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09-11-2010, 07:37 AM   #1
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Advice for lens please

Hello,

i am sceptical if i should buy 100mm and up lens (for example 100-300) or a lower number one 50-200 or 70-300.
The lens would be for general use.

Based on experience, what would you suggest?

Thanks

09-11-2010, 07:51 AM   #2
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It all depends what you like to take photos of. For landscapes and general shooting you could quite easily stay under the 100mm range. You will need to specify what you want to take photo's of. If its just for general use pick up a superzoom 18-250.

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09-11-2010, 08:43 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply,

its for general use...

I was trying to find a 18-250, but everything was so expensive!
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QuoteOriginally posted by fekish Quote
Thanks for the reply,

its for general use...

I was trying to find a 18-250, but everything was so expensive!
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Since both of the 18-250 options are discontinued, that's not likely to change. If cash is a concern, find yourself a Tamron LD Di 70-300. It isn't the most perfect lens out there but for the cost vs quality, I think it's a pretty nice lens, and for less than $150 or so. You might also look at the DA (or DA-L) 55-300. More costly but those who own them (I do not), swear by them. The 50-200 is a decent lens but I never found 200mm on a zoom to be long enough. Not for a non cropped photo anyway.

A few from my Tamron

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09-11-2010, 12:26 PM   #5
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ok thanks, so Tamron 75-300mm is different that then one you suggested right?
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This is the lens I'm talking about.

Amazon.com: Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD Macro Zoom Lens for Pentax Digital SLR Cameras: Camera & Photo

These can be found used on ebay (and even here sometimes) for less than $100. For the money, a very hard act to follow, in my opinion. Other's mileage may vary.

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I picked up the DA 50-200 from the forum marketplace for about $80, and I've been quite pleased with it, though I'm not quite as discerning as the more experienced members here.

To help give you an idea of it's reach, I just photographed a high school soccer game from about 15 feet from the sidelines with minimal to no cropping when the players were on my side of the field.
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I find the 50-100 range pretty important, personally - portraits in particular. So if your plan is to pair this with the 18-55, then I think it a big mistake to leave that hole in your range. Whatever 100-300 you are thinking about can't possibly be that much better or that much cheaper than the various 70-300, 55-300, or 50-200 options.

If it were for wildlife only, then maybe I'd say you don't care about the bottom end of the range at all.

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OK thanks,

i'm not so much in wildlife, on rare occassions basically...

SO i suppose a 200mm would still be ok right?

I've searched a lot, but because i dont have friends that are in photography, i can only ask you guys... So excuse me for this kind of silly questions...

Now i am thinking of 70-300 or 28-200 or 50-200mmm...
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And there are only around a hundred existing threads comparing those lenses, as well as tons of reviews. The tradeoffs are all plain as day from reading what's already been written: greater reach for the 70-300 (at the expense of weight), convenience for the 28-200 (at the expense of IQ and maybe not as convenient as you think since 28mm is still not wide), small size for the 50-200 (at the expense of reach).
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