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04-16-2007, 12:31 PM   #1
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Telephoto to compliment

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I will be travelling to India at the beginning of next year, and I wish to purchase a reasonably priced (150-300USD) telephoto lens to compliment my DA 16-45mm lens... though I was considering saving up for a compact lens to replace both lenses - to make my backpacking easier and less conspicuous. I do not know much about fixed focal lengths, what would give me a good range for both landscape and portrait?

Much appreciated, I am a novice.


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04-16-2007, 01:33 PM   #2
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The Pentax 50-200 is reasonably priced and a good performer, for under $200 with rebates. Not super fast at f4-5.6. It is a tad sharper and 1/2 as bulky as my Sigma 70-300, about $219, which has the advantage of longer reach, and 1:2 macro capability in the 200-300mm range.
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If you are looking for just one lens for both situations (and speed is not an issue), you might want to try the Sigma 18-200 or 28-300. Don't know about the 18-200, but the 28-300 will produce a softer image.
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Make sure you got lots of slica gel packs to keep your camera stuff dry.

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Oh smarty smart! Didn't think of that, we will be catching the tail end of the monsoon season...
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Ardy, although I've only had really good results with my Sigma Lenses I have to admit that my old Pentax 80 - 200 f4.5 takes good pictures. Plus it weighs a lot less than my old Sigma 75 - 300 APO

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Make sure you got lots of slica gel packs to keep your camera stuff dry.

Thanks Pete, I won't be seeing any monsoons but I was wondering what to do when I go on a small Ocean trip on a sail boat next month.

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