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08-05-2009, 09:44 AM   #1
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Seeking options for upgrades

All,

I am in a position to upgrade my kit that currently contains:

DA 18-55 II (decently sharp)
and from my film days
M 80-200 4.5 (a bit soft)
m 50 1.7 (base line for sharpness)
Quanatray 70-300 (decent in sweet spots)
Rikenon 55 1.4 (Sharp)
Rexatar 135 2.8 (a bit soft)
Meyer 50 1.8 (a bit soft)

I am leaning towards moving to lenses that have been developed for digital sensors.

I have a tendency to shoot close for details, using either proximity or focal length to achieve desired image. Subjects will vary, but are predominately wildlife, plant life etc under natural light conditions.

Considering the current Pentax line and a budget of about 1000.00, what would you suggest.

Your suggestions are appreciated.

lane

08-05-2009, 10:56 AM   #2
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You could cover most of those film lenses with the 50-135mm f/2.8
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lane Quote
I have a tendency to shoot close for details, using either proximity or focal length to achieve desired image. Subjects will vary, but are predominately wildlife, plant life etc under natural light conditions.

Considering the current Pentax line and a budget of about 1000.00, what would you suggest.

Your suggestions are appreciated.

lane

I think a DA 35 ltd macro and a Tamron 70-200 f2.8 should take care of a lot of your requirements. You may be able to fit them both within your budget of $1000.

The DA35 ltd will handle your need for close details with its macro ability. It's also an extremely useful walk around lense for plants/flowers/people. The Tamron should handle most of your wildlife needs and give you the speed your used to having with your current lenses.
08-05-2009, 11:33 AM   #4
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Something in the 70-200mm range sounds like a usable length for you or perhaps 28-75mm

08-05-2009, 02:49 PM   #5
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Thank you for your suggestions.

I was considering acquiring a DA*16-50 and a DA 55-300 and later trading up to a DA*60-250 or just a DA*60-250. I had not considered acquiring any primes but I am open to persuasion.

Please keep the suggestions coming.

lane
08-05-2009, 03:20 PM   #6
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Seems for detail work, something like the DA35 is ideal, unless you'd prefer a long macro lens like D-FA100. But since you don't have anything remotely fast in the "normal" range, the DA35 is practically begging to be chosen. For wildlife, I'd be thinking 55-300 if you want more range/flexibility and to keep the combined cost blow $1000, but one of the 70-200/2.8's or the DA*300 could be worth spending more on if you want higher quality at the expense of range/flexibility (as well as the expense of actual money).
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Mark, would you change your recommendation if the parameter of shooting year round in the Pacific Northwest (read rain/snow conditions) was brought to the conversation?

I realize that compromise is always a factor in making a decision, but I maybe on a river, in the snow, at the coast, or tromping in the woods at any given time. So I may be looking for a "swiss army knife" solution where one does not exist.

I appreciate all of the input I have received and look forward to continued advice.

lane
08-05-2009, 08:56 PM   #8
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I suppose if I really expected to use it in the rain a lot, I might look at the 16-50 rather than the 35 macro, but you lose an awful lot of close focusing ability (and with it the ability to shoot the kind of detials I assume you might be referring to). It's not that big a deal to just cover the lens with a plastic bag while shooting, so weather sealing on the lens wouldn't trump other concerns. I also much prefer smaller lenses, and the DA35 is a fraction the size of the 16-50. But if size is not a concern, and weather sealing is, then the DA*300 or 60-250 would start to look that much better for wildlife, too.

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Marc, thanks for your thoughts.

When I speak of detail I am referring to the ability to do substantial cropping of an image. I have found that while a large image may be sharp the detailed components of the image are not clearly discernible when isolated. I do not always need to be in close proximity to the subject, in fact sometimes it is not possible. So I maybe confusing "detail" with sharpness.


Again thanks

Lane
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