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04-17-2007, 08:56 AM   #1
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Lens help

Looking to buy a decent, NOT top shelf zoom lens. 70-200 maybe. I am a novice photographer and will be using it primary for family photos and on my hiking and fishing trips (landscapes mostly)

I have done well on ebay many times and was wondering if you all could recommend a few lenses I should keep my eyes out for on ebay that I could get a good deal on.

BTW...I am shooting with a K110d, currently have kit lens


04-17-2007, 09:37 AM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by Seafood Quote
Looking to buy a decent, NOT top shelf zoom lens. 70-200 maybe. I am a novice photographer and will be using it primary for family photos and on my hiking and fishing trips (landscapes mostly)
In this zoom range, you do have some choices that are not budget busters.

The Pentax 50-200 is not expensive ($170 at Adorama), is a quite decent lens, and makes a very nice complement to the kit lens that you have already.

Now, I prefer my Tamron 18-200 (about $400) for its greater versatility. And Tamron has recently released an 18-250 model (about $500). Click here to see them both on Tamron's site. Either of these lenses would replace the kit lens, which is why they might be worth the extra money. But for the price, the Pentax 50-200 is impossible to beat.

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I must add my opinion here. The Tamron 70-300 LI DI is a really versatile lens and can be found for under $200.00. I bought mine from an e-bay seller for $160.00 shipped. From the sounds of what you want, I think this lens would fit your needs quite well.
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Even cheaper than the Pentax 50-200 (by roughly 50% in Sweden) is the Samsung 50-200/4-5.6, which supposedly is identical to the Pentax version, except possible a different lens coating.

Otherwise the Sigma 70-300/4-5.6 DG APO gets great reviews but the Pentax/Samsung are probably the better lens, sharper, less CF and smaller (less intimidating, which can be important).

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I personally use the Sigma 18-200 on my K10d mainly because it means only having to carry one lens for wide angle to decent telephoto.

The added advantage of not having to change lenses is that you reduce the risk of getting dust on the sensor or mirror.

In this range I believe the Tamron is also very good quality and value.
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I have the Sigma 70-300/4-5.6 DG APO Macro Tele and find it to be a decent lens tho it does tend to wander at the long end unless it is bright outdoors. I would love to see a higher end at this length in a zoom one day but than we were talking about inexpensive ones so....The Sigma runs around $200.00 or so and is worth it IMO.
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I have the Pentax 50-200 and Sigma 70-300 APO DG Macro.

The Sigma has the benefit of longer reach and 1:3 "macro" focusing in the 200-300mm range, but the Pentax has a slightly better IQ, and is more compact than the Sigma.

Here is my comparison of the Pentax 50-200 vs the Sigma 70-300 and the Sigma 18-50.

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