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09-17-2008, 03:56 PM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by ftpaddict Quote
Maybe it's supposed to be that all-important "prime-lens beater"; with exceptional performance across the entire focal range.

I for one would much rather have a faster 70-200. :ugh:

Either a Sigma with HSM for Pentax mount or the Tamron ... but we all know Pentax can make it better.

09-17-2008, 11:31 PM   #32
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Can somebody clarify why this lens is so important to so many? It would/will make a fairly long telezoom. Wouldn't a fast standard or wide zoom be more important (like the 16-50 f/2.8).

Just wondering.
Personally the 16-50 *was* more important, but we have it. For me, I prefer to use primes in the 24-100mm (35mm format equivalent) area, but like a 2.8 zoom to cover that. Longer than that, I'd rather not use primes, because I find telephoto composition to be really difficult to judge with primes. Finally, 135mm as a long end is, for me, a far greater sacrifice than 4.0 as a max aperture. When telephoto, 4.0 is almost always fast enough for me. 2.8 makes it hard to get sharp focus in some cases.

So I think the desire for this lens is pretty well justified.

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Either a Sigma with HSM for Pentax mount or the Tamron ... but we all know Pentax can make it better.
..if they ever make it.

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