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10-12-2021, 04:30 PM - 4 Likes   #1
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Hidden moving expense

We recently moved from Washington state to NE Wyoming and I could be spending more money. I shoot with a KP and my favorite lens to carry around in a shoulder bag was FA50 2.8, DA35 2.8, and DA20-40. That filled the bag. Sometimes I would switch out to 50-135 or DA55 for special occasions. I once had a 70-200 2.8 but sold it because I seldom used it. You might ask how is moving to Wyoming means spending more money. We moved to a small community and the wildlife here is not intimated by humans. Every day we count five to eight deer and seven to ten wild turkeys wandering through our yard, mostly the back yard. The wife and I try to have a meal on the rear patio and here comes the local population. I am just a city guy, I have camped but never had so much wildlife. Now my 50-135 lens lives on the KP while I act like a tourist taking pictures of it all. I want the 70-200 back but probably will purchase the 60-250 F4, or the DA 50-300 PLM.

Big decision for me, 60-250 or 50-300. I am leaning toward the DA, it's cheaper. By the way, we had our first snow today, going to be different from the Tacoma area in Washington.

Meanwhile, here is just one photo with the DA50-135. 115mm, 1/750, 5.6, iso 800


10-12-2021, 04:42 PM - 1 Like   #2
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Iím going to shout out on the 55/300 on a KP. I get an opportunity to shoot wading birds on my bank. Visited the Atlanta Zoo and that lens made the day.


Hang up and DRIVE!

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10-12-2021, 05:23 PM - 3 Likes   #3
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The 55-300 PLM combo seems to be made for each other. But I also have a DA*300 which is awesome, and both work well with the DA 1.4 rear converter (the PLM if you have good light anyway)

55-300 PLM with converter




55-300 PLM without converter and strong backlight
10-12-2021, 10:02 PM   #4
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You don't mention your budget, but you may want to consider going straight for the 150-450, (+1.4 TC?)
Sounds to me like you could get there eventually, cut out the middle men?
not as portable, It almost demands to be used from a tripod,

The 55-300 is very useful in hand, but slow, it demands good light, especially at the long end.
always compromises and trade offs...

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Personal choice from those two would be the 50-300mm, purely for the extra "reach" at the long end. Try to buy second-hand if possible, then, if you decide to "upgrade", you're likely to get most if not all of your money back
I wouldn't worry about low light performance using a KP … this is a "black cat in a coal cellar" capable camera, superior to most others on the market!
A point for consideration … in this range, if budget is a consideration, it's not necessary to limit yourself to Pentax lenses, or even those two Pentax lenses. Earlier Pentax 100-300mm or similar lenses are often available at almost give-away prices, my FA 100-300mm cost me £2 (GBP) at a local sale and my recently acquired Tamron 70-300mm was £60 on eBay. Sigma also made similar lenses of doubtless quality, though I've not tried their offering in this particular range (but I've got longer and wider Sigmas)
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Look here on PF for used lenses in that range, I've have bought nearly all of my gear used here, and no issues. Take a look online, as well. BH, KEH, and Ace Photo in Ashburn VA regularly have good used gear for sale.
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love the OP's photo

another vote for the D FA 150-450mm

HD Pentax-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW

Read more at: Pentax D FA Zoom Lenses - Reviews and Specifications - SLR and Interchangeable Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

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HD Pentax-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 (APS-C)
Introduction
The long-awaited HD Pentax-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW telephoto zoom made its debut in early May, 2015 as the first of an upcoming series of Pentax full frame lenses. It was originally announced at CP+ 2015 in Tokyo alongside the Pentax full frame DSLR, which is scheduled for release in late 2015.

Update as of July, 2017: read our newer review of this lens on full-frame here.

This 5-pound behemoth is packed with Pentax's latest technologies, including three focusing modes, dedicated AF buttons on the lens barrel, a silent DC focusing system, the premium HD lens coating, and a super low dispersion glass element for superior aberration control. It offers the longest focal length for a zoom in the current Pentax lens lineup, and thus fills an important gap that had previously existed beyond 250mm. Its 150-450mm zoom range also complements the existing DA* 300mm F4 and DA 560mm F5.6 primes very nicely. . . .
Read more at: HD Pentax-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 Review - Introduction | PentaxForums.com Reviews

I have both the PLM and the D FA

and I would urge the OP consider the D FA

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Thank you all for the great advice. While the D FA is a great lens, I can't afford it at this time. Any lens purchased will have to wait for a while, maybe there will be some Christmas sales coming up? There have been many other expenses associated with moving & buying a house and setting it up as we like it. My wife and I are both retired and were able to pay cash for our new home, but there are still things to buy. We've been here for about a month now, getting ready for our first winter. Had 5 inches of snow last night,
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keep an eye on the marketplace

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