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10-16-2009, 11:55 PM   #16
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The 50-135mm is very nice for portraits. Fast enough for sports photography, depending on how close you are. Really nice bokeh. Favorite lens right, but it's heavy!

10-17-2009, 02:33 AM   #17
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QuoteOriginally posted by sebberry Quote
I guess I am not going to get what I want in a DA* lens

I guess the next best thing would be to sell my 18-50 and 50-200 and get a DA 18-250...

I wanted weathersealing tho

That being said.. when would someone use the 50-135? Doesn't seem very flexible.
For fun, I often will take only one lens with me on a walk/ makes me look at things differently. No reason the 50-135 cannot be a solid choice. It's a matter of knowing your lens and how else will you get to know it unless you take it out and use it creatively.

Also if you want a wider coverage and WR there is always the 60-250...a fair bit more cash, but also a nice range for a nature walk/hike...

Me, when I had all my Canon gear I carried a 10-20, a 24-60, 55-250, as well as a 150-500 plus a 180mm Macro. I would pack them all if I did not know the area well or just felt like taking everything as well as the kitchen sink.

Right now I truly miss the 10-20 when I am out. I enjoy the 35, 43 & 77ltd's and only have a 24-60 zoom. Still I can find interesting things to shoot...even birds if I am patient enough.

I started with just a 40D and a kit 28-135 along with the 10-20mm...and guess what? They worked FINE and I had fun. Later I found I used the 55-250 more than others on hikes or even the zoo. So, I think if I were to choose a single Pentax lens it would be either the the 50-135 or the 60-250. Later consider adding a wide zoom when you can...and/or get a couple nice primes and use the old foot zoom. I will say I am in deep lust with the Pentax primes I have...but OTH I really miss the convenience of the zooms, which today are pretty dang sharp.

Oh, if you can live w/o WR then the 55-300 is a super looking lens from the sample shots I've seen around the web.

Last if you do decide on a heavier lens, invest in a good comfy neck strap...ONCE and only ONCE I lugged around my Bigmos (the Sigma 150-500) mounted to my 40D for 6hrs and lemme tell ya, that 4.2 lb. lens induced a fair amount of chafing...I was fine with the weight but I used a monopod off and on...the DA 60-250 is just under 2.75lbs so it's really not oppressively heavy if you are in fair condition.

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