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10-17-2009, 08:36 PM   #16
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I have a slightly different setup:
12-24mm f/4
17-70mm f/4
50-135mm f/2.8
55-300mm f/4-5.8

The 17-70 is an excellent multi-purpose lens that stays on the camera most of the time for general purpose shooting. The extra zoom out to 70mm is very useful and the fixed f/4 is nice. I've shot with it in the rain, holding an umbrella over it sitting on a tripod so it only had light misty dampness and it worked fine.
The 12-24 supplements for extra wide angles.

The 50-135 is good for the faster aperture both in & outdoors +selective focus f/x.
The 55-300 gives the extra telephoto reach when needed, mainly outdoors due to the limiting aperture at the far end. Still considering at some point to upgrade it to the 60-250 f/4, but $$$ makes it harder to justify unless I get more work that uses it regularly.

Plus, all these lenses (in their pouches) and a K20D w/ grip and P-TTL flash fit nicely in a LowePro Flipside 300 backpack.

10-17-2009, 10:08 PM   #17
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I really want the DA* 16-50, but the price of a used DA 16-45/f4 is soooo much cheaper and I hear that the optics and IQ is just as good as the DA* 16-50, sure it won't have SDM or weather sealing but the price is more than twice as cheap for the IQ. It's only F/4 compared to 2.8 but I don't know, we will see. Because if I do get the 16-45, that leaves extra money for a used Sigma 10-20 also, I could get both for just the price of the DA* 16-50 alone.

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