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03-28-2009, 10:13 PM   #1
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Compact telephoto options

Right now my walkaround consist of:
Tammy 28-75
DA 10-17 fisheye
FA 50
Raynox 250

I would like to add a compact telephoto to the kit. Right now I also have DA 50-200 and Super-Takumar 200, and IQ / user comfort wise I much prefer the takumar. The problem is that the Tak is huge and therefore hard to carry (although on the other hand the size is also part of my enjoyment in using I also have the Tak 135 and while the size is perfect, it's just not long enough. Is there any other option for a 180-200mm prime that is around the size of the da50-200? Right now the only option seem to be the M 150/3.5, and I'm afraid that might be too short still. Anotehr is the DA 55-300 but it's a bit out of my price range right now. If my search comes down to nothing I'd probably have to settle with the DA 50-200.

Edit: after I think about it a bit, da50-200 size is probably asking the impossible. Maybe tammy 28-75 size is fine (500 grams, 11 cm long)

All feedback appreciated =)

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03-29-2009, 10:41 AM   #2
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Well, the M200/4 is about the size of the 50-200 - fully extended, though. And twice the weight. And not that much better in IQ in my experience. Unless you need the extra stop of speed, I wouldn't choose it over the 50-200. But it's cheap and easy to find...
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If you can find/afford it, the voigtlander 180/4 is a great compact tele. Without the hood, it's shorter but a little wider than the tak 135mm. I plan on carrying this with my new 17-70/4 as my compact kit.
03-29-2009, 11:43 AM   #4

I am one of those guys...

I love my little 50-200 as the go-to lens for a quick hike or what ever... for size/weight vs performance... I don't think anything comes close.
I took that lens sledding a while back and here is the link to those shots... I guess I really should post them here in our forum (I thought I had)...

No Horse Open Sleigh

No horse open sleigh: Pentax SLR Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review

I have so many shots I like from the 50-200...

As far as primes, I agree with Marc... the 200 F4 is not bad at all.


If you might consider the DA 55-300

Length 4.4" (111mm) Maximum Diameter 2.8" (71mm) Weight 15.5 oz (440g


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