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09-05-2009, 06:53 PM   #1
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new to the camera world

so i am just starting out and i am wanting to get a couple of lens i have a pentex K200D DSLR i was just not sure on the lens i want one that takes real close photos and one that will take photos fare away not sure what they are called could someone help please


09-05-2009, 07:06 PM   #2
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Lisa, welcome to the forum.
Sorry if I don't quite get your question, but I gather that you're looking for a macro lens (for close-focusing and shooting things in life-size) as well as a telephoto lens (that helps to pull objects far away in close).

Pentax has a range of options for each, depending on how much you want to spend:
Macro? Pentax FA or D-FA 50mm f/2.8 macro, or Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro, or Pentax FA or D-FA 100mm f/2.8 macro, or Sigma 70mm or 105mm f/2.8 macro

Telephoto? Pentax DA 55-300 (a very good lens), Tamron or Sigma 70-300mm (OK), and many others that are a lot more expensive...

Hope this helps.
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i have found this lens and am not to sure if it would be ok 500mm Zoom Lens for Pentax K10D K20D K100D K110D K200D - eBay Digital Camera Lenses, Lenses, Photographic Accessories, Cameras. (end time 07-Sep-09 20:40:38 AEST)

and thanks for all the different types yes that is what i was after i am just not to sure which to get but they are what i was looking for

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09-05-2009, 08:17 PM   #4
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You don't really want that 500mm lens. I have a similar version of it. It really is a special purpose lens and not that good at that. I use it but the image quality is inferior and it's hard to handle. Ash made some very good suggestions. Go with them. Based on your statements of need, you should get a macro lens (in the 90-100mm range is good) and a telephoto zoom (the DA 55-300 is a wonderful lens), if you want to save a bit the DA 50-200 is a good first tele zoom that give excellent pictures for the price.

I'm assuming that you have some kind of basic lens like the kit lens DA 18-55 or something like that. If not that's where you should get a good lens like in that range for every day usages. The DA 17-70 and DA*16-50 are a couple of great lenses (not cheap). Tamron makes a 17-50 f2.8 lens that's quite good as well.

Honestly, if you are just starting out and have the Pentax 18-55mm kit lens, I'd suggest that you learn to use it and your camera before getting more lenses. It's a good kit lens and produces nice pictures. Once you've become familar with it and all the controls, you would be more able to make decisions about addtiional lenses. Good luck.


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That is a 500mm mirror lens... very hard to use unless you know what you're doing imo. If you're still a beginner using a zoom lens would be recommended (that lens you posted wasn't a real zoom lens as the focal length is constant at 500mm; people tend to confuse zoom with telephoto)
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I'm assuming you already got a DA18-55 with the camera. In which case, for telephoto (making distant objects appear closer), I'd recommend the DA50-200 as a great partner to the 18-55. And for macro (taking extreme closeups of things), I'd recommend buying a Raynox 150 to use with your 50-200. Total cost for the two together would be around $200-$250.
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I agree with Marc, the Pentax DA 50-200 or the DA55-300 are both very good lens for the price and will give you give you good telephoto capability (i.e birds and other distant objects).

Lisa, keep an eye on our Market section and you may see these or other good lens for your purpose. You will be able to get good information on a lens before purchase as well.
Or you could list what you want in the Items Wanted section of the Market place and perhaps somebody can help you out.
It is a bit more reliable than Ebay (perhaps)

Best of luck

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