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05-25-2009, 08:21 PM   #16
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I have both lenses and will be keeping both of them also. However, I almost gave up on the 50-135 and Pentax in general at one point - I had both an early K10 and early 50-135. It was not a good combination. It would focus just fine most of the time, then miss focus significantly. I was completely frustrated because things would be so inconclusive when I shot focus charts or walls or test shots. I ended up selling the camera and getting the K20. That's worked out much better. The lens still back-focuses a bit, but I usually only notice it when I'm shooting comparison shots with the 77 (which is spot-on) as the other lens.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Fred2726 Quote
Now thats a thought! A lot of time I could use something wider than the 50. I rarely shoot wide angle, but 35mm would be great.
because that's what I did. I use both FA35mm and 77ltd much much more than the FA50.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Fred2726 Quote
I definately think the DA* 50-135 is my go to lens as well. Sharpest zoom i've ever owned as well (had a Vivitar 70-200 f3.5 that was sharp too). I mostly shoot portraits.

I think that exploring more of the pro and cons here might just justify me keeping the DA*50-135!

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You will regret selling this beauty.

Dude if you have kids and stuff the 77 limited is awsome for portriats. If you have kids who are active and in sports the 50 135mm is awsome. Especially useful when mother nature likes to catch us off guard with a rainstorm. Yup she is an unpridicibal one. Even the weather man gets caught off guard by her.

Let's see with the 50 135mm you have little worry about rain or snow or even wet snow this jewel is weather sealed.

The 77 limited is awsome when it comes to portrits, and family moments, colour and speed are awsome.

So hard to choose, hey why not keep the 50 135 and just buy the 77 limited. That way friend you can have you're cake and eat it too. That is what I did, and I do not regret my choice.

One photo I have taken of our daughter out in winter, it was crappy dark skies and like 6:00 and the photo blows me away 50 135 is way awsome. You will regret selling such a fine jewel.

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The 50-135 is one of the best zooms you can buy, if I had one, I'd never sell it. I'd rather save up and have both.
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no because zooms suck pentax is all about primes baby.
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I have the FA 77mm Limited, but I still dumped my DA* 50-135mm for a FA 135mm f/2.8. I might get it again in the future but so far I have absolutely no regrets letting it go...
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how much are u selling it for

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Fred,
I think you would regret selling the 50-135. Don;'t have it myself but had the K10 and now the K20. lenses are Tamron 18-250 plus smaller primes, notably DA35, FA50, DA21 and even a DA300.

With the K20, the 18-250 seems so much more alive and sharp than it did with the K10, feels like a new lens somehow. Its not possible to have a prime for every application. So the K18-250 is my goto lens for general walk around. I much prefer IQ quality of DA35 and DA50, but have sold some 24" by 36" prints from my 18-250 and K10. Where i use the zoom most often is in the 70mm to 120mm area. (I doubt that my zoom is anywhere as good as yours)

For that reason, i think you'd regret giving up that better zoom of yours. save up for an inexpensive K20 in another 6 months and you'll be wowed all over again.

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Fred,
I think you would regret selling the 50-135. Don;'t have it myself but had the K10 and now the K20. lenses are Tamron 18-250 plus smaller primes, notably DA35, FA50, DA21 and even a DA300.

With the K20, the 18-250 seems so much more alive and sharp than it did with the K10, feels like a new lens somehow. Its not possible to have a prime for every application. So the K18-250 is my goto lens for general walk around. I much prefer IQ quality of DA35 and DA50, but have sold some 24" by 36" prints from my 18-250 and K10. Where i use the zoom most often is in the 70mm to 120mm area. (I doubt that my zoom is anywhere as good as yours)

For that reason, i think you'd regret giving up that better zoom of yours. save up for an inexpensive K20 in another 6 months and you'll be wowed all over again.

Phil
Phil, I think you might be right. Maybe the k20 would bring the 50-135 alive. Had a photo shoot the other day with it and when it nails the focus, it blows me away. Just sometimes inconsisant.

Thanks for all the input,
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If you're selling, we could need a another one in this household...
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