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11-25-2009, 08:43 PM   #1
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Sold lens ... now need advice on what I need

I recently sold two lenses: Sigma 100-300 F4 and Sigma 10-20 (the old type)!
Now, I am realizing that perhaps I did it too quickly ... but that's OK and the buyers are happy, and I find myself in a situation where I am "short" at a few focal lenghts!

I presently have:

DA*16-50 2.8
FA 50 F1.4
Zeiss T*Planar 85/1.4
DA*300 F4.
(I also have a DA 18-250 but will be given to my son for XMas ... it is a promised gift).

So ... here I am, missing the focal lenghts (big gap I would like to fill) from 85mm to 300mm!
I just spent quite a bit of $$ of equipment of all sorts and I am wondering if anyone has any suggestion(s) in either the "new" or "used" market for lenses fitting between 85-300mm. Of course, I'd rather stick with quality glass because I am getting used to my "fav's" as described above.

Any help would be appreciated!

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The 50-135/2.8 DA* might be a nice fit with the rest of your lineup.
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Hi Hathyk,
Yes I have heard and read a lot about the DA*50-135 but I am a bit scared about this recurring SDM problem(s) on the DA*'s.
I did in fact have a problem with my DA*16-50, which had to be replaced. Fortunately, all is well now; and the DA*300 seems to be OK this far ... fingers crossed.
Given that I would get this 50-135mm ... it still leaves me out in the 135-300 range!
What to do?!
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So, I have just browsed a bit and here are some of the finds:

DA*50-135 F2.8 (missing a large focal range from 135 to 300)
DA*60-250 F4 (very expensive ... quality?) another "SDM" but versatile.
Tamron 70-200 F2.8 which seems like a very good candidate.
Sigma 70-200 F2.8 which was compared to the Tamron but ... not sure.
Carl-Zeiss Jenazoom 75-200 F3.8 (where can anyone ever find that?!)

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"Tamron 70-200 F2.8 which seems like a very good candidate."

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"Tamron 70-200 F2.8 which seems like a very good candidate."

Thanks Raybo.
I am seeing more good reviews about this lens.
Do you own one or have you ever tried one?
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QuoteOriginally posted by jpzk Quote
Thanks Raybo.
I am seeing more good reviews about this lens.
Do you own one or have you ever tried one?
JP
I do have a copy!

The only thing I don't like about the lens is the AF/MF "switch", it's push/pull and you have to get use to it.
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I would agree, Get the Tamron. the comments about it are positive and it's SD, not HSM like the Sigma. I have the older Sigma and love it but the more I read from members I trust, the new Sigma is not as good as the old one.

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Consider the F/FA 135/2.8 as well.
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I would think one of the 70-200 F2.8's is what yoou would want to get.

the DA300 replaces the long end of the 100-300 you sold, and a 70-200F2.8 gets you the middle range again plus an advantage of 1 stop over what you sold.

At the other end, if you are not into ultra wide, the 16-50 should do everything you want, but I personally would never selel the sigma 10-20, but then again, that's just me.
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My first thought before seeing all the responses was the Tamron 70-200 with Tamron 1.4x TC, which gives you range between 70 and 280mm. Very fast, good IQ and cost-effective.

If you don't need all the FLs - just a few selecteds, then perhaps a set of 100, 200 and 300 primes would be nice - depends on your budget.
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I'm in agreement with Ash.... Tamron 70-200mm and TC
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I do have a copy!

The only thing I don't like about the lens is the AF/MF "switch", it's push/pull and you have to get use to it.
This is like the AF/MF switch on the 100-300 I sold; occasionally, I would have it accidentally on MF while I thought it should have been on AF!
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I would agree, Get the Tamron. the comments about it are positive and it's SD, not HSM like the Sigma. I have the older Sigma and love it but the more I read from members I trust, the new Sigma is not as good as the old one.
Peter,
Funny you mention good reviews, as I have seen, about this Tamron. Would you believe someone on another website said that this was a lens to avoid at all cost because of the nightmare stories surrounding it! Go figure!
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Consider the F/FA 135/2.8 as well.
Consideration under review! I will be looking into that one as well.
Is this a manual focus?
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