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06-09-2009, 08:52 PM   #16
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I faced the same dilema months ago and decided to go with the DA*50-135 because I wanted a lens for indoor events (gymnasium, swimming pool, arenas) and of course portrait. I am so glad I bought this lens. It's the perfect lens for my use.

Now consider this. Before APS-C, people used to buy 70-200 for portrait and indoor events. With the arrival of digital cameras with APS-C captors and 1,5 crop factor, people should now be looking for 50-135 range since it is the equivalent to 70-200 on a FF camera. I am always surprise when I hear people saying we should keep buying 70-200 when in fact it becomes the equivalent of a 100-300 on APS-C.

Now, if you want to shoot outdoor sport events, consider the DA*200. Again, for years people have been using 300mm f/2.8 for these kind of events, which is the same as the DA*200 with the crop factor. Considering the quality of this prime lens, you can even use it with a 1.7X adapter and it becomes a 340mm f/4.5, the equivalent of a 510mm f/4.5 on FF. Tis combinaison is not ideal but good enough if you want to do a little bit of wildlife.

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06-09-2009, 08:58 PM   #17
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Well, he uses a Canon and I think Marc is right. Thanks for the replies and sorry for my spasms. I just want to MAKE SURE that i get the lens I would use the most and now I am all aboard for the 50-135mm. If it isn't enough range, i will either get the DA* 200mm or a Sigma 100-300mm. Thanks for all your input! (I still need a flash and a 16-50mm now lol)
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Having recently tried the DA* 60-250mm f/4, I have to say I definitely feel it is superior to the DA* 50-135mm and definitely more versatile in terms of zoom range. Pretty light weight too.
So I'd suggest you don't rule out this very sharp lens.

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