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01-02-2010, 06:42 PM   #1
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Should I add a prime or a zoom? Which one?

Right now I have 1 body (K110D) and 3 lenses.

I have the kit lens (original version, not II or WR) a Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di LD, and the M 50mm f/2.

I'll soon be adding a K20D. Now here's my dilemma. I feel like a K20D will truly become better if I get a better standard zoom lens and I've been told that. Another advantage to this is that I can pair one of the zooms with one body, and the kit lens with the other.

However, since none of my lenses are real fast, should I maybe consider adding a prime instead?

I'm hoping to find a lens that can focus fairly quickly and has a decent aperture as well.

If I go new some of my options right now would be:
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Most likely either the DA 35mm Macro Ltd or DA 40mm Ltd

Although, I feel better about some of these than others...

Any advice would be great!


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01-02-2010, 06:50 PM   #2
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Take a look back on the photographs you've taken and see what focal lengths you use most.
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Few of these are things I would consider bad choices. I'd enthusiastically say 'A good prime!'

Cause that's what I get psyched about.

Our own marketplace here is generally full of things sold at fair prices... I'd just try something on.
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Take a look back on the photographs you've taken and see what focal lengths you use most.
Looking back I kinda hop around, but I wouldn't likely miss the range under 28mm so much, especially considering I'd still have the kit lens around. It would just be nice to have two short-rangish lenses on at the same time.

I could probably easily get away with a prime of some sort.

QuoteOriginally posted by Ratmagiclady Quote
Few of these are things I would consider bad choices. I'd enthusiastically say 'A good prime!'

Cause that's what I get psyched about.

Our own marketplace here is generally full of things sold at fair prices... I'd just try something on.
Care to share which would be the few bad choices or which would be the best? I've been browsing the marketplace quite a bit, just can't make up my mind!


Edit: Speaking of primes, when reading through reviews and browsing sample images it looks like I should definitely consider the 35mm limited macro! As well as the 40mm limited!


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You've noted too many options.
Narrow it down to the focal length you're definitely after in a prime, then the decision can be made much easier.
You won't go wrong with either the DA 35 or 40 - but are you also after macro capabilities?
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I love macro photography and it would certainly be nice to have a lens with that capability around as well. People make it seem as though the DA 35mm Ltd Macro is more than capable of taking any type of picture, not just macro.

How would people feel about the 35 vs. the 40? Those are the two I'm looking into the most right now, and the 35mm seems slightly more expensive.
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