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08-05-2010, 04:09 PM   #1
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Assistance with zoom lens

I am sure this has been asked before, i did a search and couldn't find an answer, I am positive I missed it if it was there.

I have a K200D and would like a decent zoom lens for it, new or used, do you have a suggestion for less than $400?

Thanks so much

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Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens for Pentax AF

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08-05-2010, 04:27 PM   #3
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I can recommend the DA 55-300mm. I have one and find it to be a good quality lens for the money.

If you do not need the reach the Sigma 18-50mm f2.8 or Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 are supposed to be pretty good.
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Best Image Quality
Pentax SMCP-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED Autofocus Lens 21720 - B&H

Runner up for best image quality (also is WR to complement your cameras)
Pentax SMC Pentax DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED WR Zoom Lens 21870 -

Best for cheap
Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens for Pentax AF017P700 -

Best for convenience
Tamron AF 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 Di-II LD AF018P700 - B&H Photo

Best for convenience if you want to go cheap and lose image quality
Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro Lens AF014P700 - B&H

Good balance of versatility and image quality
Pentax SMCP-DA 17-70mm f/4 AL (IF) SDM Autofocus Lens 21740 -

since you didn't specify telephoto zoom I'll put this one:
Awesome kit lens replacement for cheap:
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II LD Aspherical [IF] AF016P-700 -

Most of the Tamron's up there have Sigma counterparts, it's up to you to choose which you prefer. There's probably at least 4 threads going on right now on this very subject but it's a very valid question none the less

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Thanks

I appreciate all the responses so quickly, I bought the tamron 75-300 already, haven't tried it and was looking at the DA 55-300..... big price difference.... is the DA worth it? I bought my uncle a factory refurbished K200D for $210 from bestBuy and bought him the tamron. Should I get one for myself and skip the DA, money isn't a major factor I just want to stay under $450 for a zoom.
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I'd get the DA 55-300 if money isn't the major issue, it's unanimously agreed upon that it has the best image quality of the consumer zooms. Most people who compromise on the DA 50-200 or Tamron/Sigma 70-300 would probably eventually regret not spending up, I have regretted it (sort of), but I really needed the WR of the DA 50-200, I wish I had the DA 55-300 though. I also bought and returned the Tamron 70-300 because it just didn't seem worth it when I had the DA 50-200, and by the time I bought both I might as well get the DA 55-300 and stop beating around the bush

Not to say that the DA 50-200 isn't a good lens, but the 55-300 is a great lens and great lenses are so important and that 150 dollar difference can be made up elsewhere

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Pentax 55-300. About 5 threads going about Sigma/Tamron/Pentax xx-300's with the same conclusion :-)
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BTW, I assume you specifically mean a *telephoto* zoom? Wasn't the camera sold with a zoom already - the 18-55? If not, *that* should be your first lens.

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Another vote for the DA 55-300 - plenty of examples on this forum how this lens shines above its rivals.
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My choices
DA * 16-50 / 2.8
DA * 50-135 / 2.8
DA 40 / 2.8
Sigma 70-200 / 2.8 EX APO or DA * 60-250 / 4
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QuoteOriginally posted by mensrea Quote
I have a K200D and would like a decent zoom lens for it, new or used, do you have a suggestion for less than $400?
I've sold nearly all my zoom lenses, including some really good ones like the Pentax DA* 50-135 f/2.8.

But one of the three that I've kept—and the lens I'd recommend you consider—is the Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4.5 DC IF Macro, currently about $350 in the US through Amazon.com. There's an HSM version of the lens, too, but it's more expensive and it's not the one I have.

Image quality is very good, and having that fast aperture at the wide end of the zoom is very nice. I don't actually use this lens much now and have considered selling it but I've been hanging on because if I DID feel the urge (or need) to use a normal focal-length (rather than tele) zoom, this is the lens I'd use.

My 2 cents.

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My choices
DA * 16-50 / 2.8
DA * 50-135 / 2.8
DA 40 / 2.8
Sigma 70-200 / 2.8 EX APO or DA * 60-250 / 4
One is not a zoom and at least three are 2 or 3 times the budget.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
BTW, I assume you specifically mean a *telephoto* zoom? Wasn't the camera sold with a zoom already - the 18-55? If not, *that* should be your first lens.
Gee, I don't disagree with you very often, Marc. But I do here. If mensrea managed to acquire a body without the kit lens, I personally would be inclined to congratulate him and then urge him to buy something different. The Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4.5 that I recommended is a fantastic alternative to the kit lens, being wider, longer, faster and better. But there are other choices too, like the Pentax 16-45 f/4.

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Those are fine suggestions too. Mine's cheaper, though, and quite a bit smaller, which is at least as important to me as any differences in optical quality. But given the OP provided essentially no information about his needs (not even specifying if the zoom he wanted was wide angle, standard, or telephoto), it's definitely good that we're mentioning multiple options here.
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