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07-26-2009, 11:45 PM   #1
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A, B, or C - what say you?

i got rid of my lens kit 28 -80, now i have M50 1.7, and 80-320. I want an everyday/take-with-all-over lens and tele lens but im having a difficulty making up my mind. I was hoping to get some opinions as to why one would get A, or B, or C over the other. Here are the options that I've managed to narrow down to:

A) DA 35 and FA 77 - i like the primes, easy to carry around and i want a FA limited and i'll keep the 80-320

B) FA 31 and 50-135 or Sigma 70-200 - this would fill my FA req, tele- both f2.8, bout same price and i'd get rid of my 80-320 f4

C) Tamron 28-75 and Sigma 70-200 - thought its a good alternative w/o an FA but both at f2.8, the range of the focal length made sense.

Eventually I'd probably add an ultra wide with the arsenal, DA 14 perhaps.

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Can't go wrong with any of these choices - all are great lenses.
You'll have to decide whether you want the versatility of zooms or the unrivalled rendition of the primes.

What do you shoot? Do you need the telephoto range? Do you need it up to 200mm?
You could probably limit your choices down quite easily if you analysed your preferences...

Having said that, the 50-135 is one great lens, many of the owners saying they either don't need the FA 77, or they don't use it as much now that they have the 50-135...
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I think that's the reason why I'm having trouble making up my mind, "versatility of zooms or the unrivalled rendition of the primes."

Do i need 200mm? i've been walking around with the 50 and there are times i wished i had the 320 with me. When people on the forum ask what do you shoot, my answer is usually everything. I just like shooting in general. I guess, im just starting out and not sure what or how I particularly shoot things?? Landscape, portrait, candid street, close up.... i like 'em all, is that an answer?
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If you can get close enough to all your subjects to not need more than 135mm, I'd go with the 50-135 and the 31ltd. The 31ltd just cannot be beat, though it's not going to be wide enough for all your landscapes.

If you've got the budget, you can get the 31ltd as well as another wide selection, like the DA 12-24, or if you don't need it that wide, you can just get the DA* 16-50 instead of the 31ltd, coupled with your 50-135, you'll have very capable coverage...

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I'm with Ash on this one.
Personaly I have both 31 and *50-135,, but I have yet to take them out together. I was even thinking coupling 50-135 with DA40 simply because of weight. Anyway back to you...
I had Tamron 70-200 too, opticaly great lens but I never paired it with 31. Because of it's size and weight, I always took 40 as wider option to it. And 40 and 70-200 do make a great couple for sure.
50-135 vs 70-200? tough call. 200 is really usefull in the nature but for city the 50 is simply better choice. IQ wise (Tammy vs DA*) there isn't much to tell those 2 apart and I've read that Sigma is no slouch either. But after my experiences I think I'd stick with Pentax glass. for longer reach just get 1.5 TC, for the DA*.

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thanks for your opinions.

budget wise i'm not sure i can get the wider lens until way later on if i end up getting the 31 ltd and a tele.

as for using the 40 and a 50-135/70-200, its something to consider or even 21. it would be better in price too.
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i'd get b.

the 31ltd will only appreciate in cost.
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35ltd and 77ltd is a hard combo to beat. As much as I love my 31, frankly the 77 is the "magic" lens of the bunch. If I had to sell all but one lens I'd keep the 77 even though the 31 is a more flexible FOV.

Or just do like I do and have 31/35/43/77 and 50-135.

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How about writing your three pairings on separate pieces of paper and putting them in a hat.
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Or just do like I do and have 31/35/43/77 and 50-135.
and what am i gonna have for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the next 10 years?

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How about writing your three pairings on separate pieces of paper and putting them in a hat.
You can't really lose.
i've tried kinda, wrote them on a piece of paper, highlighted my final decision and end up doing it all over again. i think i'll just pick one pairing at the store, pay and go.

and i thought i was having problems picking out which body to get.
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depends on what you like, primes or zooms...i have the same problem and can't decide, so i have 35/77 and sigma 24-60/70-200...good luck
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I think option two sounds really good (to my uses) but IMHO it's different for everyone.

You already got a nice general use lens (31mm= 47mm so very close to the normal 43mm). then you got a nice portrait/ event shooting lens with the 50-135mm.
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I'd be careful...35 is still not wide....you might need a 16 something... If over 16 is what you need...then the 31, 50-135 is the way to go. I have the 35 and the 50-135. I'd ditch my 35 and a lens or two for a near new 31.... I just find the macro is too close to the subject.....although the rest of the shots are great.
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I have both the 16-50 and 50-135 and except for birding, wildlife, race cars, etc., they cover everything from landscape on. Just have a good fanny pack or back pack to carry the extra lens' weight. If you go the prime route you'll need a 15, 35, 55, 77, 100, 135, and a bigger back pack.
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I have your option C

Tamron 28-75 and Sigma 70-200.

You need to address the below 28mm.

whether you go for option C or to a DA16-50 and 50-135 is a function of whether you eed the long end the 70-200 (plus at some point I assume a TC)

If you don;t need a long option, the 16-50 plus 50-135 may be better, and then get an ultra wide, i.e. 10-20 or 12-24, or 10-17

I have the 10-20, and this leaves a gap, that I fill with an FA-J 18-35
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