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09-03-2009, 08:45 AM   #1
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I Really Need Some Advice!

So I sold all of my primes to to fund my purchase of the DA*16-50 and DA*50-135. I'm finding I don't use the 50-135 that much, and am thinking selling the 50-135 and buying the 77ltd and the Sigma 10-20. I mostly take portrait shots and have been doing a lot of hdr shooting, too. Am I going to give up that much if I lose the focal range? I am thinking 77mm is a nice focal length for a lot of my shooting needs, and 10mm to 50mm seems like a nice focal range for everything from hdr to candid street shooting.
Thanks for any advice.........

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The 77 is the first lens I bought; it's really great for portraits.

There are lots of people who love the 50-135. I think it's a fine lens, but the opportunities offered by having a zoom in my opinion is more than offset by the bulk of the lens and less flexibility in low light. Were I to chose between the two I'd give up the 50-135 right away.

Don't know about the Sigma. The Pentax 12-24 is a good lens.
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Thanks aaib - I agree. Just posted the lens in the marketplace. Though I never really minded the bulk. It's nice because the zoom is internal - it doesn't extend to change focal length. Definitely helps to keep the bulk down
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ari Quote
Thanks aaib - I agree. Just posted the lens in the marketplace. Though I never really minded the bulk. It's nice because the zoom is internal - it doesn't extend to change focal length. Definitely helps to keep the bulk down
I like the fact that it doesn't extend, but on the flip-side I wish it could've contracted a bit to fit in a bag a little better!

77mm is a great portrait length, plus it's very sharp so you can crop in place of zooming.

I had both the 50-135 and the 77 and ended up not bringing out the 50-135 because I preferred the 77 so much, so if you're like me, you're doing the right thing!

Good luck!

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If bulk is no issue i'd keep the 50-135 in a heart beat. I loathe weight so use the 77.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ari Quote
So I sold all of my primes to to fund my purchase of the DA*16-50 and DA*50-135. I'm finding I don't use the 50-135 that much, and am thinking selling the 50-135 and buying the 77ltd and the Sigma 10-20. I mostly take portrait shots and have been doing a lot of hdr shooting, too. Am I going to give up that much if I lose the focal range? I am thinking 77mm is a nice focal length for a lot of my shooting needs, and 10mm to 50mm seems like a nice focal range for everything from hdr to candid street shooting.
Thanks for any advice.........
I was considering this as well, but I haven't seriously used the 50-135mm yet. Either way, most of the pics I took with it are at 60-80mm range... I can see the 77mm "almost" slab dab right in the middle. Not only that, but the 77mm is much more discrete and people aren't nearly as bothered with it as the 50-135mm pointed at them.
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When I travel light, if I am not expecting to do wildlife, I go with the sigma 10-20, the tamron 28-75F2.8 and then one prime. Right now it is split between the vivitar 85mm F1.4 (and 1.7xAF TC) or my SMC 135 F2.5

I do this because If I want the length i can use it, but the two zooms are the 90% work horses

the 10-20 is a great travel lens.
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Thanks to everyone for their advice. I sold the 50-135 and it is about to be sent on it's way to a new home in CT. I am sure it will enjoy taking beautiful pictures of the New England scenery. It was kind of sad when I packed it up; it was the first lens I think I truly fell in love with (I was never really thrilled with the focal length of my 31ltd). My 77ltd is on it's way.....I had to borrow the money from myself to fund the balance of the purchase (it's amazing how painful a mixture lba and impatience is). Hopefully my other sales on the marketplace will go through before something usleless and unimportant like my rent check comes due. But I think I actually dreamed I saw the lovely men at B&H pack my new lens last night...........

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But I think I actually dreamed I saw the lovely men at B&H pack my new lens last night...........
Sounded like a nightmare...
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Sounded like a nightmare...

They are a strange bunch, those B&H boys........
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