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05-24-2007, 08:54 PM   #1
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Have K10D, what zoom-telephoto is best?

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What zoom-telephoto for the K10D is best to shoot wildlife for under $1,000?

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05-24-2007, 09:13 PM   #2
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I'm going to guess most people will say the SigmaEX 50-500. Check out posts by a user named the_hotel over at depreview in the pentax forums for some great examples of this lens.

Its right at your max price point though (~$1000), not sure if that matters for you or not.


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Assuming you are talking US $$ the Sigma 50-500 (Bigma) has received rave reviews here and elsewhere.

Edit - Too Slow on response Palmor beat me to it
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Thank you both.

For the same $$ about $1,000 to $1,200, does it make sense to wait for the new DA* 300m F4? Or forego prime lens for zoom to 500mm?

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What about the DA* 60-250? Not sure if that would be too short for wildlife though (I wish it was a 100-300). With that in mind, I've always heard great things about the Sigma EX 100-300 f4, but that's $1099 (B&H). I guess it depends on how far you really want to reach. For birding I'd definitely say the Sigma 50-500 ($999) or something with that sort of reach. For other types of wildlife it's hard to say. You could also go with a little cheaper lens, say the Sigma 170-500 ($769) or 135-400 ($589) and add a 1.4x or 1.7x extender
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QuoteOriginally posted by rdrum76 Quote
Thank you both.

For the same $$ about $1,000 to $1,200, does it make sense to wait for the new DA* 300m F4? Or forego prime lens for zoom to 500mm?

Thanks
No expert here but mutedphotos offered some reasonable alternatives. If you don't need the quiet, low aperture (=<f4) , and fast AF what has been offered here for suggestions would suit your needs I think.

However if you are filming a day in the life of a Cheetah at night in Africa - speed , low light performance and noise become serious attributes for consideration

As for primes vs zooms that is a personal preference - fans on both sides - truly your preference (my opinion for wildlife Zoom would be more convienient if nothing else)

I think the biggest issues with any of the DA* is

1) Unproven performance (although some have seen test shots) Beta and initial production release can be completely different – That said I think most are convinced it will be a star set of lenses (pun intended) and a winner

2) No firm release dates (Summer, Fall , Winter 07, Q1 '08, etc). If you are in no rush might very well be worth the wait. Depending on what type of wildlife you are shooting 300mm might be a tad short.

Easy as pie to make a decision eh ? hahah good luck
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