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01-18-2014, 07:47 PM   #1
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Help choosing a kit: this or that

I need help choosing:

keep my current setup k-5, sig 10-20, tammy 28-75 2.8 and add a Tammy 70-200

Or sell my current gear and purchase the following:\

k-3, 18-135, tamron 70-200

I predominantly shoot sports, portrait and vacation pictures.


This is a tough one ... looking for some perspective !

01-18-2014, 08:06 PM   #2
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What is the main concern for going with the newer kit? What are the limitations of what you currently have?

The Tam 70-200 is a good choice of lens, just adding that for your sports work would already be a benefit. For shooting vacation shots, the 18-135 would probably be one of the most versatile lenses you could buy. However the K3 vs K5 is probably the big consideration here. Owning both, I do know that I enjoy the AF of the K3 a lot more, especially the center weighted select modes. The FPS is a nice thing too.

If the main concerns are improved AF, FPS, and longer focal length for sports shooting. Then I would go with the K3 route
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If you're going to upgrade your camera then don't downgrade your lens. Get a Tamron 17-50f2.8 instead of the 18-135 (not a good lens).
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Overall bang for your buck both Wired and gbeaton have got it spot on. - K3, Tam 17-50 & Tam 70-200
I initially thought the DA 18-135 over the Tamron 17-50 (I have both) but gbeaton is correct in saying the 17-50 IQ is better. (But the 18-135 has it's merits and can produce excellent photos)
The K3 is a very good option for screw drive lenses so you won't have any problems there.
For portraits and vacations the K5 is quite capable.
For sport though the K3 is a lot better in the focusing department, cropping etc.

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Maybe in this case, I'd recommend the 18-135 over the 10-20 and 28-75. For vacations, you probably don't want to have to carry around too many lenses, and the 18-135 covers a great range in a single lens. Portraits and sports can be handled by the 70-200.

You could consider the Sigma or Pentax 17-70 too. Constant aperture (in case of the Pentax), a bit faster overall (in case of the Sigma) and both are f/4 at 70mm which could be useful. Probably better IQ than the 18-135 overall. From 70mm upwards, you have the 70-200. Though, like I said, you may not want to carry that around on vacation. But then I see you have the 50-200 as well?

But let me ask you this: how much do you use the 10-20 and are you really willing to give up that much wide-angle?

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Last vacation to Cuba I took both the 10-20 and 28-75 with me.
As great as these lenses are they stayed in my bag 75% of the trip because of the rain.

I guess the best solution then is to sell the K-5 and purchase the k-3 with 18-135 wr and add the Tamron 70-200.
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Your current kit should serve you well for a long time to come (say, the next 10 years). If you want to become a better photographer, keep it and get to work.


If you want to fiddle with learning curves for a year or so instead, get the new stuff.


Consider taking the money needed to acquire the new toys and budget for a trip with a friend to an exotic place. Enjoy the experience. If something interesting comes of it, share it.


...my 2 cents...



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Keep the current kit, add the 70-200 (though for sports the sigma version might be better re AF) and maybe a fast prime for portraits if you really want DOF flexibility and less weight whilst travelling..

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QuoteOriginally posted by Michaelina2 Quote

Consider taking the money needed to acquire the new toys and budget for a trip with a friend to an exotic place. Enjoy the experience. If something interesting comes of it, share it.
...my 2 cents...


I'll have to budget for a lawyer when the wife finds out I am taking exotic trips with the guys hahahahahah
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Sounds like WR is a concern - I do wish a 24-70WR was an option for us both! I'm hoping for a WR roadmap lens that's ~17-85mm or so rather than the 18-135. Maybe an 18-55WR would do in the meantime along with the fast Tamron tele?
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QuoteOriginally posted by saladin Quote
Keep the current kit, add the 70-200 (though for sports the sigma version might be better re AF) and maybe a fast prime for portraits if you really want DOF flexibility and less weight whilst travelling..
I know this has been beaten to death but is the sigma really that much faster ?
It is a $600 difference in price ... :-(

With an eventual upgrade to K3 i heard the tamron becomes 50% faster in the AF department.

on second thought I just found this :
http://toronto.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-sell-cameras-camcorders-Sigma-70-200-F2-8...AdIdZ559163090

Does anybody have any experience with this version of the Lens ?
what would be a fair price.

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QuoteOriginally posted by deadprez Quote
I'll have to budget for a lawyer when the wife finds out I am taking exotic trips with the guys hahahahahah

Dunno how things work at your house, but my wife is my best friend for 45+ years. Bet yours would be thrilled, if the gear buying obsession got set aside and you proposed taking her on a really wonderful and memorable trip.


Just sayin'... M
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I would do option 1 for now, maybe a K-3 later. You have good lenses already. I would not want to be without something wide.

Sports is not the Pentax strong point, though supposedly the K-3 is getting there. And depending on the sport and your vantage point, 200mm may not be long enough.

You can get 2 rain covers for $9 if needed.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Michaelina2 Quote
Dunno how things work at your house, but my wife is my best friend for 45+ years. Bet yours would be thrilled, if the gear buying obsession got set aside and you proposed taking her on a really wonderful and memorable trip.


Just sayin'... M
vacation is not an option right now.
Kids are in school and just finished 2 weeks winter vacation and we have to be strategic with our work allotted vacation time.
Would love to get up and go but planning a vacation for a family of 5 is much harder to plan.

PS she loves new camera gear herself so its a win win. ;-)

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