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04-15-2009, 10:48 AM   #1
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FA*80-200/2.8 or DA*50-135/2.8?

I have this problem:
I have the FA*80-200/2.8 which I really like for the sake of it's IQ (as everybody knows) but it's heavy.
Lately I've been doing more portraits and I'm lacking in 51-79mm focal length for my lens collection.
The DA*50-135 seems good for portrait (50-85mm) and lighter (but I don't know how much lighter in real world experience. Is it tiring to handhold for long period?)
I have the DA*16-50m, FA43Ltd or F50/1.4 also but often I need to get tighter photo.
With FA*80-200, sometimes I can do by backing up a bit but my hand is always shaking because of the weight. Well, I'm not a big guy either

I'd love to get FA77Ltd one day but for now I'm looking for a zoom for convenience.

So, if you already had FA*80-200, will you still buy the DA*50-135?

Thanks,

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Always depends on your financial situation, but those 2 zooms can co-exist happily in an owner's bag since they overlap but not completely.

Weight-wise, the 50-135 is a great lens for carrying around; not too heavy and not too long.
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I have both a Tamron 70-200 2.8 and the 50-135... i rarely use the 50-135. The Tamron is bigger, heavier, and slower, but it has great IQ and gives me more reach, which I always seem to need... If I were you I would be looking at the Tamron 28-75 f2.8 or the Sigma 24-70 f2.8.
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QuoteOriginally posted by HermanLee Quote
I have this problem:
I have the FA*80-200/2.8 which I really like for the sake of it's IQ (as everybody knows) but it's heavy.
Lately I've been doing more portraits and I'm lacking in 51-79mm focal length for my lens collection.
The DA*50-135 seems good for portrait (50-85mm) and lighter (but I don't know how much lighter in real world experience. Is it tiring to handhold for long period?)
I have the DA*16-50m, FA43Ltd or F50/1.4 also but often I need to get tighter photo.
With FA*80-200, sometimes I can do by backing up a bit but my hand is always shaking because of the weight. Well, I'm not a big guy either

I'd love to get FA77Ltd one day but for now I'm looking for a zoom for convenience.

So, if you already had FA*80-200, will you still buy the DA*50-135?

Thanks,

I would actually go a different direction perhaps, but it is your money.

I would get either a tamron 28-75 or sigma 24-70 since they suite your shooting, and then keep the 70-200 for when you need it.

It is all about a complete system, and you need to consider the ranges you shoot

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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
I would actually go a different direction perhaps, but it is your money.

I would get either a tamron 28-75 or sigma 24-70 since they suite your shooting, and then keep the 70-200 for when you need it.

It is all about a complete system, and you need to consider the ranges you shoot
isnt that what I said?? and I only have 4070 less posts than you
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didn't see your post.

basic point is that the OP is ow at a position where he needs to plan his entire system, it is easy to recommend lenses out of the blue, but wherre do they fit into what he/she wants in the end
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Always depends on your financial situation, but those 2 zooms can co-exist happily in an owner's bag since they overlap but not completely.

Weight-wise, the 50-135 is a great lens for carrying around; not too heavy and not too long.
Thanks for the info, Legacyb4.
Man, I envy your FA*85/1.4 That's one lens that I definitely want to have one day

QuoteOriginally posted by mrt10x Quote
I have both a Tamron 70-200 2.8 and the 50-135... i rarely use the 50-135. The Tamron is bigger, heavier, and slower, but it has great IQ and gives me more reach, which I always seem to need... If I were you I would be looking at the Tamron 28-75 f2.8 or the Sigma 24-70 f2.8.
Yes, this comes to my consideration too. The new Sigma 24-70 HSM for Pentax seems really nice. I wonder when they will have it available and the price.
Mrt10x, what do you use the Tamron 70-200 mainly for? Is it for portrait or something else?


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..., it is easy to recommend lenses out of the blue, but wherre do they fit into what he/she wants in the end
Wise word.
I like the 28-75 focal length but I think the 50-135 reach is better for my style.
My main concern is weight. If only FA*80-200 is a little bit less heavier, I won't try to get another zoom for portrait.
I will not sell my FA* 80-200 though even if I get the 50-135. Maybe I'll just sell my other lens. The FA*80-200 is too good for a lens especially at 200mm.
I can put it in the same level of primes.
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I use the 70-200 mostly for landscape and wildlife photography. I see your point about how the lens would fit your needs as opposed to mine Maybe the 50-135 would be the perfect lens, it is about 30% smaller than most 70-200/80-200's. For portraits I use my 31mm ltd and Sigma 100 Macro.

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Yes, this comes to my consideration too. The new Sigma 24-70 HSM for Pentax seems really nice. I wonder when they will have it available and the price.
May 2nd and $900.

You should keep your 80-200. A lot of folks seem to use 70-200/2.8 for portraits outdoors (you have to be pretty far away) for the DOF. The 50-135 is a smaller lens that should be good for studio/portrait work as well.
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Thanks for the info, Legacyb4.
Man, I envy your FA*85/1.4 That's one lens that I definitely want to have one day
Just keep an eye on eBay. Mine got stolen a few weeks ago, so it might show up there. Who knows?
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i've been using my 50-135 for portraits lately. nice lens for that.
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The 50-135 is brutally sharp and is in the perfect range for portraits.
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I had the 50-135 and it was really a outstanding lens. But if it were me I'd go for the FA 77mm LTD. Either that or save up and get the FA* 85mm. I just got it at it's quickly becoming my favorite lens, and I haven't even used it for portraits just yet.
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Just keep an eye on eBay. Mine got stolen a few weeks ago, so it might show up there. Who knows?
How was it stolen? I think we should have a section on this forum for putting serial# of stolen lens/cameras.
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Just keep an eye on eBay. Mine got stolen a few weeks ago, so it might show up there. Who knows?
Sorry to hear that, Yves.
The one who stole it must be desperately want that particular lens

I hope you have insurance for it.
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