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05-16-2017, 05:27 AM   #1
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Tamron 70-200 for portrait

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At the moment, I have a Tamron 90mm 2.8 that I'm using as a Portrait lens...
The problem is that on my K-30 is long for full body ... But perfect for head and shoulder ...
My question is if it is better buy a Tamron 70-200 (today at 600 euro, on my budget) and use it as Portrait (and full body) lens.
Is it better 50-135 ?

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If you think 90 is much too long, 70 is only 20% wider. In this case, the 50-135 is probably better for you.

The Tamron 70-200 is a great lens, though. Of course, so is the 50-135.

A much cheaper alternative is the DA50/1.8. Then you'll know if 50 is the right length.
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Da*50-135 and tamron 70-200 which better? I mean sharpness, bokeh?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Namsanvt Quote
Da*50-135 and tamron 70-200 which better? I mean sharpness, bokeh?
They are both amazing. Neither is really "better".

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I agree with Kozlok. If 90 is too long why go with the 70-200 F2.8. The 50-135 f2.8 seems like it would be better for portrait work and it is lighter. Then there is also the Sigma 50-150 if you need a little more reach.

Just my 2 cents
05-16-2017, 01:05 PM   #6
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If your going to continue shooting with the K-30 go with the Pentax 50-135mm with a watchful eye on the SMD motor...they have been known to fail. If your considering up grading to a FF in the future go with the is a great portrait lens. The attached file was shot with the Tamron 70-200 on a K-1
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On a cropped camera I wouldn't get anything over 105mm equivalent unless you like zooming-back with your feet.
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For half and full body shots and pictures of more than one person, you have lots of choices - 20-40, 16-50, 18-55, et al zooms, and primes like the FA31 and DA35 macro.

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i love my tamron 70-200 f2.8 and although I purchased it mainly for motorsport use it is great for portrait work as well - here are a few from my K3 with this lens..

another wonderful lens for portraits is the SMC-K 28mm f3.5 but they are difficult to find and quite pricey but can deliver stunning results...


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