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12-14-2008, 04:20 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by vmax84 Quote
Now that I have my old zoom up on the screen, tell me, how bad is this lens? It takes pics, but is it really that bad of a lens? Don't worry, you won't hurt my feelings!!

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Nah, it looks pretty good, actually, I think it's just that it's a bit slow in aperture and probably slow in handling that's really getting you. I've got a big ol' beaut of an off-brand 75-205 3.5 from the 70s that is nice as 'one touch' zooms get, in some ways, just it takes a big ol' throw to move the focusing ring around, thus might be a bit slow on action shots.

I keep around these little 80-200 f4s (A Kiron and a Tokina) that handle a lot faster, (and aren't as huge to carry.) If my telephoto work were where I did what I consider serious work, I'd have better, (I used to have something longer and sharper, but I sold it off when I stopped doing sports) but you can do well with these sorts of things. There's a gazillion of em out there, dirt cheap, and sometimes there's these not-oft-described aspects of them that can make all the difference in practice.


(And that's not to say the lens Stratman demonstrated here isn't worth the money, lookit that. That's OK for 120 bucks. )


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Thanks again for all the good info.

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Really like the lens

I really like the lens. It is an outdoors walk around, and at times an indoor lens too. Great bang for the buck. would I rather have a Pentax * lens? Of course, buttill then this baby will suit me just fine.
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I would also consider used Pentax SMC A 70-210 F4 if you do not mind manual focusing, or Pentax F 70-210 4/5.6 . Both lenses offer excellent image quality.

First one can be found for $70 , second for < $200

F 70-210 is sharp and focuses really fast on K10D/K20D

SMC A 70-210 F4 is even better optically and build very well. I wish they made modern AF release for this one, this could be an instant hit.

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First, when it comes to photo quality, I'm not a good judge.

That said, my wife bought two $129 75-300 lenses and gave me the choice which one I wanted. I believe I made the choice that is best for both of us:

Her: Pentax 75-300. She is pretty small and the lens is too. It is lighter. She likes it.

Me: Tamron 75-300 LD. It is a bigger, heavier Full Frame lens though I doubt I would upgrade if Pentax offered a FF camera. Perhaps some day I might use it on my K1000 which the Pentax lens can't do. It has an aperture ring which came in very handy when I was using a doubler.

At first I didn't think of the Tamron being much longer than the 50-200 mm kit lens but I use it much more often then I thought for Birds and Astronomy.

Neither allow manual focus without switching AF off, a minor shortcoming.

Here is a sample with the Tamron at full 300mm:
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Wow, you guys take some awesome pics!! Thank you.

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I have a Ricoh "P" 70-210 f3.9 macro if your interested. This was hand held.

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I have a Ricoh "P" 70-210 f3.9 macro if your interested. This was hand held.


More info, please!! Great shot!!

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