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04-15-2010, 03:25 PM   #1
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Which lens to get zoom 50-300

My choice of camera is done . That will be the K-X, but I have a dilemna

First , I am not a professional , it's a hobby and because I will retire in a year , looking to go to DSLR from MZ-10 to do nature photo and travel story. I have also a point & shoot digital for family event

I already have a SMC-Pentax-FA 28-200 F3.8-5.6

My question is should I get the
A) Kit with the smc PENTAX-DAL 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED Lenses and keep my FA 28-200
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B) get only the K-X with the 18-55 and use my FA 28-200

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C)
get only the K-X with the 18-55 and use my FA 28-200 and to make nature photo and macro buy also the Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG MACRO (AF Lens) that I see some very good comments. If I do so will probably sell the 18-55 because the 28-200 is a great lense and can be used on most of the occasion

I know the kit in A is cheap but to get the Sigma one is only about $100 extra

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04-15-2010, 03:29 PM   #2
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I would go with option B unless the deal on the 3 piece kit is too good to be true. Use those together and see how you like the old lens on the new body. Then if you need more reach etc, I'd consider adding the Sigma.
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I'd go with option A because that way you get to keep everything and get a 300mm zoom lens. Even though it is a kit lens, it's still pretty good. I've used my friends penatx 55-300 and it seems sharper than my Tamron 70-300 (although the Sigma is better than my Tamron so you might find the Sigma better than the 50-300 kit lens) but you can never have "too many" lenses.
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Have you also considered the DA 50-200mm? It's not as good in quality but I think it would beat your 20-200mm in quality. Just get the DA 18-55mm kit with it too, that's a great lens. That way you can also save a bit of money considering how much cheaper the DA 50-200mm is.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jct us101 Quote
Have you also considered the DA 50-200mm? It's not as good in quality but I think it would beat your 20-200mm in quality. Just get the DA 18-55mm kit with it too, that's a great lens. That way you can also save a bit of money considering how much cheaper the DA 50-200mm is.
I would add that the DA50-200mm is lighted than the 50-300mm and this might be relevant to a light-weight camera like the K-x.

However, if you want the lightest load (eg for outdoor bushwalking), another option to consider is the DA18-250mm to replace both lenses (18-55 & 50-200/300): it would be lighter overall and no need to swap lenses.

Hope that the comment may assist...
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However, if you want the lightest load (eg for outdoor bushwalking), another option to consider is the DA18-250mm to replace both lenses (18-55 & 50-200/300): it would be lighter overall and no need to swap lenses.

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»Well the DA18-250 is not at all in the same price range.
Thank you for the comment put , weight is not the key requirement

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I do not recommend the kit 18-55, but I would get the 3-piece kit, sell off the 18-55 and 28-200, and get a 16-45 instead. It is a good performer and not too expensive (especially used). With the 16-45 and 55-300 you have 2 good quality lenses to cover most subjects.

And the 55-300 is much better than the Sigma 70-300.
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I do not recommend the kit 18-55, but I would get the 3-piece kit, sell off the 18-55 and 28-200, and get a 16-45 instead. It is a good performer and not too expensive (especially used). With the 16-45 and 55-300 you have 2 good quality lenses to cover most subjects.

And the 55-300 is much better than the Sigma 70-300.
Thank you SpeacialK
This like a good proposal. That mean I can do some wide shooting up to 83°

. By selling the others lens, the cost could be minimal

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QuoteOriginally posted by hcc Quote
I would add that the DA50-200mm is lighted than the 50-300mm and this might be relevant to a light-weight camera like the K-x.

However, if you want the lightest load (eg for outdoor bushwalking), another option to consider is the DA18-250mm to replace both lenses (18-55 & 50-200/300): it would be lighter overall and no need to swap lenses.

Hope that the comment may assist...
Doesn't the 50-200 have bad distortion though?
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Bad distortion with the 50-200? Not particularly, no - it's very typical for a telephoto zoom. The 18-250 is pretty bad in this respect, though - at the very widest end, anyhow. Whether it's bad enough to reject it for depends on how demanding you are. For most people, it's still more than fine.
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Go scroll through this thread. There are examples from some of the DA Zooms including the DA 55-300mm.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/96267-da-zoom-club-2.html
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