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Old Jan 10, 2007, 10:32 PM   #1
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I'm trying to make up my mind on a dSLR and two lenses, a wide to normal zoom, and a moderate telephoto zoom. I'm leaning towards the K100D with 18-55mm kit lens and the Pentax SMC 50-200mm F4-5.6. I was thinking of taking advantage of the "holiday" rebate program that ended yesterday but let it slip by. I'm glad I did, they just started a new one; that offers $150 if you buy the body plus the 50-200mm lens. That's $50 more than the last rebate. The bad news is a lot of vendors are back ordered on the lens. I found that on www.pbase.com you can search photosby camera body and lens. To me, the Pentax 50-200mm photos look sharper than competing Sigma or Tamron tele zooms in the $150 price range. On the other hand I read a reivew that says the AF with this lens is slow. Any first hand experience with the Pentax 50-200mm? I've also got the impression that the Pentax 18-55mm kit lens may be better than the Nikon or Canon versions. My only experience with them is in a camera shop, and I liked the feel of the manual focus ring on the pentax far better than the Nikon or Canon. Comments?
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Old Jan 11, 2007, 12:00 AM   #2
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I'm trying to make up my mind on a dSLR and two lenses, a wide to normal zoom, and a moderate telephoto zoom. I'm leaning towards the K100D with 18-55mm kit lens and the Pentax SMC 50-200mm F4-5.6. I was thinking of taking advantage of the "holiday" rebate program that ended yesterday but let it slip by. I'm glad I did, they just started a new one; that offers $150 if you buy the body plus the 50-200mm lens. That's $50 more than the last rebate. The bad news is a lot of vendors are back ordered on the lens. I found that on http://www.pbase.com you can search photosby camera body and lens. To me, the Pentax 50-200mm photos look sharper than competing Sigma or Tamron tele zooms in the $150 price range. On the other hand I read a reivew that says the AF with this lens is slow. Any first hand experience with the Pentax 50-200mm? I've also got the impression that the Pentax 18-55mm kit lens may be better than the Nikon or Canon versions. My only experience with them is in a camera shop, and I liked the feel of the manual focus ring on the pentax far better than the Nikon or Canon. Comments?

I have the combination you mention and am very happy. The kit lens and the 50-200 are both very compact and lightweight, both have excellent build quality, and between them they cover a very nice range. IMO, the 50-200 is a little better optically. I'm really happy with it's IQ. That said, I'm also happy with the kit lens. The typical review comments compare it favorably to other manufacturer's kit lenses and classify it as something like "good but not great" optically. Vignetting at the wide end is the biggest complaint. At less than $100, I think it's well worth the money.

The K100D is my first dSLR, so I can't speak to the relative autofocus speed, but both lenses seem pretty quick to me. They're certainly light years ahead of my manual focus speed.

One other nice feature with the Pentax lenses is a "quick shift" capability that allows you to fine tune the autofocus if you feel the need.

I got the 50-200 at B&H for $229 (before rebate). I believe they still have them in stock.
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Old Jan 11, 2007, 12:37 AM   #3
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I have to agree with Dave. I have both the kit lens and the DA50-200 and am very happy with them. They are a littleslowon the aperture for low light, but I have a fast 50 for that. With the new rebate program, it makes it almost a no brainer to buy both. It's like getting the 50-200 for near nothing. Remember the 50-200 gives you the 35mm equivalent of 306mm- Bruce
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I have both the kit lens and the DA 50-200 and use them quite often. They are excellent value-for-money lenses and a good set-up for someone just starting out. You would have to spend quite a bit more to get better quality lenses (and yes, they are out there or soon will be), but the gains you get from them may not be worth the significant extra cost to you.
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Old Jan 14, 2007, 11:01 AM   #5
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Get them both! I have both lenses and totally agree with these other folks' comments. You can't go wrong with these two lenses and will want to keep them for years. You can always add other lenses later, but with these two lenses you can be assured of always getting a good photo with very little effort.

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Yep, got them both with the camera. When I go out for a general shoot I take both with me. Today I only used the 50-200 as it seems to be a great walkabout lens.


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