats people.

Remember there's lots of good manual focus secondhand glass out there.
12-22-2008, 03:09 PM   #8
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I also suggest the 55-300m.. good price and good results.

This should compliment your kit lens.


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Another vote for DA 55-300
But - if you don't mind MF - have a look at Pentax A 400mm F/5.6. Should be within your bugdet.

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