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11-05-2009, 10:59 AM   #1
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Next lens to buy?

Hi there,

I bought the:
Pentax SMC-DA 18-55/3,5-5,6 AL WR
Pentax SMC-DA 55-300/4,0-5,8 ED
just to have something to play around with when buying the new K-7. I'm pretty pleased with them but I'd like to start building up a bit better collection of lenses. My main interests are people in motion and portraits. Both indoor and outdoor. The reason behind choosing zooms were that I travel a lot and don't like switching lens often but... maybe it's not that wise when I in the same time want good IQ.

I was thinking of Pentax SMC-DA* 50-135/2,8 ED SDM mainly because it's a better quality zoom then the ones I have and are better when it comes to portraits. But then I've also read a lot about Pentax nice primes, the limiteds. What would more experienced photographers recommend? Are the primes a better way to go then a better zoom? I'm grateful for all advice.

Regards, Christian
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11-05-2009, 11:23 AM   #2
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Welcome and your English is just fine Christian. I can certainly recommend the DA*50-135 as it is a terrific medium zoom lens. The IQ is excellent and on my K20D the AF is pretty fast and accurate. It also works well in low light.
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I used to own the DA* 50-135. It was my favorite lens and still is although I no longer have it, I will eventually buy another one someday.
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How about the Sigma 17-70mm /2.8-4.5. not DA* but has a respectable range and macro (more or less) and the reviews are very positive. Plus its probably cheaper than the DA* 50-135.

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Since you already have the two zooms, how about a DA 70/2.4? Very good portrait lens, fairly fast AF. It might actually be my next purchase to replace the FA 77/1.8 I traded with LeDave (for his 50-135, see two posts above).
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A set of the FA Limiteds?
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QuoteOriginally posted by mba1971 Quote
How about the Sigma 17-70mm /2.8-4.5. not DA* but has a respectable range and macro (more or less) and the reviews are very positive. Plus its probably cheaper than the DA* 50-135.
Specifically for portraits, it also depends the look you want to create with them.
Full- or 3/4-body portraits, something like a 17-70 may be useful, but the DA* 16-50 would be even better.

From 1/2 body portraits up, the 50-135 will be all you'd ever want. Many owners of this lens praise it for being as good as the DA 70 and FA 77 ltds. I have the FA 77, and won't give that one up, but I'm sure I wouldn't be left wanting with a 50-135 either.
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How about a few old manual primes to get the hang of different individual focal lengths?

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You have two zooms so buy a fast prime. I recommend the FA77.
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Thanks a lot for your answers guys,

I guess I'll just flip a coin... writing FA 77 Limited on one side and DA* 50-135 on the other...

I really like the looks on the 77, maybe even the silver on my black K-7, and the IQ seems to be amazing when looking on samples. But the weather sealing on the DA* are attractive and having the availability to zoom a bit are nice.

It's hard. Thanks again for your time.
Regards, Christian

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