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01-13-2011, 02:04 PM   #1
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After selling my 50-200mm, what should I buy to have a cheap and 'all-round' lens?

First off, sorry if this kind of question is already asked and answered before.

Recently I sold my DA 50-200. Being new to DSLR and former prosumer user, I got used to have an all-round reach with my camera. The DA 50-200 is not a bad lens, it is just not too far-reaching. So, I got a few bucks from selling that lens and thinking about getting an all-round lens that cost about the same amount of money.

I did a little ebay surf, an found that 28-200 lenses are quite affordable. Are they what I need? Is 28-200 'all-round' enough? I'm new to Pentax stuff, so I need an advice on this. Thank you.

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your profile shows that you have the kit 18-55 and the FA 50 1.4

If you are looking for one lens to leave on your camera, all the time, you will have to compromise aperture, range, or cost. Probably two of the three.

Suggest you go the Lens Review section of this website and look at what is available from Pentax and third party manufacturers.

A way to decide what you can live with on the wide end is to use your 18-55 at 18, 24, 28, 35 mm to see if that is wide enough for the shots you enjoy taking.

The 28-200 is certainly an option, and you could always use the 18-55 for wider shots.

Sigma and Tamron made 18-125, 18-200, and 18-250 lenses over the last several years that might allow you to sell the 18-55 as well and go with one lens most of the time, saving the 50mm 1.4 for low light and portraits.
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QuoteOriginally posted by grainbelt Quote
your profile shows that you have the kit 18-55 and the FA 50 1.4

If you are looking for one lens to leave on your camera, all the time, you will have to compromise aperture, range, or cost. Probably two of the three.

Suggest you go the Lens Review section of this website and look at what is available from Pentax and third party manufacturers.

A way to decide what you can live with on the wide end is to use your 18-55 at 18, 24, 28, 35 mm to see if that is wide enough for the shots you enjoy taking.

The 28-200 is certainly an option, and you could always use the 18-55 for wider shots.

Sigma and Tamron made 18-125, 18-200, and 18-250 lenses over the last several years that might allow you to sell the 18-55 as well and go with one lens most of the time, saving the 50mm 1.4 for low light and portraits.
Thank You for responding, grainbelt.


The reason why I'm insisting on getting an 'all-round' is that my line of work doesn't really gives me time to change lens every time I have to shift from shooting wide to tele, or the other way around.

I think that getting a 28-200 will be enough in the tele end. What I dont know is whether 28mm be wide enough or not. I understand that the 28-200 is a film format. Converting to K100D digitals, is the range I get 40-so to 300?

Fortunately, yes, I still have my kit lens. A little correction, mine is SMC M 50mm 1.4 -the old trusty manual devil

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What I dont know is whether 28mm be wide enough or not.
Wide is relative but I say "no". And 18 is not wide enough either :-)

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QuoteOriginally posted by minahasa Quote
Thank You for responding, grainbelt.

I think that getting a 28-200 will be enough in the tele end. What I dont know is whether 28mm be wide enough or not. I understand that the 28-200 is a film format. Converting to K100D digitals, is the range I get 40-so to 300?
Try this and decide for yourself.

Focal length comparison tool, Tamron USA
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For an all around lens the Tamron/Pentax/Sigma 18-250mm are suppose to be pretty good. I had the Tamron 18-200 and for the $ I thought it was a really good lens. Sometimes it was the only lens I needed so it let me keep my other 10 lenses at home. The IQ is good enough but I think the main advantage of the lens is that it's range is so large that if you want to travel very lite it's the only lens you need.
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Do you know the model of the point & shoot you had? It would help us to compare focal lengths.

No need to think about doing math with the 28-200. Your 18-55 is wider, and at the long end it will be the same as your 50-200.

I still think an 18-250 would be a far better choice, if you're truly looking for a one-lens solution.
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As grainbelt states, forget about the maths. The 200mm on the 50-200 is the same 200mm on the 28-200. So you don't gain from that perspective.

Suggestion:
Put your kit lens on 28mm and leave it there for a week (don't cheat). This will give you a feel if 28mm is wide enough or not.

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oh.. I guess thats why I feel lost whenever I sold my 50-200.. So it seems that I gonna have to rely on my kit lens for the wide end..and the 28-200 for the rest. I know that 18-200 is better for one lens solution mentioned above, but considering the price (eventually all things comes to this, right.. ) I must say It's still beyond my reach.

I've taken the Tamron's Focal Length Comparison Tool test and 28-200 It's seems to be fair enough. Great suggestion there, thx! It appears that I still gets more on the tele end.

Well, if I manage to get that 28-200, and if it's not enough time to change to kit lens..whenever I need to capture wider, all I have to do is..take a two or three steps backward..
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